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In 1925 fourteen-year-old Herman Baker, with his family, emigrated from the Netherlands to America, traveling by boat to Ellis Island and then by train to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Culture shock was minimal. More than 75,000 Netherlanders already lived there, Dominie Albertus Van Raalte having led the way to western Michigan with a small band of followers in 1847. Nearby towns bore such names as Zeeland, Holland, and Graafschap... + View All