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CS Historical Society receives award from city


Sharon Jett and Fred Gunnell, of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, listen to Mayor Jerry Hall read the “Making a Difference” award proclamation. Photo courtesy of S. Wolfe.

Sharon Jett and Fred Gunnell, of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, listen to Mayor Jerry Hall read the “Making a Difference” award proclamation. Photo courtesy of S. Wolfe.

Cedar Springs Mayor Jerry Hall presented the Cedar Springs Historical Society Representatives Fred Gunnell and Sharon Jett with the “Making a Difference Award” at the January City Council Meeting.

Hall cited the museum’s contribution to our community in maintaining our history.

Gunnell and Jett noted the many long hours of hard work put in by the volunteer board of the Historical Museum.

Jett also explained the Rockford Museum Board plans to hold their monthly meeting here in Cedar Springs to learn more details from our museum.

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JUANITA L. WHITE


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Juanita L. White, 83 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nita was born April 29, 1932 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Delorese (Corp) Stewart. She was a very sweet and Godly lady who was loved by all. She was very involved in the church and was a great mother and devoted wife who sang with her husband for over 60 years. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Historical Society and enjoyed quilting. Surviving are her husband, D.M. whom she married on June 23, 1950; children, Guy (Diana), Douglas, Kim (Nanci), Debby (Jim) Hatfield, Phil (Linda); 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Long. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Winifred Papa; brother, Kenneth Stewart. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Algoma Christian School.

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

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MADELINE REMER


 

Madeline “Betty” Remer, 92, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Betty was born August 6, 1923 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. She was a member of the first Red Flannel Queen Court in 1940 and graduated from Cedar Springs High School and then attended business school. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs Historical Society and had volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling and her family was very important to her. She was known for her “gramma cookies” and watching her grandchildren’s sporting activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Don (Barb) Remer, Sue Brace; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; sister, Gertrude Gust; nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Viewing will be held Friday at 10:00 am until service. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, Cedar Springs Library or First Baptist Church.

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

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THORVAL NIELSEN


 

32C obit nielsenThorval “Bo” Nielsen, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bo was born September 29, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Vern and Lillian (Pritchard) Nielsen. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and attended Davenport College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bo attended the East Nelson United Methodist Church, was a member at the Cedar Springs Historical Society and active at the Museum, the Cedar Springs American Legion, and a lifetime member and very active in the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime builder in the Cedar Springs area, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his family and spending time with his sons. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Buchholz) whom he married on December 6, 1958; sons, Brian (Deborah), Alan (Rhonda); grandchildren, Ryan (Molly), Lauren (Will) Buttars; great grandchildren, Kendall and Mason; brothers, JC, Walter (Helen), Ivan (Phyllis), Eugene (Shirley); sisters, Nina Middleton, Karen (Leonard) Deyman; in-laws, Otto (Marion) Buchholz, Alvin (Patricia) Buchholz, Joyce (Richard) Johnson, Lois Garvey; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; one sister; and one brother-in-law. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

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

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Chiropractor building demolished


 

The building at 44 N. Main can be seen on the corner, with the awning. A sign on the side says “Joe’s dependable service.” This photo was taken in the 1930s, during the street paving project. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

The building at 44 N. Main can be seen on the corner, with the awning. A sign on the side says “Joe’s dependable service.” This photo was taken in the 1930s, during the street paving project. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

 This photo from 1977 shows 44 N. Main next to the Log Cabin restaurant. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

This photo from 1977 shows 44 N. Main next to the Log Cabin restaurant. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

By Judy Reed

Another building that was built in the 1880s was torn down Wednesday, after being vacant for two years.

The building at 44 N. Main, last known as Dr. Robinson’s Chiropractic office, was bought in a tax foreclosure sale by builder Duane McIntyre last August. McIntyre, who is also a member of the Community Building Development Team, said his original intention was to remodel the building. But he found it was too rotted to save. “Once we got through the gutting process, it was just too rotten—the floors, the walls, the roof, and it reeked of mold,” he said.

The building at 44 N. Main was demolished on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The building at 44 N. Main was demolished on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The original building on the site on the southeast corner of Elm and Main, is believed to have burned in the great Black Friday fire of 1884. This building was built sometime after that. A photo from the 1970s shows the year on the front of the building—1880-something.

