J. Walker



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A report on "The Hollanders and the Colony," which appeared in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2., mainly from a Mr. J. Walker, an American school teacher in Zeeland. This gentleman's students are mainly adults learning the English language. There is also a school using the Dutch language. The village of Zeeland contains "50 to 100 houses". The area is "fast becoming a garden of the choicest kind." The colonists are a "reading and writing people." "When these people arrive, the first thing done is to buy a piece of land; the second is to commence chopping; the third to plant and make a fence, and lastly build a house.




Description of the document 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.


Grand River Eagle, November 17, 1848, p. 2.