Deep in our hearts, most of us have

memories of the old town or place

where we first went barefoot, go

our first licking, bought our first

penny candy, went skinny dipping, and

then grew up and went away thinking

we were too smart for that old place.

 

 

 

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the many who

gave their time, loaned their pictures, and shared their

memories to make this book possible.

We dedicate this book to those who want to reminisce,

and for generations yet to follow.

The Beginnings of GRANT, MICHIGAN

THE EARLY YEARS

Andrew T. Squire arrived in Bridgeton Township at the age of 18 and became a successful lumberman. In 1853, the Board of Supervisors of Newaygo County appropriated $300,000 to build a bridge at Bridgeton, and the contract was let to Andrew T. Squi re and David W. Squire. It was a covered bridge and received the name of Shingle Bridge.

Andrew T. Squire built a shingle mill in Section 18, East of Bridgeton store. It burned and then rebuilt; was destroyed again in 1872 and was never rebuilt. Andrew then moved his operation to Grant Station in Ashland Township and started building . This same year, the Grand Rapids, Newaygo and Lake Shore Railroad had reached Sparta by May 15. As the road was approaching nearer and nearer to Grant Station, Squire made a wager with D. P. Clay that his whistle would herald the beginning of his mill before Clay’s whistle would blow for a station stop on the first trip. It was nip and tuck until the last few hours, and then Squire won. Squire’s Mill was an important addition to Ashland Township. It had the capacity of 20,000 board feet of lumber a nd 30,000 shingles per day. By 1885, Squire was producing one million feet of lumber per year.

From the NEWAYGO REPUBLICAN, January 18, 1873:

"Samuel W. Peterson, Postmaster of Ashland, has received the necessary key and blanks for his office and will very shortly commence business. The office will be located at the point where the railroad crosses the State Road, about a quarter of a mile below the Buckhorn Tavern."

On his old State road outside of Grant, there was a post office called Lake, located in a stagecoach stop called the "Buckhorn Tavern", owned by an early Grant Township settler, Rensselaer Brace. In the year 1869, this stage ran between Grand Rapids and Traverse City. This "Buckhorn Tavern" was a rest stop for people and horses to spend the night and get a meal. The story is told of the Indians who came in to get their monthly checks at this post office.

Ashland Township was organized as the fifth one in Newaygo County in 1854. Grant Township was number 11 in organization, in 1867. Rice lake and surrounding swamp occupied one-fourth of the Township in 1867, the largest body of water in Newaygo Co unty. The 1884 Atlas of Newaygo County states that the population of Grant was ninety men, women and children.

The main road through Grant came in on Elder, called Old State Road, past old slaughter house and onto Commerce and across what is now M-37, over railroad and by present Murray’s Lumber Co., continued on Front Street and up hill, by Oppie’s Excavat ing and around corner on Gordon and wound on to the High Bridge over the railroad again. This was the way to Newaygo.

In the near 1889, one couldn’t fish or camp at Hess or Brooks Lake because of heavy timber. The only lake available close was Blanche Lake at Grant. Dorman’s Crossing, a loading site, was located behind the area where Gerrit Eaton now lives. Thi s road was opened by D. P. Clay, local lumberman at the time. Many picnics were held at this spot.

The brickyard just west of the City of Grant produced many bricks for building in this and the surrounding area. Business was slowly ending by 1922.

Alex McKinley, funeral director and early businessman, proposed to citizens of the village that they should have a cemetery. Early residents were buried at Hillside in Grant Township. Parkview was purchased from John B. and Sarah Train in March, 1919. In later years, their son Lawrence Train sold more of the property for the additional land in Parkview. The first burial there was Mrs. Cox in May, 1921. (Village records – Clerk, George Rosewarne)

The earliest recorded burial in Hillside was Mrs. Barber in 1868. Ashland records earliest burial as a Miss Clementia Betts in 1852. The Danish Cemetery had first burial in 1883.

