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Herman Fryling Collection, 1892-1947

Collection Overview

Title: Herman Fryling Collection, 1892-1947

ID: COLL/088

Creator: Herman Fryling (1869-1947)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church, missionary to the Navajo in Arizona, and missionary to the Zuni in New Mexico. The collection includes correspondence, sermons, papers, historical sketches, pamphlets, programs, and published articles.

Biographical Note

Herman Fryling was born in Munnekezijl, Friesland, Netherlands on October 2, 1869. In 1880 with his parents, Fryling immigrated to the United States, and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a desire to spread the gospel as a missionary, Fryling decided to enroll in Calvin Theological Seminary, graduating in 1869. The same year he was ordained at Spring St. Church in Grand Rapids. He soon left for Fort Defiance, Arizona. This is where he began his missionary work with the Navajo Indians, accompanied by his wife Katie Hoogeboom, and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Vander Wagen. After only four months in the service, Katie passed away. Fryling was remarried to Jennie Janssen in 1898. In 1905, Fryling accepted the call from a congregation in Pease, Minnesota. He served the congregation only until 1906 because he felt the need to return to his first passion, missionary work. He served as a missionary to the Zunis at Zuni, New Mexico and at Black Rock, New Mexico. In 1929 Fryling retired, and moved to Zeeland and later to Grand Rapids. Fryling passed away on March 28, 1947. He left behind Jennie, 2 sons, a daughter, and 9 grandchildren.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Christian Reformed Board of Home Missions and J. Fryling

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1
Box 1
Folder 1: Naturalization certificate --- 1892
Folder 2: Farewell address --- September 30, 1896
Folder 3: Call Letters --- 1896-1905
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1896-1945
Folder 5: Zuni Mission: Presbyterian --- 1896, 1908
Folder 6: "Beginning of Our Work Among the Navahoes" --- [1899]
Folder 7: Our Missions among Indians, sketch by H. Beets in the Banner of Truth --- 1904
Folder 8: Sermons --- 1905-1906
Folder 9: Notebooks, life and work --- 1907
(original and a type script)
Folder 10: Our Zuni Mission --- [1908]
Folder 11: Zuni Mission: Christian Reformed --- 1910-1911
Folder 12: Our Mission Work in Zuni --- 1911
Folder 13: "The Zunis and Mission Work among Them" --- 1914
Folder 14: Zuni Mission --- [1915]
Folder 15: Dedication of complex --- 1926
Folder 16: Thirtieth Anniversary of the Zuni --- October 14, 1927
Folder 17: Fortieth Anniversary Commemoration of Our Indian Mission --- October 10, 1936
Folder 18: Pioneer mission work among the Navaho --- 1946
Folder 19: Semi-Centennial of Indian Missions --- 1896-1946
Folder 20
Item 1: Life sketch by Henry Beets and J. C. De Korne in Missionary Monthly --- 1947
Item 2: Banner --- 1947
Folder 21: Indian Mission Notes --- undated
Folder 22: Historical sketch of the Mission of Zuni, New Mexico – Catholic --- undated
Folder 23: "The Fortieth Anniversary Commemoration of our Indian Missions" --- 10/11/1936