First Reformed Church
Grandville, Michigan
Centennial Book

1859 - 1959


The past months have been arduous at time, but as a whole, most satisfying. In our quest for historical data we have come upon many interesting facts about our church's past. Research of this nature is rewarding.

The happenings of 100 years in the life of any church would fill many pages, therefore in preparing this book the committee has merely touched upon the highlights as recorded through the years. It has been our purpose to produce an informative book that would give much pleasure in its perusal, not only for the present, but also in the years to come.

In gathering data and in writing and rewriting the contents, it is possible we have omitted some important facts, and names of some who deserve honorable mention. If so, rest assured it was unintentional; and it is hoped our shortcomings will be overlooked. In no way have we deliberately minimized the contribution of anyone; and the data have been authenticated insofar as it was possible to do so.

The committee expresses sincere appreciation to all who have so kindly assisted us in publishing this book by contributing information and loaning pictures, also in planning and presenting our Dedication and Centennial observances.

Dedication-Centennial Committee

Elizabeth Fennema
Jennette Land
Suzette Ulberg
Hemmo Zwyghuizen
Cornelius Mekkes

Centennial 1859 - 1959



Grandville, Michigan was one of the first places to be settled by the whites in the Grand River Valley, and it became the nucleus of the Wyoming settlement. In 1821, Rix Robinson, the first American settler in this region, purchased a fur trading post near Ada; in 1826 Rev. Isaac McCoy established a Baptist mission in Grand Rapids, near what is now the corner of Bridge street and Front avenue; in 1827 Louis Campau established a fur trading post in Grand Rapids, near the mission; in 1829 Daniel Marsac settled in Lowell as a trader; and in 1830 Edward Robinson came to Ada.

In the fall of 1832 four men came down the Grand River in search of a site for a future community; Amos Gordon, Robert Howlett, Luther Lincoln and Stephen Tucker. They stopped here at Grandville because the Indian corn fields, planted in the natural clearing caused by centuries of river action, appeared to be essentially ideal, as it was fertile, level, open land; and the tract provided good grass for cattle, good drinking water, readily accessible timber and water transportation. Grandville was known then as 'Little Prairie', and the area had been inhabited by Indians of the Ottawa and Chippewa (or Otchipwe) tribes. At least two of the homes near the river still being occupied were once log cabins housing Indians. The Indians' burial mounds can still be seen near the river a considerable distance east of Grandville.

In 1833 Mr. Lincoln purchased the Grandville site; and this is considered the year that civilized men took possession of the Valley. The first house of any description was Mr. Lincoln's log shack in which he spent his first winter; and the first house suitable to live in was Mr. Tucker's built in 1833. Mr Lincoln brought five yoke of oxen with him , and in the spring of 1833 was the first man in all Kent County to turn the soil with a plow and raise corn that summer. That same year Jonathan Chubb, Joseph Copeland, William Godwin, Gideon and James Gordon, Myron Roys, George Thompson and Henry West moved to the area.

The year 1834 brought several others, among them Hiram, Lucius and Luman Jenison. In 1835 others came, among them Charles Oakes, the first Grandville merchant. In 1836 80 acres were platted for a future village. This was in the vicinity of the present Oakes and White streets. Lots were sold to builders for $25, likely in order to increase housing facilities rapidly; and they were sold to others probably for speculation, for $100. In 1835 a Methodist Episcopal mission was established in the Grand River territory extending from Grandville to Portland, and Rev Osband Monette was appointed circuit preacher for this area. The first Methodist Episcopal church in this region was erected in Grand Rapids in 1843. In 1838 Rev. James Ballard organized a Congregational Society in Grandville.

In 1847 about 15 young people came from the colony at Holland to find work in this community; and Sunday services were held under the leadership of a Mr. Lagerweg and Jan Roest. The services likely were held in the homes. In the next two years, 1848 and 1849, the first Holland families settled in this area, among them the Andres, Sietse Bos, Uelke De Vries, Boele Hamminga, the Mekkeses, the Minderhouts, Albert Oostland, the Sterrenbergs and Siert VanderVeen. It is certain that the little colony's beginning was a combination of disappointments, trials, and sacrifices, for during 1849 it suffered severely when 19 of its number died of cholera; but thanks to God's grace and our fathers' implicit consecration, they did not deter, but adjusted themselves to circumstances with resignation and peace of mind.

The first organization of the Reformed Church in Grandville was recorded in 1849, when the Rev. Seine Bolks of Overisel and the Rev. Martin Ypma of Vriesland were appointed by the Holland Classis to organize the church. The congregation numbered approximately 50 members - adults and children. Chosen as a consistory were Uelke De Vries and T. Sterrenberg, elders; and Mr Andree and Mr Minderhout, deacons. It is not known where the organization took place, nor where services were held.

In 1854 the church merged with Second Reformed church of Grand Rapids, whose minister was the Rev. H.G. Klyn, (The First and Second Reformed churches of Grand Rapids merged in 1918 to become the present Central Reformed.) This status continued until 1859, when the present church was reorganized; and it is this year from which the anniversaries are counted.

Grandville First Reformed claims distinction in being one of the pioneer Reformed churches away from the Lake Michigan coast and outside the original migrating churches. Only Grand Rapids First Reformed (1840) and Second (1849), and Kalamazoo First (1851) antedate this church; thus from the days of early pioneering to the present day of intensive industry and business, Grandville First Reformed church has carried the glorious banner of our Lord and His Gospel.

April 13, 1859 is the date of the reorganization, which took place in the schoolhouse, which was located on the southeast corner of Franklin avenue and Oakes street. This organization was under the leadership of a committee from the Holland Classis, the Revs. Cornelius VanderMeulen and Andrian Zwemer. Eleven communicant members were received by membership transfer from other churches; 21 members were received on profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and 46 adults and children were received as baptismal members from other churches; thus the communicant members numbered 32, and baptismal members 46, for a total of 78 members. The 32 charter members were - by membership transfer: Johannes Albrechtse, Miss Jocomina De Boe, Hendrick De Ruiter, Johannes Kaboord, Gerrit Jansen Mulder, Johannes Schnitzler, Miss Dina Schuppers, Miss Christina B. Smits, Johan Theodore Sterrenberg, Miss Cornelia Van Loo and Miss Grietje Venekamp; and on profession: Mrs Sietse Box (nee Teetje Trompe), Willem Borst, Willem De Jong, Mrs Willem De Jong (Maria), Mrs Grietje (Borgman) Lanning, Klaas Theodore Mekkes, Mrs Annigje (Boor) Mekkes, Dingeman Minderhout, Marinus Minderhout, Mrs Marinus Minderhout (nee Cornelia De Boe), Klaas Oosterhuis, Mrs Klaas Oosterhuis (Jantje VanLiele), Gerrit Jan Sikking, Jacob Sterrenberg, Willem Sterrenberg, Mrs Gaaije Vander Veen (Jantje Oostland), Peter Van Dyke, Abraham Ver Strate, Jan Vinkemulder, Mrs Jan Vinkemuller (Margariete Borrendamme), and Jan Vieringa. The elders elected at this time were Johannes Kaboord and Johan Theodore Steerrenberg; and the decons, Gerrit Jansen Mulder and Johannes Schnitzler.

In 1860 the congregation purchased the first part of its present property, one acre on Wilson avenue, for $100; the in 1861 built its first church, a frame structure, 30 by 50 feet in size. In 1909, when a new church was to be erected in its place, this building was sold to the village for $425, and was moved to the west side of the street where the city offices are now located. The congregation was given the privilege of using it until the new church was ready; then it was used as the town hall, with a jail in the basement. It was razed in 1929.

In 1862 the congregation extended a call to the Rev. Johannes Vander Meulen to become its pastor, but this call was declined.

In 1865 the first parsonage was built - a two-story frame house with a one-story wing. In 1897, when a new parsonage was to take its place, it was sold for $150, and moved to East Prairie street. It is now owned by children of Mrs. William Bruin and the late Mr. Bruin.

In 1869 the Holland Classis, of which Grandville First Reformed was a member at that time, transferred six churches for the purpose of organizing the Grand River Classis. Those churches were Muskegon, Grand Haven, Polkton (now Coopersville), Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids Second and Grandville First. In 1923 reorganization and realignment of the Classis' boundaries occurred. That brought into being the Grand Rapids Classis, with 23 member churches, of which Grandville First was one. In 1954 the Grand Rapids Classis was divided into two - the North and South Classes. Grandville First is now one of 18 member churches in the South Classis.

Ministers of the Holland Classis supplied the pulpit of this church until April 1867, when the Rev. Mannes Kiekintveld accepted a call and became the first pastor. He served until April 1870.

The second pastor, the Rev. Willem P. De Jonge, served the church from July 1871 until this death in August 1887. He was buried in Wyoming township cemetery. In 1874 the congregation bought its next piece of property, one acre with frontage on Church avenue, from Rev. and Mrs. De Jonge for $130.

The next two ministers were father - and son-in-law; the Revs Roelof Duiker and Peter A.J. Bouma. Rev Duiker was pastor from January 1888 to December 1889. It was during this time that an organ was first used in the services. This one was a small reed variety. In March 1888 the Sunday school was organized by Elder George Vander Velde. He served as its superintendent for 20 years; also as elder for 25 years. (He was a member of the Grandville school board for 21 years.) The Sunday school had 50 members at its beginning, and two of its first members served as secretary for many years: John Huizenga, Sr and Abraham A. VerStrate, known to many besides his relatives as 'Uncle Abe'. The teaching was done in the Holland language for on a short time.

Rev. Bouma was the minister from June 1890 to September 1891.

The church's fifth pastor was the Rev. Dirk Broek - May 1892 until November 1903, the time of his death. In 1894 he revised the first register of church membership. The Broek's sons Albertus T. and John Y. Broek entered the gospel ministry and both acquired the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. Last November the latter Dr. Broek retired at 78 years of age after completing 55 years in the ministry, the last 50 as pastor of Trinity Reformed church, Plainfield, New Jersey. He is now serving that church as pastor emeritus. In 1897 the second parsonage, a ten-room, two-story frame house was built at a cost of $1,400. This building is to be taken down soon.

