The Jared H. Gay Log House, photos c. 1988 The Jared H. Gay Log House, photos c. 1988
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Gay, Jared H., House
Route 2, 128th Avenue, Crystal Valley - Oceana County
Property Type log house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Style Other
Significant Person Jared H. Gay
Narrative Description The Jared H. Gay Log House is an "I" shaped, gable-roof, two-story structure of horizontal, squared, and notched wooden logs, with an attached one-story gable-roofed wing, and is topped by a roof of asphalt shingling. An original shed-roofed open porch and rear utility shed-roofed one-story wing have since been removed.
Statement of Significance The Jared H. Gay Log House has historical significance as the lone surviving building associated with a pioneer settler of Crystal Township. Jared H. Gay (1830-1902), a native New Yorker, operated sawmills in Lyons and Fulton, Ohio, until 1857, when he moved to Muskegon to operate a blacksmith shop and to farm the land. On July 31, 1855, the federal government had signed a treaty with 54 Ottawa and Chippewa Indian chiefs, by which they gave up their lands along the Grand River in exchange for new lands to the north in Mason and Oceana counties. The government in turn agreed to build Indian schools, to furnish competent teachers, and to supply the reservation with a fully-equipped blacksmith shop. On July 27, 1861, Jared H. Gay came to Crystal as its government-appointed blacksmith. He built the present log building shortly after his arrival. When Crystal Township was organized in Gay's blacksmith shop in April 1866, Gay was chosen its first treasurer (1866-1868). The Jared H. Gay Log House historically recalls Crystal Township's first permanent settler.
Period of Significance 1861-1875
Significant Date(s) 1861
Registry Type(s) 01/26/1989 National Register listed
05/15/1987 State Register listed
Site ID# P24492