According to Sharon Jett of the Cedar Springs Historical Society, it was Bradis Harness Shop in the late 1800s, and then in the early 1900s, it was a shoe cobbler shop run by Roy Marvin. Other businesses located in the building over the years include Polly Prapp’s Watch Repair, Joe’s Dependable Service (see front page photo), and a bakery and dairy bar, according to a sign on the side of the building.

McIntyre bought the building with his business, Duane McIntyre Build-Design LLC. He also built and is selling the condos behind the White Pine Medical offices. But he’s not sure yet what will happen with the lot at 44 N. Main. He said if he doesn’t sell it, he would build on it. “I just want to help make Cedar Springs look nicer,” he explained. “I’m just a residential builder trying to make Cedar Springs a better place. It’s a great town, and I’m always trying to make it better.”

Thanks to Sharon Jett and The Cedar Springs Historical Society for their photos and info on this building. They are putting together a book on the businesses on Main Street and some of the side streets, and would appreciate any info or photos residents have of the businesses that have come and gone. Call the museum at 696-3335. They are open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Family escapes house fire


This  home in Solon Township was damaged in a fire early Monday morning. Post photo by J. Reed.

This home in Solon Township was damaged in a fire early Monday morning. Post photo by J. Reed.

 

Home is former schoolhouse

By Judy Reed

A faulty chimney is believed to have caused a house fire in Solon Township earlier this week.

According to Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, they were called to the home at 811 21 Mile Road, on the NE corner of 21 Mile and Albrecht, at 5:55 a.m. Monday morning, February 9. He said that the homeowner, Daniel Vazquez, woke up and went to feed some wood into a newly installed wood burner, in the back of the house, and noticed smoke. He and his wife, two children and dog got out safely. When he went outside, there was smoke and flames coming from around the chimney and roofline.

N-Fire1-21-Mile-and-Albrecht-webDrake said that when the first engine arrived on scene, flames were coming through the roof and back of the house. Sand Lake, Algoma, and Kent City assisted at the scene, and Cedar Springs was on stand by in case Solon had any other calls.

The fire reignited on Tuesday morning, but Drake said that’s not uncommon in homes with cellulose insulation, and it was quickly put out.

A fire investigator ruled the cause as a faulty chimney.

Drake said that the home was not currently habitable, but could be repaired. He estimated damage at about $100,000 to the house, and $20,000 to the contents.

Clothing and other types of donations (such as gift cards) for the family can be dropped off at Cedar View Elementary.

The Hoag School before it was converted to a family home.

The Hoag School before it was converted to a family home.

The home, which has been renovated, was once a rural schoolhouse called Hoag School. Not much is known about it, but according to info from The Cedar Springs Historical Society, Lena Reichelt Caldwell wrote a piece about Hoag School for a new book they are putting together. She said the school was named after Lyman Hoag Sr. His son, Lyman Hoag Jr., later married Mittie Ross, who was hired by Hoag, Sr. to teach at the school in about 1890.

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Helping with history


Nolan Patin, 13, is shown here dressed as a turn of the century newspaper boy for the Cedar Springs Historical Museum’s recent Candlelight Tour. Photo courtesy of the CS Historical Museum.

Nolan Patin, 13, is shown here dressed as a turn of the century newspaper boy for the Cedar Springs Historical Museum’s recent Candlelight Tour. Photo courtesy of the CS Historical Museum.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum has a new unofficial program director, who has a passion for history, which is not unusual. What is unusual is that he is only 13 years old and yet harbors more passion for his work and is better at communicating it than many adults.

Nolan Patin, 13, the son of Jeff and Cindy Patin, of Algoma Township, has been working with the museum for the last year or so. He started by creating the haunted schoolhouse the museum has done for Halloween the last two years.

Nolan said that it all started last year, when his aunt spoke with him and his brother about being on their pirate float. “She also wanted input on a haunted house, and I brought up my ideas,” he explained. “It was a big hit and we did it again this year.”

After that event, Nolan was hooked. He’s been helping out with various tasks and events ever since.

“He’s been a real blessing,” remarked Sharon Jett, of the Cedar Springs Historical Society. “To have him approach us, on his own, about wanting to do these things, is really something.” Jett said he took the haunted house idea and created everything for it. He also was recently a newspaper boy on their Victorian candlelight tour after the Christmas tree lighting. “He was so into it,” said Jett. “His enthusiasm is wonderful. He’s extremely creative.”

