Homer Historical Society

Homer Historical Society Homer Historical Society was organized to preserve and protect Homer history and to educate people about the significance of local history.

Homer Historical Society was organized to preserve and protect Homer history and to educate people about the significance of local history. Meetings held last Wednesday of the month.

The Purple Dame’s Rockets are bordering the east woods around Blair Farm. These  roadside and woodlot blooms are amazi...
06/05/2019

The Purple Dame’s Rockets are bordering the east woods around Blair Farm. These roadside and woodlot blooms are amazing this year.

Bambi hides out at the Blair Farm. Photo shared by Mrs. Bouvier.
06/04/2019

Bambi hides out at the Blair Farm. Photo shared by Mrs. Bouvier.

Third Grader’s day at Blair Farm . It’s lunch time. A huge kettle of hot vegetable soup, crackers, homemade sourdoug...
06/04/2019

Third Grader’s day at Blair Farm . It’s lunch time. A huge kettle of hot vegetable soup, crackers, homemade sourdough bread, lemonade and chocolate chip cookies for the bus ride back to school.

The Spring flowers at the Blair Farm are looking so pretty.
05/31/2019

The Spring flowers at the Blair Farm are looking so pretty.

Old Sam the Civil War Horse from Coldwater is a tribute to the many horses used in the war. https://blogpublic.lib.msu.e...
05/27/2019
April 4, 1849 : Old Sam, Famous Michigan Civil War Horse, Born | MSU Libraries

Old Sam the Civil War Horse from Coldwater is a tribute to the many horses used in the war.

https://blogpublic.lib.msu.edu/red-tape/2018/apr/april-4-1849-old-sam-famous-michigan-civil-war-horse-born/

Blog: Red TapeCategories: State NewsOld Sam was born April 4th, 1849 at the Abraham C. Fisk Breeding Stables in Coldwater Michigan. Before the Civil War, Old Sam was used to pull a street car back and forth from the train depot to the Southern Michigan Hotel in Coldwater. This street car carried p.....

05/27/2019

Here comes the milkman! Larry Newman’s doing a trial run in the church parking lot getting ready for festival season with his awesome milk wagon and a friend’s beautiful draft horses. He shared this video with us today.
He’ll be at MooVille today if you want to stop in and say hello.

May their courage and dedication never be forgotten. On Memorial Day, let us honor those who gave their lives for our co...
05/26/2019

May their courage and dedication never be forgotten. On Memorial Day, let us honor those who gave their lives for our country. Our warmest wishes on Memorial Day and deepest gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen heroes.

Happy Mother’s Day!
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

Be sure to save the date, Sunday, July 28, for our Blair Farm Car Show. Hope to see you there.
05/09/2019

Be sure to save the date, Sunday, July 28, for our Blair Farm Car Show. Hope to see you there.

A Historical Society member sent us this page from a book  about the Homer Pipeless Furnace Co, once here in town. We’...
05/06/2019

A Historical Society member sent us this page from a book about the Homer Pipeless Furnace Co, once here in town. We’re looking into finding the book to learn more about this early Homer industry.

Homer is Home
05/03/2019

Homer is Home

9 yr old Michigan Civil War soldier
04/30/2019

9 yr old Michigan Civil War soldier

In May of 1861, 9 year old John Lincoln "Johnny" Clem ran away from his home in Newark, Ohio, to join the Union Army, but found the Army was not interested in signing on a 9 year old boy when the commander of the 3rd Ohio Regiment told him he "wasn't enlisting infants," and turned him down. Clem tried the 22nd Michigan Regiment next, and its commander told him the same. Determined, Clem tagged after the regiment, acted out the role of a drummer boy, and was allowed to remain. Though still not regularly enrolled, he performed camp duties and received a soldier's pay of $13 a month, a sum collected and donated by the regiment's officers.

