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Henry Broekema
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Birth: Apr. 24, 1891
Grootegast Municipality
Groningen, Netherlands
Death: Jul. 6, 1972
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

He was born as Hendrik Broekema in the country village Doezum in the western part of the Dutch northeastern province Groningen. His parents are farmer Derk Broekema, 25 years aged, and Jantje Venema.

On 9 May 1910 farm laborer Hendrik Brockema arrived alone, without relatives and at the age of 19 years on the SS California, which had departed from Glasgow, at the harbor of New York, Ellis Island. His last residence place in the Netherlands was his birth village Doezum and his final destination Kalamazoo, Michigan, where a friend, G. Smith was living, but later on he lived with his uncle Wllem Broekema in Manhattan, Gallatin County, in the southwestern part of Montana.

On 20 January 1915 Henry Brokema married at the age of 23 years in his residence place Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana, to the also 23 years aged Jennie Van Dyken, born in province Groningen and residing in Manhattan too, daughter of Peter van Dyken and Heine Klugkist.

They purchased in 1915 the Van Dyken homefarm from Jennie's mother and siblings. Jennie's parents Peter P. and Heina Van Dyken immigrated from in 1893 from the Netherlands and eager for a new opportunity growing barley for the Manhattan Malting Company, purchased 160 acres for $2,400 in Gallatin County, five miles south of Churchill and built a house on it. The area became known as Little Holland.
Henry and Jennie's second-generation farming consisted of a dairy, chickens and hogs in addition to the grain and alfalfa. They always had a huge garden and canned vegetables. The cows were milked by hand and each egg from the 500 chickens was candled and hand stamped, then crated and shipped by train to Amos Brothers in Butte. Henry gave his son Peter Broekema and his wife Winifred each time they took the crated eggs to the train station in Manhattan two silver dollars. Jennie made man angel food cakes from those cracked eggs. And often on Sunday evenings the grandchildren would walk across the street to Grandpa Henry and Grandma Jennie for chicken dinner. Jennie fried the chicken, which was breaded with a flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg mixture. She was also famous for her hot applesauce cake recipe, to which she added candied fruit at Christmastime.

In June 1919 they lived at their dairy and chicken farm five miles south of Churchill, Gallatin, when their third child, Marie, was born.
In the beginning of 1930 Henry Broeksma (38 y) lived with his wife Jennie (39 y) and their children Jennie (13 y), Henrietta (11 y), Marie, (10 y), Peter (9 y), Dorothy B (6 y) and Herman (1 y) in the Dutch settlement Holland, Gallatin County.
In 1940 the 49 years aged farmer Henry Broekema lived with his wife Jennie (49 years too) and their, all in Montana born, children Marie (20 y), Peter (19 y, farm laborer), Dorothy K [Catherine] (16 y) and Herman W[illiam] (11 y) at their own farm, worth #1500, in the Dutch settlement Holland, Godfrey Canyon Road, Gallatin County, Montana. In 1935 the family lived at the same farm.

Son Peter Broekema and his wife Winifred Sluys of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were deeded the farm on May 9, 1967, and they became the third generation to farm the homestead.

Henry died in July 1972 in Gallatin County at the age of 81 years. His wife Jennie died in March 1962, just a day before her 71st birthday.
Family links: 
  Jennie Van Dyken Broekema (1891 - 1962)*
  Marie Broekema Rowell (1919 - 2008)*
  Peter Broekema (1920 - 1983)*
  Herman Broekema (1928 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Hills Cemetery
Church Hill
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
Maintained by: Peter Hakze
Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
Record added: May 22, 2011
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Henry Broekema
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