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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SOME VERY DEAR FAMILYPICTURES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



 

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# One of the oldest familypictures in my collection .  

 Portrayed here are my grandmother , Pieternella van den Tol , and my grandfather , Leendert van der Groef (both still looking very young , both around their thirties , whereas I have only known them as two (very) old people) , in the companion of their then two children , their daughter Ida , born in 1913 , and their son Leendert , born in 1916 .

The picture must have been taken in their hometown of Middelharnis , on the Dutch former island of Goeree-Overflakkee .

My grandmother was still wearing her kuivel , the traditional head-gear for women in those days .  Later in her life she would stop wearing the kuivel , and nowadays I don't suppose one single woman can be traced on the island who is still wearing that traditional head-covering !  

Looking at the very young faces of both Ida and Leendert jr. , I suppose this picture was taken in the year 1918 .  

In the month of february in the year 1919 Pieternella would give birth to her third child (and in the years that followed to another three children) , so it is certainly thinkable that Pieternella already was pregnant when this picture was shot , nót being aware of the threatening adversity ......

The third pregnancy of Pieternella in 1918/19 was to become a life-threatening pregnancy as a result of the Spanish flu , which almost killed mother and unborn child ....bút , against all odds  one might say , both mother and child fully recovered , the baby was delivered without any problems and they would both live for many decades to come !!     

~  foto gerestaureerd ~

 

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##  This is the very first picture ever taken of my father , my uncle and my aunt , who are all three being portrayed here as still very , véry young children .
Knowing that my aunt Sien was born on february 20 , 1919 and that both Wim and Cor , the babies on this picture , were born on august 18 , 1920 , I presume that this photo was taken in the early months of 1921 .

Cor and Wim were twinbrothers , but as was already visible from the day they were born and as was also very visible on this picture ,  they were definitely part of a nón-identical pair of twinbrothers .

The birth of these twinbrothers , several months before this picture  must have been taken , was a very special one , to say the least .........

Pieternella , their mother , became rather fat during the pregnancy , in fact she became fatter and fatter , and heavier and heavier , úntil she wasn't able any more to see her proper feet .......and still , not for a moment , she must have considered the possibility of being pregnant of a pair of twins ..... and things like echoscopy had to be invented yet !

At that remarkable and special day of the delivery , august 18th 1920 , when mother Pieternella had already given birth to the first baby (Wim) , it had to be the midwife who made the astonishing and fully unexpected discovery of another child who was almost trying to find his way to the light of life .....and who was to be born one hour after the first baby .......
August 18th 1920 always remained a very special , memorable and somewhat unbelievable day within my family !  


#  Though being born and raised in Middelharnis on the Dutch island of Goeree-Overflakkee , the only one of the three children who would permanently stay on the island , was Cor , the middle one of the children on the picture  -  well , 'permanently' ?? :  there was a short and very unwilling interruption during the second world war , when Cor was sent as a prisoner of war to the land of the German occupiers of the country .

Cor's twinbrother however would live and work most of his life in or in the heighbourhood of Rotterdam and the city of The Hague , and like his twinbrother , Wim was also sent to Germany as a prisoner of was in 1944 , and did also come back , emaciated and certainly not in the very best shape , but fortunately unbroken and eager to restart his life as a young man , the way it had been before war had broken out .

Finally Sien :  she left the island already in the year 1946 and had lived all the rest of her life , until her decease in 2003 , in the city of The Hague .

Especially the bond between Sien and her brother Wim had always remained very close . Since the late fifties , since the moment that they both lived in The Hague , they never ever lived further away from one another than just one or two blocks .

The three children on the picture , their two other brothers and one sister and both of their parents nowadays only live on in all of our deeply cherished memories .......

 

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#  On this picture , taken in the thirties , in or around the year 1931 , three very close relatives of mine were being portrayed as children  -  from left to right :
> my father  WILLEM VAN DER GROEF
> my uncle  AREN VAN DER GROEF
> my uncle  CORNELIS VAN DER GROEF

Cornelis (Cor) and Willem (Wim) van der Groef were twin-brothers , but as you can see -  beyond any reasonable doubt I might add ...  -   they were definitely part of a nón-identical pair of twins .

The three brothers were all born in the little town of Middelharnis  on  Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands , thén still a island , but after the devastating flood ('de Ramp') of february 1st 1953 , the Dutch authorities decided to link the island to the mainland with bridges and dams , but in the early thirties Goeree-Overflakkee (or 'Flakkee' in the language of the people) still very much was a (somewhat isolated) island .

