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.
"Over the years, I administered to the young and old bringing new life into the world and seeing it leave, sharing the joys and sorrows of many families. There is a sense of pride in the community that I have wholeheartedly served for 43 years. My hope is that I will be long remembered for my many years of dedicated service as your faithful and loyal country doctor … Please pray for me and all of the good people of this wonderful community."
As promised, we will start posting some of the text from the Cemetery Walk presentations.
Dr. Bruno Cook was Hubbardston born, a graduate of Fowler High School, the University of Notre Dame, and of Wayne State Medical School. He began his practice in Westphalia in 1930, and worked and lived here the remainder of his life. Read through stories of his family, the depression, WWII, delivering babies in blizzards, and much more. Dr. Cook witnessed the high and lows in many our lives, and for that, we are grateful. To read more of Dr. Cook's story, CLICK on the button below.