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Parks foundation hopes to purchase historic home

By Jake Allen / The Holland Sentinel • Sep 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation has started a campaign to raise money to help the county purchase a historic home.

The home is called the Moss House and is located on a parcel of property Ottawa County Parks and Recreation plans to purchase to expand the Bend Area, which is a park on the Grand River in Georgetown Township.

If acquired, Parks Director John Scholtz said the home could be used for weddings or other gatherings, similar to the Weaver House at Pine Bend.

But the purchase of the home is not on the parks and recreation budget because it was unknown when or if the home was going to be available for purchase.

The home was owned by a woman named Joyce Carle, whose family had built the home in 1913.

Carle died earlier this year and Scholtz said Ottawa County Parks and Recreation worked out a deal with her children to buy the home and its 1.28 acre plot of land for $160,000.

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation will match every dollar raised by its fundraiser up to 10 percent, or $16,000, to help the county purchase the home.

Scholtz said Ottawa County Parks and Recreation will ask the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners to cover the rest of the cost for the home with unspecified funds from the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation budget.

If fundraising efforts are successful, Scholtz said it would help the board understand there is a lot of support for buying the historic home.

Donations for the fundraiser can be made online. The fundraising effort will run through the end of September.

The Moss House was built in 1913 by Cornelius John “CJ” Moss, the father of Joyce Carle, according to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

CJ Moss was a dairy farmer who also spent time as the “town sheriff” of Jenison before he was killed along with his wife at age 45 in a car-train crash in Jenison.

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation has plans to purchase additional land for the Bend Area park with the vision of it becoming a 700-acre park.

The Moss House and the 1.28 acres of land it sits on is right in the middle of the 700 acres, Scholtz said.

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