Portrait of William C. Grobhiser

Date Created
circa 1924
Work Medium
46 in. x 36 in.
CR Number
Signed: M. Alten lower left
Signature Details
The image was derived from a vintage glass plate negative of the painting in the possession of an Alten family member.

Sturgis Memorial Hospital in Sturgis, MI was built in 1925 with an endowment from the estate of William C. Grobhiser. The painting also reportedly hung for a time in the Manufacturer's Building in Grand Rapids. Grobhiser had been a sucessful furniture man in the city.

The canvas was unveiled and presented to the hospital by Grobhiser's daughter, Mrs. Emory Nonast of Chicago, on February 18, 1925.

Sturgis Memorial Hospital, (now known as the Grobhiser Medical & Professional Building) Sturgis, MI, 1925


Robert E. Hair, Sturgis, Michigan: Its Story to 1930 (Sturgis, Michigan: Privately Published, 1992), pgs. 162.

Formal portrait