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Catalog Number
2023.45.97
Description
Poems, six in all, all on one sheet.  The poem in the upper left corner is titled "Seven Days to April".  This is followed by "Nature's Housekeeping" and "Spring's Rising".  Beneath these poems, at left, is "Sea Feast", "Fantasy For A Storm" and "Poet's Words".

At the bottom of the sheet of paper are the words "Love Jo".
History
These poems were written by Holland, MI resident Josephine Brent (1911-2001). She lived at 600 Midway Ave (1954 & 1962 city directories, 1970 Holland Sentinel). Josephine was an artist, art teacher, poet and antique collector. She was also a member of the local DAR chapter.


Items in accession 2023.45 focus on the history of Macatawa Park (in Park Township, a few miles southwest of Holland, MI) . They are from the collection of Art Tazelaar, gathered over the course of his lifetime. Art was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1913 to John J. Tazelaar (1868–1957) and Gertrude C Lopperson (1880–1961).

The US Census shows that the Tazelaar family had moved to Macatawa Park by 1920. By 1940 (US Census), Art had begun working as the postmaster here, a position he held up to 1980. He also worked at a hardware store in Macatawa Park.

Art married Janet Virginia Wierda on 4-15-1941 in Grand Rapids, MI.
Gift of
Gift of the Tazelaar family