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In the section on local news in De Hollander, there was a report of a major fire in the Holland, Michigan, area. It was caused by the many fires for clearing land and for the boiling off of maple sugar. A storm apparently caused a strong wind that caused the fire to spread rapidly. There were fires at the tannery, the shipyard, many homes and the Plugger steam mill. The Van Raalte home on the east side of town was in danger but was by-passed. It was expected that the churches in the Classis of Holland would take offerings for those who suffered losses in the fire. The news article included with the information that Rev. Pieter J. Oggel had arrived from Pella, Iowa, the previous Friday. On Sunday, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte preached on the tenth and eleventh questions of the Heidelberg Catechism.
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ten Hoor, Henry and Kennedy, Simone, "Report in De Hollander" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 58.