Fire, Water and Wind

1925 On January 25, in a bitter sub-zero gale, a disastrous fire burned down one half of a block of the business district. Flames started in the rear of R. L. S...

The Brooklyn-Crystal Cemetery

1863 In all pioneer communities there comes a time when people decide to bury their loved ones in an official cemetery — rather than under a favorite tree on th...

The Shumways

John P. Shumway purchased 45 acres of  the Crystal Lake Township for $25 dollars a piece in 1856. He built a modest home near Twin Lake and managed to get most ...

The First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church was built On land donated by the Shumway family. Meeting first in the Village Hall, the First Congregational was an offshoot of ...