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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte received a statement that he paid up his bill at "Pauels, Van Putten & Co., Proprietors of 'Plugger Mills," for the sum of $95.45 for the year 1872, months March through November. Items on the bill included payment for 1,600 pounds of flour in addition to large amounts of bran, fine meal, and cornmeal. These large amounts for each item category may indicate that Van Raalte was supporting the family of son, Albertus. Undoubtedly, Albertus's abandoned wife, Helena, and their five children depended on Van Raalte for support.
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Van Putten, J. Pauels and Heeg, Erica D., "Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Received a Statement That He Paid Up His Bill at "Pauels, Van Putten & Co., Proprietors of Plugger Mills," for the Sum of $95.45 for the Year 1872, Months March Through November" (1873). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 185.