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  • Onze Toekomst -- April 13, 1906
    Chicago Division of the General Dutch League

    At the last held executive meeting,of the Chicago division of the General Dutch League, the program was decided upon for the coming meeting Tuesday evening, in the Church of the First Christian Reformed Congregation on 14th Street. Of this meeting you will find an announcement in this number of Onze Toekomst. We can add nothing to this except to state, that everyone who is interested in the well-being of our people, here and in the Netherlands and in all corners of the world, is energetically invited, not to let this opportunity pass by. Let us as Dutchmen support the well-being and prosperity of our people, especially where this is so closely connected with the wellbeing of this land, our newly accepted Fatherland. At this executive meeting it was also decided to establish a respectable Dutch library, the details to be worked out later. This work was started by a gift of $50.00, which was our division's share of a donation to the General Dutch League of $500.00, by H. M. Queen Wilhelmina, for the purpose to spend among the Netherlanders who live abroad, in this case those who live in Chicago. The library will be named "The Queen Wilhelmina Library", in her honor. The adminstration hesitated somewhat to make the above mentioned decision, not knowing whether the attendance would be sufficient to justify the establishment of such a library. We are happy nevertheless that this decision was made, because nothing else could serve better to teach our people Dutch grammar, knowledge and wisdom of all descriptions, as a respectable gathering of Dutch literature.

    At the last held executive meeting,of the Chicago division of the General Dutch League, the program was decided upon for the coming meeting Tuesday evening, in the Church of the ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- April 27, 1906
    The Death of an Old Settler

    Last Sunday, Mr..Jacob Wierenga passed away at his home, 6532 Claremont Avenue at the ripe old age of 76 years. His body was entrusted to the earth last Tuesday in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, at Morgan Park.

    Mr. Wierenga was one of the oldest Dutch settlers in Illinois. He had lived in the state continuously for over 40 years and for many years was an officer of the burial fund "Zelf Hulp." Diabetes made an end to his life.

    Last Sunday, Mr..Jacob Wierenga passed away at his home, 6532 Claremont Avenue at the ripe old age of 76 years. His body was entrusted to the earth last Tuesday in ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- May 11, 1906
    An Honor-Dinner in the Auditorium Hotel

    We were requested to announce that on May 14th, there will be offered to the Committee and delegates to the Presbyterian Synod to be held at Des Moines, Iowa, an honor dinner. The delegates will be in Chicago next week.

    The dinner is important for us, because many Dutchmen will also take part. As we all know, much work is being done lately for the unification of the Reformed (Dutch Reformed) Church with the Presbyterians and some of the delegates labor especially for that purpose. And that is especially the reason why they wish to honor them with a dinner on their trip through Chicago.

    We were requested to announce that on May 14th, there will be offered to the Committee and delegates to the Presbyterian Synod to be held at Des Moines, Iowa, an ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- June 08, 1906
    [Christian Schools Get Picture of Queen Wilhelmina]

    The administration of the Chicago Division of the General Dutch League, decided on their last meeting to present to the different Dutch Christian Schools in Chicago and to the Theological Schools at Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan, a beautifully colored picture of Her Majesty, Queen Wilhelmina.

    The administration of the Chicago Division of the General Dutch League, decided on their last meeting to present to the different Dutch Christian Schools in Chicago and to the Theological ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- June 08, 1906
    Laying of the Cornerstone of the New Christian School

    Last Wednesday, the cornerstone of the new Christian school on 15th street between Ashland and Paulina, was laid with fitting ceremonies. The festivities began at two o'clock in the afternoon. Before a large throng of interested people, Mr. H. Jacobsma, who functioned as master of ceremonies, opened the meeting and requested the singing of Psalm 105:5, after which he requested Dr. P. Moerdyke to lead in prayer. After the opening formalities, the Rev. H. Harmeling spoke masterfully before the meeting on the topic "The positive confession of God is necessary in the teaching of children". Following this the chair was given to Mr. A. Bulthuis, who with a few proper remarks laid the cornerstone of the new building, after which the meeting sang loud and clear Psalm 100:4, now the chair was given to Dr. P. Moerdyke, who made a beautiful speech in the English language, and his topic was: "Christiam instruction a necessity for good citizenship". The last speaker on the program was the Rev. C. De Leeun, who spoke about Christian instruction and the knowledge, which speech was outstanding through its simplicity and clearness, after which Rev. E. Breen led the meeting in a prayer of thanks to God. The Christian school on our West Side has progressed remarkably during its existence. It can boast now of 225 pupils with the following instructive personnel: Mr. H. Jacobsma, Mr. H. Van Dellen, Miss Jenney Van Wesep and Miss Katie Venema. The new school building will be built at a cost of $8,000.

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    It will contain eight rooms, although only four will be used at the start. May the new school be blessed and at the same time be a blessing for Chicago!

