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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

The Zandstra Farm

The Zandstra Farm


The seventy-seven acres, at Allen (now 36th St) and Buchanan, purchased by General Motors for the construction of the Grand Rapids Metal Stamping Plant had earlier been farmed by the Zandstra Family who rented the land. Shown here with two of their horses and a dog the family members are, from left to right: son - Cornelius Zandstra, b. 1898 in Grand Rapids, MI; mother - Anna Sikkens/Zandstra (wife of George) b. 1853 in Netherlands, married in 1876 in Netherlands; father - George (Sjoerd) Zandstra b. 1852 in Netherlands; daughter -  Dora Zandstra, b. 1893 in Grand Rapids, MI.


Full Details

TitleThe Zandstra Farm

Title by cataloger. At the time of the purchase the land was owned by Mrs. Benjamin Hanchett, widow of the president of the Grand Rapids Street Railway. The price was $25,000.

Thank you to Caroline Shearer for correcting the identification of family members and providing their birth dates.

Location In PhotoWyoming MI
CollectionWyoming Historical Commission

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from the Wyoming, MI Historical Commission.

InstitutionWyoming Historical Commission
Physical Storage LocationWyoming MI

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