GAR Records
Champlin Post #29
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

Organized September 9, 1881

The Post was Mustered with 18 Charter Members.

The first Post Commander was Alvin D. Porter who enlisted May 12, 1862 in Company K, 25th Michigan Infantry. He was mustered out June 24, 1865.

The Post met initially at the Odd Fellows Hall (in the Miller Block) on West Bridge Street. Over the years it appears that the name of the building on West Bridge Street was known as, Millers, Rose, G.A.R., Redman's, Covell's, Golden Eagle Hall, Koch's Hall, and Strahan's. In 19o9 they met at Mann's Hall at 23 Mt. Vernon. By 1911 they met at Columbia Hotel on West Bridge and an unnamed building on N. Front Street.

 The last Post Commander was Wm. H. Stokes who served in Company I, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. He enlisted August 23, 1864 and was mustered out on September 22, 1865.

 The Post was disbanded July 22, 1913.

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