Stone missing from historic Lowell home: Please return it, family asks

The hope is someone know who took the stone will come forward and help her get it back.

LOWELL, MICH. - A Kent County woman is upset about a large stone that was stolen from her family’s historic farmhouse.  

"My grandparents built the house," Liz Baker said. "It was a working farm and beautiful estate. My dad built the stone wall."

If you’re from the Lowell area, you’ve probably driven by the house several times at Alden Nash Avenue and 52nd Street SE and wondered what the story was behind its eclectic look. Baker says her brother, who was mentally ill, lived there and made it his own.

“He was a creative artist," she said. "A lot of people refer to it as outsider’s art, so this became a shrine of sorts for him."

Her brother has since passed away, and Baker's own family is fixing it up; including the stone wall. The home is 150 years old.

"It's already a centennial farm all those years," Baker said. "My dad had his hobbies.

"Collecting rocks."

Those rocks now have sentimental value. That's why Baker is upset by the recent theft from the yard. It appears someone brought in a large piece of equipment and removed what she calls it a "seed stone."

"Most people know it as a pudding stone -- it’s pretty," Baker said. "There are several other rocks of different colors in it."

Baker says there are several “No Trespassing” signs around the house. She posted something on Facebook about the theft and it's been shared more 400 times. She hopes someone knows who did it, and politely returns the stone to its home.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6100.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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