COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP

 Columbia Township was formed from South Haven in 1845. There are several different soils and terrain's in Columbia, making for good farming. Blueberries and fruit such as apples, cherries, and peaches are abundant in the township.

Although lumbering was the principal occupation of the people in earlier years, most of the lumber has been taken, leaving several nice woods in the township which keep the deer at a high number.

There are thirteen lakes in the township. The Black River also flows through Columbia. In earlier days the river was one of the main waterways used by the Pottawattami Indians and the early settlers. The land around the lakes was wet and considered pretty worthless in early days. Today, it is some of the most expensive property in the Township and homes and subdivisions are around most of the lakes.

Two railroads were in Columbia Township. Both of these tracks were opened in 1870. The Kalamazoo and South Branch of the Michigan Central Railroad which ran east and west and which is no longer used. Also The Chicago and Michigan Lake Shore which is now the Chesapeake and Ohio and runs from Chicago to Grand Rapids.

TOWNSHIP OFFICERS

EARLY SETTLERS

    COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP ASSESSMENT ROLLS FOR 1839

    COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS - 1845

    COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP FAMILIES

CEMETERIES

        BERLAMONT (THOMPSON)
        BREEDSVILLE
        GRAND JUNCTION
        SACRED HEART CATHOLIC
 

    COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP PICTURES

       DENNIS FARM - 1880

VILLAGES - TOWNS

BREEDSVILLE

PICTURES
       BREEDSVILLE MAIN STREET
       BREEDSVILLE MAIN STREET - ANOTHER SCENE
       BREEDSVILLE MAIN STREET - ANOTHER SCENE
       BREEDSVILLE MAIN STREET - STILL ANOTHER SCENE
       BREEDSVILLE SCHOOL - 1900
       BREEDSVILLE SCHOOL - 1901-1960
       BREEDSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH -
       BREEDSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH
       BREEDSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH
       BREEDSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH - NEW CHURCH
       GAYNOR'S STORE
       STARBACK'S GROCERY
       HAWLEY HARDWARE
       HARTMAN HARDWARE
       HARNESS SHOP
       BARBER SHOP
       CANNING FACTORY
       COAL SHEDS
       BREEDSVILLE HOTEL - THE ELMS
       BREEDSVILLE DANCE HALL
       BREEDSVILLE BANDSTAND
       BREEDSVILLE BASEBALL TEAM
       BREEDSVILLE BAND
       1926-1927 BREEDSVILLE SCHOOL PICTURE
       1948-1949 BREEDSVILLE SCHOOL PICTURE
       BREEDSVILLE MILL
       BREEDSVILLE MILL
      BREEDSVILLE MILL
       BREEDSVILLE MILL
       BREEDSVILLE IN THE FALL
      WITNEY STORE, CREAMERY AND RESIDENCE
      BREEDSVILLE FLOOD

GRAND JUNCTION
 

COLUMBIA


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