H18-1683.13. Keppel, Ruth (1896-1993). Papers, 1917-1993. 0.25 linear ft.


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Ruth Keppel was the granddaughter of Teunis Keppel, who immigrated to the United States in 1845 as a scout for his large family back in the Netherlands, and one of five daughters from the marriage of Albert Christian and Kate DeVries Keppel. All the Keppel daughters, except Ruth, married and moved from Holland. Ruth, after graduating from the Chicago Musical College, moved back to Holland and made a career out of her musical talent for playing the violin. She opened a studio at 210 River Avenue and gave music lessons. When a bone disease forced her to end her musical career, she turned to needle crafts to fill her time. Keppel was also very involved in civic life in Holland; she was a member of the Woman’s Literary Club, Holland Garden Club, and St. Cecelia Society. Keppel was also a dedicated local historian, writing scores of columns for the Holland Sentinel, as well as penning “Trees to Tulips,” a history of the settlement of Holland, Michigan. Keppel passed away in 1993. The collection includes biographical information, a 1992 photograph, and several essays, which include: “Garden Beds and Tulips,” 1950; “The Historic Home of Kittie Doesburg,” 1976; “Issac Cappon,” 1982; “My Father—As a Volunteer Fire-man,” n.d.; “Pioneer Merchants of Holland, Michigan,” 1982; and the publication Trees to Tulips: Authentic Tales of the Pioneers of Holland, Michigan, 1947.


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