Pentwater in Oceana County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
(Built with Pentwater Brick)
1887* Thomas Collister built the largest and only three story building at the time
1888 Building sold to Charles Mears who opened a general store
1899- 1920 Crescent Drug Store
1922-1937 Charles F. Lewis Hardware
1937-1942 A. H. Hardware
1945 Baileys Hardware Southside
1949 Harbor Inn Restaurant Northside, common walls separating each
1961-1967 Mr. & Mrs. T. H. Thorton owned the building
1967 Mr. & Mrs. Rudy Gustafson purchased the building and opened a gift shop
1979 Mr. & Mrs. Dean Gustafson, new owners, opened an international gift shop
2006 Gustafson's closed
2009 Silver Hills Antiques owned by Dan & Lin Hoekstra
*Charles Mears, a devout Mason, became concerned that a newly formed Masonic lodge lacked a permanent hall. With the support of others of like conviction he decided to add the third floor, which was designed and furnished as an elaborate Masonic Temple. The Masons occupied the third floor until the early 1960's when the estate of Charles Mears' daughter was being settled
Erected by Pentwater Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 43° 46.8′ N, 86° 25.989′ W. Marker is in Pentwater, Michigan, in Oceana County. Marker is at the intersection of South Hancock Street (Business Highway 31) and Second Street, on the right when traveling south on South Hancock Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 189 South Hancock Street, Pentwater MI 49449, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pet Hollywood (a few steps from this marker); Cosmic Candy (within shouting distance of this marker); White Elephant (within shouting distance of this marker); Lites Drug Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pentwater Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Ships and Shipping (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graveyard of Ships / Veterans' Day Storm (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lumber Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pentwater.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.