H88-0115. Ossewaarde, James (1869-1920). Papers, 1897-1904, 1920. 0.25 linear ft.


Hope College

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Born in Zeeland, Michigan, in 1869; Hope College Class of 1890; Princeton Theological Seminary Class of 1893; and attended New College in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1893 to 1894. Licensed by Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan; ordained by the Classis of Illinois in 1894; served as a pastor for Second Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa, from 1894-1898, and Bethany Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1898-1902; served as chaplain in the United States Army from 1902-1929, after being nominated by Hope College President G. J. Kollen after being approached by United States President Theodore Roosevelt to nominate a Michigan Reformed Church in America candidate. He served with the Fourteenth Infantry at Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan (1902), Twenty-First Infantry, Fort Snelling, Minnesota (1902-1904); he died at Alcatraz, California, on January 3, 1920. Collection includes his diploma from Hope College in 1890 (Hope Non-Photographic Media), biographical information, and his diary (1897-1904), which contains many photographs and correspondence from when he served in the United States Army.


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