What's in a Name - Spring’s Red Bird #744 – Howell, Brighton

Spring’s Red Bird was the name of a clumsy, open wagon owned by Benjamin J. Spring who owned a hotel and ran a stage line between Howell and Detroit in 1841. In 1844, arriving late, Mr. Spring drove his horse directly into a hole in front of the present courthouse square. The hole was meant to hold a flagstaff honoring Polk and Dallas, Democratic presidential candidates. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Spring sold the stage line and a hotel he owned.

Chapter History

Chartered in March 1975, we had too many members for one chapter and split into two. We lost our last charter member, Polly Holsted who died at the age of 102 in 2011. The membership now consists of thirteen members, one of whom has been a member since 1981.

The State Fall convention was held in Howell and Brighton in 2006.

P & R Projects

Funds have been raised to assist the historic Opera House in Howell. A hard-cover cookbook consisting of taste-tested recipes from the Spring’s Red Bird Questers was compiled, printed and sold in 2004 and a state grant was awarded on that project, doubling the funds given to the Opera House. We also contributed money during a 3 for 1 fundraiser and have contributed to other money-raising projects. In the past we contributed to funds to restore an old schoolhouse which unfortunately fell prey to an arsonist this year. We regularly contribute to national and educational projects.

An antique appraisal fundraiser was just completed in November 2013 at the Opera House in Howell raising $4,500 toward funds to restore the façade of the Opera House to its’ original appearance in 1881.

Chapter Meetings

Our meetings are held in each other’s homes on the third Thursday of each month September through May at 12 noon and a hostess and a co-hostess serve a full lunch. Speakers have consisted of members talking about their collections, but more often speakers are from other Quester chapters.

Field trips are scheduled one or two meetings each year, and have taken us to famous gardens, trips to the State Capitol in Lansing, historic homes, museums, homes with doll collections, etc. Our December meeting is always held in the home of one of our members whose home is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season and filled with beautiful antique ornaments and decorations tastefully displayed. Our May meeting is when our new officers are elected, we all participate in a salad luncheon and hold an auction of our small treasures to raise funds for our operation expenses.