It is noted from the consistory minutes of the early days that the annual congregational meetings were held on Thanksgiving Day; also that consistory meetings were held on schedule, irregardless of whether that day was a national holiday.

The next minister, the Rev. John Ossewaarde, served May 1904 - December 1907. In 1907 it was voted to hold an English service the first Sunday evening of each month. Also in 1907 the church and parsonage were wired for electricity. The Ossewaardes' daughter Hester, with her husband, the Rev. Henry G. Bovenkerk, served an unfinished term as missionary to Japan, until World War II forced her return.

The Rev. Martin C. Ruisaard was pastor from June 1908 to September 1910. When he was called the consistory decided that the church should become self-supporting; and a salary of $700 a year was pledged Rev. Ruisaard. Before this the pastors' salaries were paid by the Reformed Church Domestic Mission Board, supplemented by whatever the members could give - whether cash, or fruits, vegetables, halves and quarters of beef and pork, etc. In 1908 more English services were added - every other Sunday evening.

In June 1909, the 50th anniversary year, construction was begun on a new church edifice. This was of brick veneer, 45 by 65 feet outside measurements, and was the west one-half of the building which will soon be razed. The cornerstone was laid August 31, 1909. The Revs. Albertus T. and John Y. Broek participated in the ceremony, and Jan Vinkemulder, a charter member, who has served in the consistory for many years, assisted Rev. Ruisaard in settling the stone. (He also helped to build the first church.) A box placed behind the cornerstone contained copies of the Grandville News of August 17, 1909, Evening Press of August 31, 1909, Intelligencer-Leader of August 11, 1909, De Hope of August 31, 1909; a souvenir of an old settlers' fest at Zeeland; a statement of organization; names of current members, consistory members, building committee, contractors and architect; photos of Rev. Dirk Broek, Rev and Mrs Ruisaard, the first church building and the parsonage built in 1897, a statement, regarding ministers who had served the church, and sons of the church in full-time Christian service; and one 1909 Lincoln penny. The cost of the church was approximately $8,500. Those on the building committee were Dr. Jacob D. Broek (another son of Rev. Dirk Broek), chairman; Jacob Bouwman, Renger Doornbos, William Johnson and Henry Kroodsma. George Vander Velde was building fund treasurer. Albert Balkema and Andrew Retan were the general contractors, and Osgood and Osgood the architects. A group of young men did the landsacaping. Dedication took place April 20, 1910, with a Holland service in the afternoon, and an English service in the evening. Mrs Ruisaard and Miss Ranskie Kelder took part in this service in presenting a vocal duet. November 1910 records the death of George Vander Velde at 62 years of age.

The eighth minister, the Rev. William Moerdyk, D.D., served this church, which was his last, from July 1911 to December 1913. Dr. Moerdyk was one of seven members of the pioneer class of Hope College who desired to enter the Christian ministry after graduating; hence they petitioned RCA's General Synod to establish theological instruction in connection with the college. Synod acknowledged the need and granted the request; consequently Dr. Moerdyk was also a member of the pioneer class of Western Theological Seminary. He was a member of Hope College Council almost since his graduation, and was president of that body for many years. The honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the Council. The Moerdyks' son William and James dedicated their lives to Christian service as missionaries to Arabia. Dr. William Moerdyk was compelled to return to this country due to illness, and he is now practicing medicine in Holland, Michigan. Rev. James Moerdyk is deceased. In March 1912 Jan Wieringa, a charter member, who had served as elder for 35 years, passed away at the age of 68. He was the father of Mrs. T. K. Mekkes and John Wierenga, currently members of this church.

The next pastor (January 1914 to June 1915) was the Rev. Cornelius VanderSchoor. He made the second revisIon of the church membership register in 1914. After that some of the records of membership prior to 1894 were destroyed by fire; however the consistory minutes from 1862, likely the first that were written, are intact and being preserved. During Rev. VanderSchoor's tenure as pastor the afternoon service was changed from the Holland to the English language, to give the younger people of the congregation a better opportunity to be edified by the service.

The next minister was the Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer, who served from June 1916 until June 1919. In 1916 Freerk Bonthuis, who had served as elder for about 24 years, passed away at 75 years of age. He was known expressly from his words of comfort and hand of cheer offered those who were going through times of need and distress. At one time he served as custodian; and one pastor occasionally found him kneeling in prayer in the church before the morning worship service. A profound revival of about six weeks' duration was held in January and February of 1917, under the leadership of the three Grandville pastors: The Rev Wm. M. P. Jerrett of the Methodist church, the Rev. Frank Fulkerson of the Congregational church, and Rev. Brouwer. Services were held every night except Saturday and Sunday in the Reformed church. A Mr. Thomas was song leader, and Mrs. Thomas, solOist. The choirs of the three churches combined to sing special numbers, and the three ministers preached the sermons. Many were confirmed in their faith in Jesus Christ; and accessions to the Reformed church numbered 65 communicant members, and to the Sunday school, 55 members. In April 1919 the consistory minutes were first written in the English language.

The eleventh pastor, The Rev. Bart R. Van Zyl, served from March 1920 to May 1923. He helped to consolidate the gains that had been made, and the attendance at the Sunday services increased so greatly that the church was crowded to capacity in the afternoon. The congregation felt that to alleviate the crowded condition they should add to the building, but thought it unfeasible to do so at that time. In October 1921 Jan Vinkemulder passed away at 95 years of age. In 1920 the women of the church were asked to decide whether they would like to right to vote at congregational meetings. They voted against this, 50 to 46. In 1923 this matter was again presented, and a congregational vote of 39 to 22 granted the women this privilege. Rev. VanZyl's death in May 1949, at the age of 64, terminated his pastorate at Hollandale, Minnesota. The VanZyls' son Robert J. is presently pastor of Rehoboth Reformed church, Lucas, Michigan.

The next pastor was the Rev. Gerrit J. Hekuis, who served this church ten and one-half years, beginning October 1923. In 1925 the church auditorium and basement were enlarged. During construction the morning and evening services were held in the older part of the building, but the afternoon service, having the largest attendance, was held in the Methodist church. The approximate cost of this addition plus equipment was $30,000. Gerrit Zuidema, chairman, William Datema, Nicholas Osterink Sr., Gerard Stelma and Abraham G. VerStrate comprised the building committee. Peter J. Hoekzema was building fund treasurer, George Hoekzema the general contractor, and Harvey Weemhoff the architect. Dedication took place September 17, 1925. Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer, a former pastor, and Dr. John A. Dykstra participated in the service. In April 1925 William Johnson passed away. He was 52. He had served as deacon and usher for many years.

In November 1925 it was decided to have an English service every Sunday evening. In 1927 the young people purchased an Estey organ at a cost of $5,000. In 1929 the decision was made to reverse the services - to have the Holland service in the afternoon, and an English service and Sunday school in the morning. In 1929 Hope College Council conferred upon Rev. Hekuis the Doctor of Divinity degree, and in 1931 he was elected vice president of General Synod of the Reformed Church in America. We note here the passing away of Peter Zwyghuizen in October 1931, at 56 years of age. He had served as consistory man for a number of years. The congregation voted in November 1933 to discontinue the Holland services entirely.

In April 1934 the church's 75th anniversary was commemorated - in an afternoon service with former ministers Revs Cornelius Vander Schoor and Bart R. VanZyl taking part, and in an evening service when Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer gave an address, and the Rev Raymond Drukker brought greetings from the Grand Rapids Classis, of which he was president. Dr. Hekhuis resigned his pastorage in June 1934 because of ill health; and in a printed farewell message he exhorted each member of the congregation thus: "Remember your high calling, and let your faith lead to a surrendered life." Dr. Hekhuis died at his home in Holland, Michigan in August 1940 at 80 years of age. The Hekhuis' son Lambertus served almost seven years as missionary to India, returned because of illness, and is now serving as dean at a Christian college in Kansas.

The Rev. Jacob Blaauw became the minister of this church in October 1934, and left in November 1942. During these years the congregation practically doubled its membership to about 1000, including communicant and baptismal members. Soon after the Rev. Blaauw came he innovated the use of a weekly bulletin, giving it the name it still has, "The Messenger." In August 1936 John Huizenga, a consistory man for a number of years, was taken by death, age 72. In 1937 Rev. Blaauw copied the church register into a loose-leaf record book. Soon after that secretarial help was given the pastor; also a church library was started, which now contains approximately 1000 books.

In April 1939 the 80th anniversary of the church was observed in a program which included a mortgage-burning ceremony. Seventy-five-year-old 'Uncle Abe' VerStrate took part in this by putting the lighted match to the mortgage. July 1941 records the death of a faithful church member and civic leader, Peter J. Hoeksema, known to members of the congregation and Grandville citizens as 'P.J' He was 65 years old. He had served in the consistory for about 30 years, was one of the youngest ever having been elected as elder, and he was vitally interested in missions. He had the superintendency of the Sunday school for 15 years, and taught the Ladies Bible class for many years. (He had served on the board of trustees of the Holland Home, and was on the local school board for many years. He had been treasurer and later president of Grandville, and was a prominent businessman.) In 1942 a church nursery was established; also the church's first membership directory was published. The Blaauw's daughter Jacqueline and her husband, Dr Bernard Draper, are serving as Reformed Church missionaries in Southeast Arabia.

The Rev. James M Harmeling, B.PH., served the church from November 1943 to November 1945. He was a grandson of a format pastor, Dr. William Moerdyk. In 1944 the church held its first Vacation Bible school, under the auspices of the Sunday school, and this has been conducted every year since its inception. Late in 1945 the church purchased the property to the north on which the old Vinkemulder home stood. This was bought primarily in view of future expansion, also to prevent the property being occupied by a business of an undesirable nature. The house was used for Sunday-school classes, etc. Later the north 40 feet of the property was sold, then after the house had been moved, the rest was converted into a parking lot which was needed on Sunday, and which the city maintains for the publics use. First and Eighth Reformed churches jointly sponsored a Church Extension project in the Clyde Park - South Beltline area late in 1945. This was destined to become Faith Reformed church.

Early in 1946 First Reformed became a 100 percent subscriber to the Reformed Church publication, The Church Herald. Noted here is the passing away of Peter Kelder, Sr. in June 1946, at 74 years of age. He was an elder for a number of years prior to 1936.

