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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.
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Niles, Ray, "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" (1865). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 326.