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HOMER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Homer Historical Society
505 Grandview
Homer, MI 49245
(517) 568-3116

PLEASE NOTE!

The Historical Society does NOT have a staff to answer genealogical questions.

The following information on the Homer Historical Society appears on their informational brochure.

History

The Homer Historical Society was organized in 1974 as a Village of Homer United States bicentennial project.  Its mission is "to preserve and protect the history of Homer, its landmarks and artifacts, to inform and educate and to establish and maintain a museum."

Because the Homer Historical Society is incorporated and has tax exempt status, donations to it are deductible on federal income tax returns.

Meetings

  • Business meetings are held January through October on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Blair Historical Farm, unless posted differently in the newspaper.
  • Special meetings and projects are scheduled throughout the year.

  • Members, and anyone interested in learning more about the Homer Historical Society and its activities, are encouraged to attend.

Homer Historical Society Activities

  • Annual Fall Festival since 1976 4th Saturday in September

  • Herb Workshop and Luncheon in the spring

  • Collectible Christmas ornament series

  • Ongoing restoration of Blair Historical Farm

  • Blair Historical Farm Museum Operation

  • Programs and tours for schools and community groups

  • Historical Displays

  • Collaborative historical preservation programs with area organizations

  • Annual meeting and program - held on the Sunday preceding April 29, Maude Blair's birthday

Blair Historical Farm

The Homer Historical Society's 1974 goal of establishing and maintain a museum was realized in 1975 when Maude Blair donated her family's farm to be preserved as an area historical farm and museum.

The farm, one mile east of Homer on M-60, was built on land purchased by Dr. George Blair in 1851 from Harmon G. Cole who received it from the U.S. Land Grand Office in 1835.  The family home, built there by Albert and Ella Blair, replaced a log cabin.  The original part of their house is the middle portion of the present structure.  A back room (wood shed) was added to it later, and Abe McCartney, a local carpenter, built the front upright portion in 1979.

It was a typical farm of the era with chickens, cows, pigs, horses and garden crops.  There were walnut trees and a peach orchard.  Profits from a silk worm industry operated there by Maude and Bess Blair paid for the barn built in 1910.

The Blair Family

Dr. George Blair (1806-1881) - Homer's first doctor, came to Homer in 1836 from Vermont.

Betsey Cleveland Blair (1812-1888) - Married Dr. George Blair in New York state, 1837

Ellen, Edwin and Albert Blair - children of Betsey and Dr. Blair

Albert Blair (1848-1929) - In 1875 married Ella Smith (1859-1911), built the family farm on M-60, children:  Bess and Maude.

Bess Blair (Born August 4, 1877, died 1964)

Maude Blair (Born April 29, 1880, died 1977)

Both Maude and Bess taught in Homer, but Maude spent the majority of her career as a Detroit Public Schools administrator.  There were no direct descendants.

 

PLEASE NOTE!

The Historical Society does NOT have a staff to answer genealogical questions. While they appreciate the quest for family history, they are in the midst of reorganizing their holdings and are especially busy at this time.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO ANSWER GENEALOGICAL QUERIES OR PROVIDE MORE DETAILS ON THE INFORMATION BELOW.

Thanks very much for your understanding.  Other Homer information is available on this site from the Homer Township page. A robust collection of genealogical materials on Calhoun County is also available at the Helen Warner Branch of Willard Public Library in Battle Creek.

 

Photographic Collection Held by Homer Historical Society (Surnames)

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE

Bailey

Dorris

King

Rowland

Beerman

Eslow

Klingaman

Schaberg

Bennett

Foland

Lawrence

Sharp

Blashfield

French

Lindsey

Squier

Blodgett

Gillespie

Marsh

Taylor

Bond

Glass

Mansfield

Turrell

Brewer

Gleason

Miller

Waite

Butler

Granger

Monks

Warren

Butters

Hackett

McAllister

Warson

Carpenter

Hawkins

Newton

Whitcomb

Champion

Haven

Nowlin

Williams

Chapin

Hepler

Owen

Wilson

Cleveland

Hess

Palmeter

Winn

Cook

Hill

Peters

Woolley

Crawford

Houchen

Potter

Wyant

Dawson

Illman

Redfield

Yost

Dolan

Juckett

Rice

 

Dolph

Keifer

Roan

 

 

Photos - Homer Businesses

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Bank

Linn clothing Store (4)

Denning Sale

Main street

Depot

Post Office (4)

Electric Oil Stove Factory

Seymores Shoe Store (4)

Exchange Hoter (Homer) (4)

Seeder and Chair Hammond Factory

Feighner Shoe Store (2)

Water Tower

Fire Engine

Dorris Lumberyard

 
Miscellaneous Photos

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Clarendon

Homer School

Clarendon Aid Society

Homer Academy

Stupey Farm

Misc. group class pictures

Ballentine Bros. Ginseng Farm

1967 football players

Willing Workers (group photo)

School fires

   

Homes

Homer misc.

