Potato Harvest

The new quilt block at the Tustin Museum is based on a traditional block called Country Farm. Joanne Iler designed the potato plant for the center, and Elsie Vredenburg added the railroad tracks. The railroad has been turned into a hiking/biking trail, part of the White Pine Trail that extends from Cadillac to Grand Rapids. It can be seen on the left.

Janice Peterson wrote the history of the building, and I’m going to quote her:
Block title: Potato Harvest
The first train (Grand Rapids and Indiana) came through the village of Tustin January 1, 1872.
Note: Nov. 2, 1900, Tustin Topics, “The M. & G.R. Ry (Manistee and Grand Rapids Railroad/Michigan East and West) now have their track laid up to the road south of the school house (Tustin) and while they have no regular service established yet the work train brought in the first consignment of freight the other day. It was a car load of Salt for Holmes & DeGoit from Manistee.”
Note: Aug. 16, 1895, Tustin Topics, “Al Bentley is having all kinds of fun moving the old school building down town for Frank Smith.”
The old school house was sold and moved downtown to Howard Street and used as a potato warehouse. The story goes that wadded-up newspapers were stuffed between the rafters for insulation. When the sparks from a passing train ignited the roof, the newspapers fed the flames and the fire spread to other businesses.
Note: 1915, fire, The Tustin Times, “The fire spread to the brick warehouse of C. Edgett which adjoined the McClintick warehouse on the north. The McClintick warehouse, which was formerly the old school house (moved 1895), was built over 40 years ago.”
Note: June 22, 1916, The Tustin Times, “Tustin is to have at least one more building to be proud of. McClintick & Co. are at work on a new warehouse. The basement has been excavated, the dirt being placed in the village lot to fill in around the wall. The new warehouse is to be about the same as the one which the Tustin Warehouse has adjoining the McClintick warehouse when completed. It will contain an elevator and grain and beans are to be handled on a much larger scale than ever before in this village.”
When Evan Hoaglund retired and sold the hardware store, he and Leona had to decide what to do with these historical treasures. In 1983, he was instrumental in forming the Pine River Area Historical Society. One of the goals of the new organization was to find a home for Evan’s collection. The old potato warehouses (McClintick and Webster) were purchased, renovated and opened to the public in 1990. Tustin Pine River Museum, Evan Hoaglund founder, is open to the public during the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Source: January 2003, issue 1, Pine River Historical Society article)


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Coordinator of Osceola County, Michigan Quilt Trail.
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