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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the president announced that the successor to Rev. Giles Vande Wall who left for South Africa will be a person who "is able to use the Dutch language, which is the only means and the normal way for us to retain our Holland national existence as Hollanders, and give direction to the instruction of our youth, in such a way that they will remain bound to our people through love. The absence of this kind of influence will very likely mean that the American influence will distance us Hollanders, as well as our confessional statements and cateachism, all of which is precious and essential." The instructor will be financed by the classes of Holland and Wisconsin. Hence Rev. Pieter J. Oggel is a prime candidate for the position. Families will be assessed twenty cents quarterly to pay his salary.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1861). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 104.