We received our beautiful Blanche Lake Park from Chester and Katherine Love. It was purchased in 1919, and the deed states it must always remain a park. (from register of Deeds Office)

 

 

 

The Citizens’ Band of Grant was the successor to the old Citizens’ Band of Ashland, which was organized and played in the 1890’s. This band was very popular, and they were called upon to play at every social event. Many men who formed the later band learned the way from these faithful men. The Citizens’ Band of Grant played through the 20’s and 30’s, and then disbanded around 1940. Director of this band was Fayette Crawford, who played cornet. Other band members and their instruments are as follow s: Axel Kjolhede, cornet; Ted Kjolhede, Baritone; Claud Crawford, Snare Drum; Emorey Grilley, Bass Drum; Elmber Gregg, Saxaphone; Jay Crawford, Cornet; Cleo Hyatt, Bass; Pete Christensen, Clarinet; Ferris Gregg, Snare Drum; Jerry DeKoning, Cornet; Archie Smith, Cornet; Hans Rusmusen, Cornet; Tom Smith, Trombone; Audley Smith, French Horn; John Deker, Clarinet; John Triber, French Horn; Loren Voight, Cornet.

These men practiced some on week nights in the top part of the old Fire Barn on Maple Street. This band entertained every Saturday night, and for all parades and celebrations. Grant built a band stand which faced Saur’s Hardware on Main Street. In the early 1930’s it was moved to Blanche Lake, where it was finally torn down.

The Bell Telephone Company Office was located in a little building south on Front Street when first in Grant. Fayette Crawford was operator. He was succeeded by Mr. George Cole. A Mr. Cruzan followed for a while, and then Mrs. Mattie Love became the chief operator until the dial system came into Grant.

The story is told that John Sharp owned the first automobile in Grant. Claud Crawford tells he went to Detroit and drove it back to Grant for Mr. Sharp.

Orley Rhodes made crates at Orley’s Saw Mill, located across from the elementary school. The building or barn still stands today. Mr. Rhodes built the first onion storage in Grant, and sold stock in order to build.

Our Community Center was started with a gift of $10,000.00 by Mrs. Frank Squires (nee – Marietta O’Hare). This gift had to be matched by Village of Grant and surrounding area, and center was to be completed in three years or the money gift reverte d to her heirs. The Village was bonded for $8,000.00, and the remaining $2,000.00 was donated in money and labor. The building was completed and dedicated in 1924. (Village Records – Clerk, George Rosewarne)

FROM NEWAYGO REPUBLICAN – November 2, 1923: HAVE STARTED WORK ON HIGHWAY M-54

NEAR GRANT

The New Era Construction Co. has started work Monday on three and one half miles of State Highway M-54. Work will commence at the south Village limits of Grant, and the road will be of concrete, 20 feet wide, from the limits to State Road Ave., an d gravel for the rest of the distance.

When the work is completed, traffic can go directly through Grant without crossing the Pere Marquette Railway.

October 2, 1924: The cement work on M-54 south of town will be finished in about a week. The road must then lay twenty-one days to harden properly before being open to traffic.

November, 1925: The State Highway Department announced Saturday that all road construction work at present uncompleted, will be held over until spring. As a result, M-54 between Grant and Bailey will remain closed during the winter.

All this road work on M-54, which later was changed to M-37, was accomplished with horses and wagons and wheelbarrows, and many men working on different sections of this at a time. This was a very great undertaking for the area in these years.

 

FROM GRANT INDEPENDENT – 1904

H. W. Morley, Publisher

William A. Hudson, President; Thomas H. Smith, Clerk; Jens Hemingsen, Treasurer; Harver W. Morley, Assessor; William A Burdick, Hans Carlson, Henry C. Hemingsen, Sylvester E. Hicks, Suel Smith, James A. Tyler – Councilmen; Dr. Peter Drummond – Health O fficer; Henry I. Brown – Street Commissioner; Benjamin F. Davis – Constable and Marshall.

During the seasons of 1872-73, nine million feet of logs were drawn to Grand Rapids, mostly from Ashland Station, at the rate of 100,000 a day. Burnett Fulkerson of Casnovia was conductor on that train, and the crew had many a hustling time to fill the contract of delivering the required scale each day. This was the first log train in central or northern Michigan.

