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FC: The Bosma Family

1: The Bosma Story | Jacob Johannes Bosma and Feikje Grietje (Florence ) Bosma-Hiemstra Jacob was born on March 1, 1910 on a farm in Aduard just north of Groningen, the Netherlands. He was an only child and lost his Father at the young age of 10. Jacob attended the Landbouw school in Groningen where he graduated with honors. He was then inducted in the Dutch Army but his service was cut short due to the death of his mother. After that time, he started to pursue a career in dairy farming and crop growing. Florence was born on July 7, 1913 in Niezyl which is close to Grypskerk. These towns are also in the province of Groningen. The family farmed between the two communities across from the cemetery where most of the Hiemstra families are buried. She had one brother and one sister. School ended for her when she was 12 years old - after the 7th grade. At age 16, Jacob moved with his mother to Niezyl and he became a good friend of Florence's brother. She was 13 at that time. The two of them did not start dating until later. They were engaged on 0ct 9 -1931. Jacob was 21 and Florence 18 years old. Jacob and Florence were married on April 27, 1933. Florence became a home maker with many talents. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She loved to share her creations with her family. In her later years she loved to write poetry and learned to work the computer at age 87. She loved creating personal cards for family and dear friends. After almost 50 years of marriage and seven children – Jacob went to heaven on Oct 28, 1982, at the age of 72. Florence joined him on March 31, 2011, just short of 98 years.

2: Jacob Bosma's Parents | Johannes & Aaltje Bosma | No pictures are available of Johannes Bosma

3: Florence Bosma's Parents | Heinze & Gezina Hiemstra

4: The Hiemstra Family Heinze (Father), Geziena (Mother) Mame (oldest son), Feikje (Florence), Grietje (youngest daughter)

5: Mame Hiemstra Grandfather of Florence Bosma | Grietje Zylstra Grandmother of Florence Bosma | Geziena Hiemstra Mother of Florence Bosma | Florence 10 years old | Florence 17 years old | Florence 20 years old

6: The Bosma Family | Jacob WWII Service Duty 1939 | Geewke Bosma (Pictured with wife) Uncle & Aunt who helped raise Jacob Geewke resembles Johannes, Jacob's father | Jacob 5 years old | Jacob 20 years old | Jacob 17 years old | Jacob 24 years old with his nephew Hein | Aaltje Bosma Vander Tuuk (Mother)

7: Roelof & Christina Vander Tuuk (Hoving) Parents of Aaltje Grandparents of Jacob Bosma | Aaltje Vander Tuuk (standing) with her girlfriend | Aaltje Bosma (Vander Tuuk) With son Jacob Bosma

8: The Dating Years Late 20's - Early 30's | Jacob Bosma (second from left) enjoying day at the beach. | Feikje Hiemstra (left) shopping in Groningen. | Motorcycle trip through Holland after engagement.

9: October 9, 1933 | Engagement Photo

10: Jacob and Florence were married on Thursday, April 27, 1933. The wedding was an all day affair. They started their day with formal pictures taken in the big city of Groningen followed by the signing of the marriage license at the local City Hall. At 3:30 in the afternoon, they had a formal church ceremony with family and friends followed by a festive evening at the Hiemstra Farm. Their marriage text was Psalm 128

11: April 27, 1933 | Psalm 128 1.Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.

12: "Fraam" Jacob and Florence's first farm. All of the 7 children were born here. The barn was attached and cows were separated by a door from the kitchen.

14: Their Growing Family

18: After World War II, the family left Holland on the New Amsterdam on December 9, 1950 and arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey 7 days later. From there they went by train to Grand Rapids, Michigan where they began their new life in America. | New Amsterdam Holland American Cruise Line December 1950

19: Life in Ada & Byron Center Michigan 1950's

20: Great Grandparents

21: Moving to Artesia California 1950's

22: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.

28: Opoe Hiemstra

30: The Grandchildren

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