Friday, January 13, 2017

1947 Hall's Mill

Seventy years ago this month, the following advertisement, along with articles and thank you notes scattered through the newspaper, showed up in The Fowlerville Review, January 8, 1947, issue:
Ken Tannar (as listed at the bottom of this ad) was a charter member of the Fowlerville Rotary Club.  Such a nice, caring man I had the great fortune to meet and know for a few years.  By the time I met Ken, he was retired from the elevator business as well as his appraisal company.  We worked quite a few Dawn Patrols together, him always manning the mixing of the pancake batter and me helping to either deliver the batter to the bakers or even sometimes being allowed the cook the pancakes.

If anyone has memories of Charles and Marion Craig or Ken Tannar, I would love to have you share and comment.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1967 Stones in the Road

As I've been looking through some old files, I thought I'd search on items at 50 years ago, 40 years ago, etc.  Looking back 50 years ago, I found this article from The Fowlerville Review, published January 4, 1967.

Reading through this article, I wonder if Jerome Olrich and Mary Loughlin are still around.  Anyone know?

Monday, January 9, 2017

1914 Sinking of the Titanic

I decided, for a little change-up, to post some history away from the village.  The sinking of the Titanic in 1914 has been in the news a bit lately, especially as it always seems to be of fascination, since some new evidence has surfaced that the ship was having problems long before it hit the iceberg.  That the iceberg might have been the final death knell in staying afloat. 

The following article was found in the April 18, 1914, issue of The Fowlerville Review:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

1958 Frank's Golf Outing Champions

One more random article found in The Fowlerville Review regarding the Curtis family and their grocery story.  In 1958, Frank's team became golf champions:
As always, anyone wanting to make a memory comment will be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

1972 Frank's Silver Year

Continuing to look back at the Curtis Grocery history, I found the following article in a 1972 issue of The Review:
I'm sure for many of you it is a walk down memory lane -- so many names in this single article!

Monday, January 2, 2017

1967 Frank's Foodliner

As I'm sure close to everyone is aware Curtis Grocery closed a few weeks ago after reopening in 2010.  I am so sad to see the empty storefront and know I can't bop in there to see Ken, Craig, Larry, and Cate--have so enjoyed seeing them whenever I needed to resupply our fridge.

As I pondered the closing, I went in search of some of the ads from days-gone-by.  Below is an ad from November, 1967.
The next page of that particular issue of The Fowlerville Review also showed the winners of the "Let's Go To The Races" contest.  The picture on the left shows Frank Curtis, on the right is Gary Whitford.  Would love if my readers would leave a comment on either of these two men. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

1959 Photo Development Ad

A little nostalgia...

For those of you who remember having rolls of film developed, anyone remember Sidell Hardware running advertisements like the one below?  This one is from December, 1959.  Bring back some fun memories of getting that envelope, quickly opening it, hoping that most of the pictures were in focus?  Invariably, there were some totally out of focus but still treasured!

I suppose many of us--if we decide to have prints of digital pictures--use online sources such as Shutterfly and Vistaprint.  I'm still old-school enough, for those special times, I get prints made.  We just returned from a six-week road trip and I ultimately had 1,800 pictures printed.  It was a little pricey but I don't ever want to lose those memories of such an awesome trip.
My New Year's resolution is to get back to posting a bit more often so please be sure to check back.  A lot of my time was spent the last couple of years writing two historical fiction novels ("Juniper and Anise" and "Tilly Loves Johnny"--which I would love to have you purchase to keep me going).  Both are set during the Prohibition Era in a small town that looks a lot like Fowlerville.  I'm working on a third novel currently entitled "She Wore a Hat in Prison."  Can you guess maybe someone ends up in prison that looks a lot like Jackson State Prison at the turn of the 1900s?