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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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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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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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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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Interview with Henry Hoekstra (1)

It is June 9, 2009, and I am interviewing Mr. Henry Hoekstra, a member of Hull Protestant Reformed Church.   MHH:  Mr. Hoekstra, where and when were you born? HH:  I was born in 5/15, 1934, Boyden, Iowa. MHH:  Who were your parents? HH:  Peter and Florence Hoekstra. MHH:  Where did you grow up?  Could […]

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Interview with Elsie Verhey (2)

MHH:  Are there any other memories that stand out in your mind or any events that you recall about your life here in Edgerton and in the PR church? EV:  Can’t forget the Fourth of July picnics. MHH:  Tell me about it. EV:  Well, we had it out at the farm where we lived, or […]

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Interview with Elsie Verhey (1)

It is March 2, 2009, and I am at the residence of Mrs. Elsie Verhey in Edgerton, Minnesota.   MHH:  Mrs. Verhey, where and when were you born? EV:  I was born in Murray County, which is about 8 miles east of here. I was born at home. MHH:  And what was your date of […]

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Interview with Agatha Lubbers (2)

MHH:  And at that point you became… AL:  The principal until 1997. And I had the problems of being a principal. MHH:  For example. AL:  For example. There were people who felt that I was too severe.  There were people who felt that I wasn’t severe enough on certain things. There were kids who lied […]

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Interview with Agatha Lubbers (1)

It is June 27, 2009, and I am interviewing Miss Agatha Lubbers in Grand Rapids, MI. MHH: Miss Lubbers, where and when were you born? AL: I was born on a Thursday, December 24, 1931 on 12th Avenue in Jenison, Michigan. The house in which I was born is still standing—a little brick building. MHH: […]

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Interview with Jean Buteyn (2)

GB: When people talked about the singing not being very good in Randolph, I experienced that very much (laughter).  I think that from 1965 on, some of the young men in the church (and Jean and I were married) bringing other spouses into the congregation—that helped the singing tremendously. It also kept the congregation close […]

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Interview with Jean Buteyn (1)

It is April 11, 2008, and I am at the residence of Gary and Jean Buteyn in Randolph, WI. This is a joint interview with Jean Buteyn (JB)—the unofficial historian of the Randolph congregation—and Gary Buteyn (GB). MHH:  Jean, can you tell me where and when you were born and a little bit about your […]

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Interview with Don DeVries

It is April 12, 2008, and I am at the residence of Mr. Don DeVries, near Randolph, Wisconsin. MHH:  Mr. DeVries, can you tell me where and when you born? DDV:  I was born in Rural Route Randolph, on July 21, 1934. MHH:  What can you tell me about your childhood, your family, anything that […]

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Interview with Ed Gritters (2)

MHH:  So this small group that was left did what?  They reconstituted, but what did they do for a meeting place and a pastor, and what happened after this? EG:  They immediately asked Rev. Hoeksema to come and help them to decide what to do about it.  So Rev. Hoeksema came. One of the main […]

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Interview with Ed Gritters (1)

It is July 5, 2008, and I am interviewing Mr. Ed Gritters of Redlands, California. MHH:  Mr. Gritters, where and when were you born? EG:  I was born February 20, 1929 on a farm just north of Hull, Iowa, and I was baptized by Rev. C. (Cornelius) Hanko in 1929. MHH:  Who were your parents? […]

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A Blessed Heritage

God’s faithfulness shows itself to the church in so many ways and it seems at differing degrees throughout history.  The older members can testify to the battles that they have had to fight in their days.  The younger members do well to listen for their own spiritual well-being.  What follows is the recollection of such […]

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Interview with Everett Van Voorthuysen (2)

MHH:  I’d like to explore that just a little bit further.  What was the thinking or the impetus behind the establishment of the school and the re-establishment in Redlands? EVV:  Rev. C. Hanko was our minister, and he really promoted that. We had DeBoer, then Vermeer, then Kuiper after ’53, then H. Veldman for four […]

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Interview with Everett Van Voorthuysen (1)

It is June 14, 2008, and I am interviewing Mr. Everett VanVoorthuysen [EVV] of Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands, CA. His wife, Audrey Van Voorthuysen [AVV] has also made substantial contributions to this interview.   MHH:  Mr. VanVoorthuysen, where and when were you born, and who were your parents? EVV:  I was born in […]

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Interview with Herman Ophoff

It is March 24, 2008, and I am at the residence of Mr. Herman Ophoff in Grand Rapids, Michigan. MHH: Mr. Ophoff, where and when were you born? HO: I was born on Butterworth Avenue in Grand Rapids. And when I was two years old, my folks moved because my dad (Rev. George M. Ophoff) […]

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