The 15th and present pastor, the Rev. Henry J. Ten Clay. B.D., came in September 1946. In November of that year the congregation voted to have the second Communion service at 2:30 in the afternoon instead of during the evening service. In the five years prior to July 1947 the congregation had grown to a membership of about 1100, including communicant and baptismal members. In 1947 a two-fold project was begun in co-operation with the American Sunday-school Union - conducting Sunday school classes at Grattan and Smyrna, small towns northeast of Grand Rapids. Seed was sown, and at both places evangelical churches have grown out of those efforts. In December 1947 Abraham A. VerStrate, aged 84, was called by his Maker. In June 1948 a daughter church, Olivet Reformed, was organized because of crowded conditions at First church. Fifty-one families transferred their memberships to Olivet at that time, and during the next few months 13 more families transferred. In 1949 a congregational vote of 174 to 12 defeated a proposal to merge with the United Presbyterian denomination.

The 90th anniversary of First Reformed church was observed the evening of Thanksgiving Day 1949 because the actual date, April 13, conflicted with Easter that year. Former pastors Revs. Jacob G. Brouwer and Jacob Blaauw brought greetings and reminisced on the church's past, and home talent was presented. The program was followed by a fellowship period. Early in 1951 First and Olivet churches jointly began a Church Extension project in the Standale community, which developed into Standale Reformed church.

Sunday-school facilities had become acutely inadequate; and inasmuch as their parsonage was getting old, the congregation decided that it should be replaced with a new one, and the old one used for classrooms. It was also used for other gatherings, and the pastor's study and secretary's office were retained there until the present church was erected. The congregation had acquired additional property on church avenue in 1939, and had the new parsonage built there in 1952. It is of brick construction, had has ten rooms, a breezeway, and two car garage. The approximate cost was $30,000. The building committee: Nicholas Osterink, Sr (chairman), Henry Koster, Jacob Scripsema, Gerard Stelma, and Laurence Timmer acted as general contractors, and the construction was done by Mr. Stelma an son Lester, with the help of the other committee members.

In 1954 the church accepted the responsibility for one service a month in the Haven of Rest mission on Bridge street. This work is now carried on by the Men's Bible class. A Missions Promotion Committee was formed in 1954, the function of which is to promote the cause of missions in the church. This committee, with personnel changes each year, arranges an annual missionary conference, missionary programs throughout the year, etc. In December 1954, 44 families left First church to organize a second daughter church, Zion Reformed, and in a few months five more families left. During the fall of 1956 Newhall Reformed church on Bryon Center avenue was organized, and the memberships of several families have been transferred there.

The congregation of First Reformed voted to have a new church edifice built, since Sunday school facilities were still lacking, and since it was deemed inadvisable to enlarge their building or to continue making repairs because of its condition. Ground was broken September 16, 1957 for erection of the present structure. At this ceremony the pastor, Rev. Henry J. Ten Clay, presided and gave a meditation, Virgil Beld led the singing, Mrs. Jacob Louwenaar was organist, Arlene Zwyghuizen and Gary Ensing presented an instrumental duet, and the Gospel Trio: Mrs. John DeVries, Mrs. H. Nelson Versput and Mrs. Cornelius Land sang a number, accompanied by Miss Cheryl DeVries. The Rev Henry Zylstra of Olivet Reformed church, and the Rev John Maassen of Zion Reformed also participated in the program.

The cornerstone was laid May 14, 1958. Pastor Ten Clay presided; Gerard Stelma, chairman of the building committee, set the stone, assisted by John Gort, the contractor's superintendent and a deacon of this church; the singing was led by Virgil Beld, Kathleen De Jonge, Gary Ensing, Bonnie Hengevelg, James Hengeveld, Patricia MacEachron, Kathleen Oosterink, Nancy Takens, Marilyn Ten Clay, Larry Zandstra and Douglas Zwyghuizen. Behind the cornerstone in the west exterior wall was placed a bronze plate indicating the location of a copper document box with contents placed behind the memorial cornerstone in the east narthex entrance. Items placed in this box were current copies of the Grandville News, Evening Press, Intelligencer-Leader, De Hope, and one 1909 Lincoln penny, which were transferred from the box behind the cornerstone in the former building, the rest of the contents being indistinguishable; a program of the ground-breaking ceremony (September 16, 1957), a Holy Bible (King James version), United States coin sets of 1957 and 1958, Grandville Star of May 8, 1958, The Church Herald of May 16, 1958, a church membership directory published March 31, 1958 and corrected up to May 14, and The Messenger (church bulletin) of May 11, 1958. A copy of this Centennial souvenir book containing the church history complete to the time of this writing (March 5, 1959) will be added after the Centennial; also a Dedication booklet, programs in connection with the Dedication and Centennial, and current copies of newspapers, the Church Herald, and The Messenger. The box was left unsealed for this purpose.

The approximate cost of the present church building is $296,000; the sanctuary seats, $30,000; organ, $28,000; carillionic bells, $8,000; pianos (2), $2,700; carpeting, $5,500; draperies, $3,200; chancel furniture, $2,500; other furnishings, $10,100. The approximate cost of the landscaping is not known at this point. Some items were given wholly or partially as gifts, by groups or individuals. The gifts and donors' names will be listed in a Memorial Book which the Memorial committee will have published soon. The organ, some of the seats, cupboards, and other items in the old church and parsonage have been sold. The cost of having the church razed was $1,480; the parsonage, about $200.

Gerard Stelma (chairman), Paul Holleman, Lloyd Kirkby, Henry Koster, F. Grand MacEachron, Jacob Oosterink, Webb Poll and Cornelius Prince constituted the building committee; Bernard Scott was building fund treasurer during 1958, and D. Wendell Becker is serving in that capacity this year. Johnson Construction Company was the general contractor, and James K. Haveman the architect.

The church bell was transferred from the former building. It was purchased from the Meneely Bell Company of West Troy, New York in 1910, and it cost $296. It is of solid bronze, is three feet in diameter, and weighs 1,104 pounds. Other items transferred from the old to the new church are the bowl from the baptismal font, which has been used for many many years, the Communion service, the pulpit Bible, and the Christian and American flags. These were carried in the procession at the time of Dedication.

The new edifice was dedicated in special Sunday services January 4, 11 and 18, 1959. The morning of January 4 the congregation met in the old church for the first part of the service, then moved, singing into the new building for dedication of the church proper. January 11 was Consecration Sunday, and the morning service included a special Communion service, installation of elders and deacons, and Baptism. The morning service January 18 included dedication of the church classrooms. The following participated in these services: Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer, a former pastor, now retired; Rev Jacob Blaauw, a former pastor, now National Director of Canadian Missions, RCA; Dr. Jacob Prins, Minister of Evangelism, RCA, and Dr. Elton M. Eenigenburg, Professor of Church History at Western Theological Seminary. Rev. Ten Clay authored a poem which was printed in the Dedication booklet. The Senior Choir sang an anthem of praise, of which the composer and author was Sidney A. Stelma, whose father, John Stelma, is a former member of the church. Mrs. H. Nelson Verseput, a member of the church, composed and authored a hymn which she presented to the church for its Dedication and Centennial observances. This hymn was sung by the congregation at the Dedication services, and will be used at the Centennial services. An Open House and a Community-Denominational Night were held in connection with the dedication; and the Consistory planned a congregational Appreciation Night, honoring members of the committees who served in connection with the building of the new church. This included a supper and program.

The Centennial will be observed in Sunday services April 12 and 19, when guest speakers will be Dr. Louis H. Benes, Editor of The Church Herald, and Dr. Marion de Velder, 1958-59 President of General Synod, RCA; in a Centennial Pageant written by Mrs. Cornelius Mekkes, and a Former Members Night. Other events scheduled are a concert to be presented by the Hope College Chapel Choir, Carillon Dedication with Dr. Alvin F. Brightbill, Director of Fine Arts at Bethany Biblical Seminary in Chicago, as carillionneur, Organ Dedication with Donald P. Hustad, Director of Moody Bible Institute's music department, as recitalist, and a Family Night.

Although mention has been made in this history of some members who gave years of service in various ways in this church and have gone to their reward, others also have given and are giving freely of their time and talents; and no doubt these will be mentioned in the next anniversary book..

Twenty-four members of this church are over 75 years of age at the present time (March 5): Mrs. Grace VanZinderen (95), Mrs. Fannie Huizenga (91), Mr. John Kramer (90), Mrs. Katherine Stoel (87), Mrs. Anna Johnson (86), Mrs. Maggie Vredevoogd (84), Mr. John Ripperda (84), Mr. Martin Koster (84), Mrs. Martin Koster (82), Dr. John Ver Meulen (82), Mrs. John VerMeulen (82), Mrs. T. K. Mekkes (82), Mr. Edward VanBronkhorst (80), Mr. James Krokkee (80), Mrs. Anna Boskool (79), Mrs Jennie Imanse (79), Mr Siert Isenga (79), Mrs James Krokkee (78), Mr Nicholas Norder (78), Mrs Siert Isenga (77), Mr. Nicholas Meyers (77), Mr. Ysbrandt Groendyk (77), Mrs. Anna Hoch (75), and Mr. Adrian VanFarowe (75). Mrs. Huizenga, Mrs. Mekkes and Mr. Isenga are life members, having been baptized as children in this church and having remained here.

'Lasts' in the old church: Funeral - Mrs. Rachel Reinhard's; Wedding - Cheryl DeVries to William VanRegenmorter; Profession - Joyce VanderMolen; Baptism - Larry Alan Smit. 'Firsts' in the new church: Funeral - J. Henry Kronemeyer's; Wedding - expected to be that of Claud Doornbos to Louise Anderson; Professions - J. Ronald DeYoung, James Stelma and Curtis Stoel; Baptisms - William Clare Stelma and Steven Scott Groendyk.

As of now Faith Reformed church has 155 families, Olivet 179, Standale 56, Zion 150, and Newhall 71, a total of 611, of which 153 families were formerly of First church.

First Reformed now numbers 305 families, including 557 communicant and 373 baptismal members. The Sunday School enrollment is 512, and the Cradle Roll, 97.

