Harriette Van Gasken Pedersen Bray, granddaughter of Des Moines pioneers Capt. William D. and Jane Shaw Fleming, daughter of Des Moines pioneers William Van Gasken and Emma Shaw Van Gasken, was a member of the first Camp Fire Girls group in Des Moines and one of the narrators of the video on Des Moines History. She made the quilt square depicting her parents’ house, which still stands.
Van Gasken House of 1890
Located at 402 S.
222nd Street, “this house was built in 1889 as the home of Captain
William D. and Jane Fleming. After Captain Fleming’s death, Jane
Fleming’s daughter and son-in-law, Emma and William Van Gasken,
moved in with her. The Van Gasken family was one of the original families
in Des Moines. Mr. Van Gasken operated a sawmill in Des Moines from 1889
to 1892, leaving the area only to return in 1910. The home is still in
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