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In an article written by Henry Hidding dated 12 March 1912 about the "Ninth Street Church" or the Pillar Church and published in the Holland City News on the 14th of March, the author related the meeting in the church during the Civil War in which Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte participated in the recruitment of soldiers for Company 1 of the 25th Michigan Infantry. Van Raalte had opened the meeting which was lengthy and gave an address. Hidding had been at this lengthy meeting and related his memories of the event.
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Hidding, Henry, "In an Article Written by Henry Hidding Dated 12 March 1912 About the "Ninth Street Church" or the Pillar Church and Published in the Holland City News on the 14th of March" (1912). Van Raalte Papers: 1910-1919. 3.