Henry H. Fellows was Postmaster here, the postoffice having been formerly located in a hotel conducted by Charles Seaman. Mr. Fellows, in order to get a store located at Grant, offered to resign his postmastership in favor of Frank Gardner, provided th e latter would build a store here. Mr. Gardner accepted and he built a part of the store building now owned by Anders Jorgensen. It was also about that time that Edward Bradford, of Sparta, built an elevator here. The Gardner store frequently changed hand s, being conducted in turn by Frank Gardner, "Bije" Texberry, A. Lansing Phillips and Cassius N. Woodard. In 1884, Anders Jorgensen and Jens Hemingsen came to Grant from Muskegon and purchased the Gardner store. They at once put in a larger stock of good s, began buying anything a farmer had for sale, and had much to do with the early development of Grant. At that time, Ashland Station was a strong rival of Grant, and it was expected that it would sooner or later draw all the business that way. The opposi te has proved true, and Mr. Jorgensen and Mr. Hemingsen should be given due credit. For years they held the express and post offices here, when neither was profitable to them. After the temporary reaction caused by the removal of the sawmills from the Grant vicinity, there came a class of genuine homeseekers who saw a bright future for this country. Ashland Township is now the fourth richest township in the county, is thickly peopled with prosperous farmers, and Grant, the natural distributin g point for a large area of country, has become an important trading center. In Grant Township, the extensive county drains which have been put in within the past few years, have fairly revolutionized farming conditions in fertile land that before was una ppreciated country, and where only a few years ago, were boundless swamps and neglected slashings. Thousands of acres of lands, until recently considered valueless, are now cleared and drained, and used as onion ground. One man, Warren Darst of Chicago, who invested in Grant Township in 1902, had a crop of twelve thousand bushels of onions raised in season 1903, produced on 30 acres of ground by his tenants, Isaac M. Harris, William Clark, J.H. Beld, W. Beld, and M. VanDuine. These were ship ped out of Grant prior to January, 1904.

These are four general stores in Grant today, a clothing store, drugs, bazaar store, two hardware stores, hotel, newspaper, two meat markets, two physicians, one attorney, one jeweler, three barber shops, one harness shop, two blacksmith shops, gra in elevator, warehouse, evaporator, pickle factory, canning factory, cream skimming station, saw mill, and other industries. The Village of Grant is out of debt, owns a good two story, solid brick Village Hall and Jail.

Following is a list of the Business and Tradesmen of Grant. Harry Archer, Clerk; Henry I. Brown, Mason; Milton H. Briggs, Commercial Traveler; Benjamin F. Baxter, Carpenter; Archay Bullis, Drayman; Hans Carlson, Produce Dealer; Owen Colligan, Butc her; Joseph Cox, Printer; Olive Cox, Clerk; Peter Drummond, Physician; James A. Dennis, Harnessmaker Wm. W. Davis, Blacksmith; Wm. Dowing, Liveryman; Charles Egold, Mason; Orma Fellows, Carpenter; Wm. Hudson, Grocer; Walter H. Hatton, Station Agent; Huber t E. Hicks, Barber; Jens Hemingsen, Grain Dealer; Henry C. Hemingsen, Grain Dealer; J.A. Haring, General Merchant; Bradley J. Hill, Groceries and Provisions; M.W. Hart, Well and Cistern Mason; Anders Jorgensen, General Merchant; Charles Jorgensen, Produce Dealer; Albert L. Jorgensen, General Merchant; Francis M. Jackson, Carpenter; Roy Jackson, Printer; Richard E. Kincaid, Druggist; Alex J. McKinley, Funeral Director, Dealer in Furniture and Hardware; Lucius E. Mills, General Merchant; Edward Mayo, Mason; Eugene O. Myrick, Proprietor of West Side Saloon; Herman McKinley, Clerk; Efner T. Myrick, Carpenter; H.P. Mortensen, Locksmith and Jeweler; A. Mudge, Shoemaker; Wm. Merrit, Harnessmaker; Harvey W. Morley, Publisher; Hannah Nelson, Clerk; James A. Philli ps, General Merchant; Anna Petersen, Clerk; John Rosewarne Liveryman; A.G. Spaulding, Physician; John P. Sutter, Proprietor of Grant House; Suel Smith, Well Driller; Arthur Sanders, Barber and Hardware Dealer; Orsemus Seward, Carpenter; Thomas H. Smith, C lerk; Wm. A. Smith, Printer; A.J.. Titus, Barber; J. D. Thompson, Telegraph Operator; George Teida,, Jr., Painter and Paperhanger; Edwin Thayer, Mason; Murray M. Totoen,, Painter and Paperhanger; Watson Williams, Blacksmith; Mrs. A. Wyckoff,, Bazaar Store ; J. Snook and Sons, Carpenters.From GRANT HERALD INDEPENDENT- 1939Harry V. Seabrook - PublisherOfficial Directory of Village of Grant. Hans Carlson,, President. H.J. McKinley, President Pro Tem.. Neil E. Sharp, Clerk. Myrtie Nelson, Treasurer. Frank Roge rs, Assessor. Trustees: J.J.. McKinley, R.B.. McKinley, A.E. Exkstom, Fire Marshall. J.W. Frantzen, Street Commisioner. George Brown, Village Marshall. Dr. D. Lettinga, Health Officer.

