J. R. Kellogg



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A report in the Grand River Eagle, p 2, on the "Holland Colony-- Improvement—Soil—Crops—Harbor—Roads, & c, & c." which was printed in the Allegan Record on July 18th. The report was written by J. R. Kellogg, a judge who befriended Van Raalte. Hawks and Bassett are the editors of the Allegan Record. Kellogg had just returned from a four day visit to the Holland Colony. He is astounded by the accomplishments of the colonists in just three years. Van Raalte took him on a tour of the Holland area and Vander Meulen of the Zeeland area. He was disappointed that not more had been done in the city but Van Raalte said it was more important to establish farming and get the harbor developed first. Kellogg deplores that the people of Allegan do not get a road built to the Holland area for flour is selling for $9 a barrel in the Colony while it is selling for only $5.25 in Allegan. He implies that the people of Allegan could benefit greatly in trade with the Hollanders. There must be a good road built between Allegan and Holland.




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, July 22, 1850, p. 2.

A Report in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, On the