Cornelis van Musschenbroek was raised at Klein Hoenlo
in Olst. He went to school in Deventer and some years to the Polytechnical
school in Delft. When his father for personal reasons decided
to emigrate to South Africa, Sam did not join them but went for
a career in the Dutch Indies, He had already spend some years
at the sugar plantation in Tjomal,that was owned by his mothers
family Teding van Berkhout. He had to start at the bottom and
in 1882 decided to return to Holland for further education. He
followed lectures mainly in Germany and made valuable friends
with whom he kept in contact for the rest of his life. When he
returned to the Indies in 1884 he became administrator of the
plantation. His activities and his relentless strive to improve
production drew the attention of the Nederlandse Handelsmaatschappij,
who appointed him as superintendant of the factories on West Java.
As chairman of the General syndicate of sugar plantations he also
came into contact with politics. He was a very hard worker and
had the reputation of great dedication to the sugar industry.
1907 he returned to Holland a fortunate man and became partner
in Van Heekeren & Co, a banking firm in Amsterdam. He also
invested in the development of De Peel in the South
of Holland and started a farm in Odiliapeel. He settled in one
of the most prestigious houses on the Keizersgracht for the winter
months and lived in Baarn in summer. He died in 1914 at the age
of 57 after a heart attack.
and his wife and children after his return to Holland.