Milton Barney

Local sawmill (?)

Cook

Group picture (picnic)

Marsh

Page from Calhoun County Atlas

Dr. Lane (summer and winter)

 

French

 

Budou (?)

Churches

Ogdon

Methodist

Charles Zuck, Sr. farm

East Eckford (Homer area)

   

Homer area schools

Places

Bouton

Homer Dam

Fisher (?)

 

Gilbert

 

Herricksville

 

Knickerbocker

 

 

Obituary Collection

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE

Allen, Allie

Gary, Alice

McAllister, Louisa

Allen, Ina

Gary, Frank

McCartney, Mrs. G.A.

Alton, Ora

Gary, Justin

McClelland, John

Anson, Horace

Gary, LuIu

McKennan, Agnes

Bacon, Clyde

Gay, Dallas

Nelson, John

Bacon, George

Geary, George

Nichols, Howard

Bacon, Mary

Gibbs, Philo

Parmeter, Sarah

Bacon, Ruth

Gibbs, Volney

Petterson, Louis

Bacon, Wm.

Gibson, Mrs. Wm.

Potter, Allery

Ball, Charles

Goodrich, Benjamin

Powell, Edna

Ball, Fidelia

Gridley, Abram (Mrs.)

Redfield, Alice

Barnes, B.B. (Mr.)

Hackett, Leslie

Redfield, Baltimore

Bartley, Ann

Harmon, W.L. (Mrs.)

Redfield, Chandler

Beedon, Charles

Hartung, Wiloughby

Redfield Cornelia

Blair, Albert

Hayden, Wm.

Redfield, France

Blair, Bessie

Hayes, Mrs. Arthur

Rhode, Sarah

Blair, Betsey

Haynes, George

Rhymes, Anna

Blair, Mrs. Edwin

Heath, Edward

Richardson, Charles

Brainard, Mrs. Orrie

Henderson, Edward

Riggs, Florence

Brown, Mrs. Charles

Henderson, Mrs. Edward

Riggs, Sophronia

Brown, Mrs. Wesley

Hess, Frank

Ringle, Myrtie

Brundage, Stephen

Hess, May

Roberts, Edmund

Cabbage, Leroy

Hicks, Morris

Rossman, Mrs. Don

Carr, Lydia

Hollister, Ida

Rowley, Marvin

Carr, Patrick

Holmes, Dr. H. I.

Scherer, Leslie

Chapman, Julia

Houchen, Harold

Scofield, Mary

Chase, Orena

Houchen, Helen

Shape, Mrs. Carrie

Clark, Irene

Janes, Edward

Shear, Syrenus

Clark, Maria

Janes, Jane

Smith, Emeline

Clarke, Edward, Jr.

Janes, Mary

Smith, Maude

Collyer, Paul

Janney, Ralph

Smith, Mvrtie

Cook, Lizzie

Jones, Earl D.D.S.

Snyder, Mrs. Otis

Cunningham, Alexander

Juckett, Harvey

Swartout, Allie

Cunningham, Mary

Kell, Nellie

Thayer, Tuna

Davis, Homer

King, Alice

Thomas, Emmett

Dunkley, Kathryn

King, May

Thompson, Dr. Joseph

Dunkley, Frederick

Krick, Solomon

Troop, Elsie

DeBow, James

Lacy, Hannan

Wait, Harlow

Degraff, Mrs. John

Laker, Albert

Waite, Sarah

Degraff, John

Laker, Amy

Walker, Mary

Emery, Peter

Laker, Wm.

Warner, Isaiah

Eslow, Israel

Laker Mrs. Wrn.

Waterman, C.J.

Eslow, Thomas

Larrabee, Wm.

Waterman, Jennie

Fancher, Bela (Rev.)

