fs August and Justina De Decker
Emiel was the only son of August NoŽ and Justina De Decker. He was only 3 years old when he moved with his parents and sisters to the polders in St.-Margriete.
|Emiel and Irma on their wedding day.|
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On 27 April 1904 he married Irma Victorine Melanie De Bock, the daughter of Charles Louis De Bock and Victorine De Neve. She was born in Watervliet on 8 August 1880. They took over from August on the farm and many years later they retired to Watervliet when their youngest son married and took over from them.
The children of
Emiel and Irma
But long before that, on 30 May 1916, Emiel was sentenced to a fine of 3 Marks by the "Mobile Etappen Kommandantur" of the German Occupation forces for not delivering enough butter during the previous week ("... weil Sie in der letzten Woche zu wenig Butter geliefert haben"). On that day at least 26 other farmers from St.-Margriete were fined up to 15 Marks for the same offence. Here with our thanks to Mr. Alex De Reu is the official document, the "StrafverfŁgung".
They both died in Watervliet where they had retired, Irma first on 6/7/1951 and Emiel on 4/11/1955.
They had 4 children:
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The most meritorious Meetjeslander of 2004Here according to www.Meetjesland.be is why:
An initiative organized in collaboration with the written and spoken press. The journalists of the region put forward suggestions for the Meetjeslander of the year and one of the 5 nominees for 2004 was the NoŽ family from St.-Margriete.
On the Livinius [sic] Farm in a historic building Carlos NoŽ and Sonja Sucaet have found a recipe for modern agriculture. They combine contemporary agriculture with bio-farming, education and social work. They bring children in contact with agriculture, with the region and with nature. They give less privileged children the opportunity to help on the farm and thus to experience something interesting.The Livinus Farm is also home to the Mondina project, a non profit association whose purpose is to inform children on farming and in particular bio-farming.
Besides restoring the historic buildings there is also room for a modern storehouse and this characterizes their work: they succeed in preserving that valuable dimension from the past while seeking in an innovative way for original solutions where these are required.
In 2004 they were praised for the construction of the watering pool as part of a project of the Regional Landscape Meetjesland and for housing Mondina, an education project for the young which meant their being recognized as an environment and nature education center.
On 22 September they were elected the East-Flemish Concerned Farmer 2004 by Wellbeing Support (Steunpunt Welzijn) and by the East-Flemish Rural Guilds.
|The wedding picture of Agnes and Willem.|
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And now, here comes... a riddle !
Achilles Van Herreweghe (į 25-10-1876), Emiel NoŽ (į 11-7-1877) and Cyriel Vandevelde (į 30/1/1878), where and when did they get to know each other ? We know that Emiel, Achilles and Stanislas Verbeke were together in the same school in Gijzegem.
Stanislas Verbeke ? He was born in Lede on 27 July 1876. His son Georges Verbeke got married to Georgina Van Herreweghe, one of Achilles' daughters and of course Willem's sister.
But Cyriel Vandevelde, where did he go to school after St-Joris-aan-den-IJzer ?
Before the Oblate Friars who arrived in Gijzegem in 1945, the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, commonly called the Eudists were there from 1903 onwards. What religious Order ran the school before 1900 or was it a school of the diocese ? Perhaps the answers to our questions are buried away in their archives if these still exist.
See here a school photograph. Who can recognize our three (or four ?) heroes in this picture ? And who are the others ?
Most recent update: 17 January 2017
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