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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jenison in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Jenison Museum

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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 3, 2021
1. Jenison Museum Marker
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Inscription.  Jenison is named for a pioneer family of English descent. Lemuel Jenison, son of a Revolutionary War soldier, came to the Grand River Valley from New York in 1835 with his family. Among the seven children born to Lemuel and his wife Sara were four daughters and three sons, Hiram and twins Luman and Lucius. Lemuel died in 1837. The care and support of the family fell on the eldest son, then twenty-four, and the twins who were fourteen. Sara died in 1841. The Jenison brothers, initially lumbermen, later branched out in other ventures. They donated land for roads, schools, and churches. Hiram, who served as the first Georgetown Township supervisor, died in 1889. Lucius and Luman, who were business partners, both died in 1899, and much of their estate was left to Margaret Husband who built this house.

Margaret Husband was bookkeeper for, and legatee of, the Jenison twins. She built this landmark house at the turn of the century as a memorial to the twins. This two-story mansion, with massive fieldstone foundation, has ten rooms, curved plate glass windows in the turret, and leaded and beveled glass doors. Margaret Husband left the house to

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her daughter Bessie Husband Hanchett who died in 1960. Subsequently, the house was purchased by the C. W. Tiffany family, who began the restoration process later taken up by the Jenison Historical Association. In 1971 the Georgetown Township Board voted to try to save the house, which had been purchased by the Department of State Highways and Transportation for demolition. Through the efforts of these historians, the State Highway Commission voted in 1975 to leave the Jenison Museum on this site.
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0209.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
Location. 42° 54.187′ N, 85° 47.011′ W. Marker is in Jenison, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Port Sheldon Street Southwest, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28 Port Sheldon St SW, Grandville MI 49418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 126th Infantry (approx. 4.8 miles away); Army National Guard Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Jamestown
Jenison Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 3, 2021
2. Jenison Museum Marker
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(approx. 6.1 miles away); Jamestown Veterans Park (approx. 6.2 miles away); Benjamins-Spring House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Blendon Landing (approx. 6.6 miles away); Baw-wa-ting (approx. 6.8 miles away); a different marker also named Baw-wa-ting (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Jenison Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 3, 2021
3. Jenison Museum Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 172 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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