Whispering Pines & Prairie

Fremont, Michigan







God, Home, and Country








History of Chapter Name

In 1840 the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula consisted of virgin white pine forests.  These trees gave birth to Michigan's logging industry with the first sawmill being located in what is now Newaygo County.  The lumber from these trees was instrumental in rebuilding Chicago after the Great Fire in the 1870's.  By 1890 the forests were gone.  During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reforested the land with blocks of white, red, Scotch, and Austrian pines.  Today nearly half of our county is still planted with these forests.  These pines speak to us with their unique sound as the wind blows through their boughs.  Newaygo County is equally blessed with a large natural prairie that is home to several species of flora and fauna not found in any other area this far east of the Mississippi.  It is impossible for us to separate these two God-given natural wonders in either our hearts or our minds.  Newaygo County is the second largest county in the Lower Peninsula, containing 864 square miles.  Our chapter is proud to represent the entire county as well as several neighboring towns on the county lines.







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