Thursday, November 11, 2010

1879 Oyster Dinner

In the early years of Fowlerville, oyster dinners (church gatherings and "donation" meals), as well as oysters served in various restaurants for lunch and dinner, were of great popularity. The following article was published in The Fowlerville Review in 1879, announcing a benefit dinner to be held in the basement of the Palmerton block:

A couple weeks later:

In 1891, the Palmerton block burned and the building was rebuilt. Was the basement saved? Is the basement that can now be found in present day, the place where such things as tailoring, a news depot, and oyster dinners were conducted? I have had a chance to wander around the downstairs of this building, thanks to Paul Harmon, but I may just have to revisit it -- Paul willing!

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