 

 

Grant Post Office – Emory Grilley, Postmaster; Audley Smith, Assistant; Stephen Edwards, Walter Branyan, and Eugene Houghton, Mail carriers; V.C. Munson, Meats and Grocries; Henderson and Sons, Meats and Groceries, Frank Henderson, Mgr., Mrs Roy Caster line, Clerk; Mrs. M. Pollard, Dry Goods and Groceries; Kroger Store, Robert Anderson, Manager, Clarence Allison and Lawrence Larsen, Clerks; Grant Lumber and Fuel Company, R. H. Grilley, Assitant Elevator and Coal yards, A.E. Dodd, Owner and manager, John Wolff, Assitant; Archie Smith, Furniture Store; Jenks and Longwood, Dry Goods and Groceries, Richard Jensk, Manager; Roberts Drug Store, Ira Roberts, Owner; Grant Bakery, Chris Osterby, Owner; Arthur Sanders, Barber Shop; Allen Titus, Barber Shop; Mobil Gas Station, Francis Biegalle, Manager, Kenneth Klng, Assistant; Lennon Sales and Service, Ed Lennon Manager, Clifford Draper, Assistant; Shell Gas Station Wells Wolbrink Manager; Gulf Service Station, Roger Starks, Assistant; Westling Service Station, Wm . Dietz, Manager, Jack Houghton, Assistant; Standard Service Station, Dale Branyan, Manager, Floyd Wine, Assistant; Home Gas Station, Mattie Hanville, Owner; Blacksmith Shop, William Dill, Owner, John Dill (son), Assistant; Garage, Luel Berthaum, Owner; L unch Room and Tavern, Garold Damouth, Owner and Manager; Kozy Nook Inn, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Berger, Proprietors; Chaney Auto Service, Arthur Chaney; Ted Chaney, Farm Implements and Repair Service; Grant Hardware, O.R. Saur and Sons, Oscar Nelson and Cliff ord Mckelvey, Clerks; Undertaker, H.J. McKinley; Billiards Parlor and Shoe Shop, Conrad Senkow, Proprietor; Red and White Store, C.E. Wolbrink and Son; Grant State Bank, Herman McKinley, President and Cashier, Don McKinley, Assistant Cashier, Mrs. Eveart Finkbeiner, Bookkeeper.Wm. Brink, Insurance; Lawrence Larsen, Insurance; Ellis C. Johnson, Dentist; Grant Creamery Co., Robert McKinley, Manager, Bert Cartwright and Carroll Robinson, Butter Makers; Grant Crate Mill, Mart Overly, Owner; Campbells Beauty S hop, Mrs. Forest Campbell, Proprietor; T. R. Deur, K.T. Johnstone, and D. Lettinga, Physicians and Surgeons; Albert Galbraith, P.M. Agent; DeBruyn Seed and Produce Co., Herman Veurink,, Manager; Grant Onion and Storage Co., H.J.. Koops and James Koops,, M anagers; Rhodes and Finkbeiner Onion Storage; R. VanderHaag,, Onion Storage; Forest Campbell, Onion Storage; J.A.. Sheller, Onion Storage; Ed VanHorn,, Onion Storage; R.E.. Kincaid and Son, Potato and Onion Growers; Mart Overly, Onion Storage; Henry Schui tema,, Onion Storage; A.E.. Eckstrom,, Onion Storage; Kenneth Wilson, Dray and Ice Dealer; Michigan Land Co., Onion Storage, Wilford Presler,, Manager; Greenhouse, Harold Jensen, Owner; Grant Dairy, Charles McGuire,, Owner; Chittenden Dairy, Albert Chitte nden,, Owner; Theodore Kjolhede,, Painter and Decorator; Michigan Bell Telephone Co., Mr. and Mrs. George Love, Managers; George Miller, Agent for the Condon Seed Co.; O.P. Wells, Cistern and Well Builder; Lord Brothers, Builders and Contractors; Frank Ro ger, Contractor and Carpenter; George Love, New and used cars; William VanEeuwen and Son, Livestock Dealers; Grant Herald and Independent, H.V. Seabrook, Editor and Publisher.

