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Interview with Vivian Hunter

It is March 2, 2009, and I am at the residence of Mrs. Vivian Hunter in Edgerton, Minnesota.   MHH:  Mrs. Hunter, where and when were you born? VH:  I was born in Philadelphia, PA, May 31, 1921. MHH:  Who were your parents and what can you tell me about the circumstances of your early […]

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Interview with Mr. Harold Schipper

It is January 6, 2009, and I am at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schipper in Holland, Michigan.   MHH:  Mr. Schipper, where and when were you born? HS:  I was born in Holland, Michigan, on 236 East 11th Street. MHH:  And when was this? HS:  January 14, 1926. MHH:  Who were your […]

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Interview with Mr. Terry Elzinga

January 5, 2009 Mr. Terry Elzinga, Zeeland, Michigan   MHH:  Mr. Elzinga, where and when were you born? TE:  I was born in September of 1940, in Borculo, Michigan. MHH:  Who were your parents? TE:  My parents were Tom and Edith Elzinga. MHH:  Where did you grow up? TE:  When I was about four months […]

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Farewell

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” —Psalm 37:25. These words apply to me as I write my last editorial as editor. During my tenure as editor of Beacon Lights, I have studiously avoided or minimized interjecting a personal element into […]

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Interview with Richard Poortinga

It is June 21, 2008, and I am at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Poortinga in Dyer, Indiana   MHH:  Mr. Poortinga, where and when you were born? RP:  I was born in Munster, Indiana, not too far from here.  December 25, 1924. MHH:  A Christmas baby! RP:  A Christmas baby, yes.  It […]

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Editor’s Note

As is our custom, in this issue we are publishing four essays from the annual scholarship contest. This contest is open to those who are pursuing an education directed toward either the ministry or toward teaching. These papers are the ones the committee determined were the best from this year’s submissions. Two are written by […]

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Interview with Nick Kleyn (2)

MHH:  Nick, do you have comments on all of this? NK:  Well, back in 1975, Prof. Hoeksema and Rev. [Cornelius] Hanko came over.  And they came to Winnaleah where we actually lived.  We lived in LaPort, just only a few minutes out of Winnaleah, and we have to be to the airport at five o’clock.  […]

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Editor’s Note

As our regular readers know, Beacon Lights has recently sponsored a writing contest. The intent was to encourage our readers to think, as well as to develop their writing skills. The entries have been received and judged, and the winning essays are published in this issue. We received disappointingly few entries in three of the […]

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Interview with Nick Kleyn (1)

It is April 18, 2009, and I am at the residence of Nick and Ina Kleyn in Walker, Michigan My interest in obtaining this interview is connected with the fact that they are formerly residents of Australia.  My purpose is to establish the connection between churches and saints in Australia and the Protestant Reformed Churches.  […]

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Interview with Henry Hoekstra (2)

 MHH:  Now, as far as the congregation itself was concerned, obviously there was considerable division.  And I think that included the church property itself?  What is your recollection of the events subsequent to the schism? HH:  Well, I don’t think ours ever got to court.  You know, they [the schismatics] went back to the Christian […]

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