The next April, at Shiloh, Clem's drum was smashed by an artillery round and he became a minor news item as "Johnny Shiloh, The Smallest Drummer". A year later, at the Battle Of Chickamauga, he rode an artillery caisson to the front and wielded a musket trimmed to his size. In one of the Union retreats a Confederate officer ran after the cannon Clem rode with, and yelled, "Surrender you damned little Yankee!" Johnny shot him dead. This pluck won for Clem national attention and the name "Drummer Boy of Chickamauga."

Clem stayed with the Army through the war, served as a courier, and was wounded twice. Between Shiloh and Chickamauga he was regularly enrolled in the service, began receiving his own pay, and was soon-after promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was only 12 years old. After the Civil War he tried to enter West Point but was turned down because of his slim education. A personal appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant, his commanding general at Shiloh, won him a 2nd Lieutenant's appointment in the Regular Army on 18 December 1871, and in 1903 he attained the rank of Colonel and served as Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired from the Army as a Major General in 1916, having served an astounding 55 years.

General Clem died in San Antonio, Texas on 13 May 1937, exactly 3 months shy of his 86th birthday, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

reposted from American Conservative Veterans page

04/27/2019

We had a special guest at our annual meeting last night. Robin Cousino gave a presentation of her and her husband’s renovation of the old Benham school house on M-60 at M-99. They are keeping it as close as possible to the original on the outside and remodeling what needs to be changed inside due to alterations as living quarters through the years. We look forward to watching the process and appreciate their preservation of our historical structures. Thanks Robin and Ron!

Homer Historical Society
04/25/2019

Homer Historical Society

Homer Historical Society
04/25/2019

Homer Historical Society

It’s Spring at Blair Farm
04/25/2019

It’s Spring at Blair Farm

Easter is more than just eggs and candy. It is also about peace, love, and family. Happy Easter from Homer Historical So...
04/21/2019

Easter is more than just eggs and candy. It is also about peace, love, and family. Happy Easter from Homer Historical Society.

03/29/2019
Larry Newman from Battle Creek has lovingly restored a milk wagon formerly belonging to Lilliberk Farms of Homer. The fi...
03/22/2019

Larry Newman from Battle Creek has lovingly restored a milk wagon formerly belonging to Lilliberk Farms of Homer. The first picture shows how the wagon pieces travelled to Larry’s shop from Mike Brockway’s farm. Further photos are various signs and sections of the wagon. You can see what a remarkable restoration he and his team of helpers created.
The last photo was given to Larry, showing Vern Warner, driver, of the Cortright Jersey Dairy wagon.
The people who helped rebuild the LILLIBERK milk wagon are:
David Vandlen, Woodworker
Also helping out:
Lloyd Terry & Nathan Webb.
Painting was done by:
K C Collision of Bellevue, Mi.
The running gear was supplied by:
Hansen’s Wheel & Wagon
Letcher, South Dakota.
We all appreciate Larry’s hard work and dedication preserving Homer’s history.

Does anyone recognize a family relative from the 1900’s in Kurt’s shared photo of the Homer Depot?
03/12/2019

Does anyone recognize a family relative from the 1900’s in Kurt’s shared photo of the Homer Depot?

I found this photo of two men standing in front of the Homer train station...probably in the early 1900's.

This perfect photo is by John Hawkins, using his drone. What talent he has! Our Fall Festival will again feature Celebra...
02/09/2019

This perfect photo is by John Hawkins, using his drone. What talent he has!
Our Fall Festival will again feature Celebrating Barns as our town hall display. Contact John if you’d like your barn included.
Thanks to all the area farmers for maintaining and preserving our historic architectural gems. Your efforts are appreciated.

02/09/2019

Thank You to everyone that attended our Farm to Table 27th Herb Workshop. What a wonderful day. The meal was great, three very interesting speakers and we raised nearly $900 on our auction and raffle. We appreciate all your continued support.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

2019 events
Car Show-July 28
Fall Festival- September 28

Kurt Thornton sent these photos of his grandfather Gardner’s house on Sophia at Everett in 1900-1905. Chickens and kid...
01/12/2019

Kurt Thornton sent these photos of his grandfather Gardner’s house on Sophia at Everett in 1900-1905. Chickens and kids in the backyard and two views of the street looking towards downtown.

