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A student at Hope College in the Preparatory School, R. H. Joldersma, wrote a report in the student publication, the Excelsiora, on the death of Albertus C. Van Raalte. The student made much of the fact that Van Raalte's death occurred on election day. When the death of V.R. was announced the school's classes were dismissed for the rest of the week. Friday, the day of the funeral was beautiful. The funeral cortege was very long, seventy six carriage in addition to the formal line up of city council members, etc. "After Dr. Crispell had closed with prayer, we left the Cemetery fully convinced that a great man had fallen." The death of V.R. must have made a great impression on the students. The account is hand written and consists of six pages.
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Joldersma, R. H. and Heeg, Erica D., "A Student at Hope College in the Preparatory School, R. H. Joldersma, Wrote a Report in the Student Publication, the Excelsiora, on the Death of Albertus C. Van Raalte" (1876). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 290.