Catechism has always been one of the strong points of the Reformed Church in America, and is still a strong point of Grandville First Reformed church at its 100-year milestone.

This brings the history of First Reformed church of Grandville up to date. It is lengthy, but only a small part of the history of the Church of Christ. How good God has been! What blessings this church has had because of His unbounded love, His great mercy, and His ceaseless care! What responsibility is hers in the present generation, in the uncertain future! Clouds are upon the horizon nationally, internationally, and ecclesiastically. May she continue to be true to the trust that has been placed in her; may each member have indomitable faith in God, Who is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." A good history continuing today and tomorrow is dependent upon this, and only in this way can the church pass on to posterity an unadulterated heritage, and thus be found faithful to the good professions of Fathers and forefathers when Jesus comes!



Rev. Mannes Kiekintveld
Born September 2, 1839
Graduate of Rutgers College 1863, New Brunswick Sem. 1866
Served April 1867 - April 1870
Died May 30, 1889

Rev. Willem P. De Jonge
Born December 18, 1824
Graduate of Kampen, the Netherlands 1858
Served July 1871 - August 1887
Died August 8, 1887

Rev. Roelof Duiker
Born in 1825
Served January 1888 - December 1889
Died August 9, 1917

Rev. Peter A .J. Bouma
Born July 14, 1862
Attended Kampen, the Netherlands, Graduate of Western Theo Sem. 1890
Served June 1890 - September 1891
Died July 21, 1934

Rev. Dirk Broek
Born February 5, 1835
Graduate of Rutgers College 1861, New Brunswick Sem. 1864
Served May 1892 - November 1903
Died November 11, 1903

Rev. John Ossewaarde
Born July 12, 1873
Graduate of Hope College 1897, Princeton Seminary 1900
Served May 1904 - December 1907
Died October 22, 1935

Rev. Martin C. Ruisaard
Born February 11, 1877
Graduate of Hope College 1905, Western Theo. Sem. 1908
Served June 1908 - September 1910
Died January 11, 1933

Rev. William Moerdyk, D.D.
Born January 27, 1843
Graduate of Hope College 1866, Western Theo. Sem. 1869
Served April 1911 - November 1913
Died September 17, 1914

Rev. Cornelius Vander Schoor
Born July 23, 1876
Graduate of Hope College 1905, Western Theo Sem. 1908
Served January 1914 - Jule 1915
Died February 23, 1940

Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer
Born April 29, 1880
Graduate of Hope College 1904, Western Theo Sem. 1907
Served January 1916 - June 1919

Rev. Bart R. Van Zyl
Born July 24, 1885
Graduate of Hope College 1912, Western Theo Sem. 1915
Served March 1920 - May 1923
Died May 8, 1949

Rev. Gerrit J. Hekhuis, D.D.
Born August 2, 1860
Graduate of Hope College 1885, Western Theo Sem. 1888
Served October 1923 - June 1934
Died August 8, 1940

Rev. Jacob Blaauw
Born June 24, 1897
Graduate of Hope College 1925, Western Theo Sem. 1928
Served October 1934 - November 1942

Rev. James M Harmeling, B.Ph.
Born August 24, 1908
Graduate of Univ. of Chicago 1930, McCormick Seminary 1934
Served November 1943 - November 1945

Rev. Henry J. Ten Clay, B.D.
Born April 30, 1913
Graduate of Central College 1939, Western Theo. Sem. 1942
Served September 1946 -


Consistory at Time of Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer's Pastorate

Elders: John Huizenga, Peter J Hoekzema, Rev Jacob G. Brouwer (pastor),
Peter Zwyghuizen, Herbert Fountain

Deacons: William Johnson, Dirk Isenga, Cornelius VanderMolen,
Abraham G. VerStrate, Nicholas Osterink Sr

1959 "Greater" Consistory [* 1958 - 1959 Consistory]

Alkema, Henry
Alles, John *
Becker, D.Wendell Sr *
Davis, D Richard *
DeJong, Minard
Dekker, Jacob
Dekker, Truman
DeVries, John *
Dykstra, Edward *
Gort, John Sr *
Groendyk, Harold *
Groendyk, Ysbrandt
Groendyke, Maynard
Herrema, Maynard *
Hoekstra, John *
Holleman, Paul *
Isenga, Siert
Kamp, John
Kronemeyer, J Henry
Land, Henry
Louwenaar, Jacob *
MacEachron, F. Grant *
Mekkes, Cornelius *
Moored, Keith Sr *
Osterink, Nicholas Sr
Plaggemeyer, Frederick *
Poll, Webb
Prince, Cornelius *
Rinkus, Donald Sr *
Scheerhorn, LaVerne*
Schuitman, Henry
Scott, Bernard *
Scripsema, Donald
Scripsema, Jacob
Stehouwer, Herman
Stelma, Gerard
Stelma, Lester *
Stelma, Nicholas
Stoel, Herbert *
TenClay, Rev Henry J
VanDam, Martin
VanDenBosch, Corres *
VanderMoere, Marinus
VanderMolen, Peter *
VanderWood, Gerrit
VanNoord, Gelmer *
VanSingel, Dick
Veldman, Edward *
Verseput, H Nelson *
VerStrate, Abraham G
VerStrate, James Sr
Weaver, William
Wierda, Gerald *
Zwyghuizen, Hemmo
Zwyghuizen, Richard *



Our new edifice is of a modified contemporary design, and both the outside and inside are marked by its simplicity and dignity. The architect tried to design a structure that should be in good taste for many years to come. The plan presented a challenge, in that is was necessary to provide principal approaches from the west and east sides, which meant that each facade needed to be well designed in order to give the appearance of a main entrance. This did not permit the usual secondary side of a building.

The building is of masonry and steel construction, with outside materials of face brick and Indiana limestone to the second-floor ceiling height, above which it is wood frame. The church is T-shaped, and the outside dimensions are 114 feet by 145 feet. The educational part is 114 feet by 40 feet. The sanctuary part is 58 1/2 feet by 105 feet. The entire building covers an area of approximately 10,700 square feet. The main roof ridge is 40 feet and the tower ridge 78 feet from the ground.

The sanctuary has a dimension of 115 feet from the chancel to the rear wall of the balcony, and a width of 55 feet. The roof inside the sanctuary is composed of laminated arches and purlins, with two by six rafters and roof boards, four inches of insulation, and finished with red cedar paneling below, hot sprayed with three coats of clear lacquer. The walls are of plaster, wood paneling and brick. The ceiling is of cedar in its natural state.

Our sanctuary floor slopes 18 inches from the narthex to the second arch from the chancel. All the windows are of aluminum, the sanctuary windows ventilating both top and bottom, and controlled by single operator at sill. The windows are 20% colored and 80% clear glass to give us a light and cheerful place of worship.

The two chancel windows are leaded art glass, depicting ten biblical events with scriptural reference. The left-hand window has Old Testament, and the right-hand window New Testament events, showing the Creation, Fall of Man, Covenant, Giving of the Law, and the Promise; the Nativity, Calvary, Resurrection and Ascension, Outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the Inviting Christ.

On the rear wall of the chancel we have a gilded wooden cross, 7 feet wide and 18 feet high, lighted from above with spotlights. There are two brick-and-copper planters at the rostrum, as well as two wood-and-brass planters between the narthex and sanctuary.

The organ grilles have the motif of "time" shown in hour-glass ornaments. These are also shown in the ventilating grille at the rear of the balcony, the door pulls in the narthex and lobby, and in the grille above the basement stairway.

Our building has nine separate ventilating systems, two of which have grilles over the doors at the front of the sanctuary, and one has a large grille in the back wall of the balcony. The two at the front of the sanctuary have outdoor fresh air supply, which is heated in season. Exhaust air is drawn through the floor grills behind the planters on the rostrum.

The sanctuary has a seating capacity of 598 on the main floor, 207 in the balcony, and 40 in the choir area, making a total of 845 seats. The main floor also has a society room which will seat 130, with a rostrum and adjoining kitchenette, a consistory room, pastor's study, secretary's office and library.

The wood material of the seats and chancel furniture is rift sawn white oak, and are a new combination type with continuous pew backs and continuous book racks. The individual seats with arm rests between are upholstered with green wool and nylon fabric. The sanctuary carpeting is also green.

The second floor has 15 classrooms of various sizes, a nursery, and several closets and storage rooms. There is also a sizable classroom on the third floor of the tower. We have a bell tower room 15 by 16 feet with a 14-foot ceiling, from which the four carillion speakers horns are suspended. Installed in the tower is the large bell from our old church tower. It is of solid bronze, three feet in diameter and weighs 1014 pounds. It is supported on cast iron standards and yoke, weighing approximately 500 pounds. The rope wheel is made of wood 2 3/4 inches thick and 5 1/2 feet in diameter. The total weight is about three-quarter ton. This bell was shipped from a foundry in West Troy, NY in May 1910; and after 48 years of service is still in very good condition. At present the bell is manually operated, but provision has been made to install an electric bell ringer.

The basement is under the entire building, and has a large assembly room 55 feet by 60 feet, with a rostrum. This room will seat 500 in assemblies, and 300 for banquets. We also have a large kitchen adjoining the assembly room, with birch cabinets, finished natural with clear lacquer. Several sections of the base cabinets are equipped with channels for storage of cups and tumblers on serving trays. Beyond the rostrum end of the assembly room we have a 12 by 20 classroom, and organ-blower room, and two ventilating-equipment rooms. Across the basement lobby from the kitchen we have a 27 by 40 room with folding doors which will divide the room into eight classrooms for the beginner's department. We have an arrangement of folding doors there that permits access to any classroom with the opening of one folding door. This room also has a storage room and juvenile toilet room.

The catechism and choir room, deacon's room, ladies' and men's restrooms, table- and chair-storage room, and boiler room are off the basement lobby. The catechism and choir room has a chalk board, and five choir-robe cabinets.

Our building is heated with a gas-fired, low-pressure steam boiler, controlled by thermostats throughout the building. The boiler room also contains the main electrical distribution panel, the telephone panel, and water- and gas-service meters, as well as an incinerator, and air compressor, and condensate return pump. We also have a balcony in the boiler room, with outdoor access, for the storage of yard and lawn equipment.

