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Two important notices were published in the Lake Shore Commercial about the disastrous Holland fire. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Bernardus Ledeboer, Henry D. Post, Kommer Schaddelee and Philip Phelps Jr. published a plea for help in recovering from the fire that just occurred. The date of this notice is 14 October. The notice of 21 October written by Henry D. Post vociferiously refuted the rumors that the Dutch did not fight the fire on Sunday because it was the Sabbath. Nothing was further from the truth. The citizens fought the fires on Sunday near the town and were successful in limiting them but the hurricane that came at 2 a.m. early Monday morning caused the fire to consume the city.
Lake Shore Commercial, October 21, 1871.
Post, Henry D.; Van Raalte, A. C.; Phelps, P.; Ledeboer, B.; and Schaddelee, K., "Two Important Notices Were Published in the Lake Shore Commercial About the Disastrous Holland Fire" (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 318.