Saturday, March 16, 2019

2019 New Hardbound Available for "The Fowlerville Chronicles"

The proof copy has arrived! Additional copies will be coming in a few weeks -- newly set-up as an 8.5x11 hardbound book. All the same great information but even better than the paperback from a few years ago. Message me if you'd like me to reserve a copy. And, please share -- Fowlerville has a lush history and this book has so many pictures, you almost feel like you are stepping back in time. Thank you to all that have been great over the years helping get this book this far!
If you'd also like to go to my author page on Facebook, click here and message me to reserve a copy.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

1929 Prohibition Era

This is not a Fowlerville house (as far as I know) but probably located in the Detroit area around the late 1920s, early 1930s, as I got permission to post it from another website.  The picture shows a raid by the police, where barrels were tipped over, causing a waterfall of illegally-gotten or illegally-made alcohol during the years this country was supposed to be "dry."  Isn't this just a most interesting picture?

Part of the reason I gravitated to it was because my first historical novel, "Juniper and Anise," is about a woman bootlegger.  During the writing process, I tried to visualize the old farmhouse she operated out of.  In my story, I placed it just north of town and the house looked a bit like this one.

The other reason I wanted to show this picture was to make mention of my two novels, "Juniper and Anise" and "Tilly Loves Johnny," both available through the publishers, on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, etc. and to let you know I am in the process of having my local history book, "The Fowlerville Chronicles," reprinted as a hardbound.  I will have the proof copy shortly and will then be offering it for sale, here on this site as well as at a couple local venues.  Be sure to check it out!

Friday, March 1, 2019

1963 Christmas Decorations

I am wondering if my readers could help.

The other day I had someone ask if anyone remembered Christmas decorations strung across the main four corners intersection along about the 1970s and 1980s.  I found the above picture from 1963 (no snow) looking eastward.  I'm not sure that's what they were referring to so I am wondering if anyone remembers other decorations during that era.

I would love to have you comment and I will direct that person to this site to read up on your memories.

Thanks!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

1959 Lepard Chevrolet Ad

A few blocks east of the main four corners, where you will now find KW Corporation and the Fowlerville Pizza Box, Lepard Chevrolet showed off the latest and greatest.  In 1959, found in "The Fowlerville Review," big fins were all the rage.

Did anyone have one of these cars?

Lepard actually started out at the northwest corner of East Grand River and South Second Street, the former location of Maria's School of Dance.  As a reminder, there are nearly 3,000 posts on this site.  I did a quick search on the "Lepard" name and at least a half dozen articles came up.  So, please remember to search if you'd like more information!

Friday, December 28, 2018

1949 Harmon Ford Dealership

Mr. Bunn sold his dealership to Gordon Harmon, as reported in "The Fowlerville Review."  He'd owned it from 1921-1948, with a four-year break somewhere in the middle of that.  Without doing a great deal of research, I'm remembering Mr. Bunn lost his son, Ken, in an automobile accident, east of Fowlerville, on Grand River Avenue.  I'm wondering if Mr. Bunn took a break from the dealership when this happened.

At one time, at about where Owosso Road is, the curve was much sharper, nearly a 90-degree turn.  Older maps show it as such.  According to an article I found while doing research for "The Fowlerville Cronicles," this is about where the young fellow's accident occurred.

Eventually, Gordon Harmon would go onto real estate as well as owning this newspaper.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

1940 Holt 60th Anniversary

I'm just randomly grabbing articles found in "The Fowlerville Review," published between 1874 and 1972.  Today's two articles are from December 25, 1940, front page.  

Holt and Hart were partners in dry goods stores, 10-cent barns, and doing photography.  There are numerous pictures from the early 1920s where they documented various houses and buildings.  They are treasures.  

The picture and article show the Holts celebrating their 60th anniversary.  The other interesting article is in the right column.  A car accident south of town, Fowlerville Road and VanBuren.  That's always an interesting intersection even now due to speed on Fowlerville Road.  The Mrs. Blank mentioned was probably the wife of H.T. Blank, a local jeweler.  

Any of these names can be searched on this blog for more articles.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

1958 Real Estate Office

I knew this building, at the corner of East Grand River and South Second Street, as a collection office; others may remember it as Joseph Cox's law offices.  But, in 1958, it was part of an addition to a house where Mr. Clair Jones lived and the new add-on would be his office space.

Neither the house nor the building exist, both having been torn down a few years back.  The lot is empty except for a large rock at the corner, honoring John Gilully, an officer in the Civil War.

If you do a search on this blog for the military officer, you will find various articles and some squint shots I've posted over the years.

Another item to search on would be the "Spencer House."  Early on, in Fowlerville's development, a large white building stood at that corner and was used both as a storefront for travelers' needs as well as a few rooms for let.  The building was gone by about 1915-16.

The article for this addition was found in the December 31, 1958, issue of "The Fowlerville Review."  As a reminder, if you ever would like to do research in Fowlerville newspapers, head to the Fowlerville District Library.  The ladies there will be more than pleased to help you do a search of the digitized newspapers.  They are available from the years 1874 through nearly current.