Generally our entire building is fire-proof construction, with the exception of the roof, which is wood frame, but covered with fire-proof cement-asbestos shingles. The tower has a copper roof and finial.

We have had the cornerstone of the old building cleaned and re-cut, then installed in the main lobby of the new building. the copper document box for the new building is placed behind this stone, but will not be sealed until after the Centennial celebration, in order to include a Centennial souvenir book, papers, etc.



The beautiful art glass windows in the chancel were made by the Grand Rapids Art Glass Company, of the very finest of antique glass from various European sources, blended with different types of glass obtained in our own country. The general construction of the windows, and their installation, is of such nature that the passing of years will make no change in the brightness and hue of the colors.

The Biblical theme of God's relationship to man, as shown in the complete Scripture, is carried out in both columns. In Reformed theology, the Bible is regarded as a unit in presenting God's complete and final revelation. The Gospel news of redemption is found in both Testaments. "The new is in the Old contained; the Old is by the New explained."


Our new organ, which we dedicate to the service of our God, is an instrument of rare beauty and flexibility. It was built and installed by the Schantz Organ company of Orrville, Ohio, one of the three top organ builders in the United States. The Schantz Company was organized in 1873, and has been building quality pipe organs ever since. At present, members of the third generation of the Schantz family are actively engaged in the business.

Each Schantz Organ is built to order for the church it is to serve. After careful consideration of the size of our auditorium and the space allotted to the organ, Mr. A. C. Strahle, district manager of the company, developed plans for the organ that would give it the finest tonal and engineering results possible. These specifications were submitted to and approved by our Organ committee.

The organ has two main parts: the console, from which the organ is played, and the divided chambers that house the pipes and other mechanism essential to the operation of the instrument. This is a three-manual (three keyboards) and pedal organ. The purpose of three keyboards is to provide opportunity for a variety of tone colors to be played in harmony and contrast. It is really three organs in one, each keyboard having its own set of tone colors. The top manual is called the Swell, the bottom the Choir, and the middle is the Great. By engaging or disengaging the English draw knobs to the right and left of the keyboards, the organist permits a certain set of pipes to speak as he has need of them.

Organ pipes are divided into four general families: diapasons, flutes, strings and reeds. Each of the families is represented in the tonal make-up of this instrument. The diapason is the primary organ tone, ranging from those of considerable power to the Dulciana, the softest stop of the organ. The flutes are present in various forms, providing charming tones of a delightful variety of color. While the strings are not intended to imitate the orchestral strings, they are harmonically similar, and provide a rich, warm, vibrant tone not unlike those of an orchestra. Perhaps of most interest to the layman is the reed family, the tone of which is produced by vibrating tongues of brass set in the pipes. The reeds are divided into two types -- chorus and imitative. The chorus reeds produce a blaze of power and color unobtainable by any other means, which the imitative reeds are somewhat quieter.

A complete coupler system is provided, enabling the organist to combine the sections of the organ, affording him great flexibility in registration of the various tops. The combination action is operated by pistons placed between the keyboards, and toe pistons above the pedalboard. The function quietly and efficiently, and are absolutely indispensible to modern organ control.

Because pipes speak at a constant intensity, mechanical means are necessary to obtain expression. This is accomplished by fitting shutters in the front of the pipe chambers. These expression shutters are controlled by pedals from the organ console. Two such expression chambers, the Swell and the Great-Choir, are provided in the organ.

The organ contains 34 Stops, 23 Ranks plus 2 1/2 Ranks and 4 Extensions, and a total of 1405 Pipes. There are 25 Schulmerich Bells playable from the organ console also. No two pipes in the organ are alike, some being made of metal and some of wood, varying in size from a led pencil, with a vibrating air-column of only three-quarters of an inch in length, to the largest pipes 14" in diameter and 18' in length. There are 22 couplers, plus the general pistons, manual pistons, and pedal pistons.

Throughout the centuries the organ has been a traditional musical instrument of the church, and has as its special function the accompanying and support of the congregational singing of hymns and liturgical responses. It is also important as a solo instrument, and is useful in the performance of choral and other concerted music which may be appropriate to worship. We pray that this organ will serve to fulfill its lofty purpose, that is will help define for the congregation the words of Martin Luther, when he asks that "the music of the Church be an act of worship which is to glorify God and to edify man."


In 1930, a young electronics engineer, George J. Schulmerich, revised the bell-making craft. At that time the fine bell music formerly heard from church belfries in our communities had threatened to become a lost tradition because of the great weight and cost of cast bells.

Spurred by his own personal love for bell music, months were spent in his laboratories applying the knowledge of his engineers and noted musicians to the problem of creating the sound of perfectly tuned bells without using the great mass of metal required to mold cast bells. The "Carillionic Bells" instruments made in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, were the answer.

Our "Arlington" Carillon consists of 25 tiny dual bell-tone generators of bronze bell metal, which are struck by metal hammers. Perfect bell tones are produced by the hammer blow -- almost inaudible to the ear, but including the sub-octave hum tone which is the hallmark of find carillon bells. The bell vibrations are then amplified over one million times through specially designed electronic equipment, producing bell music with all the richness and depth of that heard from the finest of cast bell carillons. It provides the tonal equivalent of 79,462 pounds of cast bells tuned to the traditional Flemish standards. The range of the instrument is G below middle C to two octaves above. The Bourdon bell of G below middle C is equal in tone to a cast bell weighing 13,250 pounds.

The Carillon can be played from the organ console. Selector switches will permit the bells to be heard within the sanctuary alone, from the tower alone, or together.

Automatic daily programs of fine bell music on the "Arlington" Carillon is provided by means of the Schulmerich "Auto-Bell" Roll Player, which is included with our installation. This instrument actually plays the bells through the use of perforated plastic rolls. Operation of the Roll Player automatically is controlled by a calendared clock, which can be set to play the Carillon at any time of the day.



Gerard Stelma, Chairman
Paul Holleman
Lloyd Kirkby
Henry Koster
F. Grant MacEachron
Jacob Oosterink
Webb Poll
Cornelius Prince
Rev. Henry J. TenClay



F. Grant MacEachron, Chairman
Virgil Beld
Maynard Herrema
Paul Holleman
Jacob Louwenaar
Cornelius Mekkes
Keith Moored, Sr
Webb Poll
LaVerne Scheerhorn
Bernard Scott
Herman Stehouwer
Gelmer VanNoord


Virgil Beld, Chairman
Sidney DeVries
Marian Louwenaar
Nelva Verseput
Ivan Zwyghuizen


Peter VanderMolen, Chairman
Jeannette Kamp
Jeannette Stelma
Herbert Stoel
Henry Wierda
Jennie Zwyghuizen


Hildergarde Scheerhorn, Chairman
Eula Japinga
Keith Moored, Sr
Jennie VanSingel
Nelva Verseput
Harold Yonker


Janet Kirkby, Chairman
Minnie Datema
Jean MacEachron
Sena Mekkes
Jennie Redmon


Donald Scripsema, Chairman
D. Wendell Becker, Sr
Edward Veldman
Delbert Zandbergen, Sr


Cornelius Mekkes, Chairman
Elizabeth Fennema
Jennette Land
Suzette Ulberg
Hemmo Zwyghuizen

Member ex-offico of all the committees:

Rev. Henry J TenClay



Mrs Grace Van Zinderen - Our Oldest Living Member

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Our Custodians: Mr and Mrs Gerrit Zwiers
Former Custodians: George Oldebeken, Herman VanKammen, Enne Riepma, J. Ritzeman, William Johnson,
Freerk Bonthuis and Henry Ohlman

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Miss Winne H. Bouma was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 26. At an early age she became interested in Christian service and voluntarily took part in neighborhood evangelism. She had one term at the Los Angeles Bible Institute, and she served for two years on the Navaho field from 1918 to 1921. In 1928 she went to the Kentucky field where she worked until 1942. In 1942 she was transferred to Macy Nebraska, to the Omaha Indian field, and served there until 1947. In 1948 she was appointed to do community work for our church in and around Grandville. She is presently working in this capacity.

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Edward Grant was born at North Blendon, on May 2, and when he was four years old the family moved to Grandville. He was educated in the Grandville schools, and served in the United States Army in World War II. He worked for his father-in-law in the hardware business for eight years. During this time he felt called to full-time Christian service. In May of 1954 he was placed in the Cadillac - Traverse City area by the American Sunday School Union to do mission work there. In February of 1955 he was transferred to the Grand Rapids area as General Missions Superintendent of the Lower Peninsula. He moved his family back to Grandville that June. He was a member of the First Reformed Church of Grandville until the organization of Olivet in 1948, when he tranferred his membership there. He married Miss Lois Oom of Grand Rapids, and they have four girls, Barbara, Judy, Nancy and Joyce.

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With the retirement of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Harrison in 1954 from the Arabian field the Board appointed Dr. and Mrs Bernard L Draper to fill the vacancy, and our church assumed a unit of their support. Dr Draper was born in Nebo, Illinois on February 6. He graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1950, and from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1954. He married Jacqueline Blaauw in Michigan and is a registered nurse, having graduated from the West Suburban Nursing School in Oak Park, Illinois in 1953. He interned at Blodgett Memorial and St. Mary's Hospitals in Grand Rapids, and the family left for Arabia in 1956. They have two children, Mary Beth and Mark Allen. Due to unsettled political conditions in the Iraq - Arabia area, the Drapers have been transferred recently to the American Christian Mission, Muscat, Oman in Southeast Arabia, and are presently working that area.

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Mr. Verne E Wilkins was born in Morrison, Illinois on June 4. He graduated from Morrison High School in 1942, Central College in 1949, University of Iowa in 1953 and the Chicago Technical College in 1957. He served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 and taught science and mathematics at Annville Institute from 1949 to 1952. In 1951 he married Eileen De Young from Grandville, Michigan, a former member of this church. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 24. She attended Grandville High School and did secretarial work at Annville Institute. During 1953 and 1954 Mr. Wilkins taught science and mathematics in the Hammond Public Schools, and then, in 1954, he was reappointed to Annville Institute as teacher of mathematics, mechanical drawing and Dean of Boys. The Wilkins have one son Dan Brian, born October 1956. Grandville Church assumed their support in 1957 and continue to help them in the work they are presently doing at Annville Institute.

