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"44. Communication of the City Council of Ommen to the Governor of Overijssel,..." Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte arrived in Ommen eight days ago and took up residence with Egbertus ten Tooren, the town baker. "His presence here in town was an offense to those citizens who think otherwise [those in opposition to the Seceders]." Van Raalte was taken into custody and would be transported to Deventer the next day. Troublemaking such as the breaking of windows was attributed to "inebriated wicked boys..."




Ommen, Overijssel Province, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by Nella Kennedy, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the Gemeentearchief, Ommen by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Gemeentearchief, Ommen.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Gemeentearchief, Ommen.

Communication of the City Council of Ommen to the Governor of Overijssel