By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
Holt found a unique way to share the history of the town with city residents.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, approximately 30 people gathered at Markham Cemetery located on Grovenburg Road between Harper and Nichols Roads.
The tour started with a brief history of that part of town and then covered seven families that are buried in the cemetery.
Inge Kyler, the town historian, said that she enjoys sharing the town’s history with others.
“People learn so much about this town by coming to this event,” Kyler said. “We give the history of the families some roads were named after and how the town was created. People who grew up here really like learning this kind of thing.”
The families and individuals that were covered played a part in the town’s history and may have a street named after them.
The tour covered the following individuals and families:
Spencer S. Markham was a pioneer resident and the original owner of the cemetery land.
Four generations of the Grovenburgh family are buried there. They were the first settlers in the Grovenburg community which bears their name. The family was also founded the Grovenburg Methodist Church.
Royal J. McKeough was an early resident who is the namesake of McCue road in Holt. McCue is the modified spelling of McKeough.
Stewart Drummond was a Civil War veteran who was in his 40s when he joined the army.
Ruben Hart was an English-born early resident.
Mildred North was a descendant of Lansing architect Darius Moon who married into the prominent Delhi North family.
The Kahres family operated the Kahres Dairy farm in South Lansing and Delhi Township for decades. The presentation was given by Eddie Kahres, a family member.
“Also it was such a nice day with the sunshine, and we had doughnuts and cider,” Kyler said. “It was just fun.”
Lynn Kulik has been a Holt resident her whole life and she learned things about the town she didn’t know.
“I had a great time,” Webb said. “I learned so much about the street names and people who were in charge of the township when I was young.
“This year was great,” McCormick said. “The number of people that came out was up by ten from last year and we are already looking forward to next year.”
“This is an event that the older people in the community have really enjoyed, learning everything about the town they have spent time in and people they remember being in charge.”
A lot of the residents that attended enjoy going to all the events the Holt-Delhi Historical Society puts on.
Bob McIntyre is longtime Holt resident and attends all events put on by the society.
“I love these types of things,” McIntyre said. “I feel a closer connection to the community the more I learn about it, as long as they continue things like this I will be there.”
Several attendees were longtime residents of Delhi Township, members of the Grovenburg Methodist Church there, as well as descendants of people buried in the cemetery.
Visitors asked questions at almost every grave. There was interest in the Civil War veteran’s service.
Several people knew Mildred North’s children and grandchildren. Most local residents remember the Karhes Dairy and therefore had stories to tell.