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Civil War presentation celebrates local soldiers


This photo shows a group of Civil War vets meeting here in Cedar Springs, around 1906, 41 years after the war was over. Not many vets were left at that time. Photo courtesy of Cedar Springs Historical Society.

This photo shows a group of Civil War vets meeting here in Cedar Springs, around 1906, 41 years after the war was over. Not many vets were left at that time. Photo courtesy of Cedar Springs Historical Society.

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Did you know that it was men from Northern Kent County that received the Confederate flag of surrender from General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox? That story is little known in Michigan, according to Cedar Springs native and author Bobbie Robertson Rosencrans, author of The Comrades, 6th Michigan Cavalry, Co. F.

This unit, comprised mostly of men from Northern Kent County, was critical in bringing the war to a close, she said. Even more amazing is that earlier they had been crucial to keeping the Union from possibly losing the war at the Battle of Gettysburg. Why is this amazing bit of American history not well known here in the very place where so many of these heroes returned after the war?

“The reason is that like so many of our veterans today, it was painful to remember and too horrific to tell without causing new emotional pain and grief,” said Rosencrans. “They had won, true enough, but they’d also lost a great deal.”

April 9, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox Court House, and Rosencrans will tell the story of the 6th Michigan Calvary, Co F, at a special presentation at the Cedar Springs Museum at 1 p.m. April 4. Find out why their story is a classic “Hero’s Journey,” similar to mythological hero stories from around the world.

The company was raised mainly in northern Kent and rural Washtenaw Counties during the summer of 1862. They arrived for training on rafts hauling cedar shingles down the Grand River and up the river on steamers from Spring Lake and Grand Haven. They came on foot from Sparta and Laphamville (Rockford) and the rural townships. Those from eastern communities often came by train or stagecoach.

Basic training camp was on Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids. These were committed men raised on tales of the American Revolution, and knew their family’s rebellious history. One man’s grandfather had served on George Washington’s staff; others were descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They eventually numbered to 1000 members. At Gettysburg, these green troopers served under General George Custer, and helped hold off a mass Confederate cavalry attack on the rear of the Union line, in the largest battle ever in North American history. That was followed by continual battles for two years, until finally, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, they ferociously attacked the rear of Lee’s army and blocked any further progress.

General Robert E. Lee sent the flag of surrender to Custer and all of his Michigan command. And so it was that men from places like Solon Center, Ionia, and Cedar Springs witnessed the end of the Civil War.

Count Phelps, the great-great-grandfather of Sharon Jett, served in Company A.

Count Phelps, the great-great-grandfather of Sharon Jett, served in Company A.

Rosencrans’ book, The Comrades, contains the stories of 150 men who served in Company F, and mentions some from other companies as well. One of them is Count Phelps, great-great-grandfather to Sharon Jett, of the Cedar Springs Historical Society. He served in Company A. He came to Cedar Springs in 1850 as a young lumberman and lived his entire life here.

Rosencrans donated her files on these men to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, along with her Civil war books. She compiled the information through many trips to the National Archives and ten years of research.

Come to the Cedar Springs Museum on Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m., and hear more of the tale of the 6th Michigan Cavalry, Company F. Her book is available at the museum.

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Quilt show raises funds for new library


Winner of this quilt was Dena Wever.

Winner of this quilt was Dena Wever.

The Cedar Springs Friends of the Library had a beautiful sunny day for their third annual quilt show held at the Cedar Springs Middle School. There were over 130 attendees to see the array of 40 quilts, including 9 antique quilts. Each of the 40 quilts was displayed in full glory, thanks to the outstanding quilt stands crafted by D. White, a cooperative effort on the part of the Cedar Springs Museum and the Friends of the Library.

Prizes were awarded for the most popular quilts voted on by the attendees. First place went to Shirley Fritz, second to Judy Mallory and third place to Maryevelyn Vu. First place for antique quilts went to Kathy Bremmer. First place prizes were donated by area businesses, and second and third place prizes were provided by vendors at the show.

