Etc. -- Pieter C. Van De Kamer's 1921 obituaries (2 articles)
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 26 May 1921 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Death of P. C. Van De Kamer
Tobacco Grower Died at Lynedoch

After three months illness, Mr. P. C. Vanderkamer of Lynedoch, [59], died at his home on Tue, 24 May 1921.

His funeral was held this afternoon, from his home at Lynedoch to the Lynedoch Cemetery, under Masonic auspices.

Mr. Vandekamer came to Canada from Holland several years ago, and since has been cultivating 135 acres of tobacco land at Lynedoch. Previously he lived in Dutch Sumatra, where he was a tobacco grower for 27 years.

He leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters, who are nurses-in-training at Guelph.

A lightly edited transcription of a page 11 article in the 2 Jun 1921 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Pieter C. Van de Kamer

Pieter C. Van de Kamer's funeral took place last Thursday afternoon from his home at Lynedoch to Evergreen Cemetery, under Masonic auspices. He is survived by a wife and four children -- two sons and two daughters.

Mr. Van de Kamer was born on 30 Jun 1867 in Middleburg, Holland. He died on Queen Victoria's birthday.

When 19 he left Holland for the Island of Sumaira, and was employed by the Dutch East India Tobacco Company as superintendent of a tobacco plantation of 2,000 acres.

As such he had charge of over 2,000 Chinese and Malay laborers. Each year he supervised the care and reaping of from 800 to 1,000 acres of tobacco.

He retired from the company after 14 years and his services were rewarded on his retirement with a handsome life pension.

Mr. Van de Kamer then undertook a voyage around the world and on his travels visited Norfolk County. He was struck with the possibilities of growing tobacco in this county.

During the war he was in the employ of the Dutch Government and on  leaving his native country to settle in Canada he was decorated by the government.

He landed at St. John's, 23 Mar 1920 and came directly to Lynedoch, where he had since lived. He joined the A. F. and A. M. when 21 years old in Arnhem, Sumatra.

Highly educated, he spoke four languages with fluency: English, German, French and Dutch. He was also conversant with the Malay and Chinese tongues.

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