Teake Cnossen wandered almost around the world
From the book: “Between Brek and Skuttel II” by John WalingaTaeke Cnossen was a son of Foeke Cnossen and Tryntsje Nijdam. As a little boy, I can still remember Foeke Cnossen. He was ‘come lker’ to Oudega. His company was on the site where the garage Martens is located. Foeke Cnossen was already an old man, and for our little boy, he was about half a saint. He was an elder of the Reformed Church, and when no minister was available Cnossen often read the sermon. He went there on the way in and could bring him experimentally. As little boys we were sitting in the back of the church and then counted how often Cnossen said, “Oppe datte ‘and’ k grace ‘k grace. This is all I personally know of Cnossen, everything else I had heard from others. Did not always have been. Rosy life Foeke and Tryntsje After their marriage Cnossen was farmer Nijland. Hii there had rented a farm that was owned by the church. The young couple lived intensely in church life Nijland and it did not take long before Foeke made ​​its appearance in the consistory. That was in the years before the Doleantie a whole step. In those days came in Nijland a new pastor, the later very famous professor Hoedemaker. Initially Hoedemaker revealed himself as a supporter of the doleantie. Most probably it affected Foeke Cnossen. However, when the Doleantie broke Hoedemaker did not go. What reason he had here is irrelevant here. He saved the church from Nijland for a schism, because Hoedemaker was a respectable man. But Cnossen went well with the Doleantie it. The church had no mercy; Foeke and Tryntsje had the farm. But in Oudega to be Idzega exactly the Starry was a large farm for rent. The owner was a certain Mr. Pear tree that was right in Zwolle. Thus the eye is a very rich man, for he had nine farms. This mr Pear tree had a son and a daughter. The farm at the Starry he named after the daughter. On the beautiful white fence, the words “State Cornelia. Adorn Foeke Cnossen came to live on this big farm and everything seemed to be in order. With their over the years grown family, she felt at home in Oudega. They were highly respected. . “Cnossen felt like a fish in the water on the big farm where cows were milked as forty. Yet he has been unable strongholds. Partly due to the declining economy, he had to change the farm for a komelkers spuItsje. With Mr Pear tree apparently did not go so well. He sold in 1921 because his “Cornelia State. Now back to what it is all about here, namely the son of Foeke Cnossen, Taeke. Taeke was one of the best students of master Van der Mark and was not cut out to be a farmer. After primary school he attended in Heeg. Classes at the normal school Yet Teake did not intend to become a teacher. He wanted the military and become an officer.

But that was precisely against the wishes of his father. His son among all that rough soldiery, was little good to get there, he thought. Taeke not leave it at that, and even wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister Colijn and asked how they thought about it. The personal letter of Colijn was in favor of their son. Colijn found it a very good choice. There were too few Christian officers and thus Taeke had won their case. Unfortunately, he was condemned for his eyes. A whole letdown and Taeke therefore quit school. The dairy ‘Hope and Blessing “Heeg he was a volunteer. In that same time he emerged as a shrewd speaker at youth clubs and as it had regard would also be a good dairy manager can grow out. Taeke Yet Taeke could not find his way there too, and emigrated to America. He found work at a farm. Emigration as an emergency measure undertaken, with a stay of less than two years in the new world, has given his life. Taeke says it himself in his old age on this: “A man does not determine its own path,” Jer. 10:23. He finds it self actually still surprising that such a flight to America so decisive for the further course of life has become. After eighteen months Taeke America was told that an employee at the ‘Fnesch Dagblad asked, preferably someone who was familiar with the opportunities in America. Taeke applied and got the job. He came over in journalism right and he was exactly in place. Long however, he remained there for eighteen months later he was appointed by De Standaard. That was when the leading newspaper for Christian Netherlands. Proof that Taeke had done when F. D. good In the default one promotion after another followed, and the “come lker soan ‘from Oudega became chief editor. Of course, all this was not easy, and there was a thorough study beforehand. To He studied the possibilities and opportunities for the immigrants in the new world and wrote about it with deft pen. This meant that both the Canadian and the U.S. government invited him for a visit. So he wandered in the years criss train through Canada. Taeke could tell anecdotes about, as evidenced by the following:


“So I sat on a train when a conductor belonged to me and to my ticket early. The man was familiar to me. But then there the middle of nowhere in Canada known encounter, that would be a world wonder? Yet I could not help it, I would not Taeke Cnossen if I let go the man. So I therefore asked him who he was and where he came from. He turned out to be. Son of Mr. Pear tree from Zwolle, the former owner of the “Cornelia State ‘The family had become poor, and the son had emigrated and became conductor.


The U.S. government invited him to criss travel. Twelve top journalists from America His knowledge of this great country this was even greater. So he could give an even better information to emigrants. When war broke out, the standard continued to appear. Many anti-revolutionaries were disagreed. The newspaper could survive until October 1943 and wanted to say that according to them. There had to be geschipperd compared to the Germans. When the newspaper was banned by the Germans and was Taeke farmer in Purmerend. After the liberation, he went back to the office of the Standard, but was told that the newspaper had settled there. The illegality of the resulting newspaper Trouw had taken everything. Taeke then went back to his farm in Purmerend. Three months later, Bruins Slot came personally to ask him if he wanted to be of Allegiance. Employee Taeke no thanks. He was not the man to make so. Across a step But a man with so much ability and knowledge of such emigration countries could not be a farmer. Especially when the emigration boomed after the war. Therefore, he was asked to take the lead. The ‘Christian Emigration Office’ (CEC) is That task was a vagabond life. He was at least three months each year traveling. He led the C.E.C. with great expertise. Almost every year he visited Canada and America, and if he had time he visited his old friends in America the Aukema’s. They had the Starry opposite ‘Comelia State’ lived. Taeke also traveled through South America and investigated the opportunities for immigrants. So he founded a colony in Brazil. Furthermore, he roamed Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Everywhere he conducted talks and knew how to motivate people. He was a great personality and a gifted writer. He has written seven books published. Among others, a great work across Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His book “From war to war” was confiscated by the Germans. It could find no favor in the eyes of the S.D. The entire edition was burned. In 1967 he gave the famous book “People and opinions’ out. He also wrote numerous pamphlets relating to emigration areas.

This was something briefly about the life of a Cnossen ‘come lker soan “that Royal was distinguished as an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau. On December 13, 1952 Taeke died on January 12, 1988 in Leeuwarden.