While some may think small town life is living small, like all of our notable people, John Fink disproves that.
While many may remember him as a businessman and band leader, he had other dimensions to prove he lived large. Aside from that, his family connected him to a few of other Cemetery Walk locals. Click on the button aside to read his full story.
You've maybe heard stories of hardship and perseverance of early settlers. John and Elisabeth were not exempt; they had their fair share, from a cold first home to neighborhood bears. If you read their story, you may look at Dexter Trail differently or a leaky window. But their story goes to show what hard work can accomplish and how our first settlers laid the groundwork for our village. Thank you, John, Elisabeth, and all their fellow settlers! Read their story from the 2014 Cemetery Walk by clicking on the button below.
Long before people traveled to Lansing and Grand Rapids, Westphalians bought their goods in town at local businesses such as the Snitgen Store. Surely you've noticed the signage on the east wall of the building at four corners? Did you know they sometimes even delivered? What convenience!
Since the store closed, it has seen many owners and many purposes, but do you know why there is mismatched brick on the east wall? Do you know how the store came to be? Click on the button above to read Joseph Snitgen's story. He had many roles in Westphalia, along with beginning a business that served generations. He's a prime example of the Westphalia work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit that we're so rich in. This made Joseph another perfect person for our first Cemetery Walk.
Another Cemetery Walk guest was Mathias Weber. Mathias was one of our early settlers and a Civil War Veteran. Mathias told us stories about his family and home, and of course his harrowing time as a POW at the dreaded Andersonville prisoner camp in Georgia.
From an immigrant seeking a better life, to a man who felt drawn to fight for his new country, Mathias Weber's story is one to admire. We hope you enjoy Mathias's story!