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Elder Labots was chosen as chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. It was decided to rotate the chairmanship so that one did not have to be chosen at each meeting. Plans for the new parsonage were approved with the estimated cost to be about $2,500. The building committee must now canvass the congregation for pledges and funds. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Tolk requested a piece of land on which to build a house "for as long as he and his wife live." [Could this be the Mrs. Tolk who lost her life in the Holland Fire of 1871?] The Graafschap congregation would like some financial help for their parsonage.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church