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Friday, January 10th, 2014


Car 29 Project Fundraising Efforts on Track

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On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 the Grass Lake Area Historical Society proudly watched as a century old interurban car was delivered to our community.

Temporarily stored in the village barn, restoration work will
begin soon on the car. The vision of the Society is to eventually be able to present the car in it’s own facility. The focus will be on history of the electric car lines and on their importance to our area.

Many individuals have shared memories of the time when the interurban ran regularly through our village. Their arrival impacted families in many ways and changed the face our agricultural area. The Historical Society is interested in collecting memories, stories, pictures and such that will shed light on these changes. If you have anything that you can share in this regard, please contact the society. We have established an email address –

Please forward your stories or your contact information so that we can get in touch. You may also call Marilyn O’Leary at 522-8324.

A suitable building for the car will be needed. Many options are being
considered. Community input is encouraged and welcome and can be directed to the above address.

The Car #29 committee is embarking on what promises to be a long
fundraising effort to fund the restoration and a suitable building for the car.

Our initial fundraising event is planned for February 22. On this Saturday evening, a catered dinner has been planned. Our speaker, Norman Krentel, hails from Chicago and is a part of the restoration team working on Michigan Electric Railway #28 – the sister car to our #29.

The team at the Illinois Railway Museum acquired #28 in the 1970s. Norm will offer a very interesting and informative presentation directly related to our #29.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are available for this event. Sponsors are urged to act quickly. Information can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Gras Lake Times.

Additional information can be gotten by email to the above address or by contacting event coordinator Theresa at 847-532-5840.

Good Deed Fills Church Pantry

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Members of Grass Lake Boy Scout Troop 4326 hit the streets as part of their canned food drive on December 18, 2013.

The scouts went to homes in the Grass Lake area asking for canned food donations for the food pantry at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church.  The scouts organized the collected cans and delivered them to the pantry later that week. “The church pantry will help many families this winter, and we are glad to help out,” said Paul Good, Scout Master of the Troop.

Old News, October, 1913

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Killed by Wolverine Flyer, September, 1913
Rev. George McCallum, former pastor of the Leoni M.E. church, was instantly killed at nine thirty this morning at Leoni by Michigan Central train No.17, commonly known as the Wolverine Flyer. He was walking south and just as he approached the track, the flyer sped around the curve. With his head bowed, as was his custom, he walked directly in front of the train and his skull was crushed by the steam box on the locomotive. The train was stopped at once and the train-men found his body lying by the side of the track, close to where he had been struck. The skull was terribly crushed and both arms were broken.

It is difficult to account for the terrible accident. D.N. Hunter of Leoni, who was walking quite a distance back of Rev. McCallum, was the only eye witness. He says that the victim was walking slowly, his head dropped forward, as if in deep meditation, a characteristic pose, according to his friends. He was at a little distance from the track when the flyer rounded the curve. Despite the warning shriek of the whistle, he continued to walk forward and was about to step onto the track when struck. It is probable that he did not notice the train until it was upon him. There is a warning bell at the crossing but it is probable that it did not ring, as neighbors declared to the NEWS that it had not rung for two days previous, and it did not ring when trains passed later in the morning.

Rev. McCallum was pastor of the M.E. church in Leoni for three years, serving his charge successfully and winning a host of friends who sincerely mourn his untimely death. A year ago he was transferred to Webberville, where he had a spendid year and at the recent conference at Ypsilanti, he was returned to Webberville. His boyhood home was at DeFord in Tuscola county, where he had property. He had stopped in Leoni for a few days visit with friends and spent last night at the home of D.N. Hunter. It is supposed that he was on his way to call on the present pastor of the Leoni church, Rev. Horace Palmer, when he was killed. Rev. McCallum was sixty two years of age and leaves a wife and six daughters. (He was buried in Leoni Cemetery.)

Local and Personal, October 1913
Hon. Edward H. Butler, one of the most distinguished citizens of Buffalo, N. Y., was the guest of the Carletons on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Mr. Butler heads the Empire state’s delegation to the national good roads convention held at Detroit this week, before which body he delivered two addresses. He came here in an auto shipped to Detroit by steameer from Buffalo, and during his stay visited Grey Tower, which he pronounced one of the finest country seats to be found anywhere. Mr. Butler, who is a man of wide intelligence, owns the BUFFALO EVENING NEWS and is one of the city’s heaviest capitalists

Chamber Offers Business Ed, Chili Cook Off

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The Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Education Series begins with a presentation entitled “Financial Series Part 1:
Selecting a Corporate Structure for your Business!” on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

The seminar will feature local businessmen Chuck Artz, Attorney and
Duane Stoker, Tax Accountant.

The Thursday morning meeting is in the historic Whistlestop Depot, downtown Grass Lake and begins at 7 am and should run about an hour.

Go to Grass Lake High School’s website to register, as space is limited!

Coming up soon is the  Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the chamber.

The date for 2014 is set on January 25, at Grass Lake High School, noon to 4 pm.
Register at the chamber’s website:
Annual Chili Cook-Off:

Local Business Women Honored

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Curves of Grass Lake was recognized this week for “outstanding member experience” from Curves International and Curves’ Vice President of Operations, Christina Russell.

Less than fifty locations nation-wide received this honor for setting the highest standards in all aspects of their business.

“The award for excellence, quality and service takes our business to the next level with certification, and we are proud to share that recognition with our staff and members,” said co-owners, Mandy Otto and Mo Baird.

Curves of Grass Lake is located at 207 W. Michigan Ave. downtown Grass Lake; for further information regarding the New Kick Start workouts with Curves and Jillian Michaels, Curves Complete or other services, call 517-522-6688 or follow them on facebook@grasslakemichigancurves.

Decker Sets Record in Wrestling Tourney Win

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The Grass Lake High School Varsity Wrestling team won the Warrior Wrestling Invitational on Friday, December 27, 2013.

The Warriors went 5-0 on the day, defeating Reading 59-24, Chelsea 41-21, Clinton 44-34, Blissfield 56-18 and Stockbridge 56-5.

Highlights included senior Chad Decker setting a school record with his 146th career win.
Finishing at 5-0 on the day for the Warriors were Teresa Rankin in the 112-pound weight class, Robbie Grysko (119), Garrett McEllis (135) and Seth Radabaugh (140).

Bushy Tail Challenge Squirrel Hunt Open to Public

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In its second year, the Grass Lake Sportsman’s Club is hosting their Bushy Tail Challenge squirrel hunt on Saturday, January 25. The event is open to the public and hunters of all ages are welcome. Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied in the hunt by an adult. Teams consist of two hunters.

Official rules, in compliance with State of Michigan regulations, are posted on the GLSC Facebook Bushy Tail event page or you can contact coordinators to have them emailed. There will be no hunting allowed on club property for this event, but there is an abundance of state land in the area. The top 10 teams will receive prizes.

Team registration is $20 per team with an optional heaviest squirrel buy in for an additional $3 per hunter. One representative from each team must register at the GLSC club house event morning – no early registration offered, but emailing or calling to confirm your participation would help coordinators prepare. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a short team meeting following. Weigh in is open from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the club. After-the-hunt lunch will be available for a small fee.

Whether you’re an experienced shooter or new to the sport, come join the Grass Lake Sportsman’s Club for the 2nd annual Bushy Tail Challenge and see what the club is all about. They are located at 13505 Leach Road in Grass Lake.

For rules, Like us on Facebook at Grass Lake Sportsmans Club or contact Dennis Niles at 517-795-0880 or or Liz Niles at  !