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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."
Ter Nagedachtenisvan Rev. Cornelius van der Meulen, (1876), p. 151.
Van Raalte, A. C. and ten Hoor, Henry, "A. C. Van Raalte Said a Prayer at the Graveside Service of Elizabeth Vander Meulen" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 310.