People in Grand Haven were awestruck and amazed when they witnessed a new device demonstrated at the Grand Haven Rotary Club. The Grand Haven Tribune reported that the event “proved to be one of the most interesting scientific lectures” club members had ever witnessed.
Monroe Rutty was born March 31, 1860, one of six children of Edward and Polly Rutty. When he passed away at the Ottawa County Community Haven Home on May 30, 1971, at the age of 111, he was the oldest living person on record in Michigan.
Great Lakes maritime buffs and historians are highly familiar with the sinking of the Goodrich side-wheel steamer Alpena in Lake Michigan on Oct. 16, 1880. Up to 80 lives were lost — the entire crew and all her passengers.