Historical Society

HC Depot 1800s

The Howard City Area Historical Society meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. The meetings are held in the Howard City Village Council Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

July 28th, 2016, we will be having a guest speaker, Mark McMillen. He will be showing pictures of Wood Lake Taylor & McMullen Pine Lumber Company and Railroad. He will also be presenting information on the Ice House that sent ice to Grand Rapids. Did you know that the Wood Lake Railroad Station’s name was changed to Hiram? Come and find out why.

August 25th, 2016, we will have D.W. White presenting and showing the equipment the Railroad Post Office used. We will be meeting at the Howard City Council Room and carpooling to the Cedar Springs Historical building to see the display of this former railroad postal worker.

We ask everyone who has old photos to please share them with us so that we may preserve our history before more of them are lost. They may be left at the Reynolds Township Library or with the Historical Society. Leave them with your name and phone number; and we will return them to you as soon as they can be copied. If  you need help, please call Don Bauman at 231-937-5648.

Some of the pictures we are looking for are: Railroad Water Tower, World War II memorial that was in the park next to the Library, Rice family farm and house, Grange Halls, Tiffs Corners, Ensley Center, Amble Creamery, Wood Lake sawmill and ice house, Coral sawmill and creamery, potato warehouses along the railroad in Howard City, area Sawmills, and hundreds more. There were at least three dams on the Tamarack Creek; do you have a picture of any of these?

Meeting Dates for the Historical Society are:

July 28, 2016

August 25, 2016

September 22, 2016

October 27, 2016

Thank you for your help!