Marcellus is a village in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,198 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Marcellus Township. It is part of the South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,198 people, 441 households, and 327 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,065.5 inhabitants per square mile (797.5 /km2). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 850.0 per square mile (328.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.5% White, 1.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 441 households of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the village was 34.9 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

The first settler in the Marcellus area was John Bair, who came in October 1832. He was followed almost a year later by Daniel Driskel, in 1833. In 1835, 11 other families settled in Marcellus, and by 1836, 28 families had settled there.

At the time of the organization of the township the citizens wanted to call it Cambria; however, since there was already a township by that name in Michigan, their Representative at that time, Judge Littlejohn of Allegan, proposed they name it after Roman Emperor Flavius Marcellus. As a result, on June 16, 1843, the township was officially named Marcellus. Elections were held on the same night and Daniel G. Rouse was elected Township Supervisor, Guerdor R. Beebee was elected Treasurer, and Ephraim Huyatt was elected Clerk.

In the winter of 1870-71 the Peninsular Railroad came through Marcellus, infusing life into the small township. The depot was originally on the east side of town; however, because the business district was far from the depot, the depot was moved in 1898. After this move, business began rapidly expanding and an addition was added to the station to meet the increased traffic demands. By 1911, ten passenger trains stopped at the depot every day.

Marcellus became an official village in 1879, with over 500 residents. Three years later it had grown and included 2 churches, 3 dry goods stores, 3 groceries, 3 millinery shops, 2 drug stores, 2 meat markets, 2 hotels, 2 tin shops, a bank, 2 stave factories, 2 harness shops, a hardware store, a furniture store, a restaurant, a printing business, a tailor shop, a cooper shop, a steam saw mill, a sash and blind manufacturer, 4 doctors, 2 lawyers, 2 justices of the peace, and a newspaper.

During its height, Marcellus was also home to two theaters, a bowling alley, and a pool hall. Each year it hosted the National Bluegill Frolic, a parade, fishing tournament, and beauty pageant which attracted thousands each year.

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Marcellus Community Schools and Miller-Davis Company will receive sealed Bids for the Bid Categories described in the Project Manual for the above referenced Construction Management Project until 4:00 PM, local time, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Bids received after 4:00 PM will be returned unopened.

Bids shall be mailed, or delivered in person, before the 4:00 PM deadline, to Nanette Pauley, Superintendent of Schools, 315 W. Arbor Street, Marcellus, MI 49067. Bids can also be delivered in person to the location of the Bid opening, at the High School Cafeteria. They will be opened publicly and read aloud immediately after the bid time. All Bids will be evaluated at a later date.

A Pre-Bid Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM local time, at the High School Cafeteria. All prospective Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend. The Owner intends to award Contracts on or about April 1, 2015.

Bid Security in the amount of five percent (5%) of Base Bid(s) shall accompany each Proposal. All Contractors bidding on Work in excess of $50,000.00 must be bondable and must include in their Proposal the cost for furnishing a Labor and Material Payment Bond and a Performance Bond listing Marcellus Community Schools as Obligee.

All Proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationship (or lack of a relationship) that exists between the Owner or any employee of the Bidder and any member of the Board of Education of Marcellus Community Schools or the Superintendent of the School District. The District shall not award to a Bidder that does not furnish a sworn and notarized Disclosure Statement:

All Proposals shall also be accompanied by an Iran Economic Sanctions Act Certification. The District shall not award to a Bidder that does not furnish this Certification.

Bidding Documents may be obtained by submitting a deposit of $150.00 in the form of a signed Bid Deposit Card to the Order Desk at Kal Blue (1-800-522-0541 or Release of Bid Deposit Card will be made when documents, including all addenda, are returned to Kal Blue in good condition within thirty (30) days after bids are awarded. Unsuccessful bidders not returning documents within thirty (30) days will forfeit their deposit. Successful bidders may obtain additional bid documents at no charge (except shipping) by contracting Kal Blue. Bid documents are also available electronically at under the Bids tab.
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USDA - Rural Housing Service (RHS) has received an application for financial assistance from the
Village of Marcellus, Cass County, Michigan.  The Village is proposing to raze two structures on two
lots.  The addresses of the two lots are 150 E. Main Street and 144 E. Main Street in the Village of
Marcellus.  The Village of Marcellus also owns a third lot located on E. Main Street.  The third lot is
bare and contiguous to 150 E. Main Street.  The Village of Marcellus will build a park at the location
of the three lots.  The Village of Marcellus has labeled this the “Village Commons” project.  Once
completed, the Village Commons will serve as a gathering place and destination in the heart of

The Rural Housing Service has determined that the proposal will have an adverse effect on the
Marcellus Historic District, a property considered eligible for listing in the National Register of
Historic Places as a relatively intact late 19th century commercial center.  This proposed demolition of
150 E. Main will remove a contributing resource, leaving a void in the continuity of buildings that
comprise the eligible district. 

Written comments can be provided to:

USDA Rural Development Area Office
3260 Eagle Park Drive, Suite 107
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

Written comments must be received by Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

For further information concerning the Notice, contact Paul Bristol, Area Specialist, at (616) 942-
4111 extension 122.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at,
or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter
containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter
to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at