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Archive | October, 2017

Patrick L. Gorby

Patrick L. Gorby 56 of Sand Lake, died Friday, October 6, 2017, in Grand Rapids. Patrick was born November 2, 1960, in Greenville, Michigan the son of Ray and Geraldine (Sipple) Gorby. He was an excellent taxidermist who owned and operated End of Line Taxidermy. He was an outdoorsman and avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed baking, cooking, woodworking and watching old Westerns and TV shows. Surviving are his parents, brother and sisters, Michael Gorby, Kathy (Kim) Newton, Sally (Wayne) Newton, Mark (Tammie) Gorby; many loving nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held. Interment Trufant Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Edith L.M. Boss

Edith L. M. Boss 96 formerly of Sand Lake passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Boss was born June 9, 1921, in Petoskey, Michigan the daughter of Alfred and Julia (Pierson) Heynig. A loving & devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend & Christian woman. Edie (as she preferred) loved spending time laughing, telling stories, jokes, singing and volunteering time to build God’s kingdom. She was able to travel the world with the love of her life, Bill. She told her nurse & friend Ricki, “When we traveled Bill would be in charge of the camera equipment & I the children.” Then they’d have a big laugh. She loved her church family, Christian service & looked forward to sharing her time, talents & treasures to build God’s kingdom. She looked forward to her weekly trips collecting items and food to donate to organizations like Helping Hands in Howard City. After living in Sand Lake for decades she & Bill moved into Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids. At Clark, she spent a lot of time encouraging her friends in the nursing unit to eat. She created stained glass lamps & night lights used as fund-raisers. She also participated in their young children’s reading program. Everyone who knew Edie said she lived her life with an uplifting & positive spirit, sharing the love of Christ with everyone. Edie will be remembered with love. We will remember how with every sunrise she prayed for her family and praised “God’s beautiful paintbrush.” On behalf of all her family, we’d like to thank you for your support and prayers. We wish all of you Christ Jesus’ peace and comfort. God bless and keep you. Surviving are her children Gregory Boss, William (Rebecca) Boss, Laurae Stumpf; grandchildren, Marie (Roy) Meyers, Becca Boss, Adam (Alexis) Stumpf, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Boss; four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William; daughter-in-law, Pamela; grandson, Mark; brother, Charles Heynig all in Heaven. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 am at Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Book to tell history of Cedar Springs

New book in the works

The Cedar Springs Historical Society is working on a new book to tell the history of Cedar Springs in both word and photos, some never seen before. Sharon Jett, Director at the Museum, has shared some of the pages with us, which we have shared with you over the last few of weeks. Sharon said she hopes the book will be released in the next few months.

Interviews tell the tale

In 1976 Sally Grannis Grayvold interviewed some of the oldest citizens in Cedar Springs. Her tapes have proven to be a treasure trove on our early history. The following is an excerpt from one of her taped interviews with Ora Lewis. 

“When my father Dennis Lewis, lived in Grand Rapids, he had heard of a place a long distance north. It was called Cedar Springs. He found a Tavern where one might stay and a dealer in some provisions. The road was somewhat used to Laphamville (Rockford) but beyond that it was nearly solid pine, hardwood and tamarack. Near the road by Cedar Creek was the tavern, just about where the old City Hall is now (1965) on the creek behind the old water tower. Close by it was a large Cedar tree and some small ones. Close to both was a large spring. Thus the tavern and its location became known as Cedar Springs long before there was a settlement here or a surveyed road to it.” 

Ora’s father saw this when he walked to Cedar Springs as a very young man. He related the story to Ora many times. The place where Dennis Lewis stayed had to be that of John & Lydia Smith. 

By the late 1800’s or early 1900’s the village owned the property. The Cedar Springs Pumping station was located on the spot and soon after “City Hall” was housed there in part of the old pumping station building. Around 1868 or 69 the log tavern was torn down “to make room for more modern improvements.” History of Kent Co. 1881, under Zimri Phelps Bio. 

Old City Hall 

This picture was taken in in the building that used to be the pumping station on Cedar Creek. Miles Mulford, sitting behind the desk was a successful Solicitor of Pensions Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public in Cedar Springs. 

Born July 30, 1844 in Chemung, NY, Miles died July 19, 1927 in Cedar Springs, Mich. His wife, Mary A. Harris, was born in 1848, and died in 1929.

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Foxville Friendship club turns 100

The Foxville Friendship Club turned 100 years old in September. The club started back in the fall of 1917 during the First World War. The club was organized to work for the Red Cross, to make articles for the soldiers.

The first meeting was held at the home of Laverne Speaker, who lived across from Foxville School, on Algoma at Indian Lakes Rd. At the time there were 15 ladies that were members. They met every two weeks, and members took turns having the meetings in their homes. Many of the ladies had their children and even granddaughters that attended and joined the club throughout the years.

The club was involved in many different projects over the years. They sewed cancer pads for the Cancer Society for many years. They have donated quilts and blankets to families that lost everything in a fire; they have also donated money to the Santa Claus Girls, Salvation Army, Mel Trotter Mission, and St. Jude’s. Around Christmas time they also have adopted families, for whom they provided food, and toys for the kids. They have also made gifts for patients in the hospital and put on programs for the nursing homes.

Today the club meets once a month for about two hours in each other’s homes. “We have great fellowship and every member brings a dish to pass,” said treasurer Alice Carlson. They do fall and spring trips; they make a quilt to raffle off every year to earn extra money to help out with gifts for when a member’s family is in the hospital or passes away; and they also do a white elephant sale in the spring.

