1900 up to now
In 1943 hamlet Triemen becomes
an independent Village. Zwagerveen, Hanenburg and
Zandbulten go to Kollumerzwaag. Of Weerdeburen and
Westerburen, two hamlets also belonging to Westergeest is
not much left, although the Weerdebuursterway still
exists. The only hamlet left to Westergeest is
Keatlingwier. Because of this exchange in hamlets the
number of inhabitants drops to 624 in 1941 (compared to
1462 in 1864).
In those days most people where farmers, meaning most
people were having, next to their real work, some
livestock. Nowadays most inhabitants go to work outside
The number of shops in the village diminishes in the
course of years. Some time ago two bakers, two butchers,
a greengrocer, a barber etc. existed. At present, only a
small grocer's shop remains.
On the other hand a lot of facilities came in to
existence in the past years. A farmhouse was rebuild as
community centre, a recreation-terrain was added, and not
so very long ago a tenniscourt and a Yacht haven.
Some years ago, at a village celebration as well as
reunion for ex-Westergeestmers, a small book was issued
with old photographs of Westergeest and inhabitants,
called "Oud Westergeest in beeld" (Old
Westergeest in the picture). It can be viewed and read
'on-line' here at the digital village. I'm afraid it's
dutch only (wasn't intended for the internet).
Go to: Oud Westergeest in
beeld (Old Westergeest in the picture)
Number of inhabitants 1998: 601