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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.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

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.

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