    Last Wednesday, the cornerstone of the new Christian school on 15th street between Ashland and Paulina, was laid with fitting ceremonies. The festivities began at two o'clock in the afternoon. ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- June 29, 1906
    The Funeral of W. Huizinga

    Last Sunday was the third time, that the Dutch Sick and Death - benefit society "Eendracht Maakt Macht" (Unity makes strength), had the opportunity, to bestow the last honors to a brother, and even as Ten Brain, and Prins, he was a resident of the North West Side. It was wonderful evidence of the power of a organization, manifested in this society, that they were represented in such large numbers at these solemn rites, not only by the members themselves, but also by their wives and other friends of the society.

    Last Sunday was the third time, that the Dutch Sick and Death - benefit society "Eendracht Maakt Macht" (Unity makes strength), had the opportunity, to bestow the last honors to ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- July 06, 1906
    Building and Loan Association

    Our Dutch Building and Loan Association is very prosperous and financially sound.

    As is shown by the financial report, the association has control of and owns in real estate $150,250.35.

    Our Dutch Building and Loan Association is very prosperous and financially sound. As is shown by the financial report, the association has control of and owns in real estate $150,250.35.

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  • Onze Toekomst -- August 17, 1906
    The New Primary Law.

    Our new Primary - Law viewed from the side of the politicians is a complete success; from the side of the voters a failure, notwithstanding the fact that most of our large American dailies praise its good qualities and advertise its good points far and near. It is a failure from the side of the voters, in the first place, because they are compelled to state at the polling place to which party you belong. The independent voter, who only takes the ability and fitness of the candidate into consideration, without asking which party he belongs to is eliminated. This should be changed my writing the names of all the candidates on one ballot. In the second place we call it a failure, because in most cases it does not bind the Convention to stick by a candidate, for whom the voters cast the majority of their votes. How crippled the law is in this respect is proven by the fact, that the politicians of both parties had to make up the lists of the candidates, who were to be supported at the convention, at their caucuses, after the primaries. It is still the same meddling as ever; not the voters, but a few political bosses, decide who shall have the nomination for this or that position. And that is the reason we said, that from the side of the politicians it is a success, but from the side of the voters a failure. It is hoped that this will be discovered and as quickly as possible the necessary changes and improvements be made.

    Our new Primary - Law viewed from the side of the politicians is a complete success; from the side of the voters a failure, notwithstanding the fact that most of ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- August 31, 1906
    The New Christian School

    The new Christian school on 15th Street was put in use last Wednesday for the first time. It is a well planned, building, built to meet the demand of the times and the latest building ordinances. It is only natural that on this occasion the children had to celebrate and the celebration was well arranged by the school board. Monday was the day designated for this. At noon the children came with their teachers and a large number of spectators, gathered in the basement of the First Christian Reformed Chruch on 14th Street, which had served so far for class rooms. The hall had been changed into vertible festive auditorium, towards which willing hands of friends of the school had done their bit. And the spirit? You ought to have seen the children. You could read on the faces of those 250 children, what was in their hearts. Happiness as well as thankfulness could be seen on every face. And after they had given sufficient audible proof of their acquired knowledge and the teachers also had spoken a word of thanks and encouragement, the children did real justice to the refreshments which were served to them. When the feast was at an end they all went in a parade to the new school, and then home. In the evening the feast was continued, at a well attended meeting in the Church of the First Reformed congregation on Hastings Street. After the introductory speech by the Rev. Breen came the speakers, the Rev. K. Kuepers of Roseland, and C. De Leeuw of Douglas Park. The first spoke on "be happy with the happy" and the last on the words of Solomon: "Teach the boy the first principles 2according to his demands; and when he becomes aged, he shall not stray from them." That the speakers were heard with undivided attention is the best proof that their words fell on "fertile earth".

    The new Christian school on 15th Street was put in use last Wednesday for the first time. It is a well planned, building, built to meet the demand of the ...

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  • Onze Toekomst -- September 07, 1906
    The Ton Family

    The Ton family, who last week held their eleventh family re-union now counts 448 members, at least that amount is written on the family register. The family is that of Jan Ton, who in 1849 settled in Roseland. Of his nine children, only one is among the living, namely, Mr. Jacob Ton, age 74, and living on Michigan Avenue and 109th Street. The family historian, Mr. C. J. Ton, declared in his report of the year gone by, that no death had occurred, but that the family had increased by 12 young Tons. Seven marriages took place during the year.

    The family historian has the habit of mentioning the names each year, of all the members of the family, who are over thirty years of age and unmarried. It seems that this habit has the power to make many of them seek a mate for life, there are few who wish to have their name published year after year, as a hardened bachelor or a crabby old maid. The day at Thornton Park was beautiful, and was enjoyably spent.

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    The following persons were chosen as officers for the coming year: N. R. Koopman, president; Peter de Groot, vice president; "Beau" Brennen, secretary; Col. M 'A Hout, treasurer; C. J. Ton, historian. The last mentioned is a candidate for State Representative from the 13th senatorial district.

    The Ton family, who last week held their eleventh family re-union now counts 448 members, at least that amount is written on the family register. The family is that of ...

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