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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and served as clerk, Van Raalte reported that he raised more than $2,500.00 for the academy buildings. He also mentioned that he was looking for a woman teacher for the parochial school. Girls twelve years old and younger and boys seven years and younger would be enrolled. Discussion was held on the location of the academy building but it would be built on the five acres contributed by Van Raalte.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1857). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 360.