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|Opschrift:||Deze foto stond in Sljucht en Rjucht d.d. 23 april 1921.|
|Omschrijving:||Op de onderste rij v.l.n.r.: B. van der Valk (Wieuwerd), S. Andringa (Baard), J. Schurenga (Roordahuizum), J. Mensinga (Franeker), onbekend, Sietsma (Akkrum), M. Dijkstra (Dronrijp), H. Posthumus (Makkum), P. Talsma (Roordahuizum), D. Hoitsma (Wijnaldum), R. Zandstra (Roordahuizum), J. de Oude (Luinjeberd), J. Sijsling (IJlst), J. Syperda (Sneek), H. Poelstra (Noordwolde), S. de Hoop (Driesum), Y. Overwijk (Driesum), E. de Oude (Luinjeberd) en S. de Boer (Pingjum). Op de tweede rij v.l.n.r.: Jan de Oude (Luinjeberd), J. Talsma (Roordahuizum), J. Bakker (Hommerts), K. Leenstra (IJlst), H. van der Ploeg (Franeker), J. Piekema (Oosterlittens), K. Hoogterp (Mantgum), J. Wildeboer (Oudega), H. F. Tjaarda (Uitwellingerga), M. van der Heide (Joure), D. Ottema (Pingjum), T. Rienstra (Achlum), W. Bakker (Baard), J. en P. Stienstra (Zweins), J. Pape (Noordwolde), P. Sinnema (Finkum), H. de Jong (Oosterlittens), onbekend, Postma (Noordwolde), G. Houtsma (Amsterdam), P. van Tuin en G. Kuipers (Balk), Geer van der Plaats (Oosterlittens) en C. Faber (IJlst). Op de bovenste rij v.l.n.r.: D. Swierstra (Roordahuizum), C. Olievier (Hallum), A. Swierstra (Roordahuizum), M. van der Ploeg (Franeker), S. Talsma (Roordahuizum), Th. de Jong (Britswerd), R. Syperda (Sneek), W. Andela (Oosterlittens), W. Talsma (Oosterlittens), S. van der Ploeg (Franeker), J. Mellema (Marrum), S. Schilstra (IJlst), H. Piekema (Oosterlittens), F. Wijnstra (Franeker), S. de Jong (Woudsend), K. van der Valk (Wieuwerd), H. Kuipers (Balk), E. Bakker (Baard), L. Zandhuizen (Menaldum) en G. van der Plaats (Oosterlittens).|
|Plaats:||West Paterson, Passaic County; Amerika, Staat: New Jersey|
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13 januari 2010 - Liz (Steenstra) Chasolen (Grand Rapids)
First, your information is incorrect: the picture was not taken in Chicago, Illinois, but taken at a picnic to celebrate 25 years for the UTY, and the year was 1918, not 1921.
It was taken at a place (picnic grove ?) called 'REGINA ROOST' in West Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA.
There were many Frisian immigrants to the Paterson area especially 1890-1930. Wishing to meet with others who shared their language, customs, hobbies and dreams, a small group of men would meet on Sunday afternoon to play the game of kaatsen. From this group, the establishment of the UTY was formed in (June 13th) 1893. What started as a social group became a major support system for the new americans.
They established a 'sick fund' which aided members and friends in need of help whether due to illness, poverty or just household repairs. As it grew, they had a Frisian library and choral and instrumental societies. By 1930 they had more than 100 members; later they had more than 300 members and supporters. It became the largest association of Frisians in America.
This is also from the booklet celebrating 50 years (1943):
' By this time (1920's) the automobile had come within reach of all. Some members ventured to Rochester (New York) where a similar Frisian group had organized a club and Kaetsen contests were held. From these visits was born the idea that through cooperation of the UTY, Rochester (NY), Chicago (Illinois) and Grand Rapids (Michigan) eminent Frisian orators could be induced to entertain us in the unadulterated Frisian language.'
' ....those visits to and fro later resulted in the Paterson-Rochester 'kaats-days' . Usually the Paterson kaatsers go to Rochester on the 4th of July, and on Labor Day (Sep 2nd) the Rochester kaatsers come and visit Paterson. ....There's more fanatic kaatsen, more bragging and they are lovely days.'
'...On Decoration Day (May 30) 1930, 75 kaatsers registered to try and win the prize that day. A medal offered by Dora Terpstra and also a silver spoon donated by U. Rijpma for best kaatser of the day were some of the prizes. Later more often was 'kaatst' for such a spoon. Three times, a box containing 3 spoons was sent to us by U. Rijpma to make kaatsen bloom in Paterson as well that way. Those 75 kaatsers on one day has been the highlight of our 'kaats-days' '.
'Kaatsen' obviously was a very important part of the early Frisian immigrants' lives in America. Besides the obvious fun and sport it afforded these people, it provided an escape from the hard work done all week to support their families. It was where a boyhood game became the center for Frisian language, memories, business and future plans. The game was a springboard to the organization of the UTY in Paterson and other Frisian social groups in different towns.
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