Around 1935, as the auto industry forged ahead again during the Great Depression, a young boy accompanying visiting past employees drives a handsome pedal car in front of the circa 1895 Kawkawlin Bean & Grain Co., situated at the main intersection of Grove Street and M-13 in the village of Kawkawlin (Bay County).
Until the early 1960s, passenger and freight trains traveled right behind the granary and the past adjacent barrel plant and near the past across-the-tracks chicory factory. Then, a spur track ran up to the granary to facilitate loading and transporting of products. For about three decades afterward, local farmers continued to take loads of crops to the elevator for processing and storage.
The granary has changed ownership several times since the 1890s. Today, the massive building, with its mill, nine-story elevator, and storefront, houses Pajot Feed & Supply, owned by Mark Pajot, 54, and his wife, Cindy. Mark, a farmer and retired tool and die maker, has been captivated by the granary operations since he was about 10 years old, when he and his father would take their crops there. When the granary was offered at auction in October 2014, Pajot realized a longtime dream when he purchased it.
Pajot’s mill processes and sells corn and oats from his family farm. Products sold in the well-ordered storefront include all-natural feed grains (whole grains, no fillers) for horses, chickens, lambs, goats, and geese. Other items sold include soybean products, bird feed, bulk and packaged seeds, and farm supplies. Country gifts available include maple syrup, honey, bird houses, and wood decorations produced by neighbors. Recently, Pajot also began selling customer-pleasing baby chicks. Photo courtesy of Doug and Mary Schweitzer and Mark Pajot. •