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In 1957 the church again assumed another unit of missionary support, that of Rev. and Mrs. Russell Norden, whose field of service is Japan. He is a native of Grand Rapids and his birthday is February 18. He attended Lee High School, and served two and one-half years in the United States Navy. He graduated from Hope College in 1949 and from Western Seminary in 1952. In 1951 he married Eleanore Short. She was born in Auburn, New York on June 5. She graduated from Hope College in 1951, and then taught school for one year in Holland, Michigan. The following year, 1953, they spent attending the Yale Language School learning the Japanese language. The sailed on August 20, 1953 for the first term in Japan. They have three children, Stephan, Rebekah, and Martha. Presently they are home on furlough and are attending Princeton University. They expect to return to Japan about August 9, 1959.

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Dear Fellow-Christians:

My hearty congratulations to you upon the centennial celebration of your church. Surely God has blessed Grandville during the one hundred years in a remarkable way.

When I was your pastor one of the charter members, Mr. John Vinkemulder, was still living, and he told me of some of the struggles the church passed through in those early years. He had been a deacon for many years and he told me how difficult it was to make ends meet financially. Then people were very poor and gave pennies in the offering - and now you are able to build this substantial church.

You are also supporting your own missionaries in the home and foreign field, and have given members and money to start five new churches in your area. Surely we praise the great Head of the Church for these developments. The Word of God has been fulfilled before our very eyes, for in Isaiah 27:3 the Lord has promised about the vineyard which He has planted: "I, the Lord, do keep it; I will water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day."

"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow."

Your brother in Christ,

Rev. Jacob G. Brouwer

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Rev. Chamber Dyke - deceased
Rev. John Lamer - deceased
Rev. Edward Kelder, Ph.D. - deceased
Rev. Albertus T. Broek, D.D. - deceased
Rev. John Y. Broek, D.D.
    pastor emeritus of Trinity Reformed church, Plainfield, N.J.
Rev. Benjamin Bush, D.D. - deceased
Rev. James DeKraker, D.D.
    pastor of Grandville-Jenison Congregational church
Rev. John Moedt
    no pastorate at present
Rev. Harry VerStrate
    pastor of the Reformed church at Metuchen, N.J.
Rev. David Louwenaar
    pastor of First Reformed church, East Orange, N.J.
Miss Marion Wilterdink
    missionary in Southern Rhodesia, South Africa
Miss Wavelene Babbitt
    served at Harford School for Girls, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Mr. Edward L. Grant
    general missionary of Michigan - American Sunday School Union
Rev. Robert J. VanZyl
    pastor of Rehoboth Reformed church, Lucas, Michigan
Rev. Thomas L. Thomasma
    pastor of Hope Reformed church, Montevideo, Minn.
Rev. Charles H. Kamp
    pastor of the Reformed church at South Branch, N.J.
Mrs. Verne Wilkins (Eileen De Young)
    Reformed Church missionary - Annville Institute, Annville, KY
Rev. Myrwood Guy
    chaplain, United States Air force
Mrs. Bernard L. Draper (Jacqueline Blaauw)
    Reformed Church missionary in Southeast Arabia
Miss Marleen Zandstra
    missionary to the Indians in Thetis Islands


MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY (as of March 3, 1959)
[hardcopy directory contains wife's maiden name]

Alberda, Stuart - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Jeannette
children: Stephen Mark, Susan Jane

Alkema, Eugene - Fairfield Ave, GR
wife: Donna

Alkema, Henry - Chicago Dr, Grandville
wife: Lena
children: H. Dale, Ruth, Delores

Alles, John - 8th Ave, Georgetown Twp
wife: Gladys
children: Jeanne Marie

Babbitt, Miss Wavelene Belvue Ave, Jenison

Baker, Edward - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Anje
children: Jon, Jean

Baker, Fernand - 92nd St, Byron Center
wife: Alyce
children: Vernon, Dean, Diane, Rosemary, Michael

Balkema, Andrew - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Viola

Beak, Mrs. Florence - State Hospital, Kalamazoo

Becker, D. Wendell - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Gertrude
children: Dwight, Marcia, Daniel Paul, Elizabeth Gay

Bekkering, Barney - Rt 2, Byron Center
wife: Eva
children: Edward

Beld, Virgil - 30th St, Grandville
wife: C. Esther
children: Nancy, Mary, Douglas

Beukema, Herman - Taplin St, Grandville
wife: Ethel
children: Mary

Beukema, Mrs Jennie - 30th St, Grandville

Boer, Harvey - Cottonwood Dr, Jenison
wife: Ima
children: Shirley

Bogert, James - Thornwood St, GR
wife: Joanne
children: Nia Lynn

Bosch, Nicholas -Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Johanna
children: Sharon

Boskool, Mrs. Anna - Fayette Ave, Grandville

Bosma, John - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Irene
children: Lois

Bouma, Miss Winne - Grand St, Grandville

Brouwer, Gerrit - Pine Ave, Grandville
wife: Ann

Brouwer, H. William - Macrace St, Grandville
wife: Marian

Brouwer, Kenneth - Chippewa Ave, Jenison
wife: Kay

Brow, Orville - Fletcher Ct
wife: Verna
children: Thomas Fletcher, Robert Fletcher

Brower, Miss Mary - Prairie St, Grandville

Burt, Robert - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Charlotte
children: Robert, Linda, Cathy Anne, Daniel Wayne, Susan Lynn

Clemence, William - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Kate
children: Nancy Jo

Cline, W. Edward - Jenison St, Grandville
wife: Phyllis
children: Douglas Edward, Michael Scott

Cook, Ronald - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: E. Johanne
children: Fred Gibson

Dalman, Joseph - Canal Ave, Grandville
wife: Esther
children: Brenda Ruth

Datema, William - Tyler St, Georgetown Twp
wife: Minnie

Davis, D. Richard - Collindale Ave, GR
wife: Joan
children: Philip, Edward, Carolynn

DeHammer, Roy - Burlingame Ave, Wyoming
wife: Janet
children: David Phillip, R. Daniel

DeJong, Minard - Fairview St, Grandville
wife: Gertrude
children: Marcia, Maynard

DeJonge, Gerard - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Marie
children: John, James, Kathleen, Jeffrey Lee

DeJonge, Robert - Chicago Dr, Hudsonville
wife: Louise
children: Kevin Scott

Dekker, Jacob - Whiting St, Wyoming
wife: Lois

Dekker, Truman - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Shirley
children: Sharon Anne, Thomas Earl, Jack Alan

DePuit, Robert - Higgins Ave, Grandville
wife: Ethel
children: Judith, Patricia, Barbara

DeRidder, Harold - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Annamae
children: Sandra, Douglas, Nancy Jo

DeVries, John - Baldwin St, Jenison
wife: Alice
children: Marva Dean, Lora Dell

DeVries, Sidney - N. Big Spring Dr, Grandville
wife: Ann
children: Barbara, Patricia, Syd Alan

DeVries, William - Prospect Ave, GR
wife: Grace
children: Denice Darlene, Steven Garth

DeYoung, Edward - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Evelyn

DeYoung, John - Henry St, Grandville
wife: Florence
children: Patricia, J. Ronald, Donald B, Edward James, Lori Ann

DeYoung, Martin -Howard St, GR
wife: Mary

DeZwaan, Mrs Minnie - White St, Grandville

Diekema, Dwane - Avon St, Wyoming
wife: Karen
children: Jeffrey Alan

Diekema, Henry - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Mina
children: John Calvin

Doornbos, Gerald - Harold Ave, Jenison
wife: Marilyn

Doornbos, Gerrit - Baldwin St, Jenison
wife: Dora
children: Claude

Doornbos, Herman - Baldwin St, Jenison
wife: Esther
children: Judith Kay, John Allen

Doornbos, Miss Martha & Miss Dora - Wilson Ave, Grandville

Doornbos, Reynold - Oakes St, Grandville
wife: Vera
children: Monty R, Craig V, Rennae Sue

Dykstra, Arno - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Helen
children: David Michael, Gregg Alan

Dykstra, Edward - Ferry St, Grandville
wife: Minnie

Dykstra, Mrs. Johanna - Ottawa Ave, Grandville

Dykstra, Lambert - 52nd St, Wyoming
wife: Nida
children: Lambert Joe

Dykstra, Martin - S. Big Spring Dr, Grandville
wife: Mary
children: Donald J, Ronald A, Steven M, Deborah Lynn, Mark Allan

Dykstra, Mrs Sena - Parkdale Ave
children: Derwin, Donna

Ellis, Roger - 38th St, Grandville
wife: Joyce
children: Sandra Kay, Debra Lynn, Vicki Jo, Cheryl Ann

Elzinga, Stanley - Harvest Ave, Grandville
wife: Dorothy
children: Connie Sue, Daniel Mark

Ensing, Gerald - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Geneva
children: Gary

Esther, Miss Kathryn - Washington Ave, Grandville

Fennema, Gerrit - Chestnut Ave, Grandville
wife: Elizabeth
children: Leonard

Fisher, Robert - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Norma

Garrison, Mrs Victoria - Superior St, Grandville

Goebel, Robert - Camden Ave, GR
wife: Gwenlyn

Gort, John - White St, Grandville
wife: Gertrude
children: Sharon, John, David Lee

Gort, Ralph - Gable St, Grandville
wife: Mary

Grinwis, Bert - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Hazel

Grinwis, Joseph - Crystal St, Grandville
wife: Irma
children: Barbara, Donald

Groendyk, Harold - Bill-Mar St, Grandville
wife: Doris
children: Joan Marie, Nancy Gay, Lou Ann, Steven Scott

Groendyk, Miss Tressa - Chicago Dr, Grandville

Groendyk, Ysbrandt - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Katherine

Groendyke, Maynard - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Velma
children: Richard, Lynne Anne, Timothy B, Trent E

Groeneveld, Jack - Prairie St, Grandville

Gustafson, Stanley - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Anita
children: Randall Lee, Perry Warren

