Editors note: This article is part of Off The Press, in which the Lake County Historical Society shares stories and other details from previous editions of the Star. These points of interest are 85 years old, and come from the September 16, 1932 edition of the Star.
• Christian G. Kuennen, 63, a widely known Grand Rapids business man, and for many years owner of a cottage at Rainbow on the Pere Marquette, was drowned Saturday noon in Big Star Lake when he fell from a boat while fishing. He had been fishing alone near Miller’s Point, and was apparently about to lift the anchor when he fell into the water. A call for help was heard by Fred Martin, and the body was recovered in about 40 minutes. Physicians who examined the body said the amount of water in the lungs indicated that heart disease might have been the direct cause of death. . “Chris” Kuennen was known all over Western Michigan. He loved to fish the Lake County lakes and streams. He was a devoted fly fisherman on the river and those who remember the hearings on the fly fishing orders that prevailed five years ago, will also remember Mr. Kuennen’s militant stand for the flies, and his famous offer to provide a fly fishing outfit for five dollars.