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Abel Postma was born in Singapore, Michigan, on August 25, 1870. He was a general contractor in Holland for 45 years and specialized in commercial buildings. At the time of his death, “he built or remodeled from 85-90% of the Eighth Street business district” (Holland City News, June 24, 1943). He served as 5th ward alderman from 1927-1931. He also served on the Ottawa County Board of Supervisors from 1935 until his death. The collection contains the papers and personal effects of Abel Postma and includes price lists from vendors, information on the Ottawa County Board of Supervisors, family correspondence, lots map of Lake View Subdivision (1926), and many books on health and well-being, especially women’s.


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