Pick up a Homer Index if you haven’t already and read about one of our February 2nd Herb Workshop speaker’s Jason  K...
01/10/2019

Pick up a Homer Index if you haven’t already and read about one of our February 2nd Herb Workshop speaker’s Jason Killoran’s local Organic Farm.
Tiffany Thatcher wrote a great article on Jason and Seraina’s nine year farming adventure.
www.willow-garden.com .

Here’s a snowy day reading suggestion, popular Yooper phrases. ❤️
01/09/2019

Here’s a snowy day reading suggestion, popular Yooper phrases. ❤️

What's your favorite "Yooper" phrase? In our latest issue of Michigan History, we explore the origins of the U.P.'s unique cultural dialect, which has developed due to the melting pot of cultures, ethnicity, and histories that make up the regions of the U.P.

Check it out in Kathryn Remlinger's "Yooper Talk":http://hsmichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/current-highlighted-magazine-story.pdf

12/31/2018

Happy New Year!
Have a healthy and prosperous 2019.

From Blair Farm to your home, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you enjoy all the joys of the ...
12/22/2018

From Blair Farm to your home, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you enjoy all the joys of the holiday season.

If you’ve been waiting for our February 2, 2019 Herb Workshop news, here it is! “FARM TO TABLE”  creative theme fo...
12/20/2018
Homer Historical Society—Preserving the History of Homer Michigan

If you’ve been waiting for our February 2, 2019 Herb Workshop news, here it is!

“FARM TO TABLE” creative theme for 27th Herb Workshop


​The Homer Historical Society has been holding its Herb Workshop for 27 years and still manages to address new topics for speakers and the menu. This year they focus on farm-to-table with two suppliers of products and a chef who creatively produces the delicious and healthy end result. It will be held Saturday, February 2 at the Homer United Methodist Church, 101 East Adams Street in Homer starting at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. It will end at approximately 3 p.m. following snacks, a gourmet luncheon and a fun-filled day of information.
​In America, the farm-to-table concept, promoting the use of local foods and beverages in restaurants and also using locally raised items at home has grown in the last decade. In 2015 the National Restaurant Association noted that four of the top ten food trends were related to local foods.
​Program speakers will include Joe Marciano who is the head chef at Albion Malleable Brewery. He will speak about “A Day in the Life of a Chef.” Marciano, originally from Brooklyn, New York, and his wife Kathryn Marciano, a Homer native and also a chef, volunteered to prepare the workshop’s main course and guide Homer Historical Society volunteers through this year’s menu preparation.
​Jason Killorn, Hanover, Michigan, raises organic vegetables year-round and will talk about his work relating to the farm-to-table focus and supplying the product to customers.
​The third speaker, Dan Marsh, raises sustainable and chemical free poultry, pork and beef on his Quincy farm. He will discuss the importance of eating healthy and supporting local suppliers.
​Other workshop features include craft items for sale and a silent auction.
​Herb Workshop coordinator Dee Camp, who founded the event and has worked with it every year, is especially enthusiastic about this year’s program and menu. “I AM excited,” Camp said. “This is a first to have professional help with our meal. The creativity of our food and the speakers sharing their livelihood and practices should be something we can all learn to use.”
The Herb Workshop is a fund raiser for ongoing Homer Historical Society restoration and historical preservation work at Blair Historical Farm which was donated to the organization in 1974 by Maude Blair when the Society was formed. Miss Blair was an educator dedicated to children and to Homer’s history. She was also the granddaughter of Dr. George W. Blair, an early settler and Homer’s first medical doctor.
​Reservations are a must for the Herb Workshop. They should be made by calling 517-524-7348. Reservation checks for the $35 per person donation should be made payable to the Homer Historical Society and mailed to the Homer Historical Society, P.O. Box 146, Homer, MI 49245 or to Dee Camp, 9700 Van Wert Rd., Homer, Mi. 49245
​Herb Workshop information is also available on the Homer Historical Society website. www.homerhistoricalsociety.org
Written and submitted by JoAnne Miller

The Homer Historical Society Works to Preserve the History of Homer Michigan in Calhoun County

12/07/2018
Homer Historical Society wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
11/21/2018

Homer Historical Society wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

11/17/2018

It’s time to start planning our Herb Luncheon. Save the date, February 2nd, if you’re interested. Menu and speakers will be announced soon.