All about the DANISH COLLEGE…

…from Michigan Department of Education – George P. Graff

In 1882 a Danish College was built a mile south of Grant in Section 25, Ashland Township, Newaygo County. It was appropriately named Ashland folk School, however, in the 1922 Atlas the plat was designated simply: "Dane College."

This Danish Folk High School continued the voluntary school system founded in Denmark. It’s aim was to provide higher education for working men and women. It was a school free from stereotyped textbooks and examination. Emphasis was placed upon adult education, directed toward vocational, recreational and civic problems. The founding fathers of this educational concept has its first purpose "The directing of the young toward a high and noble life, thus enabling them to appreciate life inde ed."

In the late 1920s the Folk School at Grant was revived on the same premises. It continued to be called "Ashland" and provided adult educational programs. This "peoples college" also operated without subjects, credits, examinat ions or scholastic requirements for entrance.

A Detroit News article of September 28, 1928 points out "The real theme of study is the art of living, how to get the most out of life. More specially, how to get the most out of the family relation, your job, your community, your leisure hou rs and your social contacts."

The Folk School attracted a wide variety of people from many parts of the nation. Among the 1928 summer class was a shoe merchant from Kansas, a School Teacher from Detroit and a member of Ford Motors sales department. Many of the classes were he ld outdoors. Some aspects of the Danish heritage were carried over to these adult educational classes. The singing of Danish songs and participation in Danish folk dancing were encouraged. Several former residents of the area remembered the original &q uot;Danish Folk School" at Grant.

From the beginning, the Danish pioneers in Michigan exhibited all the characteristics of upright citizens. They were thrifty and law-abiding, and recognized the need for adequate schools. For many years , the Danish-Americans have held township and county offices in western Michigan. Many state legislators have been of Danish descent.

Customs and traditions brought from Denmark can still be observed in the people who reside in or near Grant today.

DRAINING OF RICE LAKE…

Reported by R. E. Kincaid, early Grant resident

Taken from a Michigan State University Booklet – Michigan Muck Farmers Ass.

Mr. R. E. Kincaid was born February 20, 1873 and was 94 years old when these notes were taken:

I came to Grant October 4, 1899 and ran a drugstore for 13 years. I like to hunt and fish, and during duck season, I spent practically every Sunday on Rice Lake, east of Grant. The ducks were mostly black mallards that come in late in the evening so that most of he shooting was after sundown. During the day, I usually kept rowing around and got an occasional shot at a stray duck, a mud hen, a snipe, or a rail. But just before sunset I would pick a likely place where I could blind that tall reed s with open water to the west and put our my decoys so I could shoot toward the western sky.