The Club currently has 8 members and meets every second Thursday of the month. “We always welcome more to join us,” said Carlson. If you are interested in joining the Foxville Friendship Club, call Alice at 866-2365.

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The Post travels to Peru

Surprise for Tom Mabie

Tom and Claudia Mabie recently traveled to Peru. While there, Tom celebrated his 80th birthday! As a surprise gift, his two daughters and a son-in-law joined them. The celebrating began in Urubamba at Huacatay, Tom’s favorite restaurant, and continued throughout the week as the group traveled to Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Pisac, Tipon and Cusco. Some of the group also visited Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines.

Happy birthday, Tom, and thanks for taking us with you to Peru!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Red Hawks go on road, defeat FHN Huskies, 44-21

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

The Cedar Springs varsity Red Hawks took on the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, October 6,  at a conference away game at FHN’s stadium. The Hawks have a current overall standing of 5-2, with both of their losses and one of their wins outside of the OK White conference. The face off between the Hawks and Huskies resulted in a final score of Cedar Springs 44, Forest Hills Northern, 21.

The first touchdown of the night was scored by junior Ryan Ringler, followed by a completed two-point conversion, making the score 8-0, with 6:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Huskies came back quickly, with Xavier Webster making a pass left to teammate Ian Rampersad, who then lateraled to Brandon Matthews for a 33-yard run into the end zone. 

Red Hawk varsity player Lucas Pienton scored the Hawk’s second touchdown of the night with 1:05 left in the quarter. The Hawks ended the first quarter with a completed two-point conversion after a pass made by quarterback Nicholas Campione to senior Parker Amell. 

Throughout the game, the Hawks held off the Huskies, who made no point advances in the second or third quarters. Senior running-back John Jacob Todd began the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown. Campione assisted his team with a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion after Todd’s previous run. Todd went on to score another touchdown just before the end of the second quarter, with 59 seconds left to play in the first half.

Additional points throughout the night were scored by Cedar Springs senior halfback Darius Barnett and quarterback Campione. The Huskies scored the final touchdowns of the night, with runs by Ryan Balkema and Mack Boyer, and PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Carter Clark. 

In their quest to win the OK White, the varsity Red Hawks will battle first place Forest Hills Central (5-0 conference, 7-0 overall), on Friday, October 13 at Red Hawk Stadium. It’s also senior night. According to Athletic Director John Norton, they will introduce senior football players and cheerleaders PRIOR to the game on Friday. They ask that all parents of seniors meet at the flagpole no later than 6:30 p.m. on Friday. They will then do introductions at 6:40PM. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Red Flannel Day 2017

It was a gorgeous Red Flannel Day last Saturday, in the 70s and partly cloudy, with a slight breeze. It couldn’t have been better! It did drizzle during the firefighter parade on Friday night, but the rain was over by the time things got underway on Saturday, and thousands of people headed downtown for all the events. 

The Post took photos, but also asked our readers to submit some photos on Facebook, and the two here encapsulate both the joy and agony we all feel on Red Flannel Day! The beautiful baby above was submitted by Tara Stricklen, and the jail photo was submitted by Nicole Black, who said it was taken after her sister in law was arrested by the Keystone Kops. (She got the shirt after being arrested.) Turn to pages 7, 8, 9 and 16 to see more photos from Red Flannel Day.

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Girl, 11, struck by car on 14 Mile Road

Cora Gonzales

Sent to hospital in critical condition

An 11-year-old Oakfield Township girl is fighting for her life after she was hit by a car in front of her parents’ home on 14 Mile Road last Friday, October 6. She was still in critical condition at press time Wednesday, October 11.

According to the Michigan State Police, the accident occurred about 5:50 p.m., on 14 Mile Rd, between Harvard and Ramsdell. They reported that the girl was struck by an eastbound vehicle and was sent to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation. Oakfield Township Fire assisted MSP at the scene.

The girl, Cora Gonzales, is a fifth-grader at Cedar View Elementary, and the daughter of George and Cookie Gonzales. According to her gofundme page (https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-cora), she has bleeding in her brain in two separate areas, a broken left eye socket, an enlarged pupil in her left eye, a bruised kidney, a broken pelvis and left arm, and many bruises and cuts. Part of her skull has been removed to relieve pressure on her brain. An MRI Wednesday showed damage to the inner parts of her brain. The family is asking for prayers for healing for Cora.

“Cora is an outgoing, beautiful, talented well-liked 5th grader at Cedarview,” Cookie told The Post. “She loves playing soccer with the AYSO United team, running, wrestling, camping and spending time with her siblings and friends. She also loves participating in church events and loves her Lord, Jesus Christ with all her heart. We are humbled by all of the outpouring of support from the communities of Cedar Springs, Lowell and beyond,” she said.

The gofundme page has been set up to help the Gonzales family with Cora’s medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Follow the link (https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-cora) to donate. You can also keep up to date on what’s happening to Cora by following Team Cora on Facebook.

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Look Who’s 80!


Jack – February 24, 1937

Riley – September 28, 1937

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Celebration of Life for Charles and Joan Newland

Charles Andy Newland passed away September 9, 2016 and Joan Louise (Crawford) Newland passed away August 26, 2016. They were married for 65 years and have four children, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. They spent their retirement years in Zephyrhills, Florida. Charles did wood working and Joan was right by his side, as she was through out their lives.

We are having a Celebration of life October 14, 2017 with a grave side service at noon and a luncheon from l-4 p.m. at the Pine Township Hall, 7900 W. 2nd ST., Langston, Michigan. Help us Celebrate their lives. Please NO flowers as the Family members are from out of state.

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