|Volume 12 Issue 1
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Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
The Tulip Festival comes very early this year. It is always the 3rd week in May, but since May starts on Friday, the festival will be May 14, 15 and 16. Let's hope that the tulips will be perfect at that time. I understand that the Tulip Festival brochures will be out in a couple of days. Next month, we will give you more details on what will be happening.
If you want to buy tickets to the musical production, "Cinderella", I would recommend that you contact the Chamber office or go to the Orange City Tulip Festival website soon. The tickets went on sale to the general public last week and I understand that a lot of good seats are gone already. There will not be a Monday evening production, so the first night available is Tuesday, May 12. If you go to octulipfestival.com, you can purchase tickets to all the events including the night production. They are $25 each. Tuesday's and Wednesday's production starts at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's start at 8:00 p.m.
PreInventory Sale Went Well
We were very pleased that so many people found their way to our new location for the pre inventory sale. We sold out of a lot of our Dutch food. All the Dutch cookies, Stroopwafels and white peppermints are gone until I order more. We do have a few Dutch letters left and we will sell those at half price until they are gone. There is not a lot of selection of letters left, but they still taste good no matter what letter you have. We have some in dark chocolate and milk chocolate. We also have several boxes of Sea Salt Caramels left. They are not half price yet, because Lee and I will eat all that are left over. They are delicious. Neither the letters nor the sea salt caramels are available during the year. We can only get them around Christmastime.
Visit from old friends
I retired from the superintendency 15 years ago (has it really been that long). A couple of weeks ago some of my favorite people from my last district found our store and stopped for a nice visit. When we had the building downtown, that was always our joy, when old friends stopped by. I hadn't seen these people since I retired and it was fun to catch up with all the happenings in my old school.
Orange City Facts
Last month I started summarizing information from the book Images of America, Orange City by Doug Anderson, Tim Schiak, Greta Grond and Sarah Kaltenbach. I would like to continue the story here. The book is available at our store for $21.99. It is mainly a book of old pictures of Orange City rather than a text book.
We finished our story last month telling about how the new wave of Dutch immigrants came to the Midwest rather than to the east coast. Two dominies (pastors) led most of the new immigrants in establishing two new colonies. The first was the Michigan colony led by the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte (1811-1876). He was instrumental in the forming of Holland in Michigan. By 1850 hundreds of Dutch also lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The second was the Reverend Hendrik Pieter Scholte (1806-1868) who led 900 colonists from Rotterdam to the town of Pella, in southwestern Iowa. He became the land agent for the 18,000 acres in Marion County purchased by the Christian Emigration Association.
By the end of the Civil War, 20 years after the founding of Pella, there was no affordable land available and Orange City was founded as a colony of Pella (1870). However, by this time Scholte was deceased and Van Raalte died shortly after. The leader of the move to Orange City was Henry Hospers (1830 -1901). Hospers had come from the Netherlands as a teenager with Rev. Scholte to colonize Pella. He worked as a land agent, teacher, notary and newspaper editor. He also served as Pella's mayor. However, when he was nearing 40, he decided to move west. He led 253 people to Sioux County where they founded Orange City in 1870. The 1862 Homestead Act was a big draw. Again 18,000 acres were purchased. Once settled in Orange City, Hospers established a store, a land office, and, in 1880, a bank. He started the De Volksvriend (the People's Friend), a Dutch-language weekly publication that continued until 1951. In 1882 he led the founding of Northwestern Classical Academy which eventually became Northwestern College, currently a four year college which even offers some master's degrees today. Henry Hospers also served as city mayor, state representative and state senator.
The rest of the book goes on to tell the story of Orange City in pictures.