This old house

The new owners of the house at 318 S. First St. in Grand Haven were surprised to find it has family ties that go back a couple of generations.
Alex Doty
Feb 16, 2013

Buried beneath layers of old siding and other housing materials, the faded name of John Teunis was a surprise to homeowners John and Diana Meyer.

“I’m standing by the door and I’m like, ‘No way — is that my grandfather’s name?’” Diana said.

Teunis had been involved in constructing the home, and had signed his name on the side of the house near the front door.

The Meyers, who live in Grand Rapids, have been hunting for a summer home in the Grand Haven area and had made several offers on some properties, but they all fell through.

“We’ve actually been looking for a property for quite a few years,” Diana said. “We’re kind of attached to Grand Haven.”

Diana wonders if it was providence that the other offers fell through so that they ended up with the home on First Street.

“It feels to me it was in God’s hands the whole time,” she said.

Grand Haven builder Bill Pushaw, who is handling the renovation of the home, said he could tell the Meyers were enthusiastic about learning of its family connection.

“They were really excited looking there and seeing the name,” he said. “It’s like her grandpa led her there.”

Pushaw said that when the family discovered the faded link on the old exterior wall, they had just finished discussing the family’s history in the construction business.

“We just got done talking about the grandpa and father both being carpenters,” he said.

According to Diana, her grandfather left his mark on several other projects in the area. They include another nearby house and the American Legion building on Harbor Drive.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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