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Klaas Hoeksema Collection



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Title: Klaas Hoeksema Collection, 1895-1968

ID: COLL/385

Primary Creator: Hoeksema, Klaas (1881-1968)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Teacher and principal of the Englewood Christian School, Chicago, Illinois. The collection includes certificates, letters of recommendation, programs, correspondence, notes, and a document pertaining to Marcia Bruin Slot.

Biographical Note

Klaas Hoeksema was born on September 22, 1881 in the Netherlands. As a young man, Hoeksema immigrated to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hoeksema first worked at a greenhouse where he developed a life-long appreciation for nature and flowers. He soon accepted a teaching position at Williams Street Christian School of Kalamazoo in 1905. He went on to teach at Muskegon, Michigan; Roseland, Chicago; Ebenezer, Chicago; and Munster, Indiana.

In 1921 began to teach at Englewood Christian School in Chicago. Only after one year of teaching, Hoeksema accepted the role of principal, a position he held until his retirement in 1946. His passion for teaching even extend outside of the classroom, he taught catechism at the Frist Christian Reformed Church of Englewood every Saturday for 31 years. Even after retirement he continued to do substitute teaching.  Hoeksema held the role of secretary of the Christian Principal's Club for many years.

On September 7, 1968 Klaas Hoeksema passed away due to a short illness in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1901-1962
Folder 2
Item 1: Birth Record --- 1880
Item 2: Marcia Bruins Slot --- 1895
Folder 3
Item 1: Birth Record --- 1880, 1896
Item 2: translation --- 1957
Folder 4: Attestations --- 1901-1994
Folder 5: Certificates of Instruction --- 1898-1901
Folder 6: Teaching contract --- 1902
Folder 7: Provinciale Drentsche en Asser Courant, newspaper --- 1907
Folder 8: Application for life insurance --- 1908
Folder 9: Church bulletin, Commemoration of 30 Years in the Service of Christian Education --- 1936
Folder 10: Obituary --- 1968

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