These three brothers , including their two sisters , their parents , their spouses and other members of the family , were all victims of that horrific water-disaster in 1953 that took away , in one single day , the lifes of more than 1800 people  ;  also my family members lost a lot of their possessions , some of them even lost their houses , bút , most importantly , none of them lost their lifes or got seriously injured , so that after some time , normal life could continue , though their common fear of stormy weather would never seem to go away ......


None of the three brothers is alive any longer , regrettably .
My father Wim van der Groef lived from 1920 until 1984 , his brother Arend , the youngest brother and also the youngest child within the family , lived from 1922 until 1994 , and finally , their brother Cor van der Groef , who had been born in the same year and on exactly the same day as my father (which seems to happen quite a lot with twins .....)  passed away in the year 1994 .

They were all married with children , grandchildren , one or two great-grandchildren by now , and in a while possibly ........well , who knows ....?!?  

 

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 This picture was taken in the year 1936 or 1937 in a small town (and yet the biggest place) on the former island of Goeree-Overflakkee , in the country of the Netherlands , at a very special occasion :  the up coming departure of the eldest son of this family  LEEN(DERT) VAN DER GROEF (not visible here on the picture) as a KNIL-soldier , to the then Dutch Indies (Indonesia) .
So there , under the tropical sun in the far away Dutch Indies , Leen might have frequently looked at this , probably cherished , portrait-picture of his parents and all of his brothers and sisters .

On the picture , taken near their house in Middelharnis (weren't they living at 'Voorgors' at the time ?!) , we distinguish the following persons , all close relatives of mine , from left to right :

CORNELIS VAN DER GROEF  , married shortly after the second world war , had three children , two girls and one boy , but is only son very tragically died at the age of nearly three years as a result of a terrible accident .

WILLEM VAN DER GROEF  , twinbrother of Cor(nelis) , but unquestionably , as  is véry plain to see here , nót belonging to an identical pair of twins , married twice and had three children , two sons and a daughter , born of these two marriages .

AREN VAN DER GROEF  , would also marry , had one child , a babyboy , but this son wasn't capable of living and already departed this life the day after he was born ...

PIETERNELLA VAN DER GROEF - VAN DEN TOL  , their mother , was a very conservative religious woman who had been born and raised in the small nearby place of Nieuwe - Tonge .

LEENDERT VAN DER GROEF  , their father , was a convinced social-democrat and non-religious man (in sharp contrast with his wife , which I always considered to have been  rather peculiar ) , was also born and raised in Nieuwe - Tonge , with the exeption of a period of four years (1889 - 1893) when he lived with his parents and (half-)brothers and -sisters in the city of Rosario in Argentina .  

IDA VAN DER GROEF  , married in the thirties and had one son  -  Ida always kept living in Middelharnis .

FRANCINA VAN DER GROEF  , married shortly after the war and had one daughter ; most of her life Francina ( Sien)  spent in the city of The Hague with her husband and daughter .


Regrettably none of these people are alive any longer . They all died at rather high ages , with the exeption of one relative , not present here , their brother / son Leen(dert)  , the man for whom this picture had ever been taken .

In the Dutch Indies Leen van der Groef married and had  two sons in the course of some years (one of these sons very sadly died within a year after his birth)  ;  when the Japanese invadors concurred the entire region , Leen was captured and sent to Birma to work on the notorious railway , where thousands of prisoners of war lost their young lifes  -  Leen van der Groef became one of those pitiable men .......

And that's why the initial 'Goodbye Leen !' from his close relatives , had actually turned out to have become a last and final farewell .......   

 

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 My father took this picture in the middle of the sixties in the small twin-town Sommelsdijk/Middelharnis on the former island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands   -  [ and who of you , not being familiar with the Dutch language , is able to pronounce 'Goeree-Overflakkee' in a proper way without any accent , really deserves a medal ...! ]

Portrayed and standing in front of 'De Goede Ree' , the local home for aged persons , are , on the right my grandfather LEENDERT VAN DER GROEF , and next to him my grandmother  PIETERNELLA VAN DER GROEF - VAN DEN TOL  , and standing next to my grandmother you can see their daughter , my aunt  FRANCINA TEN WOLDE - VAN DER GROEF  with on her side her husband , my uncle  BERNARDUS TEN WOLDE .
Unfortunately none or these people are alive any longer .  I cherish very dear and precious memories to these people , especially to my aunt Sien (Francina) and my uncle Ben (Bernardus) .

The sheer fact that both mother Pieternella and daughter Sien (Francina) could be portrayed here and now (appr.1966 , Middelharnis/Sommelsdijk) can truly be seen as a miraculous wonder .........