The raffle quilt winner was drawn by Library Board Vice-President Earla Alber and the winner was Dena Wever. The raffle quilt was made by Louise King, Friends President, and quilted by Nancy Rogalski of Aerie Quilting. Dena was overjoyed and surprised at winning the coveted quilt stating, “I never win anything! I’ve never owned a real quilt in my life. This means so much to me!”

N-Quilt-show2“The show wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our community friends and businesses who contributed to the sale table managed by Kim Gillow, Vice-President of the Friends, and the silent auction managed by Dena Wever, Vice-President of Woman’s Life, Chapter 841,” said King.

Woman’s Life, Chapter 841, had arranged to support this year’s Quilt Show again with a matching pledge of $500 if its members could raise $500 in an effort they sponsored.  The silent auction was supported and managed by Woman’s Life and at the end of the day raised $638 to be matched another $500.

Approximately $2,500 was raised for the new Library Building Fund. Over the years the Friends have raised to $22,359, including the money from the Quilt Show. Overall, the library building fund now has $596,300.83.

The Friends plan to have another quilt show next March. Consider showing off your own treasured quilt. What a treat for your neighbors and friends, and financial support toward our community’s long-time dream—a new, larger library facility.

The Friends welcome new members. If you would like to help with fun projects to support the library, you are invited to attend the Friends next meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Library.

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Opportunity for new pavilion at Morley Park


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This pavilion is an example of what the one in Morley Park would look like.

Kevin Galloway would like to build a covered pavilion in Morley Park.

Kevin Galloway would like to build a covered pavilion in Morley Park.

By Judy Reed

‘Tis the season for giving, and an area teenager is modeling that with his plan to give back to the community while earning his Eagle Scout rank. And he’s hoping other residents and business owners will come alongside him and help him do it.

Kevin Galloway, 16, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, spoke with City Manager Thad Taylor last year about repairing the gazebo in Morley Park in order to earn his Eagle Scout rank. When it was deemed structurally unsafe and torn down, he came up with another idea. “My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.”

The Cedar Springs City Council approved the project, and Galloway is now trying to raise funds for the project. His budget estimate is $17, 325. He has currently raised $9,000. Gust Construction will be the general contractor overseeing the project, to make sure things are done correctly, explained Galloway. He hopes to build the pavilion in the springs of 2015, but the project cannot be started until all the funds are raised. He is looking for both funding and people willing to help work on the project.

The Cedar Springs Rotary is the Boy Scout Charter, and they have a tax-deductible account for all of the money that is raised. Donation checks can be made payable to the Cedar Springs Rotary Club Foundation. The address is: PO Box 73, Cedar Springs MI 49341. Make a note in the memo section that the money is for Eagle Scout Project.

Galloway said he would be happy to meet with area businesses or community members to explain the project in more detail. He said the best way to contact him is through email at tnbgallo@aol.com.

 

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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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A Spooktacular Halloween


Trunk or treat at The Springs was a big hit with trick-or-treaters. They offered a kid carnival, lots of candy, and free hot dogs, donuts, cookies, cider, hot chocolate and coffee. Photo by Landon Prater.

Trunk or treat at The Springs was a big hit with trick-or-treaters. They offered a kid carnival, lots of candy, and free hot dogs, donuts, cookies, cider, hot chocolate and coffee. Photo by Landon Prater.

 Trick-or-treaters on Main Street during the Spooktacular on Halloween night. Photo from the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Trick-or-treaters on Main Street during the Spooktacular on Halloween night. Photo from the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

It rained during the day and into the evening last Thursday, October 31, but that didn’t keep the little ghouls and goblins away. And that’s a good thing—because the businesses and churches in Cedar Springs were ready for trick-or-treaters!

More than 40 businesses, churches and non-profits were part of the Halloween Spooktacular last week, which was put on and organized the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The evening included a haunted house at the Cedar Springs Museum’s schoolhouse, storytime at the library, a scavenger hunt and lots of trick-or-treating. While some outdoor events were cancelled because of the weather, The Springs Church moved its Trunk or Treat and kids carnival inside, and estimates that about 1,500 people flowed through their doors over the course the evening.

The Post was one of the many businesses handing out candy, and we thank you for coming to see us! Check out our Halloween album at https://www.facebook.com/cedarspringspost

 

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