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Peter "Pete" Broekema
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1920
Holland
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1983
Manhattan
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

In June 1919 his parents lived at a dairy and chicken farm five miles south of Churchill, Gallatin. Peter Broekema was born on 19 June 1920 in Manhattan, which is about nine miles of Churchill. Was Peter born there in hospital?

In 1930 Peter (9 y) lived with his parents Henry (38 y) and Jennie (39 y) and his siblings Jennie (13 y), Henrietta (11 y), Marie, (10 y), Dorothy B (6 y) and Herman (1 y) in the Dutch settlement Holland, Gallatin County, in the southwestern part of Montana.

In 1940 the 19 years aged farm laborer Peter lived with his parents, farmer Henry Broekema (49 y) and Jennie (49 years too), and his siblings Marie (20 y), Dorothy K [Catherine] (16 y) and Herman W[illiam] (11 y) at their own later on so-called Flikkema farm, worth #1500, in the Dutch settlement Holland, Godfrey Canyon Road, Gallatin County, Montana, five miles south of Churchill. In 1935 the family lived at the same farm.

Peter married on 3 March 1948 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Winifred Sluys. They held their wedding reception in the Hills School house. His sister Dorothy, born in 1923, married in 1952 in Manhattan to Barney Sluys, a brother of Winifred.

Peter and his wife Winifred Sluys of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were deeded the Flikkema farm on 9 May 1967 by his parents, and they became the third generation to farm the homestead. Pete and Winnie's three girls were Joyce, Eileen and Beverly. Winnie cooked on an old coal stove and lived in a house without a bathroom. Pete raised sheep and cattle and hogs as well as grain and alfalfa. Later, Peter introduced wheeline irrigation and underground gravity irrigation pipelines. Peter saw great changes in farming. As a boy, he plowed the fields with horses. As an older man, he cultivated the fields with large tools in an air-conditioned tractor.
When Peter passed away from a stroke at the age of 62, in 1983, he had increased his acres to include another 160 acre irrigated farm and 640 acres of dryland. His widow Winifred died in 1997 in Gallatin County too, at the age of 70 years.

In 1972 Peter's daughter Eileen Broekema married Maynard A. Flikkema. They were happy to raise their family on the farm. Maynard and Eileen started farming Peter's entire operation in 1979 and bought the farm in 1993. Eileen planned a 100 year celebration on October 3, 1993. They are still actively working the farm in 2010.

Source of last two paragraphs: one of Peter's three daughters, article about the Flikkema farm, 2010, internet.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Broekema (1891 - 1972)
  Jennie Van Dyken Broekema (1891 - 1962)
 
 Spouse:
  Winifred Sluys Broekema (1927 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Marie Broekema Rowell (1919 - 2008)*
  Peter Broekema (1920 - 1983)
  Herman Broekema (1928 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hills Cemetery
Church Hill
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
 
Maintained by: Peter Hakze
Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
Record added: May 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70223742
Peter Pete Broekema
Added by: Jim Harrison
 
Peter Pete Broekema
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