It was about 4 miles from Grant to where I kept my boat, and I usually walked both ways. Sometimes the livery man at Grant would come over to pick up a load of hunters and we would pay him 50c each for the ride back to Grant. My father-in-law, An drew Squire, who made his home with us, had acquired five 40s on the marsh several years before in some kind of a timber deal. One day he said he would like to go to the marsh and see what it looked like as he hadn’t seen it for some time. I got a team at the livery barn ad we drove around the east side on what was known as the "island."

The land that Andrew Owned had about 40 acres of tamarack timber on it. He said that if I could sell the timber for him for $300.00 that he would give me the five 40s as he didn’t want to pay taxes on the land. I sold the timber to Dick English, who had a mill near Casnovia, for $600.00. He took the timber all off the first Winter. Andrew then gave me a deed to the five 40s but advised me to let it go for taxes or trade it to some duck hunters for anything I could get for it. He didn’t think t he land was worth much. Instead of doing that, I bought more land when I could get it for about what the tax against it amounted to, thinking that if I got enough that I could keep the hunters off and have better hunting myself. There was some timber le ft on the land after English took what he wanted.

One day while I was rowing my boat near the east side of the lake, I saw a man standing on the edge of the marsh. He motioned to me to come to where he was. The man’s name was John Beldt, and he wanted to cut the remaining timber for half. I tol d him to go ahead. He then wanted me to walk over to his farm which must have been about a mile or so away. He showed me what he considered a nice crop of onions. I didn’t know anything about onions at that time, but they looked good and he said he tho ught that they would yield about 500 bushels to the acre and were valued at $1.00 per bushel. He had three acres. He also said that the year before he had just as good a crop but a heavy rain flooded the field and he lost them all. Mr. Beldt wanted to know if I couldn’t get Rice Lake drained. He said that in the Netherlands they would drain such land and it would be valuable for farming.

That put a bug in my head on the possible development of the marsh. I didn’t do anything about it until several years later. By that time John Beldt’s crops had drowned out again, and he said he wanted to go where it didn’t rain, ever, and moved to North Dakota.

Due to ill health, I sold my drugstore to Camby Reece in the fall of 1912, and spent the winter in Florida. The next summer I went to Montana with my brother-in-law where we had some investments in farms. My health improved and soon I got interes ted in farm work. In the fall of 1914 I had a chance to sell the land in Montana at a good profit and in one deal got a 200 acre farm south and west of Grant. I started then to buy more land in the rice Lake Marsh and finally acquired 3,000 acres. Much of this land was bought from a company which made baskets from the willows.

I first thought of organizing a hunting club and selling shares in the club but reserving a right to hunt for myself. After talking with some of the hunters who might be intersted, I gave up the idea. They seemed to think that because they had al ways hunted there any time that they could keep on doing so at no expense to them.

 

 

I than decided to drain the marsh, if possible, and hired a surveyor name Winifield Merrill to go with me and run levels to see if it could really be feasible to drain. We found that it could be drained to the north by Hess Lake or south to the Rogue River. The natural drainage was to the south so we diecided to try that. I thought a private drain would cost more than I could afford so I petitioned the country drain commissioner to dig the drain.

In that way the cost could be paid in taxes over a period of years and the land flowing into the marsh would be taxes as well as the land drained. To make the petitions legal, I had to have seven freeholder signatures who would be benefited by the drain. As I owned most of the land and so many were opposed to the project, I found it difficult to petition. I finally go six and to the seventh deeded 40 acres to my niece. She signed the petition but after showing her the land later she said she wo uldn’t pay taxes on such a "frog pond" and deeded it back to me.

