An Unexpected Encounter with the Triangle Lunch

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One of the most interesting and fun aspects of working in the local history room is receiving new (old) materials for the collection. These come to us from a variety of sources and are often a complete surprise. Last week we received one of these unexpected gifts all the way from North Carolina. The donor had apparently never lived here. His father had lived in Michigan but moved away over 80 years ago – however, for some reason he saved a postcard of the Triangle Lunch on old US 131 between Kalamazoo and Plainwell. The family held onto that postcard all these years and then very thoughtfully passed it on to us. I am always amazed and grateful when people take the time to do things like that.

We are having a wonderful time trying to unlock the clues in this photo. Our donor believes that it would have been purchased in the late 1920s or early 1930s, and we know from phonebooks that a Triangle Lunchroom was operating in Cooper Township at that time. We have not yet determined where on old 131 (Douglas Avenue) the diner sat, or the owners, but we have many resources still to check. If you have any information for us regarding the photo, please let us know. Local residents are often our best resources!


One interesting note – we had hoped to get vital information from a sign in the window of the building, but no amount of magnification seemed to help. Finally, Mandana Nordbrock, with her sharp (young) eyes solved this important mystery – it read “Juicy Ham Burgers.”


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Posted by Beth Timmerman at 05/24/2011 11:54:43 AM | 

Well, that didn’t take long. Ruth Wilson, in adult services here at the library, found the location and owners of the Triangle. It was documented in the book If Walls Could Talk: The Architectural Heritage of Cooper, Michigan by Ward Christlieb. The building is now a home and is still standing in the 9000 block of Douglas Avenue. The owners of the Triangle were Julius and Lena Horvath. Way to go, Ruth!
Posted by: Beth T ( Email ) at 5/24/2011 4:03 PM

I love history mysteries like this! Great job, Ruth!
Posted by: Mandana ( Email ) at 5/28/2011 4:24 PM

interesting post. I just love this library!
Posted by: church lansing ( Email | Visit ) at 2/1/2012 9:44 PM

Interesting story. Thanks for sharing. I am new to this website. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: William ( Email ) at 2/7/2012 5:48 PM

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