11th hour, 11th Day, 11th month Never Forget Happy Veteran’s  Day
11/11/2018

11th hour, 11th Day, 11th month
Never Forget
Happy Veteran’s Day

Homer Historical Society
11/01/2018

Homer Historical Society

Blair Farm barn in the early 1900’s with Dr. Blair and on the right is how the barn looks now. This is part of John Ha...
10/13/2018

Blair Farm barn in the early 1900’s with Dr. Blair and on the right is how the barn looks now. This is part of John Hawkins’ amazing photography display in the town hall during our Fall Festival. We’re looking forward to next year’s barn display as John seeks out another group of Homer area barns to feature. Let us or John know if you want yours included.

John Hawkins, our Celebrate Barns display expert holding his photo of the Blair Farm barn. Over 50 of his local barn pho...
09/28/2018

John Hawkins, our Celebrate Barns display expert holding his photo of the Blair Farm barn. Over 50 of his local barn photographs on canvas and his stories of the barns were an exciting added attraction for our Fall Festival visitors. We are continuing our display again next year with 20 additional barns. If you’d like John to visit your Homer barn, please contact him or private message us here on FB. Photos by JoAnne Miller

One of our latest accessions displayed in the Albion town hall during Fall Festival. A beautiful quilt from 1932 signed ...
09/25/2018

One of our latest accessions displayed in the Albion town hall during Fall Festival. A beautiful quilt from 1932 signed by the Homer students for their teacher, Margaret Sherman.

09/23/2018

Thank you, Thank you!
We had an amazing turn out at our Fall Festival. Perfect weather and a great crowd.
John Hawkins’ barn photo display was a big success. We sold out of our legendary Harvest Soup even earlier than usual.
Thanks to all that came out to join us and to all our wonderful volunteers. Hope we see you next year!

09/22/2018

Come on out to Blair Farm today. It’s Fall Festival time!
11-4:30. Free admission.

Fall Festival Tomorrow. Sounds like it’s going to be a  perfect Fall day. Harvest Vegetable Soup, Grilled Brats, Baked...
09/21/2018

Fall Festival Tomorrow. Sounds like it’s going to be a perfect Fall day.
Harvest Vegetable Soup, Grilled Brats, Baked Beans, Delicious Pies, Rice Pudding, Apple Butter and Corn Cakes, Clem’s Campfire Coffee. Bring the kids, have lunch at Blair Farm.
The Town Hall “Celebrate Barns” display has over 50 awesome pictures of Homer area barns. Come see how many you recognize. John Hawkins did a great job with this barn project.

John Hawkins is doing an awesome job gathering barn photos and stories. Be sure to see the Town Hall display “Celebrat...
09/17/2018

John Hawkins is doing an awesome job gathering barn photos and stories. Be sure to see the Town Hall display “Celebrating Barns” at Fall Festival, Saturday the 22nd.

This is the Bock barn, one that will be featured in our Fall Festival “Celebrating Barns” photo display in the town hall. It’s located west of Homer on M-60.
Thanks to John Hawkins we’ll have over 50 pictures of Homer barns featured.
September 22nd at Blair Farm.

One more week!
09/16/2018

One more week!

09/11/2018

It’s Blair Farm Fall Festival Apple Butter season and we’re always looking for new ways to use it in our home recipes . Here’s a new one I think you’ll like to try.

**Chipotle Apple Butter Sauce **
1 cup BBQ sauce
2/3 cup Hist. Soc. Apple butter
2 chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce, canned.

Process ingredients until smooth and use on your favorite chicken or pork grill recipes.
Let us know if you enjoyed it.

09/11/2018

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