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Historical Sites of Grand Rapids



William Haldane
(Lot 17, Block 5)

William Haldane came to Grand Rapids in 1836. He was a cabinetmaker and made most of the furniture purchased by early settlers. He also made the first cutters (horse-drawn sleighs) in Grand Rapids. The cutters sold for $75.00 each. Haldane was Deacon at Park Congregational Church for many years.

The oldest burial in this cemetery belongs to Andrew Haldane (1835). It is believed that this was a reburial from another cemetery. The white marble marker has broken and now lies flat.