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Julia Gilmore, now Mrs. Ben Van Raalte, wrote her brother, Darius Gilmore in Fairview, Illinois. She writes that Ben is busy with his implement business. He is also the school treasurer, which includes the task of collecting taxes. The baby daughter loves her white kitten. The household, a family of seven, (counting Ben, Julia, the baby, the hired girl, brother Dirk, and two hired men) is busy. Passing on some family gossip, Julia tells Darius that Will Gilmore has "very, very few friends here," and only President Phelps and Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte favor his return.




Holland, Michigan


Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg, January 14, 2004.

Description of the document and reference to Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin 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.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


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 Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin.

Julia Gilmore, Now Mrs. Ben Van Raalte, Wrote Her Brother, Darius Gilmore