Lawrence, Charles

Watts, James

Fisher, Frank

Leach, Ellbu

Welch, Parmella

Fisher, Millie

LeBlanc, Robert

Wetherbee, Benjamin

Flint, Jennie

Lewis, Mary

Willard, Frances

Flint, Laura

Linton, Leo

Williams, Duane

French Anna

Lyon, Thomas

Williams, Edwin

Gary, Albert

Marsh, George

Wilson, Eliza

Gary, Albert (Mrs.)

Marsh, Mrs. George

Young, Belle
 

 

The following names of Homer area residents are embroidered on a beautiful yellow and white pinwheel-pattern quilt on display at the Blair House Museum. 

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE

Acton, Mrs. Maude

Feighner, Mrs. Susie

Porcupile, Irene

Adams, Luella

Fenno, Mrs. Susie

Porter, Mrs. May

Alney, Artie

Findley, Mrs. Lois

Potter, Mrs. Ruth A.

Alney, Cecelia Ann

Finley, Charles

Powers,

Alney, Herbert E.

Fletcher, Lillian

Mr. & Mrs. Irwin

Alney, Herbert Frank

Fogel, Norine

Powers, Mrs. T.

Alney, Nellie E.

Fogel, Mrs. W.G.

Powers, Mr. T.

Alney, Norris

Fogel, Editor W.G.

Pritchard,

Alney, Ruthella

Foote, Bronson H.

Nellie & Emery

Alney, William S.

Foote, Christie

Pruner, Fred

Anderson, Mrs. Phoebe

Foote, John C.

Pruner, Irma

Anderson, Webster

Foote, Lucinda

Ralston, Helen

Andrews, Burdette

Foote, Luella E.

Richey, Mrs. Florence

Annabel, Mrs. Libby

Foote, Mary L.

Richtmeyer,

Archer, Mrs. Bessie

Friedley, Mrs. W.F.

Rev. & Mrs. L.P.

Armstrong, Glayds

Friedley, W.F.

Rising, A.J.

Avery, Mrs. Alfred

Gardner, Mrs. Louise

Rising, Dasey

Banker, Mrs. A.E.

Garrett, Berdie

Rising, Edith

Banker, A.E.

Gearhart, Mrs. Lola

Rising, Emma

Beaty, Mrs. H.J.

Gilbert, Gertrude

Rising, Harriett

Beaty, H.J.

Gleason, Mrs. Harry

Rising, St. Ema

Beaty, Mrs. Lloyd

Goodrich, Alice

Rising Keyes, Jennie

Beaty, Lloyd

Goodrich, Claude

Roan, Irene

Beebe, Bonnie Sue

Goodrich, Gladys

Roan, Vida

Beebe, Mrs. E.C.

Goodrich, Rev. & Mrs. H.C.

Rogers, Betty June

Beebe, Dr. E.C.

Green, Mrs. Amos

Rogers, Mrs. E.U.

Beebe, Janet Lou

Green, Amos

Rogers, Henry

Beery, Mrs. C.E.

Grimes, Florence

Rogers, Rev. & Mrs. Jerry A.

Beery, C.E.

Grosbeck, Claud

Rogers, Jimmie

Beery, Harry

Grospeck, Mrs. Florence

Rule, Mr. & Mrs. A.

Beery, Mrs. Joseph

Hafer, Edward

Rule, Arthur

Beery, Joseph

Hafer, Nettie

Rule, Bonnie

Beery, Mrs. Robert

Hakes, Emma

Rule, Mrs. J.

Beery, Robert

Hakes, H.L.

Rule, Phyllis

Beery, Mrs. Sarah

Hammonds, Mrs. Nina

Rule, Stuart

Bengham, Eleanor

Heath, Mr. & Mrs. F.C.

Sabin, Mrs. Cleve

Bengham, George

Heath, Guest/Grace?

Sabin, Cleve

Bengham, Margaret

Hersey, Mrs. C.A.

Salm, Nancy

Benhum, Mrs. Frank

Hersey, C.A.

Schumacher, Burt

Bentley, Fred R.

Hersey, Madge

Schumacher, Hester

Binns, Belle

Hess, Herbert Holmes

Scott, Joan

Blacka, Mrs. Jessie

Hess, Rev. & Mrs. Leroy

Scott, Peggy

Bond, Mrs. A.

Hess, Mary

Scott, W.L.

