Julia Gilmore



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In an informative and lengthy letter, Julia corresponded with her brother, Darius Gilmore, in Fairview, Illinois. She hardly has time to write because Will and Christine Gilmore's baby cries so much. Christine gave six music lessons today. She reported on the Holland fire, writing that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte "has lost very heavy." Will Gilmore, Dirk Van Raalte, and Ben Van Raalte have also lost heavily. Dirk said that he was a ruined man because he lost so much timber.




Amelia, Virginia


Description of the document and reference to Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin 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.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin.

In an Informative and Lengthy Letter, Julia Corresponded with Her Brother, Darius Gilmore, in Fairview, Illinois