|On November 17, 1894 Enne
Heins Krottje and Jeltje
Friesema married at Ferwerderadeel. Enne was born at Vrouwenparochie on
March 24, 1871 whereas Jeltje joined the world on December 8, 1872 in
It were hard times in Friesland in particular in the northern clay areas. A lot of unemployment along with poverty and no hope for improvement on a short term. This made many farmhands, laborers, gardeners. etc. to emigrate. Among them were Enne Krottje, Jeltje Friesema and their two little daughters Tjitske and Saakje. The windmill where Enne was employed (located between Hallum and Marrum) had burned down leaving Enne without a job and thus the family headed for New Jersey. A brother of Jeltje who was living there had adviced them to come over and so it happened that the family arrived at New York aboard ss "Spaarndam" on May 1, 1900. Of course they had taken all their savings along: USD 17.--
It didn't take long to adjust their names: Enne became
was Julia, Tjitske was known as Jessie and Saakje's name was
to Sadie. Furthermore the family name was simplified: instead
of two, only one "t" was used and from then on the surname was Krotje.
In 1904 the third daughter was born: Radea.
Many thanks to Robert Walker, Mississippi and Enne Krottje, Ferwerderadeel.
Picture courtesy of Robert Walker.