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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the case of the separated couple again came up. The husband is portrayed as a very difficult man to deal with. The home in which a child has not yet been baptized is in domestic turmoil. Consistory will bring this situation to the classis before it may move to excommunicate this family. Van Raalte made an extensive report on the parochial school of the congregation. There are many problems. He feels that the consistory and congregation are lacking in support of the school. Hendrika Zwaluwenburg asked that 50 cents a week be restored to her salary as teacher in the school.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakke, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 131.