The ads characterize the surrounding area of the school. The Division Avenue Bus Line was a major transportation artery for those working in factories in Grand Rapids. The service overlaped that of the Michigan Electric Company interurban system, and when that failed financically in about 1928, the bus line was there to take up the slack.

The lumberyard might have been one of many at the time, reflecting the rapid growth of the area. As of 2003 they are all gone. John Buikema, of Godwin Heights Hardware, was active in school affairs. The hardware store, under a new roof, is still in business.