Haan, Donald - Mill St, Grandville
wife: Alta
children: Gary, William Wagner, Franklin Wagner, Joel, Theodore

Haggerty, Richard - Maynard Rd, GR
wife: Marion
children: Kenneth, Joyce, Karen, Janet

Hamilton, Eugene - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Loraine
children: Cynthia, Timothy

Hankamp, Joe - Fulton St, GR

Haveman, Wesley - Harvest Ave, Grandville
wife: Julia
children: Robert, Roland, Douglas

Hayes, Harry - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Viola
children: James, Joe, Jerry, Jay, Judy

Hengeveld, Jake - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Johanna
children: Dennis, James, Bonnie

Henrickson, John - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Nellie

Henrickson, Willard - Macrace St, Grandville
wife: Irene
children: Sandra, Kathleen, Brian

Herrema, Maynard - Carlton Park Dr, Grandville
wife: Ruth
children: Nancy, Randall, Douglas John, James Allen

Hoch, Mrs Anna - Ottawa Ave, Grandville

Hoekstra, John - 31st St, Grandville
wife: Gertrude
children: Janice, Steven, David Lee

Hoffman, James - Barrett Ave, Grandville

Hoffman, Versil - Canal Ave, Grandville
wife: LaVerle
children: Deborah Jean, Marcia Ann

Holbrook, Lawrence - Cherry Lane, East Lansing
wife: Elinor

Holliman, A. Dennis - Superior St, Grandville
wife: Esther June

Holleman, Mrs Josie - Franklin Ave, Grandville

Holleman, Martin - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Gertrude

Holleman, Paul - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Florence
children: Kenneth, Curtis, Craig, Kevin

Huizenga, Mrs. Fannie - Wilson Ave, Grandville

Huizenga, Mrs. Hattie - Wedgewood Ct, Grandville

Huizenga, Willard - Wilson Ave. Grandville
wife: Helen
children: James, Bonnie, Patricia, Jack

Huizenga, William - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Lena
children: Winifred

Imanse, Mrs Jennie - Port Sheldon Rd, Georgetown Twp

Isenga, Donald - Boone Ave, Wyoming
wife: Betty
children: Eugene Dale, Michael Lee

Isenga, James - Worden St, GR
wife: Shirley
children: Cynthia Ann, JoAnne Kay

Isenga, Robert - 44th St, Wyoming
wife: Faith
children: Douglas James, Thomas John

Isenga, Siert - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Gertrude

Japinga, Harold - Ottawa Ave, Grandville
wife: Eula
children: Douglas, Terre

Johnson, Mrs Anna - Edison Ave, GR

Kamp, John - Maple St, Grandville
wife: Jeannette
children: James

Kiger, Theodore - Fern Ave, Imperial Beach, CA
wife: Lorraine
children: Shirley, Thomas

Kirby, Lloyd - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Janet
children: Wayne

Kolkman, Mrs Anna - Elwood Ave, Grandville
children: Marilyn

Kolkman, Gerald - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Marjorie
children: Janice, Bruce, Larry Jay

Koning, Carl - Earle Ave, Grandville
wife: Martha
children: Margaret Louise, Mary Martha, Ruth Anne

Koster, Henry - Ottawa Ave, Grandville
wife: Cornelia

Koster, Martin - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Lena

Koster, Simon Sr - 56th St, Byron Center
wife: Florence

Koster, Simon Jr - 56th St. Byron Center
wife: Marian
children: Nancy Lynn

Kramer, John - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Minnie

Krokkee, James - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Jocoba

Kronemeyer, Mrs. Grace - Able St, Grandville

Land, Cornelius - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Jennette

Land, Henry - 28th St, Grandville
wife: Jennie

Land, Nicholas - Veterans' Hospital, Battle Creek

Land, Jack - Woodbine Ave, Grandville

Land, Paul - 28th St, Grandville
wife: Judy
children: Terri Lynn

Land, Robert - 28th St, Grandville
wife: Ruth

Langenberg, Henry - Chestnut Ave, Grandville
wife: Jennie

Laninga, Albert - Coate Ct, GR
wife: Joan
children: Deborah Lynn

Laninga, James - Lee St, Grandville
wife: Beatrice
children: Rosalie, Terry

Laninga, Ronald - 44th St, Wyoming
wife: Marilyn

Lankenau, Arnold - 38th St, Grandville
wife: Janice
children: Laurel Jean, Beth Louise, Bruce Arnold, Charmayne Lea

Leedy, Harvey - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Julia
children: Kenneth, Marilyn

Lemmink, Cornelius - Ithaca St, GR
wife: Minnie
children: Robert

Linscott, Kenneth - Broadway Ave, Grandville
wife: Shirley
children: Robert Kenneth, Daniel James

Longcore, Gerald - 38th St, Grandville
wife: Janet
children: Judith Ann, Gerald Leroy

Louwenaar, Jacob - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Marian
children: Karyl, Keith, Betty Kay

Louwenaar, Mrs. Susie - Barrett Ave, Grandville

Loux, Charles - Wedgewood Ct, Grandville
wife: Ruth
children: Charles, Sharon

Lubbers, Theodore - Farragut St, GR
wife: Geneva

MacEachron, F. Grant - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Jean
children: Jane, Frederick, Patricia

McCarrick, Mrs. Abbie - Dixie Ave, Grandville

Medemar, Lester - 39th St, Hamilton
wife: Lucille
children: Judith, Richard, Evelyn, Ronald, Robert, Kathleen, Cynthia

Meeusen, Jack - Kiowa Ct, Grandville
wife: Elizabeth
children: Susan, Linda, Barbara

Mekkes, Cornelius - Wallace Ave, Grandville
wife: Katherine
children: Mary Beth, Timothy, Martha Lynn

Mekkes, Mrs. Frances - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville

Mekkes, Nicholas - Earle Ave, Grandville
wife: Sena
children: Lee, Lyle

Mesbergen, Lawrence - Elwell St, GR
wife: Dorothy
children: Sally, Susan

Meyer, John - Hickory Dr, Jenison
wife: Henrietta
children: Kenneth, Janet

Meyers, Nicholas - Locke Ave, Grandville
wife: Rena

Miller, Roland - Carmel Ave, Grandville
wife: Maria
children: Marijo, Ruthann

Moored, Keith - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Joyce
children: Jane Ann, Keith William Jr, Susan Kay, Ann Marie

Neerken, Arthur - Fayette Ave, Grandville
wife: Bertha

Nichols, Mrs Alice - Chestnut Ave, Grandville

Norder, Nicholas - 30th St, Grandville

North, Paul - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Verna
children: Michelle E.

Olthoff, Fay - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Grace

Oosterink, Dale - Eastern Ave, GR
wife: V. Marlene
children: Deborah Ellen

Oosterink, Jacob - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Katherine
children: Jacqueline, Howard, Gary, Kathleen, Wayne, Mark

Oosterink, Kenneth - Henry Ave, Jenison
wife: Jane
children: Gloria Kay, Gregory Kenneth, Gilbert Keith, Gail Elaine

Oosterink, Leon - Godfrey Ave, GR
wife: Barbara

Oosterink, Roger - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Estella
children: Sharon Diane, Denise Lynn, Maria Faye

Oosting, Chester - Cottonwood Dr, Jenison
wife: Lillian
children: Paul, Esther, Daniel Peter, Edwin Mark

Oppenhuizen, Mrs. Elizabeth - Fayette Ave, Grandville

Osterink, Mrs. Bessie - Canal Ave, Grandville

Osterink, Nicholas - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Alyce

Overway, Mrs Thelma - Fairview St, Grandville
children: Shellie Lynn

Packer, James - 37th St, GR
wife: June
children: Susan Renate, Michael James

Paskiewicz, Mrs. Nancy - High St, GR
children: Lary Michael, Randall Keith, Robert Kurt

Pearson, Mrs. Ella - Abel St, Grandville

Plaggemeyer, Frederick - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Leona

Poelman, Marvin - Chapel St, GR
wife: Joy
children: Kathleen Joy, Steven Todd, Lynda Sue

Polavin, Michael - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Mavis
children: Sherryl Lowing, Michael Mark, Michelle Rae, Todd Mitchell

Poll, Webb - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Elsie
children: James, Denise, Judith Louise

Poskey, Henry - Cottonwood Dr, Jenison
wife: Alice
children: Janet

Prince, Cornelius - LaCrosse St, GR
wife: Gertrude
children: Edith, Dorothy

Redmon, Hiram - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Jennie

Redmon, H. Calvin - Ottawa Ave, Grandville
wife: Janice
children: Joyce Ann

Rens, Cornelius - Chicago Dr, Grandville
wife: Cora

Rens, Harold - Cheyenne Dr, Grandville
wife: Mary
children: Douglas Alan

Rinkus, Donald - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Frances
children: Frances, Donald, Robin

Ripperda, Clarence - Martindale Ave, Wyoming
wife: Nelvina
children: Wayne

Ripperda, John - E. Fulton St, GR

Roos, Robert - 40th St, Grandville
wife: Alice

Russell, Charles - Ardmore Ave, Jenison
wife: Reatha
children: Gary Jay, Randall Jon, Judy Lynn

Ryerson, Russell - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Alice

Scharphorn, Melvin - Wadsworth St, GR
wife: Rose
children: David, Steven, Greg Alan

Scheerhorn, LaVerne - Fairview St, Grandville
wife: Hildegarde
children: Dale, L. Douglas, Timothy, Scott Boyd

Schreur, Samuel - Harvest Ave, Grandville
wife: Anna
children: William, Judith, Diane, Suellen

Schroeder, Mrs Minnie - Chestnut Ave, Grandville

Schuitman, Henry - Wyoming Ave, Wyoming
wife: Augusta
children: Robert, Jerry

Schuitman, Marvin - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Della
children: Marla, Wyllis

Schuitman, Raymond - Wayburn Ave, Grandville
wife: Harriet
children: Ronald, Eileen

Scott, Bernard - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Lois
children: Douglas, Mary Jo, Steven James

Scott, William - Locke Ave, Grandville
wife: Margaret

Scripsema, Donald - Cheyenne Dr, Grandville
wife: Arlene
children: Daniel Don, Diann Kathryn

