Sunday, August 7, 2011

Squint Shot 080711

Today begins a look at the crypts. After walking through the front door at the west side of the building, I turned to my left. The first column to be found was for Newman and Kuhn. At the top:

Ethel Newman Pearson, D.O., b. Aug. 10, 1896, d. Feb. 7, 1960. Below that:

Geo. A. Newman, b. Sept. 13, 1863, d. June 15, 1938, and
Mary E. Newman, b. Feb. 25, 1865, d. July 2, 1958.

After the 1904 devastating fire that ruined many wooden buildings in the southeast quadrant, G.A. Newman built a brick structure that has two storefronts. Currently, an optometrist and a hair salon are housed in this building. If you look up over the doorways, you will see G.A. Newman's name. He, along with Hugh Loughlin, coal dealer, were instrumental in getting this block rebuilt. Others may remember these storefronts as a bank, Peter Iskra's jewelry repair, a bakery, the post office.
Fred Kuhn, b. Sept. 7, 1854, d. July 2, 1928, and
Mary Kuhn, b. June 11, 1856, d. Mar. 31, 1934.

Mr. Kuhn was a businessman leading the charge to finally have the mausoleum built in 1915. At one time, he lived in the three-story red house at the southwest corner of South Collins and East Grand River, eventually known as the Nellie Glenn house. In a 1912 issue of The Fowlerville Review, the editor wrote, Fred Kuhn is enlarging the dining room of his residence and make other modern improvements.

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