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Pentwater in Oceana County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gustafson's

(Built with Pentwater Brick)

 
 
Gustafson's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2017
1. Gustafson's Marker
Inscription.
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 and the Masons decided to accept the offer of a smaller street level building in trade for its's third floor location. They owned the title until 1960 until they moved one door north. Built in, outside
Gustafson's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2017
2. Gustafson's Marker
Close-ups of Crescent Drug Store.
the building is the Mason's keystone "Isle of Man."
 
Erected by Pentwater Historical Society.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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Gustafson's (now Silver Hills Antiques) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2017
3. Gustafson's (now Silver Hills Antiques) and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 123 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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