told him much about West Friesland farming and their milk-rich cows, which the President was glad to believe. Hereupon Mr Zijp invited the President to come and personally verify this and that, which invitation was accepted.
On 3 June 1884 President Paul Kruger came to Abbekerk, due to which Mr Zijp had set up a small
agricultural show/display with a collection of choice cattle. The milk-richness was then actually
demonstrated in the presence of the important guest, who stayed with Dr Tjade Spaander of
62 Dorpstraat, Twisk. A large dinner was held on the first floor of his manor house with Dr Tjade Spaander as host.
Dr Tjade came, as many did, to West Friesland with great cares and difficulties because of the great diminishment of prizes and goods in the 90's of the previous century.
He was found dead in his bed on 26 June 1895. A small residue of poison was found in a glass on his bedside table, which made it likely that his sudden death was not accidental.
Jan Spaander cont...
This Jan Spaander and the Pieter Spaander of page 65 both worked at the same institution and to
distinguish one from the other in conversation, Pieter was called 'the Water Spaander' and Jan was called 'the Blood Spaander'.
Jan Spaander cont...
K C Spaander had the following to tell as well:
This Jan Spaander had a large double farm (with two conjoined houses) and in 1840 together with Pieter Winkel and Jan Commandeur was one of the three instigators of the "Onderlinge
Verwaarborging", a kind of insurance company against the loss of stock.
Jan Spaander was a very rich man who owned much land in Abbekerk and elsewhere, among others at Sijbecarspel. However he was not saved from misfortunes. When Napoleon I in
1808 / 09 invaded Spain and heavy battles were fought, among others at Saragossa and
Victorina, the Spanish Bank in our country went under / bust, through which Jan lost Dfl.80.000 in one hit.
Just imagine what an enormous amount of capital that he owned, e.g. the loss of Dfl 80.000 at
2 % inflation per annum would have been worth Dfl. 3.000.000 in 1994 guilders !
The people of Abbekerk and his acquaintances said this about it: "It was raw but he ate not a bite less for it" ("Het was puur, maar hai at er gien stik minder om".)
Apparently the victim could stand against this loss.
Extract from the municipality of Beets' Registry of Deaths in regard to the death of Gerrit
Spaander Kz, who served as a soldier in the French-Russian War (1813) :
" On this four and twentieth day of April in the year eighteen hundred and fifteen is received by our Mayor as official of the citizens of the Municipality of Beets, this Extract from the Register of Deaths of the military hospital of Fulda, delivered by Mr Grun, the Director of this same hospital on the fourth of May eighteen hundred and thirteen registered in that same hospital on the third of May in the year eighteen hundred and thirteen died, from the consequences of fever, Gerrit Spaander having belonged to the seven and thirtieth regiment, second battalion, Company of Light Carabineers, born at Beets, Canton Hoorn, no.2 Department of the Zuiderzee the reported Gerrit Spaander being a son of Klaas Spaander and of Hillegond Moolenaar living in the
municipality of Beets"
The aforementioned Mayor of the Municipality of Beets
(signed) Klaas Spaander