Traces of Toba Batak History Up to the Alas Valley
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The history of the arrival of the Batak Toba tribe to Tanah Alas is quoted from the book "Batak Toba Migrant Outside North Tapanuli: A Description" (OHS Purba and Elvis F. Purba: 1998, 141-162). The opening of the road from Sidikalang to Tanah Alas (1909-1914) became a source of information for the Toba Batak people who came later on. The information came from the workers brought by the Dutch Colonial from Samosir. Frederich Sibarani from Laguboti and his colleagues worked in the construction of a bridge within the Keujeuruen / Kingdom of Bambel. In 1918 F. Sibarani and his family finally settled in Titi Panjang, Kute Prapat Hilir, Keujeuruen Batumbulan, where he opened a carpentry business. Later, the family became a temporary shelter for newcomers from Tapanuli. Toba Batak Pioneers live in Keujeuruen Batumbulan. Batumbulan King then, Teuku Sidun, was pleased with the expatriate Batak Toba for successfully opening the rice fields. News about Alas Land is getting widespread among the Toba Batak farmers and they want to enter the fertile Alas Land. In 1919 David Sitohang pleaded for a letter from Brinkschmidt, a German priest in Sidikalang, to Civiel Gezaghhebber in Kutacane so they could open the village there. The first years of the 1920s Toba Batak farmers increasingly crowded. To get the land they first pay the customary money and get a permit from Keujeuruen. Year 1922 estimated there are already 150 families that settled in Tanah Alas. They open the forest into shelter and farmland. The Dutch Colonials were happy and provided support and convenience for them to open the village. The first village of Batak Toba in Tanah Alas includes Melur Flower, Mbacang Racun and Lawe Kulok. In 1926 there were 8 villages of Batak Toba and six of them already had geuchik / penghulu from their own tribe. It was estimated there are 200 families of Batak Toba people in Tanah Alas. According to the 1930 census there are 1,789 Toba Batak people in Tanah Alas.
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