Nij Beets is a village in Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province,
with (1954) 1801; (1973) 1428, and (2001) 1611 inhabitants. It is a separate
village since WWII, originally built on the territory of the former village
of (Oud-) Beets - now Beetsterzwaag for peat-diggers. In Nij Beets was
the seat of the "polderboard" Grote Veenpolder. In the village were
many admirers of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846-1919), a Lutheran vicar,
who became a socialist activist, and later an anarchist. In Nij Beets a
street was named after him (and in the Amsterdam city ward Westerpark is
a huge statue).
Nickname: "Turfkloeten", "Turftrapers" (peat-lumps, -walkers)
- in 1863 peat-digging was started here. The mayor of Opsterland was the first
to put a spade in the soil. Nij Beets coat of arms: Wavy divided of gold and black with over all a "steekijzer"
(peat-cutter) countercharged; in gold with two red cloverleaves; and in
black three silver peat blocks placed 2:1.
Flag: three horizontal stripes of black and yellow, of which the central
stripes is wavy with three waves, proportioned 1:2:1; the yellow stripe
charged with a black peat block, a red clover, and a black peat block.
Peat is represented by the black color, and by the peat-blocks, and
the peat-cutter. After the peat-digging finished agriculture became important,
symbolized by the red cloverleaves.
Design: J.C. Terluin
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1994.
De Woudklank (local newspaper), 3 Sep 1998.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 16 Sep 2003