At this time of year, many wonder what will be left under the Christmas tree for them.
For Spring Lake resident Pete Fries, what he found under a tree in 1989 was unbelievable — even if it wasn’t a gift for him.
Charles Leopold Bastian and Lewis Greene Blessing founded the Midwestern company Bastian-Blessing in 1908, and two years later established a factory in Grand Haven, which operated until closing its doors in 1988.
Upon first glance at a distance, one would think it was a time-darkened stone headstone. But upon approach, its material becomes apparent — the 1896 grave marker was made from wood — and for its age, is in remarkable condition.