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A news item in the Holland City News, p. 5, that "The old homestead of Rev. Dr. Van Raalte is being repaired and improved on an extensive scale. We learn that the intention is to veneer the entire a building with brick." This is a crucial bit of information about the Van Raalte home. Van Raalte must be feeling well and that he has the funds to spend a significant amount on his home.
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"A News Item in the Holland City News" (1875). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 227.