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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.




Transcription by Michael Douma.

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.


Lake Shore Commercial, October 21, 1871.

Two Important Notices Were Published in the Lake Shore Commercial About the Disastrous Holland Fire