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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor made a lengthy plea for adequate support for the parochial school. If the school lets go of this school, the children will receive their education "by the world." Mrs. Christina Van Raalte made a plea on behalf of a member who was in desperate need because a member of the church did not pay his bill. Three women of the congregation, representatives of the Ladies Society, appeared before consistory, one of whom was Mrs. Van Raalte, requesting that a well be placed near the church necessary for cleaning purposes. Consistory agreed and expressed their thanks to the ladies for their ongoing concern for cleanliness. The deacons were assigned the task of getting the well dug.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 137.