it isn't written down, it is lost.
lived in the "Dutch Village" of Oak Harbor for
72 years of the 107 since the first Hollanders arrived on
Whidbey, we are convinced that our friends deserve recognition
for their efforts in becoming part of America.
It was a difficult book to write, especially for someone
without a drop of Dutch blood. But maybe that made it all
the better, seen from an outside perspective.
"the melting pot" has become home to peoples from
all over the world who fled their mother countries because
of persecution, crowding, famine and war, and within a few
generations have become "Americans." America is
one of the great mysteries of the world.
1620, 120 pioneers of English Separatists who had fled England
and had been living in Leyden for 12 years, embarked on
the Speedwell in the Port of Delfshaven, with others leaving
Rotterdam on the Mayflower, to become what America regards
as The Pilgrim Fathers.
City of New York was New Amsterdam for many years, as more
and more Dutch left their native land for other shores.
An industrious, God fearing people, with more than their
share of talent, it took them some 300 years more or less
to emigrate to a lonely Island in northern Puget Sound in
is what this book is all about. It is not a genealogical
book, it is a story. A story of families, and struggles,
of hard work and enterprise, of churches . . . but mostly
it is about a people bent upon becoming Americans.
all our great good friends among the Dutch in Oak Harbor
we dedicate this trivial record of their generations, with
an apology for not being able to include all of the wonderful
stories that only happen in families.
our old friend Charlie Vander Voet said, "Dot's right!
Pull up the broekie and show 'em vot you can do!" .