Becky Crane showing one of the antique pieces at Crane's Pie Pantry in Fennville.Downtown Fennville once had this signal at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.This stained glass window was salvaged from a fire at the old Methodist Church. It is now at Crane’s Pie Pantry, now owned by Elam Fenn’s great-great-great grandchildren. Crane Pie Pantry is home to many Fennville antiques that have been collected over the years.Crane Pie Pantry is home to many Fennville antiques that have been collected over the years.Crane Pie Pantry is home to many Fennville antiques that have been collected over the years.

Fennville history shines light on Cranes Pie Pantry

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Like the hitching posts that once lined Maple Street in Fennville, the city’s only traffic light also became functionally obsolete. Not because the mode of transportation changed, but because the signals had no cautionary yellow light to allow pedestrians and traffic to clear before changing to green. 

The traffic signals at the corner of Maple and Main streets were outlawed around 1939. One of the signals is now mounted on the porch of Crane’s Pie Pantry restaurant, bakery and orchards as one of the many historical curiosities at the restaurant.
 
The defunct traffic signal was one of many topics storytellers at Fennville District Library recalled as a piece of Fennville’s history. 
 
Sponsored by the Fennville Downtown District Assoc­iation, storytellers Bob Crane, Robert Hutchinson and James Hutchins, all descendents of Fennville pioneers, sat on a panel of storytellers moderated by former longtime mayor Mary Ann Moeller. 
 
More than 50 people attended the storytelling event and because of its popularity, another one is being planned in the future.
 

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 24 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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