WT Block Jr -- Nederland, Texas
If one can envision a few tulip sprouts gasping for breath among a vast bed of Texas bluebonnets, then he or she can grasp the dilemma created by two opposing cultures when 1,000 Hollanders were abruptly wrenched from the snug comforts of their homeland and transplanted on a raw Texas prairie in 1898. While this might appear to be a crude and hypothetical comparison, it was indeed quite real for those newcomers who spoke no English and who questioned their ability to compete and survive in a strange land, climate, and environment where "furriners" were not always welcomed.
Summary of articles about Nederland
|Education: A History of Nederland Education and the Nederland Independent School District|
|New Holland: EEN STUK GESCHIEDENIS VAN NEW HOLLAND, TEXAS (in Dutch)|
|Alanson Burson: Father of Nederland, Texas|
|Een kachel op de prairie: Familie uit Hoogkarspel in 1897 aan de wieg van stadje Nederland in Texas|
|A. J. Elings: Some Notes on the Adrian Johan Elings Family
|Rice Farming: Rice Still Dominates Jefferson County Agriculture|
|Cow: Mud, cow led to sale of refinery acreage|
|Dairy Farm’s end stopped wonder bra for milk cows|
|Tulip Transplants to East Texas: The Dutch Migration to Nederland, Texas|
|City Tree: Hurricanes decimated Nederland ‘city tree’|
|Smith & Grigsby's Bluff: Two German Immigrant Communities of Jefferson County, Texas, 1850-1880|
|"Didja Knows" About Nederland, Texas|
|As I Remember: Nederland As I Remember It, 1935-1960.|
|Early Day: Addressing Members of Nederland Rotary Club.|
|Past Century: Nederland during the past century.|
|Diamond Jubilee: by Mrs. Marie Rienstra Fleming.|
|Centennial: Reprinted from Beaumont ENTERPRISE, November 9, 1980, p. 11-B.|
|Families: Several Nederland families have published their memoirs here.|
|The photo at the left was taken in 1903 and is looking East down Boston Avenue. Click on the image to see the full size photograph.|
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