Posted on 11 August 2016.
Alma Charlotte Hagenah Van Den Hout of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 95, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1920 to James H. Hagenah and Alma Kibbe Hagenah on the family farm in Solon Township, Kent County, Michigan. Alma, the fourth of five children, attended Christian Hill School and later graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1939. On May 2, 1940, Alma married C. Vernon Rider, who was killed in combat in Europe on November 16, 1944. On April 10, 1947, Alma was married to Clifford “Bunch” Van Den Hout; they were married for thirty-eight happy years. Bunch Van Den Hout passed away on December 18, 1984. Alma is survived by two nieces, Jan Weston and Sue Lindhout; and three nephews, James, Gene, and Larry Hagenah; three granddaughters, Nancy (Phil) Keller, Lou Ann Jacobson, and Fiona Van Den Hout; two grandsons, Thomas and Dennis (Amy) Traxler; two cousins; and numerous great-grandchildren and great nieces and great nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her husbands, C. Vernon Rider and “Bunch” Van Den Hout; daughter Doris (Bill) Traxler; son Roger Van Den Hout; one sister; and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Posted in Obituary
Posted on 03 April 2014.
April annual meeting
Saturday, April 19, 2014, will be the Algoma Township Historical Society Annual Meeting. It will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Chalmers’ School building on the Southwest corner of Fonger St and Pine Island Dr.
They will have Election of Officers to elect a Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors please contact Julie at 866-1583 so she can put your name on the ballot. Planning meetings are the first Thursday of each month at Chalmers’ at 9:00 am.
They will show a movie on the Michigan White Pine Era and try to utilize the 16 MM movie projector that was donated by the Eileen (Munn) and Gordon Bitely family. The projector was Eileen’s parents, Betty & Merrill Munn.
The ATHS is looking to publish a book on Algoma Township. Your input will be greatly appreciated and they will be categorizing and getting information on the contents for this book at this meeting, so that during the year they will be able to put the contents together for publication.
“This book will be a great way to share the history of our township and to preserve those events, activities and people for generations to come,” said Julie Sjogren.
Posted in Arts & Entertainment
Posted on 01 August 2013.
By Tom Noreen
photo by Tom Noreen
Even an overcast morning with a few sprinkles did not keep the 58 registered auto buffs from bringing their vintage wheels to Morley Park last Saturday, July 27, according to Cedar Springs Historical Museum Director Sharon Jett. The annual car show each summer is one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers.
Historical Society President Fred Gunnell, welcomed me to the show and Sally Grayvold wanted to make sure I got my name in the bucket for the 50/50 drawing, which was won by Darwin Spear of Grand Haven.
There was a good mix of vehicles to look at as you walked the line. Some looked mint-out-of-the-box such as Phil Harrison’s 1957 Chevy, while others were works in progress. There were sports cars, family sedans and pickup trucks. Some were stock and others were modified like Gene Nielsen’s 1935 Ford pickup he had been working on for the last 3-1/2 years. Carl Anderson had it in his barn for a number of years before Gene picked it up and started work on it.
One gentleman had a pair of 1940’s era military jeeps. One painted Army olive drab with a pedestal mount machine gun and the other in Air Force blue. Both had trailers and were in better shape than my jeep was in the 101st Airborne Division back in the 1970s.
Music by the Patin Sisters, Pat and RoseAnne, drifted through the air along with the aroma of grilled hot dogs provided by the Cedar Springs FFA.
A big thank you to all the sponsors who helped make the fundraiser a success!
Posted in News
Posted on 31 May 2013.
Residents gathered at cemeteries and other locales Monday to remember those who died in the service of our country, and all those that have made our freedom possible.
The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 held services at Elmwood, Solon, and East Nelson Cemeteries and the Cedar Springs Veterans Park. Assisting with the service was the American Legion Honor Guard, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts.
Services were also held in Algoma Township and Sand Lake. The Cedar Springs Historical Society held their annual cemetery walk in Elmwood Cemetery on the Sunday before Memorial Day.
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