Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Future Home of the Fowlerville District Library

Big things are happening in the community of Fowlerville!

As of May 10, 2017, the Fowlerville District Library now owns the building former used by Curtis Grocery at 130 South Grand.  The board has bought the building with the intent to renovate 10,330 square feet of it (doubling the current building) for library use, another 3,000 square feet for storage, and an additional 3,000 square feet to be renovated at a later date.

In addition to having all the same wonderful services, the historical collection will now be housed in the library and available for patrons to access much easier.  Larger rooms, more space between stacks, improved children programming facilities, even a fireplace, will be included.

It will take time to accomplish all of this.  At current estimates, it will take about a year.  Maybe this time next year, we will be announcing the move.

As the Library Board President, I had the great honor of signing the purchase papers.  I'm pretty sure 10.10.17 at 10 am will be etched in my memory forever!  What a privilege.  But, as I'm beginning to think, purchasing the building was the easy part.  Now comes the real work.

I've created a Facebook page entitled "Future Home of the Fowlerville District Library" where updates will be posted on a regular basis.  Check it out by clicking here.

Also, checked out the upcoming issue of Fowlerville News and Views.  I sat down recently with Steve Horton and he has written an informative article.

Be sure to check back here for updates but also be sure to head to Facebook.  Check out the excitement.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Temporary Intermission :)

Hang in there - I am out of town for a couple of weeks and unable to access information for posts.  I'll be back adding information later this month.  Thank you to all my readers for continuing to check out this blog.  I'll be back...

In the meantime, feel free to check out my facebook page here.

See you in a bit.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1937 Hee Haw News

The Fowlerville Lumber Company had an interesting way to advertise.  I've noticed when I post these from the 40s and 50s, I get a few comments and more interest.  Here's one, found in "The Fowlerville Review," in January of 1937.

Friday, March 31, 2017

1936 Centennial Park Part 2

A couple days, an article showed the schedule and some information for the dedication of the land behind the library, to be known as "Centennial Field."  The following article, found in the November 11, 1936, issue of "The Fowlerville Review," spoke of the celebration:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1936 Centennial Field

Some still call the park behind the library "Centennial Field," although in 1998 it became Centennial Park.  In 1936, the land was dedicated by the Board of Education for use in sporting events, etc.  Following is the article found in the November 4, 1936, issue of "The Fowlerville Review."  

The next post will show more information.

Monday, March 27, 2017

1883 Judd Horses Loose!

And now, like a time traveler, we have gone back to 1883, the early days of Fowlerville when horses, carriages, and buggies crowded the dirt roads in the downtown area.  

A couple days ago, an article showed 1953 and the opening of a gas station at the corner of Ann Street and Grand River.  Today's article, from a very early issue of "The Fowlerville Review" in 1883, the horses and wagon belonging to Seth Judd ended up on the north side of Ann Street.  
The tree the horses ran into may well have been apple since Ralph Fowler had an orchard along in this area.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1952 Gulf Gas Station

Well, we are back in 1952 Fowlerville, long before I96 was constructed, making Grand River Avenue the main thoroughfare between Lansing and Detroit.  I96 was proposed in 1958 and finished by 1962.  So, ten years earlier, the Gulf gas station was opened up at the southeast corner of Ann Street and Grand River.  Following is the article announcing the "formal" opening, found in the October 8, 1952 issue of "The Fowlerville Review:" 
If you happen to park across the street, in what some call the DDA lot, and look over at that corner, you can still see the outline of the building.  It has been resided and all windows taken out (as well as the pumps), but the building is still there.  I believe it has been incorporated into the automotive service building it is attached to.