Hope College

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The majority of this collection surrounds the John H. Kleinheksel and Anna Sophia Van Raalte family. Anna Sophia was the youngest daughter of Holland founder, Rev. Albertus Christiaan Van Raalte. She married John H. Kleinheksel from Fillmore Township. He was the head of the mathematics department and a professor at Hope College, along with being vice president of Hope College until his death in 1916. John was director of the Peoples State Bank and Sunday school superintendent of Hope Church. Also included in the collection is correspondence of Gerrit J Diekema and John B. Nykerk, both renowned in the Hope College community. There are additional documents pertaining to the life of Frank De Moen Kleinheksel, Helena Pieters Kleinheksel, Gretchen Ann Kleinheksel, Delia Ossewaarde Kleinheksel, Albertus C. Van Raalte and family, Albertus C. Van Raalte Gilmore and Clarence J. Lokker. Materials include photographs, correspondence, lineage records, obituary and funeral records, marriage services, baptism service, military correspondence, and warranty deeds. Additional documents pertaining to Clarence J. Lokker’s biographical information have been added. Photographs within this collection show John H. Kleinheksel, Anna Sophia Van Raalte Kleinheksel, Paul Edwin Kleinheksel, Anna Vera Kleinheksel, Frank De Moen Kleinheksel, John Lewis Kleinheksel, Gerrit J. Kollen, Maria (Mary) Wilhelmina Van Raalte, and additional members of the Van Raalte family and its descendants. Additional collections of interest include Elizabeth Van Burk Lokker (H05-1584.5) and Irene Reidsma (H01-1426).


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