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September 27, 1907
Johan Albert Rusche
Born: September 27, 1907
Solo (Surakarta), Indonesia
My dad grew up in The Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia. He lived in Solo (Surakarta) in the West and Central part of the island of Java, the stronghold of the Dutch occupancy. He worked at the Rusche family businesses. He was known as Joopie or Joopie Slim. “Slim” is the Dutch word for smart!
Opa Louis Herrebrugh at age 18 and his parents Andries and Anna Herrebrugh moved away from the Banda Islands. The Nutmeg plantations went bankrupt in 1904 because of the gradual loss of monopoly of the spice. They moved to the most northwestern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Banda Aceh. It was a very important seaport just brought into Dutch Colonial rule.
Opa Louis Herrebrugh at age 23 became a customs officer at the Port of Banda Aceh, which was at the entrance to the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
World War I
July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918
The Netherlands remained neutral in WWI.
Oma Diena Rusche brought her kids to The Netherlands during this time.
Joopie, Dina, Oma Rusche, Alwin, Theo
November 17, 1914
Constance Anna Herrebrugh
Born: November 17, 1914
Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Conny’s grandmother, Opa Louis’ mother, Anna Constance Herrebrugh (born Theodorusz) (1859-1916) passes away at age 66 in Banda Neira where she was born. She was the second wife of Andries Michiel Herrebrugh, and had one child, Louis Reinhard Herrebrugh. She married Aug 21 1889 in Banda Neira.
Anna Minke Herrebrugh (Oma Minke) gives birth to Conny’s brother,
Mattheus Thomas Herrebrugh. She was pregnant when Opa Louis passed away.
Mattheus (Thijs) was also born in Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra.
Oma Diena Rusche returns from Europe
Oma Minke and Opa Jacq Herrebrugh with Conny and Mattheus move to Bandoeng in Central Java.
Albert Rusche passes away in Solo at age 80.
Johan was 23 when his father passes.
“Mr. A. Rusche, former director of N.V. Albert and Co. it was heard, died in Solo.
With Mr. Rusche, who reached the age of 80 years, a Solonese of the old stamp has passed away. The deceased was a hard worker, who until a few years before his death, despite his advanced age, actively participated in the management of the case, of which he was director.”
Newspaper clipping Solo
Oma Diena Rusche leaves The Dutch East Indies for a year.
Director N.V. Albert Rusche
The director of N.V. Albert Rusche in Solo, Mrs. D. Rusche, left Sunday morning with the daily from Solo to Batavia, where they embark for a trip to Europe. Mrs. Rusche intends to stay in Europe for a year, before returning to the Indies. Wishing her a good trip and a pleasant stay.
Johan at age 25, also travels to The Netherlands to study accounting and obtains Accounting Diploma in The Netherlands.
Oma Diena Rusche and Johan return to Solo from a year in Europe.