On a much warmer day in September, Anthony Arens joined us to tell his story (and share his moonshine).
As we prepare for the upcoming military exhibit at the historical society, we'd like to revisit the 2015 Cemetery Walk veteran Anthony Arens, who fought in the Civil War as one of the 137 Westphalians to participate.
His father and mother were some of the first settlers to Westphalia, so kick back and learn a little about their journey, as well.
Click on the button above to read our look back at Anthony Arens.
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.