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Climax in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Climax Crescent Newspaper


— 100th Year Anniversary —

The Climax Crescent Newspaper Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 12, 2022
1. The Climax Crescent Newspaper Marker
Inscription.  Herbert Smith first arrived in Climax, Michigan in August of 1912 after trading some Paw Paw property he had for a newspaper business in Climax.

The first issue of The Climax Crescent was published October 18, 1912 in the Ide building located on the southwest corner of the main four corners of town which had been the home of the towns previous newspaper, The Climax Cereal.

Herbert married Mary Wolcott on April 5, 1915 and together they ran the newspaper/printshop.

In March of 1926 Herb and Mary purchased what was then the Northern Hotel at 150 North Main Street. They made the southern part of the hotel their home and moved the newspaper/printshop into the northern section of the house where it has remained since. Herb and Mary had three children, Edwin, Raymond and Edna.

In 1953 youngest son Raymond and his wife Suzanne (Kate) Smith took over running the business and moved to this address with their two sons John and Charles. Ray and Kate continued to run the newspaper and printshop until January of 1990 when they sold it to Bruce and Crystal Rolfe who are the present owners and sole operators
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical date for this entry is October 18, 1912.
Location. 42° 14.418′ N, 85° 20.147′ W. Marker is in Climax, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Cherry Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 North Main Street, Climax MI 49034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Climax World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Rural Free Delivery Carriers (about 500 feet away); Climax Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Festus Hall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel B. Eldred House (approx. ¼ mile away); Beckley School (approx. 5.2 miles away); William Rufus Shafter Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Climax.
The Climax Crescent Newspaper Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 12, 2022
2. The Climax Crescent Newspaper Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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