The village Ulrum
Ulrum is a lively village, situated in the north-west of the province of Groningen, in the municipal de Marne, close to the Waddenzee and Campsites.
Ulrum has a history that stretches far back. This can be seen because the center of Ulrum is located on and around a mound. At the highest point of the mound the Dutch Reformed Church is located since the Middle Ages (approx. 1225). This church, restored to its original state, is certainly worth a look at specialy the interior. In and around this church in 1834 the separation of the from Dutch Reformed Church occurred. This division created a few years later the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands
It was first mentioned in the 11th century as Uluringhem, the settlement of the people of Ulurin or Ulrin. The village lies on two "wierden" (man-made hills). On one wierde is the Romano-gothic church (end 12th century), on the other the demolished castle of Asingaborg, since 1988 the site of a park. Here Hendrik de Cock was vicar when he started the "Afscheiding" (secession) movement in 1834, which became the foundation of the "Gereformeerde Kerken" in the Netherlands. The "Kocksianen" were
enthusiastically persecuted (even some laws of Napoleon were used against them), and some of them migrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), where they founded Holland, Michigan.
For centuries Ulrum was the terminal of the "snik" (track-boat) from Groningen city. Between 1873 and 1916 there was on the Hunsingokanaal the "Ceres" straw-paper factory.
Until the early 19th century Ulrum had a large borough/castle The Ansingaborg. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asingaborg_(1810).jpg Unfortunately the 'borg' has been broken down. But the place now has since a few years a beautiful garden. Where one can enjoy great hiking and nature.
Ulrum where I was born in 1944 and so is my wife Fran (Froukje) the place where we went to school and for 7 years in the same class..... I worked for a Volkswagen Garage (Oosterhuis) in1960 for one year,then istarted to work for Oldenhuis BV great time! was blessed to have worked there with the founder Beno Oldenhuis for 4 years !! During this time we fell in love .and still are!
This is the place where Fran and myself went to Church the Christian Reformed Church (Gereformeerde Kerk). 1944 to 1966. and where we got baptized and married in !
We left Ulrum in 1966 and moved to Delfzijl as a married couple where i worked for Lommerts BV and where our Kids where born, Nanda and Mike Huizenga After 4 years we Immigrated to Nova Scotia Canada and Worked for Nico Visser in Waterville 1970! and from there we moved to Ontario in 1971 Started to work for Metcalfe Service Centre as partner for 23 years on January 10 1994 started to work for Ottawa Valley Harvestore General manager in sales going in to my 20 years
Today we live in Winchester after living for 40 years in Metcalfe.