Scripsema, Jacob - Harvest Ave, Grandville
wife: Mary

Scripsema, Leonard - Sycamore Dr, Jenison
wife: Lois
children: David George, Susan Lynne

Seabert, George - Higgins Ave, Grandville
wife: Bernice
children: Mark, Dale, Mary Beth

Seabert, Mrs. Nelly - Barrett Ave, Grandville

Slack, Edward - 9th St, Holland

Smit, Leonard - Omaha Dr, Grandville
wife: Leonora
children: Lori Ann, Larry Alan

Smith, Donald - Parkhurst Ave, GR
wife: Delores
children: Patricia, Douglas, Bruce

Smith, Franklin - Shoshone Dr, Grandville
wife: Colene?
children: Kenneth Paul, Audrey Marie

Smith, Harold - Bluebird Ave, GR
wife: Loretta
children: Michael Kent

Smith, Robert - 60th St, GR
wife: Betty
children: Danny

Snell, Andrew - Maynard Rd, GR
wife: Grace
children: James, Jon

Snip, Donald - Marymark Dr, Jenison
wife: Mary
children: Michael, Dennis, Gordon Lee, Randall Allen

Start, Arthur - Franklin Ave, Grandville
wife: Joyce
children: Stephen, Mary, Terrence, Christine

Stehouwer, Herman - Edgewood St, Grandville
wife: Thressa
children: David, Elizabeth, Shelley Lynn

Stelma, Gerard - Abel St, Grandville
wife: Anna

Stelma, Lester - Higgins Ave, Grandville
wife: C. Betty
children: Phyllis Jean, Robert James, David Arlan, William Clare

Stelma, Nicholas - Henry St, Grandville
wife: Jeannette
children: Jerry, James

Stoel, Herbert - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Cornelia
children: Curtis

Stoel, Mrs. Katherine - E. Fulton, GR

Strohl, Harry - Cherry St, GR
wife: Margaret

Takens, Henry - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Lena
children: Nancy

Talsma, Elke - Oakes St, Grandville
wife: Marian
children: Evonne Kaye, Bruce Allen, Mark Eric

Tellier, Mrs .Rena - Crystal St, Grandville

TenBrink, Mrs. Jessie - Kenowa Ave, Grandville
children: Edward

TenBrinke, Joe - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Mary
children: Nellie

Ten Clay, Rev. Henry J. - Church Ave, Grandville
wife: J. Lucile
children: Marilyn, H. Arlan, Glenda Jeanne

TeRonde, Herman - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Mildred
children: Karen Sue

Timmer, Nicholas - Avon Ave, Wyoming

Top, Dick - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Annie

Ulberg, Crannel - Ithaca St, Wyoming
wife: Suzette
children: Brian Edward

Valkier, Neal - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Martha
children: Gordon, Nancy

VanBronkhorst, Edward - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Ella

VanDam, John - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Minnie

VanDam, Martin - Kenowa Ave, Byron Center
wife: Lamina

VanDenBosch, Corres - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Gladys
children: Ruth Ann, Keith

VanderLaan, Julius - Grand St, Grandville
wife: Dorothy
children: Viola, Lillian, Amy Jane, Julius R Jr

VanderLaan, William - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Myrtle
children: Edith, Lois, Norma

VanderMoere, Marinus - Ivanrest Ave, Byron Center
wife: Margaret
children: Franklyn, Patricia, Bonnie, Marcia

VanderMolen, Peter - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Jane
children: Joyce

VanderWende, Mrs. Tena - Lee St, Grandville

VanderWood, Gerrit - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Anna
children: Lillian

VanderWood, John - 8th Ave, Georgetown
wife: Sherlene
children: David Lee, Pamela Joy, Douglas Jay

VanDyke, James - Rosewood Dr, Jenison
wife: Helen
children: James, Sharon, Danny, Linda Jean, Harvey Jay

VanFarowe, Adrian - Kalamazoo

VanHoeven, William - Ottawa Ave, Grandville
wife: Grace
children: A. Elaine, Virginia, William

VanHouten, William - Yellowstone Dr, Grandville
wife: Bessie
children: Joan Douma, Annette Douma, Susan Kay

VanKampen, Eibert - Pineview St, Grandville
wife: Ettamae
children: Edwin, Phyllis, Gloria Ann

VanNoord, Gelmer - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Marian
children: Paul, Marilyn, Glenn Arlan, Elaine Joy

VanOmmen, Mrs. Mathilda - Superior St, Grandville

VanRoekel, Lawrence - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Agnes
children: Lynda, Daniel, Betty Ellen

VanSingel, Dick - 40th St, Grandville
wife: Jennie

VanZinderen, Mrs. Grace - Superior St, Grandville
children: Flora

Veldman, Edward - 44th St, Grandville
wife: Minnie
children: Max, Marcia

VerLee, John - Cottonwood Dr, Jenison
wife: Leta

VerLee, Roger - Taylor St, Hudsonville
wife: Joyce

VerMeulen, Dr. John - Central Ave, GR
wife: Katherine

Verseput, H. Nelson - Belvue Ave, Jenison
wife: Nelva
children: Sharon, Gary

VerStrate, Abraham - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Flora

VerStrate, Mrs. Bessie - Fayette Ave, Grandville

VerStrate, Cornelius - 14th Ave, Hudsonville
wife: Florence
children: Mary Ann

VerStrate, Henry - Prairie Ave, Grandville
wife: Helen

VerStrate, James - Elwood Ave, Grandville
wife: Eleanor
children: Jerry, James

Vetting, Orie - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville

Victor, Mrs. Henrietta - 30th St, Grandville
children: Lois

Voorhees, Harold - Oakwood Dr, Jenison
wife: Joanne
children: Harold John

Voorhees, John - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Helina

Vredevoogd, Mrs. Evelyn - Wedgewood Ct, Grandville
children: Shirley, Marian, John

Vredevoogd, Harley - Harold Ave, Jenison
wife: Marilyn
children: Jodi Ann

Vredevoogd, Mrs. Maggie - Barrett Ave, Grandville
children: B. Lucille

Walma, Daniel Sr. - Grand St, Grandville
wife: Margaret
children: Kenneth

Walma, Daniel, Jr. - Union Ave, GR
wife: Donna

Walma, Robert - DeHoop Ave GR
wife: Vonda
children: Robert Lee

Weaver, Robert - Vermont Ave, Grandville
wife: Hazel
children: Robert, Thomas

Weaver, William - Taplin St, Grandville
wife: Dena

Wheaton, Lester - 8th Ave, Georgetown
wife: Anna

Wheeler, Edward - Baumhoff Ave, Comstock Park
wife: Anna
children: Carl Edward, Carol Ann

White, Edward - Elwood Ave, Grandville
wife: Ann
children: Linda, Barbara

Wierda, Gerald - Central Ave, GR
wife: Elinor

Wierda, Henry - Wyoming Ave, Wyoming
wife: Margaret
children: Paul, Edwin, Janet, Susan

Wierenga, Harvey - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Sue
children: Harvey Allen

Wierenga, John - E. Fulton GR
wife: Grace

Wierenga, Lawrence - Wilson Ave, Grandville
wife: Tillie
children: Dale, Patricia, Marcia, Douglas

Wierenga, Phillip - 8th Ave, Georgetown Twp
wife: Josie

Wierenga, Roland - Chicago Dr, Grandville
wife: Marilyn

Wierenga, William - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Elsie
children: Wilma

Wiers, Marvin - 76th St, Bryon Center
wife: Phyllis

Wiers, Nicholas - Groveland Ave, GR

Wieten, Martin - Chestnut Ave, Grandville
wife: Cora
children: Paul

Williams, Donald - Navaho Dr, Grandville
wife: Dorothy

Wohlford, Leon - Bauer Rd. Jenison
wife: Charlotte
children: Robert, Sue Ann, Dennis, Nancy Jo, Michael Dean

Yonker, Harold - Ottawa Ave, Grandville
wife: T. Jerene
children: Robert, Kathleen, Jerene Diane, Mary Ellen

Zandbergen, Delbert Sr. - Wilson Ave, Wyoming
wife: Martha
children: Donald, Ronald, Marcia, Thomas

Zandbergen, Delbert Jr. - 56th St, Wyoming
wife: Margaret
children: Cheryl Lynne, Steven Jay, Scott David

Zandbergen, Eugene - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Vivian
children: Gary Gene, Pamela Gae, Jerry Jay, Eugene Henry Jr

Zandbergen, Mrs. Helen - Wilson Ave, Grandville

Zandbergen, Mrs. Henrietta - Grand St, Grandville

Zandbergen, Henry - Henry St, Grandville
children: Bonita, Rose

Zandbergen, Howard - University Station, Gainesville FL

Zandbergen, Miss Inez - Vermont Ave, Grandville

Zandbergen, Jay - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Esther

Zandbergen, Mrs. Nellie - Barrett Ave, Grandville
children: Elaine

Zandbergen, William - Cheyenne Dr, Grandville
wife: Imogene
children: Kerry Lester, Kelly Lane

Zandstra, Darwin - Prairie St, Grandville
wife: Carol
children: Wanda, Sally

Zandstra, John - Byron Center Ave, Wyoming
wife: Gertrude
children: Larry

Zomerlei, Joe - Kenowa Ave, Grandville
wife: Bessie
children: Mary, Paul

Zuidema, Earl - N. Big Spring Dr, Grandville
wife: Harriet
children: Sally

Zwiers, Gerrit - Barrett Ave, Grandville
wife: Lydia

Zwiers, Marvin - Bill-Mar St, Grandville
wife: Theresa
children: Nancy Ann, Carol Lynn, Roger Allan

Zwyghuizen, Hemmo - Ivanrest Ave, Grandville
wife: Margaret

Zwyghuizen, Ivan - Grand St, Grandville
wife: Maureen
children: Muriel, Douglas, Larry

Zwyghuizen, Richard - 30th St, Grandville
wife: Jennie
children: Arlene


The above document was transcribed January 2003
First Reformed Church is located at 3060 Wilson Ave, Grandville, MI 49418
(616) 534-5465 Web Address:


Transcriber: Terry Start
Created: 28 January 2003

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