Polk’s Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1873


An incorporated village in Sand Lake township, Kent county. It lies on the G. R. & I. K. H., between Clark lake and Sand lake, in a pine forest, 27 miles north east ot Grand Rapids, 172 miles northwest of Detroit, and 42 miles east of Muskegon the nearest lake shore landing. Population about 600. It contains 0 saw and shingle mills, all engaged in the manufacture of lumber and shingles. The Western Union Telegraph and the U. S. Express have offices here, and there are 2 hotels and a considerable number of stores and mechanics’ shops. The village was settled in 1868, and has made very rapid progress in population and business importance. The principal production of the country in this vicinity is pine timber. The manufactures and shipments consist of lumber, shingles, sash and blinds, etc. It has a daily mail. Postmaster, M. L. Swift

Ware, E. A. & Co, saw mills, lumber and lath, 1-4 mile east R. R. depot.

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