— To mark the sesquicentennial celebration of Crapo Farm, 120 people gathered in Mary Crapo Auditorium to pay tribute to the owners and farm that helped shape Swartz Creek’s history and culture.
“It was phenomenal,” said Bill Morgan, president of the Swartz Creek Area Historical Society. “It was a great day. The food was wonderful, the programs were wonderful. Everything went off perfectly.”
The Swartz Creek Crapo Farm Sesquicentennial Celebration was the culmination of planning by Morgan, members of the Swartz Creek Area Historical Society and community members. The celebration allowed attendees a glimpse into the history of Crapo Farm through photographic exhibits and presentations by four speakers on the four owners of the farm.
Morgan gave a presentation on Henry H. Crapo, the farms’ first owner. Paul Gifford, archivist from the University of Michigan-Flint Thompson Library, gave a presentation on William Wallace Crapo, son of Henry H. Crapo and the farm’s second owner. Sally Bullard, a great-granddaughter of Henry H. Crapo, gave a presentation on Stanford Tappan Crapo and Bill Miller rounded out the presentations with his on Bill Crapo, the farm’s final owner.
In addition to the presentations, the celebration also drew members of the Crapo family including Stan Crapo of Carson City, Nevada and Henry Crapo of Paris, France, who are brothers of Bill Crapo. Members of Henry’s family, including four grandchildren, came from Canada for the event. “In all, there were 12 members of the Crapo family present at the celebration,” Morgan said.
After the speakers, the celebration moved to the old silo on what was once Crapo farm property and the Indian burial ground. At the silo, a wreath was placed in honor/memory of Crapo Farm.