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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present, Elder Keppel was chosen to preside. Rev. Giles van de Wall was present because of matters which would be coming up at the congregational meeting. A difficult domestic matter had been settled. Another one was presented. A meeting was to be arranged with a person who has been accused of theft. Monies collected on Thanksgiving Day were designated for the poor and the academy. It was decided to make improvements on the school of the congregation and if possible, build a new building for it.
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Wakker, G.; Keppel; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 153.