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At the graveside service of Elizabeth Vander Meulen, wife of D. C. Oggel, in early May, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte offered the prayer. Van Raalte is quoted to have said: "Corn must remain in the field a long time, endure much: rainstorms, rough winds, hailstorms, much bad weather; but through all this it ripens for the granary where it is safe."




Zeeland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, 2001.

Description of the document 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.


Ter Nagedachtenisvan Rev. Cornelius van der Meulen, (1876), p. 151.

A. C. Van Raalte Said a Prayer at the Graveside Service of Elizabeth Vander Meulen