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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.) See more photos from Red Flannel Day below…

For more photos, visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/cedarspringspost/

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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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Red Flannel royalty chosen

The 2017 Red Flannel Queen and Court were chosen Saturday evening, September 28, at Cedar Springs High School. From L to R: Court member Morgan Nauta, Queen Jenna Alcumbrack, and Court member Emily Pierson. Photo by Megan Rosenberger.

This past Saturday, September 28, seven very talented young ladies took to the Cedar Springs High School stage in the hopes of becoming the 2017 Red Flannel Queen. This year was the 73rd Red Flannel Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. It was emceed by Cedar Springs teacher Dave Stuart, who returned for his second year as the master of ceremonies. Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler, the 2007 Red Flannel Queen, served as the evening’s hostess. She has directed the pageant for the past five years.

The seven contestants took to the stage in a fun opening number, where they hand-jived and rocked around the clock with dance partners, capturing all of the fun of the fifties. They then took the stage in their business attire, where they answered a question about Red Flannel Festival history. Before breaking for intermission, Dave and Kaleigh were able to highlight the Red Flannel Scholarship. This is the 27th year that a scholarship has been given to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Since 1990, the scholarship fund has raised over $100,000 dollars, and 100 percent of the money has gone directly to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Donations can be made to the Red Flannel Queen’s scholarship fund by going to the Red Flannel Office or the Red Flannel website at redflannelfestival.org.

After intermission, contestants dressed in an evening gown of their choice, and again took the stage, this time escorted by their fathers and grandfathers. While on stage they had a spontaneous conversation with Master of Ceremonies Dave Stuart, and answered questions he created from their application.

Another highlight of the evening was Hostess Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler interviewing the 2017 Grand Marshal Tom Anderson. Tom took time to reminisce about his beginnings with the Festival, how he possibly became the first parade announcer all on his own, with no instruction, and his famous fur coat that he recently donated to the Festival. It was a great time of learning more about our Grand Marshal and all that he has brought to the Red Flannel Festival over the years.

After saying goodbye to the 2016 Red Flannel Queen and Court, Miss Congeniality was announced. The Miss Congeniality award is an honor given to the contestant whom her fellow contestants felt conveyed enthusiasm, friendliness, and support throughout the pageant process. This year Miss Congeniality was awarded to two contestants—Melody Hughes and Emily Pierson.

Finally it was time to announce the new queen. The 2017 Red Flannel Queen is Jenna Alcumbrack, and her Court members are Morgan Nauta and Emily Pierson.

Jenna and her court will go to different events through out the city this week and oversee all of the events on Red Flannel Day, including the main parade.

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Presenting Red Flannel Prince and Princess 2017

Congratulations to the new 2017 Red Flannel Prince and Princess, Austin Schulte and Emma Holbrook. They were crowned in a ceremony at the Kent Theatre on September 27. They will ride in the Red Flannel Day parade on Saturday.
Parents of the prince are Brandon and April Schulte, and parents of the princess are TJ Holbrook and Erin Miller.

Congratulations to the new 2017 Red Flannel Prince and Princess, Austin Schulte and Emma Holbrook. They were crowned in a ceremony at the Kent Theatre on September 27. They will ride in the Red Flannel Day parade on Saturday.

Parents of the prince are Brandon and April Schulte, and parents of the princess are TJ Holbrook and Erin Miller.

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New book to tell history of Cedar Springs

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 will share with you over the next couple of weeks. Sharon said she hopes the book will be released in the next few months.

Pump Station Cedar Springs

From the time of Cedar Springs earliest settlers, in the mid 1800’s, local business and homes had their own pumps that took care of their need for water. Some places even had two wells that could supply water to the livestock and the home or business. In July 1884, the fire known as “Black Friday” nearly burned the whole town to the ground. Only a couple blocks on the south end of town were left standing. Fighting a fire of this magnitude with a bucket brigade was fruitless and a wake up call for the village fathers. In 1889 the Council voted to bond the city for $5000 and build a city water works.

