Journal of a Dutch Immigrant

Written by Francis Ruiter Francis travelled from his market gardening hometown of Andijk, the Netherlands, to Canada on the former Dutch troop transport ship, the Kota Inten in April of 1948. His first job was at his uncle's small ranch in Houston B.C. where he worked for two years as...

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Written by Francis Ruiter

Francis travelled from his market gardening hometown of Andijk, the Netherlands, to Canada on the former Dutch troop transport ship, the Kota Inten in April of 1948. His first job was at his uncle's small ranch in Houston B.C. where he worked for two years as a farm hand. After a stint as a lumber jack and a variety of occupations, he transitioned into life insurance as an agent for the next 30 years.

A bicycling accident, which left him an amputee, forced him into early retirement and a dramatic change in life. An athlete who ran marathons, he also could bike a hundred kilometers on a given day, loved backpacking, and canoeing the Coppermine River to the Arctic. After his recovery, however, he started to swim and set off on numerous other adventures…. Read about his life and how he approached it with "… offbeat tenacity (often bordering on bullheadedness) of one restless Dutch immigrant". 

Paperback, 191 pages, Limited supply

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