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.
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:
į St-Margriete 12/2/1906.
She never married. She took care of her parents in their old age but died before her father, on 14/3/1952.
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į St-Margriete 24/6/1907.
He married Georgine Vandevelde in Knokke on 13/7/1935. She was born in St.-Joris-aan-de-IJzer on 2/10/1912. She was the daughter of Cyriel Vandevelde and Alice Broucke.
Here we bring you a great photograph of the bride and groom with the wedding guests, here you can admire a photograph of just the bride and groom on the same great day and finally click here for more information on the Vandevelde family and some of the other wedding guests.
Gerard was a pharmacist. He had a dispensing chemist's (in American, a drugstore) in the center of Deinze where he was a very popular figure.
Gerard and Georgine both passed away in Oudenaarde, he on 7/3/1992 and she on 12/6/1994.
They had 4 sons and 3 daughters. They have 22 grandchildren and since 11 March 2014 they also have 35 great-grandchildren.
One of their twin daughters died very young. Here we have two different funeral cards for her.
One of their granddaughters married an American. They live in the USA and now have a daughter of their own whose first name is Noe.
A grandson, ophthalmologist Dr. Piet NoŽ, was in the press, i.a. on 5 May 2010. Knack, a Flemish weekly magazine and Kerk en Leven (Church and Life) both told us that he performs more than 3000 surgical interventions per year in his medical center in Kabgayi in Ruanda. That means he is responsible for about 85% of all eye surgery in this central African country. Some of the credit also goes to two Belgian not for profit organisations "Licht in het Duister-Rwanda vzw (LIHD) (Light in the Darkness-Ruanda) and Light for the World, who collect donations to help pay for it all.
On 12 June 2014 we were in the HQ of Light for the World for a presentation of his work in Kabgayi by Dr. Piet NoŽ. Here you can see some pictures made before and after that presentation. We were told that a huge percentage of the blind live in Africa and that very few ophthalmologists work on that continent. Ruanda for instance with its population of 12 million has only 12 ophthalmologists. Most of them work in the capital Kigali and are far too expensive for the poor who most need their services. Belgium on the contrary with its 11 million inhabitants has more than 1,000 ophthalmologists.
į St-Margriete 3/4/1909
He took over the family farm shortly after WW II.
On 12 June 1945 in St.-Jan-in-Eremo he married Marie Van Damme, the daughter of Karel Van Damme and Hortensia Sturm. She was born in St.-Jan-in-Eremo on 9 June 1917 and passed away in Watervliet on 20 October 2014.
Follow this link for a wedding picture. One of her ancestors was Ambrosius De Clerck.
|Maurice and Marie had 3 sons and 5 daughters.
Three of their 12 grandchildren are married and on 6 March 2014 their
thirteenth great-grandchild was born. One of their daughters gave birth to a daughter who
gave birth to a daughter. That's 4 generations of the same sex alive.
In Dutch they have a name for it; they call that a "viergeslacht"
("vier" = four and "geslacht" = gender).
Maurice passed away in Ghent on 3 January 1981.
Their youngest son succeeded them on the family farm. We translate here something about him and his wife from a really great website (in Dutch) www.Meetjesland.be :
The most meritorious Meetjeslander of 2004Here according to www.Meetjesland.be is why:
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.
į St-Margriete 27/3/1911
|On 29 May 1941 she was married in St. Margriete to Willem Van Herreweghe, an arboriculturist. He was born in Serskamp on 9/2/1911.|
|The wedding picture of Agnes and Willem.
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|Long before the days of easy mass tourism he
travelled far and wide to promote and sell his products. Willem and
Agnes have 2 sons and 3 daughters who each have 3 children of their own.
Like Estelle, her sister, Agnes died fairly young, in Serskamp on 20 November 1959. Willem remarried in Ghent on 24 December 1960 with Maria De Corte. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Willem passed away on 1 April 2001. But not only the family firm goes on. His oldest son also grows great plants and successfully exports them to the four continents (http://www.jvh-nurseries.com).
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 ? 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: 29 April 2015