Underneath the building a large cistern held the water pumped in from the wells. The creek was dammed up to force water into the cistern too. Men were hired to dig deep trenches to lay the water pipes in. The water mains laid along Main St. were pine logs that had the center core burned out of them. A couple of these old wooden water pipes can be seen at the Cedar Springs Museum today. They had been in the ground for about 120 years and still in good condition when excavated around 2010. The old wooden pipes were not still carrying water at that time but had been left in the ground when more modern pipes replaced them.

Wood was purchased from area farmers to power the waterworks. This station had to have someone on duty all the time to keep the steam up and the water available. When the waterworks first started operating Main Street was served but not many of the homes in town had this convenient city water. It took years of laying pipes along the side streets to each house before all the home wells were finally given up.

Fire hydrants along with a large water trough were placed on Main St. The bucket brigade was finally replaced with this modern system. An engine could be added to the pumping system to help keep a steady stream to the hydrants during a fire.

City workers installing wooden water pipes along Main St.

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Montcalm deer suspected positive for chronic wasting disease

Spencer, Oakfield Townships may become part of area with new regulations

A 3-½-year-old female deer taken during Michigan’s youth deer hunting season is likely to be the 10th free-ranging deer in the state found to have chronic wasting disease. The animal was harvested in Montcalm Township in Montcalm County, and preliminary tests indicate the animal may be positive for CWD. The DNR is awaiting final confirmation from the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The suspect deer was harvested by a youth hunter during the September youth season. The hunter voluntarily took the animal to a DNR deer check station and submitted the animal for testing.

“We cannot thank this family enough for bringing their deer to a check station,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “Without their effort, the disease may have gone undetected in this area. We encourage hunters from any part of the state, especially the south-central Lower Peninsula, to have their deer tested.”

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal.

Some CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation; however, deer can be infected for many years without showing internal or external symptoms. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die.

“Infected deer don’t necessarily look sick,” Straka said. “Having your deer tested is the only way to know if it has chronic wasting disease.”

Since May 2015, the DNR has actively conducted surveillance for CWD. To date, more than 14,000 deer have been tested since the first positive case was found, with nine cases of CWD confirmed in free-ranging white-tailed deer previously identified in Ingham and Clinton counties.

To date, there is no evidence that CWD presents any risk to non-cervids, including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.

As additional deer have tested positive for CWD within Michigan, the DNR has put specific regulations in place. Currently, there are two CWD Core Areas, which are deer management units (DMUs) 333 and 359. To review regulations related to those areas, visit michigan.gov/cwd.

Regarding this new suspect positive deer, the DNR is determining next steps as outlined in the CWD Response and Surveillance Plan. Proposed recommendations include:

*Creating a nine-township Core Area that would include Douglass, Eureka, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine and Sidney townships in Montcalm County, and Oakfield and Spencer townships in Kent County. Within the Core Area specifically:

*Instituting mandatory registration of deer within 72 hours of harvest, starting Nov. 15.

*Removing antler point restrictions for the restricted tag of the combo deer license if license is used within the nine-township Core Area.

*Allowing antlerless deer to be tagged using the deer or deer combo license(s) during the firearm, muzzleloader and late antlerless seasons.

*Allowing the public to pick up road-killed deer and allow them to be possessed with a salvage tag if the deer head is submitted for testing within 72 hours of pick-up.

*Allowing disease control permits, effective immediately, for landowners with five or more acres within the nine-township Core Area.

*Banning the feeding and baiting of deer in Kent and Montcalm counties, effective Jan. 2, 2018, and encouraging hunters not to bait and feed in these areas immediately.

“With some hunting seasons already under way, we are not recommending that a new deer management unit be created for the area at this time,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “If you purchase or have purchased licenses for DMUs 354 or 341, they can be used in the new Core Area, but it’s critical for hunters to follow the final regulations related to those nine townships.”

Starting Nov. 1, several new check stations near the new Core Area will accept deer for CWD testing. Archery hunters are strongly encouraged to have their deer checked at existing check stations during the early archery season.

A complete list of check stations, including locations and hours, as well as weekly CWD updates, are available at michigan.gov/cwd.

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