H09-1688.20. Vandermel, Cornelius G. (1880-1971). Papers, 1897-1968. 0.25 linear ft.


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Also spelled Van der Mel in some sources. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 15, 1880. Attended Hope College High School (1896-1899); Hope College class of 1903 graduate (A.B.). Graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (A.M., 1906). Licensed by the Classis of Grand River in 1906. Ordained by the Classis of Passaic in 1906. Served as a pastor for many RCA churches: Fairfield Reformed Church, Fairfield, New Jersey, 1906-1908; Constantine Reformed Church, Constantine, Michigan, 1908-1910; Fishkill Reformed Church, Fishkill, New York, 1910-1916; Pultneyville Reformed Church, Williamson, New York, 1920-1925; Third Reformed Church, Albany, New York, 1925-1930; Niskayuna Reformed Church, Schenectady, New York, 1930-1931; Mohawk Reformed Church, Mohawk, New York, 1933-1937. He also served as a stated supply pastor for the RCA at Williamson Reformed Church, Williamson, New York, 1940-1941. Vandermel passed away in Albany, New York, on November 29, 1971. The collection includes correspondence between Vandermel and Hope College administrators including John Tysse, President Calvin Vander Werf, President Irwin Lubbers, Marian Stryker and archivist Janet Mulder. Other materials include his yearly letter to friends, his class coursework biology plates binder (1898-1900), and three Meliphone Society ribbons he received while at Hope College High School from 1896-1899 (stored in Hope College Objects Collection).


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