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Title: Geert Broene Collection, 1865-2008

ID: COLL/345

Primary Creator: Broene, Geert (1838-1919)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church. The collection includes original materials with translations; notes of the journey from Uelsen, Graafschaap Bentheim to Graafschap, Michigan; an autobiography; genealogy stories; and a funeral message outline.

Biographical Note

Geert Broene was born in Hocklingkamp, Hanover, Germany on September 16, 1838. Son of a farmer, Broene grew up tending to his father's cattle and sheep.  Even at a young age, Broene knew he did not want to became a farmer, but rather a minister. At the age of 24, Broene attempted to become a student of ministry, however he was not accepted. He concluded that ministry as a profession was not in God's plans for him.

In 1865 he immigrated to the United States. Like his father, Broene became a farmer. He also got married to Andina Harmsen. At the age of 34, Broene still felt the calling to pursue ministry. Despite many obstacles, Broene became a student of ministry, and studied at Calvin Theological Seminary.  He earned his diploma in 1877, and began his first charge in Noordelloos, Michigan. His other charges include First Roseland, Chicago, IL (1879-1884); Zutphen, MI (1884-1889); and West Leonard, Grand Rapids, MI (1889-1904).

In 1904 Rev. Broene retired. As an emeritus pastor, Broene continued to spread God's word and preach. On April 4, 1919 Rev. Geert Broene passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Aanteekingen, Betreffende de Reis der Familie van H.H Broene van Europa Naar Amerika in 1865, opgeteekend gedurende de reis en later overgeschreven door G. Broene
Item 1: (with translation by Gerrit W. Sheeres) --- 2007
Folder 2: Baggage tag --- 1865
Folder 3: "Eenige Mededeelingen uit het Leven van Rev G Broene," door Zew. zelf geschreven --- 1904
Item 1: additions, (with English translation: The Autobiography of Geert Broene - Johannes Broene, translator) --- 1924
Folder 4: “Eenige Medeleeingen uit het Leven van Ds. G. Broene” [serialized: 11 November 1925 – 5 Mei 1926 in De Wachter]
Folder 5: Brokstakjes uit de Genealogie der Famielie Broene: Huwelijks Formulier --- 1909
Red book has slight variations
Item 1: (with translation by Gerrit W. Sheeres) --- 2008
Folder 6: Funeral message outline, Hebrews 4:9 (with translation) --- [undated]
Folder 7: Eene Vertroostende Getuigenis van Jehova… [HERH BS1625.4.B7] --- 1884

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