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Hiram Vander Klay Collection



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Call and Evangelism Letters

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Title: Hiram Vander Klay Collection, 1932-1971

ID: COLL/280

Primary Creator: Vander Klay, Hiram (1904-1991)

Extent: 1.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. Papers include call letters from seven churches, evangelism letters, and sermons.

Biographical Note

Hiram Vander Klay was born on November 21, 1904 in Spring Lake, Michigan.  Vander Klay attended Calvin College earning his B.A. in 1928. He went on to Calvin Theological Seminary where he earned his B.D. in 1932. Also in 1932 he married Grace Flokstra.

Vander Klay's first charge was in Vesper, WI in 1932. He served the congregation until 1940. Vander Klay's other charges include Hancock, MN, 1940-1944; Goshen, IN, 1944-1949; Leighton, IA, 1949-1952; Owen Sound, ON, 1952-1961; West Sayville, NY, 1961-1967; and Ferrisburg, VT, 1967-1971. In 1971 Rev. Vander Klay retired from active ministry.  On June 19, 1991 Hiram Vander Klay died from a stroke.

Rev. Vander Klay was known for his compassion. He enjoyed providing consolation to the sick and the elderly. He is also known for helping Dutch immigrants in Canada during World War II. He assisted the Dutch immigrants adjust to their new home land by preaching to them and helping them organize into congregations.  His other involvements include serving on the Elim Christian School Board in the late 1950s and serving as a delegate to the Synod.

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[Series 1: Call and Evangelism Letters, 1932-1971],
[Series 2: Sermonic Material in Envelopes],

Series 1: Call and Evangelism Letters --- 1932-1971
Box 1
Folder 1: Call letter from Vesper, Wisconsin; communications, 75th anniversary booklet and program --- 1932-1940
Folder 2: Call letter from Hancock, Minnesota; directory of 1965; letter re: Van Zee, 1956; 25th, 40th, and 50th anniversary booklets --- 1940-1944
Folder 3: Call letter from Goshen, Indiana; communications, clippings, 50th and 75th anniversary material --- 1944-1949
Folder 4: Call letter from Leighton, Iowa; communications, dedication of new building, letters, 50th anniversary of Men's Society --- 1949-1952
Folder 5: Call letter from Owen Sound, Ontario; communications, clippings, a report on CRC Centennial --- 1952-1961
Folder 6: Call letter from West Sayville, New York; letters about the call, clippings, dedication of building --- 1961-1967
Folder 7: Call letter from Ferrisburg, Vermont; letters in connection with call, clippings, farewell program --- 1967-1971
Folder 8: Evangelism letters --- Feb. 1939 - Dec. 1939; Sept 1945 - Feb. 1949; 1968, 1969, 1971
Folder 9: Male Chorus and A Cappella Choir of Owen Sound; clippings, letters

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