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Eisse Harke Woldring Collection, 1910-1920

Collection Overview

Title: Eisse Harke Woldring Collection, 1910-1920

ID: COLL/336

Creator: Woldring, Eisse Harke (1884-1961)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Gereformeerde Kerken, 1922-1945, and the Gereformeerde Kerken Vrijgemaakt, 1945-1961, in the Netherlands. Letters, written from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to family in Sauwerd, Groningen. They give an account of a young man's life: travel stories; factory work; studies at Calvin Theological Seminary; Thanksgiving in Moline, Michigan; a vacation in Chicago, Illinois; church and social activities; World War I; and pro-German allegiance.

Biographical Note

Eisse Harke Woldring (1884-1961) was the son of Derk Woldring, a farmer in Zuidwold, the Netherlands, and Elisabeth Dijksterhuis.  The younger Woldring came to Grand Rapids in 1910 and worked in local furniture factories for three years when he enrolled in Calvin College. He graduated from Calvin Seminary in 1921. With his wife, Sophia (Fie) Jongsma, also from the Netherlands but whom he married in California in 1918, he returned to the Netherlands, where he studies at the Theological School in Kampen for a year, was declared a candidate and accepted a call to the church in Kornhorn in 1922. He retired from the ministry in 1953 after experiencing a series of mild strokes.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Letters --- 1910-1920
Box 1
Folder 1: General Papers
Folder 2: Letters --- 1910
Folder 3: Letters --- 1911
Folder 4: Letters --- 1912, Jan-Feb
Folder 5: Letters --- 1912, June-Oct
Folder 6: Letters --- 1912, Nov-Dec
Folder 7: Letters --- 1913-1915
Folder 8: Letters --- 1916-1917
Folder 9: Letters --- 1918-1920
Folder 10: Fie (Sophia) Jongsma Woldring Letters --- 1918-1920
Folder 11: Piet Woldring included in Eisse Woldring Papers