Michigan Historical Commission Approves New Markers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Historical Commission has approved historical markers for four sites, including one in Grand Rapids to recognize accomplishments of the Meijer retail chain.

The markers were approved last week during a meeting where officials celebrated the commission's 100th anniversary. The Grand Rapids marker will highlight the work of Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who pioneered the combination of discount department stores and supermarkets into a single "Thrifty Acres" store. Grand Rapids-based Meijer now operates in several Midwest states.

Other markers include the Duane Doty School in Wayne County, which opened in 1909 to serve Detroit's then-growing population; the Indian Lake Cemetery in Cass County, which has been in use since the 1840s; and Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

They're among more than 1,700 Michigan historical markers.


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