The Hague - The chic Strait has begun with the demolition of the house of 'Geitemie', such as the occupant is known. The dilapidated house was used in part by the woman as a stable for animals. To the annoyance of local residents.

Geitemie sputtered until yesterday against. While construction workers had already begun demolition, -half they slept in the open air- still in the house. The animals had left the meantime.

pastor Daughter

The protagonist in the sad story vicar's daughter to Gempt, nicknamed Geitemie, because she had several goats and poultry. The animals were in the garden, but also came in. Income women has barely.

The house was nearby and The Hague an eyesore, partly due to the complaining neighbors. People who spoke passed the house of a sour and foul air '.

Big cleaning

A year ago, the municipality already intervened. The municipal cleaning took two cars with manure and dirt out. Locals watched with interest far more than average.

According to the Haagsche Courant was it that the animals were well cared. Geitemie itself did not suffer from the stench, it was concluded.

Meanwhile, the municipality was well in the stomach with the dilapidated house and the ever-complaining neighbors. Councilor Vrijenhoek had little confidence that would improve the situation and decided that the house should be declared uninhabitable. In this way, the minister's daughter could not stay longer.


Geitemie is an attraction in The Hague. Youngsters watch and make animal sounds when they see women working in her backyard.

Geitemie but can also rely on allies. The stories about the eccentric occupant not only regional, but also made the national press. And that produces reactions. In the newspaper the Fatherland released a letter to the editor of a woman's fate 'developed, very good-hearted preacher's daughter 'picks. She calls people to give money, so that the woman is on top again.

“Because when these 'false interest’ sometimes was converted by us in the right and we gave her some money to put a good chicken coop, thereby from the sale of eggs could live and get some help to clean the book, they continued to live with her animals in peace and cleanliness”

(letter, The Fatherland, 14-01-1933)

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Meanwhile, the church went through with plans to throw the house to the ground. According to officials of the municipality the property was so humid, there is a danger to health. The roof leaked, drains did not work, the attic floor was about to collapse and the outer walls also were in bad condition.

The owner, who rents the property to Geitemie, get the right contract to renovate the house, otherwise it goes to the ground. She refuses. A renovation would be too expensive and not profitable.

The landlord hopes Geitemie by the appalling conditions themselves packed her bags. But that does not happen. And although the owner initially tooth and nail against the degradation resistance, They finally agree to demolition.

Not without a fight

When three construction workers this week would begin to bomb the house, Geitemie refused to leave again. Even the roof was partly from, she stayed on her rented upstairs. Her last night she looks directly at the stars.

This morning the special lady has her struggle still halted. The hole in the roof had become too large to remain in the house. The newspaper 'The Motherland' described it as if she had capitulated "after its campaign against 'stones and beams".

Hoe ging het verder?

Although the term 'Geitemie' for some (elderly) People from The Hague is certainly known, is completely unclear what further happened to Miss Te Gempt.

At the site of the 'private zoo’ You can now stay in the Hilton Hotel. Previously the building was the office of the central administration of the PTT.

UPDATE: Four years after its expansion announced the foundation Spiritualitische ethicals Circuit which Mejuffruw A. to Gempt on 11 september 1938 "To better places’ went. (Thanks to JDK)


“The "house of Geitemie” will be torn down.”. “Haagsche courant“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 06-01-1934.

“The animal stall in the Strait.”. “Haagsche courant“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 10-01-1933.

“GROOTE CLEANING In private zoo”. “the TIME : religious-political newspaper“. ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 12-01-1933.

“WRONG INTEREST.”. “The Fatherland : state- and literary newspaper“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 14-01-1933.

“HAAGSCHE COURANT Wednesday 18 Januari 1933. No. 15321. FOUR LEAF. town news. Rede van Minister Stauning.”. “Haagsche courant“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 18-01-1933.

“LAW BEING For the Subdistrict”. “The Fatherland : state- and literary newspaper“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 09-04-1933.

“town news. Lt-H General. A. Seyffardt.”. “Haagsche courant“. ‘s-Gravenhage, 02-01-1934.

“Geitemie Capituleert”. “Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad“. Batavia, 26-01-1934.

Text: Dave Datema coop Ingrid Smits

published: 01 oktober 2017

story number: 02

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