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In a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor requested a report of the committee raising funds for the school. The results of only one district was reported on. $15 was received for the teachers and $11 for the new building. There was no unity in the meeting about the school. Some wondered if the school was even necessary. It was proposed to raise $600 "by means of a tax personally assessed. This was approved. "...[T]he president expressed his concern whether it would be wise to continue with this matter." [It was not clear whether Van Raalte wondered about continuing the school or if the tax assessment was the right way to go.]
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1861). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 96.