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Lansing was settled in the 1840s by German and Dutch immigrants. Farming, then the railroad, played major roles in the growth of the village. The brickyards left a lasting impact on the community, as did Henry Ford’s airport hangar, which still stands today. The schools produced figures who have become well known outside Lansing, such as Major League Baseball outfielder Curtis Granderson, who has won a Silver Slugger award and joined baseball’s elite 20-20-20-20 club. The community has been blessed with caring and dedicated educators like Hal Gronewald and Durward Shuetz, whose reach extended beyond the classroom. Lansing has also raised war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their countrymen like August Olsen and Philip Martini. Many other heroes have served and protected at home, including Kenneth Novak Jr., Lansing’s only police officer to die in the line of duty.
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Compiled by local writer and vice president of the Lansing Historical Society Carrie Steinweg, Legendary Locals of Lansing spans the community featuring numerous area residents, from quiet volunteers to glowing examples of professional success. These stories highlight the individuals who have helped shape Lansing and made the village a better place.