You can get copies of these publications by
Mr. Lowell Huffman
24516 Village Lane
Grand Rapids, OH 43522
Recollections: Over a Century of Grand Rapids History
39 photos, 167 pages, enamel paper, laminated cover, $15,00 postpaid
Almost two centuries ago brave families with "settlin'" and prosperity on
their minds, traders, surveyors and land speculators began new lives at the Head of the
Rapids on the Maumee River. On the frontier march were farmers with families
to feed, merchants offering life's necessities, schoolmasters skilled to teach the
rudiments of education, and missionaries who pinned their hopes on saving souls.
Beckoned by adventure and opportunity, their foot prints left lasting impressions on Grand
Rapids. Part I covers stories and photos about architecture and local personalities
and their contributions to village life. Part II is a compilation of fires and floods and
other choice news items culled from The Tri-County Bulletin 1897- 1915. Part I I I
lists Grand Rapids High School graduates from 1887 to 1968 when consolidation with the
Otsego School District occurred.
Shades of Providence: Over 175 years of Providence Township History
31 photos, 60 pages, laminated cover, $10 postpaid
Providence lies directly across the Maumee River from Grand Rapids. Shades speaks of
the Historic District's biggest attraction, a 1.5 mile restored segment of the Miami and
Erie Canal where a mule-drawn canal boat transports passengers through an original lock.
The Isaac Ludwig Mill, adjacent to the lock, is described from its 1800s beginnings
to the present. The water powered mill, a working lock, and a working canal boat,
are believed to be the only such combination in the United States that still exists.
The text describes how the canal was dug, canal traffic at its zenith, and the
canal's demise. Canal lore and facts are also included. Building the State
Dam to impound water for the canal is discussed as is the Village of Providence and the
fire and cholera that destroyed it.