Ray Niles



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In the autobiography of Ray Nies (1877-1950), there is the story that the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte had invited his father over for dinner. Father Nies demurred saying he did not have clothes good enough to wear to the Van Raalte home. Van Raalte insisted and Nies attended a dinner there. After the blessing and before food was partaken, Van Raalte reportedly said that Nies had provided food for the Van Raalte sons on a battlefield after a big battle. Dirk and Ben were hungry and Nies had divided what food he had with the Van Raalte sons. The dinner was in honor of Nies who had provided for the sons.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

In the Autobiography of Ray Nies (1877-1950), There is the Story That the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Had Invited His Father Over for Dinner