In the year 1918 my grandmother was pregnant with ( what would later turn out to be ) a babygirl .
The pregnancy however wasn't a plaesant and comfortable one , far from that even .....
My grandmother became sick during her pregnancy , véry sick , só sick that two doctors had to be consulted , who both came to the same horrifying diagnose : Spanish flu .....
This terrible decease must have devestated the lifes of millions of people in that one single year 1918 , and certainly for a pragnant woman and her foetus , when diagnosed with Spanish flu , chances of recovery were slim , very very slim ......but .......as this picture undeniably shows , mother and unborn daughter remained among the living , lived on and both even managed to  reach high ages !!!  

 

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This picture is very dear to me . It was taken in or around the year 1966 in a Dutch Zoo named Ouwehands Dierenpark in the middle of , what is very plain to see , the summertime .

From left to right :  Wim sr. (Willem van der Groef) , my late father  ;  Sien (Francina ten Wolde - van der Groef) , my late aunt  ;  a lost non-aggressive and rather friendly polar bear ..... ;  Riet (Maria Paulina van der Groef - ten Wolde) , my mother  ;  Ben (Bernardus ten Wolde) , my late uncle  and finally .... a somewhat and somehow frightened harmless little child , who seems to have rather picked the soft safe hand of his mother instead of that big claw of that fearful looking huge polar bear .....and since that little boy was (or should I say ís still me ..?!) I can recollect , or at least I thínk that I can still recollect my somewhat ambiguous state of mind about the confrontation with that "horrible gigantic white creature" , whereas my parents nor my aunt and uncle didn't seem to fear that ferocious beast at all ......????!!

 

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#  Picture of my grandparents , my grandpa  LEENDERT VAN DER GROEF  and my grandma  PIETERNELLA VAN DEN TOL  , here in their (early) seventies  -  this picture must have been taken around the year 1965 .
My grandmother was the daughter of  LEENDERT VAN DEN TOL  and of  FRANCINA OSSEWEIJER  and my grandfather was the son of  WILLEM VAN DER GROEF  and of  IDA VAN MAASTRIGT .

My grandmother was born in 1891 in the small place of Nieuwe-Tonge on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands , and my grandfather was born in the year 1888 in that same small place , on that same large island , in that same small country ...

My grandma was born in a family of eight children , and she was the youngest child , and my grandpa was born in a larger family even :  he was the eleventh and last born child of his father Willem , so like his later wife Pieternella , my grandpa also was the Benjamin within the family   -  and there was still another thing they had in common :  they were both born in poor families , under poor , very poor life conditions alas .....
But they succeeded in growing up , by dog perseverence now and then ..., found one another in their hometown Nieuwe-Tonge , fell in love and got married , and immediately moved to an other , bigger place on the island , Middelharnis , where Leendert found work and where  , in the years that came , all of their six children were born .
All the children managed to reach adulthood , but the sheer fact that they all six could do so , can certainly be called a small miracle in hindsight :  their daughter Ida , in her younger years , survived tuberculosis , son Wim , my father , when he was a little child , became so terribly sick one day that the doctor , very much mistakenly  -  as I am the living proof of that ... -  got convinced that my father wouldn't live yet another day .... and their son Leendert almost drowned when he was just three years of age .....and then there was their daughter Sien :  when mother Pieternella was in joyful anticipation of her coming , so to say , and that was in the year 1918 , her health rapidly deteriorated and she was diagnosed with ....Spanish flu .....bút , how incredibly (!) , mother and yet unborn daughter both , one way or the other , survived ánd , just like for my grandfather Leendert , for both of them rather long lifes turned out to be in store !!!

                                                       ---- to be continued ---

 

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#  Picture of my late uncle  CORNELIS (COR) VAN DER GROEF  , born in Middelharnis in the Netherlands on August 18th 1920 ,  son of  LEENDERT VAN DER GROEF  and of  PIETERNELLA VAN DEN TOL  , twinbrother of my late father  WILLEM (WIM) VAN DER GROEF ,  at the age of 19 , here portrayed in Gouda as a young recruit of the Dutch Army , in , as isn't too bold to state , very tense days in a very dangerous period of time in the history of the country , just eight days ahead of the outbreak of the second world war for the country of the Netherlands , when thousands of mainly young men from the eastern neighbouring country started to cross the border and enter the country without ever having been asked and invited to do so ........, bút  -   most fortunately for my uncle Cor (!)  -  since he had just recently been called up , he himself dídn't have to serve during those up coming five days , from May 10th until May 14th , of very severe battle that costed the lifes of so many , mainly young men , and that would follow so shortly after this picture of my uncle had been taken near the barracks of Gouda , when everything in the country still was quiet , harmless and oh so peaceful yet .........   

 

kwartierstaat = 'alle' directe voorouders van  CORNELIS VAN DER GROEF : 

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