Bond, Mrs. Alma

Hickerson, Emma

Seeley, Sarah L.

Born, Daryl

Hickey, Donald I.

Seemeyer, Ted

Born, Deuel

Hickey, Mrs. Hazel

Shaw, Florence

Born, Eileen

Hickey, Mrs. R.M.

Sherman, Anna

Born, Eloise

Hicks, Howard

Sherman, Minnie

Born, George

Hicks, Oneita

Sherman, Nellie

Born, Gerald

Hicks, Mrs. Ruth

Shipway, Mrs. Leana

Born, Gordon

Hisler, Marjorie

Shipway, Wm.

Born, Mrs. Juliaza

Hisler, Mildred

Shugg,

Born, Leona

Hisler, Mr. & Mrs. William

Rev. & Mrs. David

Born, Maxine

Hollister, L.B.

Simmonds, Mrs. Nina

Born, Sadie

Hubbard, Sidney

Simmons, George E.

Born, Mrs. Zoa

Hudson, Mrs. Frank

Simmons, George H.

Brewer, Anna

Hyde, Mrs. Maggie

Simmons, Nettie

Briggs, Anna

Irish, Margret

Simmons,

Brockway, Rena

Jannzze, Marcella

Mrs. Thomas

Browning, Anna

Jenne, Rev. & Mrs. A.F.

Simmons, Thomas

Burchfield, Rev. & Mrs. C.S.

Jenne, F. Hudson

Slaybaugh, Mrs. Clara

Burchfield, Carolyn

Jenne, T. Lovette

Slee, Virgil

Burchfield, Mrs. F.C.

Jenne, Rev. & Mrs. T.W.

Slee, Rev. & Mrs. W.W.

Burchfield, F.C.

Jenne, Miss Vera

Sloan, Elsie

Burchfield, Mr. & Mrs. H.J.

Jenne, Vera Irene

Smith, Mrs. Alice

Burchfield, Myrtle

Jones, Dr. E.W.

Smith, Anna M.

Burchfield, Neil

Jones, Mrs. Minnie

Smith, Cora S.

Burchfield, Robert

Juckett, Mae

Smith, Mrs. Eva

Burchfield, Ruth

Keeney, Harold

Smith, Linnie

Burchfield, Warren

Keeney, Mrs. Lila

Smith, Lloyd

Burns, Eva

Keifer, Mr. & Mrs. Earnest T.

Smith, Lloyd W.

Burt, Ann

Keifer, Gary B.

Smith, Mrs. Myra

Butts, A.L.

Keifer, George

Smith, Myra A.

Campbell, Mrs. Hattie

Keifer, Harold

Smith, Mrs. Nancy

Carman, Rev. & Mrs. A.E.

Keifer, Mrs. James

Smith, Mrs. Nina

Carman, Jessie L.

Keifer, James

Smith, Rita E.

Carman Hungerford, Theo

Keifer, Joseph O.

Smith, Stephen P.

Carrick, Betty

Keifer, Lois

Snyder, Harriett

Carrick, Mrs. Ralph

Keifer, Martha J.

Snyder, Mrs. John

Carrick, Ralph

Kellogg, Rev. & Mrs. E.L.

Snyder, John

Carrick, Mrs. S.V.

Kelsey, Rev. & Mrs. Jas.

Snyder, Roy

Carrick, S.V.

Kelso, Mrs. Joy

Sutton, Mrs. Mary

Carrick, Stanley

Keyes, Kitty

Swartout, Minnie B.

Cary, Dr. Etta

Kibbie, Mr. & Mrs. R.B.

Swartout, Samuel

Casebeer, Ellen

Kinney, Mae E.

Sweet, Bertha

Champion, Mrs. Clyde

Kline, Kate

Sweet, Mrs. Lettie

Champion, Delia

Kline, Mary

Taylor, Mrs. Anna

Chapman, Verna

Knirk, Mrs. Earnest

Theron, Mrs. Lon

Clark, Gladys L.

Knirk, Mr. Earnest

Thomas, Grace

Clark, Jessie

Kractler, F.

Towne, Mildred

Clark, Marjorie

Kraentler, Mrs. F.

Tripp, Judge M.E.

Clark, Russell

Kraentler, Ruth

Tripp, Mrs. Mary

Cogswell, Estella E.

Kruger, Mrs. Carl

Van Camp, Mrs. Bessie

Collins, Anita

Kruger, Mr. Carl

Van Camp, Dr. E.

