About Council #4188
Our Council History
Our K of C Council was started by Brother Knight Michael Cox from Royal Oak Council #2569. He wanted to have another Council near Guardian Angels Church in Clawson, Michigan. Brother Cox recruited 30 men to join the Knights and formed a new K of C Council # 4188 that was chartered in 1956.
Our Chaplain then, Fr. Marcero named our Council "Regina Angelorum " "Queen of Angels". Years later, members decided to rename the Council, Fr. John M. Lynch, after the Pastor of Guardian Angels Catholic Church.
Our first meetings were in the Guardian Angels school library which was in the basement of the original small Church. To make money for charities, we held breakfasts and dance parties in the 1st floor hall.
We then rented a small, old farmhouse on Rochester Road, near Augers Bump Shop, and held parties there for Charitable Events. The members also remodeled this home. After a few years, 4 or 5 members of our Council purchased the property at 870 N. Main St., which included a 2 story old farmhouse. Many Brothers came to remodel the house. They removed walls to make a clubroom on the 1st floor, and offices on the 2nd floor for the Grand Knight, the President of Building Association, and social room Chairman. The basement was used for storage. This farm home had a chicken coop behind the house and our Squires group of young men had a project to help tear it down.
In 1963 or ‘64 our K/C Brothers softball team (Managed by Brother Bob Kerr), decided the council needed a larger hall. Current Brothers Bill Zak, Don Heberer, and Joe Golden played on this and other K/C teams. So, we all started to sell Bonds for our #4188 Building Association at $1,000.00 each.
We sold enough to hire the Pulte Corporation to construct the current building. Designed and built with, the large hall, a small hall (social room), a kitchen, and a coatroom up front, all as exists today. There were doors leading out of the back to go right into the old farm house, so we had the use of both buildings for a while.
The building was almost finished when we had our first party, a 1965 News Years Party. The kitchen and social room were finished later. The building did have a fire, (year unknown), in the social room and had to be shut down for about 6 months to spray over and repair all the smoke damage. There are 2 large narrow windows in the west (front) wall that were covered after the fire.
We purchased the lot to our south from Henry Gramer (deceased member), with a house and a renter on it. We continued to rent to this lady who was a Dance instructor and entertainer. We let her stay until she was too ill to live there and later passed away. This was one of the last homes on Main St. that had a picket fence in front. The Council decided to have the house removed and the property cleared as it is today. Council history information provided by Joe Golden, P.G.K. - F.D.D.
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