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Henry Veenschoten                  Dad's Practicality
       by Girard (Gary) Veenschoten, M.D.
Also read Henry V.'s Story by daughter Joanne Hill.

Dad [Henry Veenschoten] was born in 1892, a month before mother. His was a Dutch family who immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. His father died a few months before he was born. He came from Holland. His mother was born in this country. Dad was the youngest of six children. They lived in a Dutch settlement in northwest Iowa, beginning as poor farmers, becoming well to do. They spoke Dutch in the home. All were great Christian people. A great event of the week was Sunday, when the whole family went to church three times and Sunday school. The ambition of all Dutch families was to have one child become a minister. Here, dad was that person.

Dad went to the academy in orange city, and from there he Stella Veenschotenwent to hope college, graduating in 1914. Then he entered western theological seminary, associated with the college. Dad was graduated in 1917. He could preach in Dutch. Just after seminary he married mother, and then they became long term missionaries of the Reformed Church in America, and, along with quite a group, was assigned to the Amoy Mission in Fukien, China. Mother had an excellent soprano voice, and played the piano expertly. She was well trained in classical music.

They spent two years in language study and were assigned to the station in Chang Chow. Dad's primary interest was evangelism, and, as time went on became moderator of a large classis of Chinese churches in the growing Christian community. In later years he also taught in our Christian Chinese seminary.

I was born in 1919, my sister Joann, in 1923, and my sister Elin was born in 1929.

Dad's Practicality Veenschotens in Toa-bo late 1920s (Gary Veenschoten as always holding an animal
After furlough dad was given a small inheritance. It is important to remember that 25 cents bought a good meal. And a hair cut cost two bits. So dad and mother decided to have built a summer home.

We must remember, too, that Amoy is about 4 degrees north of the tropic of cancer. It faced the Pacific ocean, catching a tremendous amount of moisture against the coastal mountains. We must also remember that there was an inherited British colonial attitude from seventy years of privileged living, in what amounted to a British colony. Also, we have to remember that the times of the twentieth century were extremely turbulent. Thus, building a rest home to get away from the heat, showed both courage and confidence in the future.

Toa Bo Suan (big hat mountain) or, in mandarin, Tai Mo Shan, had been used for rest and recuperation for many years by all of the missionary community.

Here it was that dad and mother decided to build a house in 1928.
Dad and mother had been living in houses that had been built, over the years, to be accommodated to the tropical climate. We had the heat, which was awful in the summer. As I said, the humidity was in the 90's all day and all night. One just couldn't sleep. I have seen people die of sunstroke, becoming delirious. The mosquitoes were huge. They spread malaria, which killed people by the millions. More people died of other tropical diseases, like tuberculosis. I saw a man throw up his lungs on the street in front of our house. I had a positive tuberculin test at the age of 13.

I still have the primary complex. The coast was beautiful with its vistas of the sea. But we had tropical storms, which sometimes became typhoons

Materials
Dad and mother decided on a beautiful site between two hills, and overlooking the ocean fifteen miles away, wooded with tall pines.
There was the ruins of a two story house a short distance away, which provided bricks. This is one of the riches of Fujian (Fukien). It has a rich red soil that bakes into indestructive bricks. There was granite which could be quarried next door. The roof would be made of tile, which have been perfected over the centuries, curved so one course faced up and one course faced down to protect against typhoons.

Dad planned a spacious house facing south toward the ocean, with three bedrooms, two baths, a large living room dining room with a large granite faced fireplace (for which he got the plans from the "Ladies Home Journal" the floors were clay floor tile. We also had screens on the very large veranda facing south, and all over the house.

There were two disadvantages. The coolie had to carry water about two blocks from the spring. The resort was about twenty miles from Amoy. It was a strenuous trip by bus, river boat, and finally "shanks mare" up the 1800 foot mountain.

What happened?
We were able to use the house in 1928, and 1937. It was safe and secure and "far from the madding crowd".

We were in the U.S. in 1932 on furlough. That was also the year Japan started insinuating her way into china. 1934 we had to evacuate to Amoy. The whole of Fukien was unsafe. In 1937 I came back to the u.s. Our parents had to evacuate to the Philippines, after living two years in Amoy (Xiamen).

It is my understanding that the resort was used by the military during the Mao Tse Tung era.

I heard from someone that the house burned down when a fire swept the mountainside.

During their lifetime, I have never heard a word of complaint from either dad or mother about the locale, or how hard their work was, or about the circumstances under which they lived when they came back to the U.S. in 1940. They were given a typical Chinese send off, which the Chinese give to those they love and respect, tapestries which were inscribed with eulogies for their long service.

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The Reformed Church of China (Amoy Mission, started by the Reformed Church of America (Dutch)  in Amoy Hea-mun (aka Ameouy )A.M. Main Menu
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Reformed Church of China's Amoy Mission 1877 Report by DuryeaAmoyMission-1877
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David Abeel Father of the Amoy Mission, and China's first education for girls and women
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Henry and Sarah Beltman, Amoy Mission  1902-1928?Beltman
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Ruth Broekema Amoy Mission 1921 1951Broekema, Ruth
Henry and Sarah Beltman, Amoy Mission  1902-1928?Bruce, Elizabeth
William Burns, Scottish Missionary to China, visited Amoy Burns, Wm.
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Henry and Kate Depree Amoy Mission  1907 to 1948DePree
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Reverend W. J. Pohlman, Amoy MIssion, Fujian ChinaPohlman, W. J.
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