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Eaton Rapids in Eaton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Red Ribbon Hall

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
1. Red Ribbon Hall Marker
Inscription.  The Eaton Rapids Reform Club, under the leadership of Isaac N. Reynolds, built this temperance hall in 1878. Affiliated with the national Red Ribbon movement, over a thousand local men knotted red ribbons in their lapels after pledging to abstain from all alcoholic beverages, and adopted the motto, “Dare to do right.” The building served as a cultural center, and, at the turn of the century, as an opera house. Since 1924 it has been a Masonic Hall.
 
Erected 1975 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0361.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
 
Location. 42° 30.596′ N, 84° 39.367′ W. Marker is in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in Eaton County. Marker is on South Main Street (Michigan Route 50) 0.1 miles south of Spicer Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 S Main St, Eaton Rapids MI 48827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
2. Red Ribbon Hall Marker
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, measured as the crow flies. Eaton Rapids Community War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Austin Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Saratoga of the West" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miller Dairy Farm No. 1 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hamlin District No. 15 School (approx. 2.3 miles away); VFW National Home (approx. 3.6 miles away); VFW National Home For Children World War II Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eaton Rapids.
 
Also see . . .  Wet and dry in Eaton County. Excerpt:
In 1892, voters affirmed Eaton as a dry county, but in 1889 it switched to wet, Then in 1902 it went dry again … until 1904 when it went wet again.
(Submitted on April 26, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
Red Ribbon Hall image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
3. Red Ribbon Hall
Detail above front entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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