By Hampton Smith

In 1861, as President Lincoln known as for volunteers to safeguard the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing wishes shared via many an enlistee: "I do are looking to 'see the world,' to get out of the slim circle during which i've got consistently lived, to 'make a guy of myself,' and to have it to assert in days to return that I, too, had an element during this nice struggle."As it became out, Thomas had an exceptional companion in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota gentle Artillery, operating as "cannoneers," liable for loading and aiming gigantic weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persevered the monotony of camp lifestyles, the starvation of bad offer traces, and, in William's case, the demanding situations of enemy catch. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are acknowledged from their differing views during this choice of letters to fearful mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother desirous to take part the struggle. Their brilliant epistles are improved by way of the familial connection of brothers in fingers who finally did see the world--and back domestic replaced.

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Freight facilities were lacking as well. In Grand Rapids, the company rented space for freight in a building on Lyon and Canal Streets. Other depots along the line had minimal freight handling facilities as well. The managers quickly saw that there was an opportunity in moving freight, especially lessthan-carload freight. The freight motors could efficiently move barrels and crates containing industrial goods, produce, and packages between the terminal cities and the towns along its track. Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers.

Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers. The company quickly won a contract to carry the mail between Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Grand Haven. The slogan for freight became “Express service at freight rates,” as the service was superior to that offered by the steam railroads, at a comparable price. The freight operations quickly outgrew the leased facility. In 1904, the GRGH&M built a freight house of its own at the corner of Goodrich and Oakes Streets in Grand Rapids.

45 In 1913, the GRGH&M built a station in Spring Lake. The stucco building stood at the corner of Jackson and Savage Streets. A separate freight house, not visible in this image, stood behind the building. In 1917, the company installed a substation in the freight house to help balance the power on the branch. New automated substation technology allowed the equipment to function automatically and did not require an operator. A combination passenger-freight car is traveling east along Savidge Street in Spring Lake.

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