The drain commissioner at that time was Orley Rhodes and, after I presented the petition to him with the required signatures, he went ahead with the survey and letting of the contract for the dredge work. In about a year the drain was completed and was known as the Rogue River drain. Soon after that I sold 1,000 acres to a group of men from Muskegon for a muskrat farm at $8.00 an acre. W. L. Peterson was the principal manager, but after fencing the land, he found that it was too dry for muskrats. He quit making the payments and I foreclosed the mortgage. Later the same land was sold back to Mr. Peterson. The first land that I sold for farming was 80 acres to Cornelius KaKarp on a contract. H e paid me $1.00 down to make the contract legal and I loaned him $800.00 to use for material for a house which he built on the 80 acres. The first year he came to me and wanted to give up his contract, but I induced him to stay by paying the taxes and pos tponing interest payments. The second year was the same but the third year he had a crop of onions and the price happened to be high so he was satisfied to stay. The fact that Karp did so well helped sell the other land. I sold most of it in small parcels to people from Ohio and from Hudsonville who had raised onions before. After the original Rogue River drain was dug, I found it necessary to dig other drains and got one across the center of the lake and up the west side called the west sid e drain. Another drain was put up the center and was called the Center Line drain. I finally got the county to build a road running straight east from Grant across the center of the marsh and one on the east side and one on the west side. Aft er these roads and additional drains were built, I had no trouble in selling all of the land I owned and some of it at what I considered a high price. However, the most I ever got was $450.00 per acre. Since then several parcels of land have resold for as much as $1,000.00 per acre -- all from land that once was thought useless. At the time I came to Grant, the population was 200. It has increased to abut 700 at present, and there is a fringe of population of several hundred who have built ar ound the town, but outside the village limits. The majority of the increase in population can be attributed to the Rice Lake marsh and the wonderful crops of onions, celery, carrots, beets, and mint grown there.

GRANT TODAY…Following is a list of the business people and stores inside the city limits as we approach our Bicentennial Year:

Dingles Zephyr Gas Station, Edson Dingle.

Wayne’ Restaurant, John and Joyce LaPre.

Moores Farm market, Inc., Addison and Keith Moore

Dale’s Service Station, Dale Branyan.

Say-Clean Maintenance Co., Barry Harold.

Hart’s Produce, Martin Hart.

Hi-Delite Drive In, Ray Earhart.

Grant Furniture, Howard Swinehart.

Cotton’s Market, Joe Winegarden.

Shell Station, Lauren Weaver.

Moe’s Hardware, Elmo Campbell.

Grant Super Market, Ron and Vera Butler.

Johnny’s Restaurant and Motel, John and Eleanor Morrison and son, James.

Baldy's Barber Shop, Alyn Baldus.

Pat's Beauty Shop, Patricia Bull.

Shears Brothers Garage, Alfred and Albert Shears.

Grant Laundry and Service Station, Mrg. Jim Urbane.

Grant State Bank, President James George.

Rider's Thriftway, Charles Rider.

Ashcroft's Imperial Service, Mike Ashcroft.

Grant Motor Supply John Hansen.

Schroeder's Sport Shop, James Schroeder.

Carolyn's Boutique, Carolyn Morrison.Village Dress Shoppe, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. McKinley, Jr.Gilmore's Men's Store, Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley.Shepherd and Shepherd, Attorneys at Law.Katy's Beauty Shop, Kay Jeske.

Grant Produce and Packaging.Murray Lumber and Supply Co., Ronald Murray.Grant Plumbing and Heating Co., Floris Scholtens. Grant Department Store, Larry George.Art's Family Shoe Store, Arthur Meltzer.Gene's Market, Eugene Sorden.A-Dorn Beauty Boutique, Marian Dennis.Grant Public Library.Oppie's Excavating, Raymond Oppenhuizen.Walkey's Oil Co., Bruce Walkley.Chittenden's Elevator, Russell Chittenden.Nu-Way Marketing and Packaging Corp., Albert and Sam Scholtens.Jensen's Flower and Gift Shop, Harold W. Je nsen.A&P Tea Co.Plaisier Bros., Wilbur and Jerry Plaisier.Trade-Arama, Henry Dragt.Krikke Clean-up, Gary Krikke.H-G Fertilizer and Chemical, Herman Veurink..Grant Tavern, Lester Berends.

Hudson's Pontiac-GMC, Don and Tom Hudson.Russ's Coffee Shop, Russell Schutter.

