February 02, 2010
Mr. W. K. Kellogg's home on W. Van Buren in Battle Creek remained empty for decades after his death in the early ‘50s; and until the mid-1980s. My (then) wife and I actually thought about buying it....got a Realtor's tour...and noticed the ancient telephones still had "W.K's" name and other locations on them. But both the house, and the neighborhood, were in rough shape by then.
The house was finally purchased by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and moved to its new downtown headquarters site, where the house is today.
Laura Davis, WKKF SVP., (in pix, waving, red jacket and hard hat), managed all aspects of the WKKF's $85 million construction and economic development project. I believe the WKKF moved into the new headquarters bldg in '91. Laura still resides in Battle Creek. (Photo is from a postcard sent to Mrs. Davis, and taken/drawn by a local artist, who inserted Tony-The-Tiger, W. K. with his seeing-eye dog "Rinson," offspring of the famous TV and movie dog, "Rin Tin Tin.")