Nolan Patin created a small Christmas light display set to music in front of his home at 2207 15 Mile Road. Those who visit it may leave a donation for the CS Museum if they wish. For more homes on our Tour of Lights, visit page 9.

Nolan Patin created a small Christmas light display set to music in front of his home at 2207 15 Mile Road. Those who visit it may leave a donation for the CS Museum if they wish. For more homes on our Tour of Lights, visit page 9.

Nolan is being homeschooled this year, and goes to the museum on Wednesdays to help anywhere he’s needed. Jett said he has been helping index the funeral home books, and has helped in getting the schoolhouse ready for tours.

“He’s polite and kind-hearted,” noted Jett. “It’s hard to get people who want to help, especially younger people.”

Nolan said that he has a lot of interest in the history and being around the people there, and helping them with their tasks. He noted that he also likes helping with events, bringing different ideas to people, and doing research.

However, Nolan is also helping out the museum in another way. For the second year in a row, he has created a Christmas light show set to music, in front of the Patin home at 2207 15 Mile, one block west of Algoma. And he set up a donation box for the museum. “I have a huge passion for Christmas,” he remarked. “I love Christmas.” He fell in love with light shows after seeing one in Grand Haven. “I thought, I have to have that in my yard,” he explained.

After looking up on YouTube how to create one, he realized the expense involved. So when he raised his 4H animals and sold them, he used that money to buy the necessary supplies to create the light show, which he programmed himself. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. It is a smaller but fun show, with 4,000 lights set to three popular songs. You can pull into the driveway to watch and listen, just tune your radio to 103.5. You can also leave a donation in the box for the museum if you like. Nolan said that those donations would be used toward the haunted schoolhouse for next year.

He said that what they really want, is for more people to come through the museum when they have those special events. “We do a lot of work for them,” he explained.

Nolan also encourages younger people to become a junior member of the museum and help out. “There is always a need for us,” he said.

 

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Tree lighting brings holiday spirit downtown


By Judy Reed

 

The annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle” in downtown Cedar Springs gets a little bigger every year, and is starting to become a tradition for families in the community.

Last Saturday’s event, sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, was a day-long affair, and kicked off with about 40 kids and adults showing up at the library to make decorations to hang on the tree. Perry Hopkins, who organized the event for Chamber, said there was also a great turnout for the story time with Mrs. Clause at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas and more, and the Christmas Puzzle time with Santa’s Elves at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games.

There was one glitch—the parade started a half hour late because Santa was running later than expected. But on the bright side, the parade had more participants this year, with the American Legion walking in it, and the cheerleaders leading Santa. Mayor pro-tem Pam Conley also walked in the parade, and helped Santa with his countdown for the tree lighting.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court mingled with residents near the tree, while waiting for Santa, and there was also a petting zoo, and a live nativity by Calvary Assembly of God Church.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society held a tour of the museum after the tree lighting (see page 2).

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Queen and court visits the Museum 


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The Cedar Springs Historical Society held a candle light tour of the museum after the Christmas tree lighting on December 6. The Queen’s court was among the visitors who enjoyed the photo-op set up by volunteers. The sleigh and backdrop will remain up until Christmas and everyone is welcome to come in and take family photos. The Museum is open Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by special request. D White has offered to open for families who cannot come in on Wednesday. Call 696-3738 or 616 835-0809.

 

 

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Museum happy with Red Flannel showing


Pictured left is the 2014 Cedar Springs Museum float.

Pictured left is the 2014 Cedar Springs Museum float.

 

Sharon Jett, of the The Cedar Springs Historical Society, is giving a big thumbs up for all the volunteers that helped on Red Flannel Day, and is excited about all the people that visited the Cedar Springs Museum in Morley Park.

“Many hours were spent to get it (the float) just right to match the Red Flannel Theme this year,” said Jett. “Over 800 flowers were made and attached to the float. All work and material was furnished by the museum volunteers. We are so proud to be a part of our home town of Cedar Springs.”

The museum was open all Red Flannel Day, and Jett said they had between two and three hundred visitors going through and showing much interest.

The museum welcomes visitors every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and for many special programs. Arrangements to open any other day, except Sunday, can be made by calling 616-835-0809.

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