Joseph Hendrik Hubert Vroemen <i>(Jos.)</i>
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Joseph Hendrik Hubert Vroemen

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Joseph Hendrik Hubert Vroemen (Jos.)

 05-07-1883 Echt (Limb.)      22-06-1964 Utrecht (80)
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Vroemen, the station chief of Valkenburg

    Jos. Vroemen started his career at the state railway company as a telegraph operator in Echt. In a sales contract he is mentioned as a railroad official from Echt on June 21, 1920. [1]
    He then became stationmaster in Valkenburg. During the war he made sure that the LO of Valkenburg was always informed when interesting things happened at the station.

    • In case of danger, he warned by phone with the code “You can’t unload your wagon”.
    • People in hiding who arrived by train usually reported to him. They were then sent on, for example, to sexton Van Ogtrop of the Roman Catholic Church. See The Sexton in the Confessional.
    • As a result of a tip-off from him, a wagon of eggs was captured to benefit those in hiding at the hospital and other places. See Butter and Eeggs.
    • Thanks to the attentiveness of stationmaster Vroemen, the property of the Jesuits from their convent, which had been confiscated by the Germans, was recovered after the war. Among them were a famous ant collection of the entomologist Father Mückermann and Lithuanian books that Pierre Schunck had not been able to recover before. At the latter’s request, he had noted the addresses to which the boxes had been sent. See Chalices and Chasubles and [2]

    In 1947 he became a member of the first board of the newly founded Valkenburg Music School as secretary and treasurer.
    He was buried in Valkenburg on June 27, 1964. [3]


    1. Archief Rijckheyt, Heerlen
    2. Christine W.M. Schunck, Niet zeuren maar werken – Twee generaties Eck vanaf 1873, artikel in Het land van Herle 2015-3