LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) – Seven score and ten years ago, our country had just celebrated the highest of highs – the end of the Civil War.
Five days later, it experienced the lowest of lows.
It happened while he was innocently attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington DC: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
It happened April 14, 1865.
Ron Stevens, a Lowell resident and former teacher in the East Kentwood school system, has taught students about this historical moment many times.
"It was a sad day," said Stevens, from his Lowell home. "When he died, they said, 'He now belongs to the ages.'"
When Stevens was 15, he discovered some historical treasures that linked President Lincoln to Grand Rapids.