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Jacob Brouwer Collection, 1995

Collection Overview

Title: Jacob Brouwer Collection, 1995

ID: COLL/030

Creator: Brouwer, Jacob (1912-1998)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Teacher and employee of the Veterans’ Administration Hospital system. The collection includes letters, poems, a manuscript entitled "Roots Among the Tulips," and articles entitled "Tiger Operation" (World War II) and "Garden Farming in Roseland."

Biographical Note

Son of Roelof and Marie (Ketel) Brouwer, Jacob Brouwer was born on May 3, 1912 in Enschede, the Netherlands. The Brouwers immigrated to the United States in 1913 and settled down in Chicago, Illinois. Brouwer was very athletic and very involved in local sports. Brouwer boxed in the Golden Glove competition as well as coached a high school basketball team leading them to become city champions. Brouwer graduated from Calvin College. During WWII, he enlisted in the Navy and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1972. After serving in WWII, he attended University of Chicago where he earned his master’s degree. In 1943, Brouwer married Rosemary Emmett. They had 3 children–Rolf, Kathryn (Rode), and Rachel (Gachpazha).

In 1950, they moved to Sheridan, Wyoming. Brouwer became the Chief of Social Services at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan. Brouwer was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a church elder. From coaching Little League Baseball to being the chairman of the local Red Cross, Brouwer remained very active in his community. Jacob Brouwer passed away on December 1, 1998.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence and Writings
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1995
Folder 2: Garden Farming in Roseland
Folder 3: Tiger Operation and Article --- 1995
Folder 4: Poetry
Folder 5-10: Roots among the Tulips