This red brick Eastlake style home was finished in 1896. D. F. Comstock built this home for his family. The Nisbett building in downtown Big Rapids was also conceived by him, but only partially completed by Mr. Comstock. These two buildings are made of the same red brick, the same granite, and of the same style. They were built to complement each other as they are only two blocks apart.
This home boasts of five beautiful stained glass windows, and a very generous use of ornate woodwork. Mahogany, maple, oak and red pine were used throughout.
D. F.(12/18/1831—4/1/1903) and his wife, Dollie Ann(abt1831-5/26/1901) and their three children, Chester W(10/30/1856-5/8/1914)., Eva Zunida(10/30/1858 or60-9/6/1936) and Jennie Marcia(9/18/1861-4/18/1920) moved to Big Rapids approximately in 1872-4. Chester married in Big Rapids and had two living children born here, Eva had two marriages, and we don’t know of her children. Jennie married George Washington Milner and remained here in Big Rapids until their deaths. Geo. Milner was a druggist and owner of the City Drug Store located in the Nisbett building. They had one living child, Franklin C. Milner who died at age 23. D.F., Dollie, Jennie, George and Franklin are buried here in Big Rapids in the Highland View Cemetery. We also believe that Eva’s first husband and possibly a child of theirs is buried beside them. Chester’s first born son is also buried at Highland View Cemetery. D.F. Comstock was a noted Lumberman for over 30 years. He was also president of two banks in Big Rapids. The Big Rapids National Bank and the Mecosta County Savings Bank. The Mecosta County Savings Bank failed in 1896 due to alleged embezzlement by D. F. and Chester Comstock.
As of yet, we have not been able to find proof of their imprisonment. Chester Comstock was the cashier at both the Big Rapids National Bank and the Mecosta County Savings Bank. Chester also served two terms as mayor of Big Rapids. Chester left town about 1898 or so and moved to Evanston Illinois, where there were family members of D.F.’s living at the time. D.F. ended up in Evanston also, and this is where he died.