Posted on 08 April 2011.
By Judy Reed
Lori Ostrom, of Nelson Township, saw one of the old postcards we printed a few weeks ago and sent us a copy of the old postcard her grandpa gave her last summer (printed above). It appears to be of a village gathering or celebration of some type. The John Beucus Hardware store at 59 Main St. can clearly be seen at the corner of Ash and Main. (This was the NAPA building that burned down March 7, 2009.) The Beucus store opened there about 1900. In the foreground you can see a band, possibly the Cedar Springs Band. There are horses and carts and no cars, so it must be early 1900s. If anyone knows what event this photo shows give us a call at 696-3655 or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
The backside of the postcard had some notations by Mrs. Margaret Hale, Lori Ostrom’s great-grandmother. “She used to be the egg lady of Cedar Springs,” wrote Lori. “I’m wondering if anyone remembers her and could tell me some stories?”
Lori said that Margaret’s son Bob still lives on some of the family’s homestead land on Shaner Avenue, and she does, too. “When Bob built my house a few years ago, we had the fire department come in for training and burn down the old, old homestead and outbuilding, those same outbuildings that housed all the chickens Margaret Hale raised to provide eggs,” she said.
If anyone has info for Lori, send us an email at the one listed above and we’ll get it to her, or give us a call and we’ll get you connected.
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Posted on 17 March 2011.
By Judy Reed
When cleaning out his great-grandmother’s house after her death, Keith Coalter, of Nelson Township, said they came up with an interesting find—a postcard sent to her with an old-time picture of Cedar Springs on the front.
His great-grandmother, Mrs. Herman (Pauline) W. Grey, was from this area, but living in Grand Rapids at the time the postcard was mailed to her from someone named “Wanda.” It was postmarked Greenville, with a date of October 28, 1950, and carried a one-cent George Washington stamp. “Wanda” was thanking Mrs. Grey for telling her about the death of a mutual friend.
The postcard photo appears to be a picture of Main Street in the early 1900s. Off to the left there is a couple with the woman wearing a long dress, and one of the early cars is parked on the left side of the street.
Craig Cole brought in the same postcard as part of a collection. His postcard was not hand-colored, however, but a sepia-toned card. The message was signed by someone named “Sam,” and addressed to his parents, J.H. Echelberger, in Tustin, Michigan, announcing that they had a new boy, born at 5 a.m. May 23. It was postmarked Cedar Springs, and the year looks to be about 1915. The last number is illegible.
If you have an old photo you’d like to send us, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop it off in our office at 36 E. Maple St.
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Posted on 10 March 2011.
Cedar Springs 100 years ago
David Marin sent us this digital copy of an old postcard of downtown Cedar Springs that was hand colored. According to Marin, a friend told him the postcard was published in 1907. The picture can also be found in black and white on page 35, in the Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, and the caption says it was taken before the turn of the century.
This photo could have been taken about 1900, because two important things happened in Cedar Springs in 1900: telephone service came to town (note the telephone poles) and the dirt roads in town were covered in crushed stone and the curbs were made from larger stones pushed into the dirt. That does not appear to have happened yet in this photo.
Do you have an old photo or postcard from Cedar Springs or the surrounding area you’d like to send us? Email it to email@example.com, or bring it in and we will scan it. Give us as much information as you can about the photo, and if we have room, it might make it in the paper!
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