Saur's True Value Hardware, Max Saur.

White Insurance Agency.

Larson's Rexall Drug Store, Gilbert Larson.

Sharon's Beauty Salon, Sharon Twork.

Gordon Electronics, Gerald R. Gordon.

Snyder Machine Shop, Homer Snyder.

Pontious Insurance, Charles Pontious.

Grant Post Office, Postmaster LaVern F. Cole.

McKinley Funeral Homes, Inc., H.J. McKinley, Jr., A.J. McKinley, H. James McKinley III.

Grant Community Hospital.

Deur Medical Building, Dr. T.R. Deur, Dr. Maurice R. Lee, Dr. M. Kusun Kasal and Dr. Charles Backer.

Standard Oil, Harold Buter.

Laurence and Lyda Larsen Insurance.

Erwin's Electric, Erwin VanKoevering.

Elder Electric, Maurice and Edward Elder.

Krikke Oil Co., Milton Krikke.

Grant became a City as of November 30, 1971.As Fiscal Year began on July 1, 1975, the following heldCity Office:Mayor- Donald ClementMayor Pro Tem - Dale JoleyClerk - Milford A. MellonTreasurer- Betty DykhouseChief of Police - H. Elmer ThompsonCommissi oners: Otis Shears, LeRoy Purtee, MarvinHunter, Dale Joley, Mike Ashcroft, Chester Cierlak

 

STORY OF OUR GRANT PUBLIC LIBRARY…

Grant Herald and Independent – written by Norena Rasmussen, 1954

About 42 years ago a group of civic minded women of Grant decided that what Grant needed was a library. They proceeded to do something about it. This group was know as the Grant Civic League. They canvassed the town, asking for donations of 25c to finance the library project. Many citizens donated books along with the 25c. The Detroit Library game some used books and some were borrowed from the State Library at Lansing.

The Library was later changed to Grant Public Library. It was first housed in the room over the fire hall on Maple Street and continued there until the Grant Community Building was erected in 1921. A room was provided in the building to be used a s the library and council room. It has remained there since.

The Congregational Church loaned a large book case to the library when it first began operations and the ladies of the league took turns acting as librarians until Mrs. Joe Egolf was hired as regular librarian and the library was open to the public one day a week with a fee of 25c a year for a borrower’s card.

Mrs. Frank Rogers was installed as librarian when Mrs. Egolf moved from Grant. She served for many years in that capacity. About 1943, Miss Ilah Cash was appointed to the job. Later Mrs. Clyde Ordish served as substitute for about two years beco me regular librarian in 1951 and is still on the job to service, advise and help the borrowers in any way to enjoy library privileges.

(Grant Herald and Independent – 1955)

As the time approaches for another election, we are reminded of the more than 35 years of faithful service Mrs. Alice Rogers and Mrs. Dora Titus have given to the Grant Public Library. These two ladies were members of the Grant Civic League which founded the library and have served on the Library Board since it was founded in 1919.

The residents of Grant and the surrounding area felt need for a new and larger library in late 1950s. After many donations of money, and work by contractors, businessmen and just plain hard working people, our new building was built and moved into on November 13, 1961.

1950 – Books owned by library - - 2,290

1975 – Books owned by library - - 12,500

Circulation – 1950 - - 3,066

Circulation – 1975 - - 20,362

GRANT PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES – 1975

Mrs. Elain Sorden – President

Mrs. Charlotte Campbell – Secretary, Treasurer

Mrs. Pauline Haveman

Mrs. Jane Jensen

Mrs. Doris Shears

Mrs. Ruth H. Pool

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED…

TO

MRS. VIOLET ORDISH

Who,

for so long a time,

has served

with devotion

and selflessness

as the

head

and the heart

of the Grant Public Library

TO

MRS. DORIS SHEARS

Our deepest appreciation

for the many hours

strenuously spent

in putting together

the pieces of the past,

picked from photographs

and pulled from the memories

of so many people.

TO

LOUIS BALDUS

Much gratitude

for his pictures of the present.