Collins, Eva M.

Lamb, Mrs. Della

Venard, Mrs. Delia

Collins, Mrs. Helen

Lambright, Margret

Venard, Leslie

Collins, Wren

LaRer, Mrs. William

Vickers, Rev. & Mrs. J.W.

Comstock, Jessie

LaRer, William

Walker, John W.

Cook, Celia

Larvkey, Lorene

Walker, Mrs. Raymond

Cook, Mrs. Julia

Lawerce, Fannie

Walker, Raymond

Cook, Julia Louise

Lawrence, Nellie

Warren, Mary

Cook, Stuart

Linsenkamp, Elenor

Watson, Mrs. Dale

Crane, Mrs. Lucy

Linton, Mrs. Katherine

Watson, Dale

Crowder, Arthur

Linton, Thomas J.

Weakley, Ica

Crowder, Eleanora

Lister, Garra

Weaver, Dewey B.

Culver, Dudleigh

Lister, Pearl

Weaver, Virgie J.

Culver, Mildred

Loft, Rev. & Mrs. A.M.

Webster, Charles

Cummings, Mrs. C.R.

Long, Mrs. Cora

Webster, Mrs. Grace

Cummings, C.R.

Long, Mrs. Hannah

Webster, Mrs. Maude

Cummings, David S.

Long, Pauline

Webster, Mrs. Reuben

Cummings, John R.

Manning, Rev. & Mrs. W.P.

Webster, Reuben

Dalman, Henry

Martin, Mrs. Ada

Webster, Mrs. W.J.

Dalph, Arthur C.

Mather, Rev. E.O.

Webster, W.J.

Dalph, Edith L.

Maviety, Rev. & Mrs. P.J.

West, Joseph

Davis, Beulah

Maxwell, Lewie E.

Whetstone, Supt. C.F.

Davis, Mrs. Paul

McAdams, Tena

Whetstone, Mrs. C.F.

Davis, Mr. Paul

McAllister, Mrs. John

White, Mrs. Athelia

De Graff, Charles H.

McClintic, Mrs. Nellie

White, Fannie M.

De Graff,

McCone, Mrs. Duly

White, Mida

Rev. & Mrs. J.A.

McCone, Duly

Whitney, Gerald

De Graff, Mrs. John

McCone, Edna

Whitney, Mrs. Helen

De Graff, John W.

McHalpin, Jack

Whitney, Leslie

De Graff, Mrs. W.L.

McHalpin, Lola

Wildt, Rev. & Mrs. Karl

De Graff, W.L.

McHalpin, William

Wildt, Mrs. Wm.

Deming, Donald C.

Messick, Emily

Williams, Mrs. Eva

Deming, Mrs. Ella

Mood, Mrs. Virgil

Williams, Frank

Deming, Frank

Mood, Virgil

Wintersteen, Mrs. Ella

Deming, Helen Mary

Moore, Dr. G.W.

Wyant, Perry

Deming, Mrs. Margy

Moore, Mrs. Matie

Warner block:

Dole, Mrs. Harry

Mount, Alice

Doris E.

Doolittle, Fern

Mount, Billy

Elaine

Doolittle, Vernon

Mount, Etta

Ellen V.

Dye, Mrs. L.S.

Mount, Frank

George

Dye, L.S.

Mount, Leslie

Harry B. & Eliza R.

Easton, Mrs. R.J.

Nerber, Mrs. Debra

Helen B.

Eaton, Mrs. Abel

O'Brien, Iva

Helena

Eaton, Delia

O'Neil, Emma

Lawrence

Eaton, Myrtle

O'Neil, Reuben

Lewis B.

Eaton, Thomas

Oakes, Mrs. Ellery

Lewis E.

Eggleston, Bertha

Oakes, Dr. Ellery

Patricia L.

Eligh, Mrs. Charles

Osborn, Hazel

Richard C.

Ely, Dale

Owen, Mrs. Maude

Robert H.

Ely, Ernest

Parker, Elizabeth

Sally Ann

Ely, Helen Louise

Parks, Mr. & Mrs. C.W.

 

Ely, Leslie

Patten, James

 

Ely, Thuiza

Patten, Nora

 

Eslon, Myrtle

Pollack, Dist. Supt., Rev. & Mrs. C.E.

 

Eslon, Seymour

   

Etheridge, Theo