His name is Gerrit Demmink and his roots are in Holland. Like many other Dutch families members of these Demmink-line made their home in the state of Michigan. There we find Gerrit Demmink, of Grandville in the Catalogue of the University of Michigan in the list of the college of literature, science and the arts. The man is at college a perfect debater and in 1923 he got his prize.
According to the Michiganensian of 1923 and years thereafter he was a member of the Delta Sigma Rho players club in the Michigan team, who played against teams from other American states in the middle-west.
Debating helped Gerrit in his law-study. We find him as a junior and later as senior-member of The Lawyers Club in Grand Rapids, and in 1929 he was a member of the memorial committee. Nearly a century later we memorize this man, here on this blog.