Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Coxey army, which is marching to Washington and which at first was looked upon as a joke, is fast assuming very serious proportions. On Wednesday, one branch of the army stole a train of cars at Butte, Montana, and when a company of deputies attempted to take the train from them, they gave them a pitched battle and retained possession of the train. The federal troops have been called out and things are assuming very serious and alarming conditions.
As I've been cataloguing microfilm research I've saved from when I was working on my book, The Fowlerville Chronicles, a few articles have caught my attention. One in particular included an article, published in The Fowlerville Review in 1886, as follows:
Mr. George E. Daily left on Monday for Lansing where he will fill a responsible position as bookkeeper in the large manufacturing institution of Bement & Sons. His many friends will regret exceedingly that his business interests have called him away from this village, and all will unite in wishing him abundant success.
At the left of the sign, Bement & Sons Stoves and Ranges can be seen.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
While Doug was doing some repair work and updating for winter of a couple windows on the second floor of his store, north side, he came across a piece of wood that was used as trim for one of the windows. For all these years, the side showing was blank, but when he checked out the other side, it was a 12-foot long sign for F.J. Cook Hardware.
This is the window and, starting with tomorrow's squint shot, there will be a lot more information on F.J. Cook.
Friday, January 28, 2011
This ends the series of squint shots for this no-longer-existent building and tomorrow's squint shot begins a new round of pictures for another interesting find in the village. Be sure to check it out!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
An Iowa youth smoked a thousand dozen of a popular brand of cigarettes and sent the empty boxes to the manufacturers, having been told he would receive a handsome present in return. This is the reply he received: 'Send us another thousand and we will send you a coffin.'
So, if this is correct, cigarette manufacturers, even as early as 1893, were already pretty certain the health consequences of smoking were dire, at best.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A man, whose name we could not learn, while driving on the road about three miles north of this place thought that one of his horses acted rather strange and upon stopping and unhitching, the horse staggered a little out of the road and fell dead.
Rachael Ann Dickison, a noted character who has been preambulating our streets during the "we ma'hours" for some time past, was sentenced on Tuesday under $500 bonds to keep the peace for one year but could not give the bond and was taken to the House of Correction on Wednesday by Deputy Sheriff Head.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The fire bells sounded the fire alarm on Monday at about the noon hour, caused by a volume of smoke issuing from the top of J.C. Ellsworth's wind mill containing a large tank at the top which furnished the water supply for the house, barn and machine shop by pipes leading to all the buildings. The mill was a very large one and with the timbers and braces that supported the large tank and made about as hot a fire as an ordinary barn. The barn and machine shop stood within a few feet on either side of the mill and it was a pretty warm fight, with the facilities at hand, to keep from setting fire to the buildings. The mill was entirely consumed and the loss is estimated at about $600. No insurance.
It wasn't but a few weeks later, J.C. Ellsworth is putting up a new wind mill in the place of the one recently burned.
Following are two pictures of how it looked before the top of the building was dismantled:
Monday, January 24, 2011
In 1894, after G.L. Adams received a broom from Mr. Drew, the following article was published in The Fowlerville Review. Is it a commendation or an advertisement?
This office is kept very neat and clean now with a fine new broom, manufactured by Mr. John Drew, of Iosco, and presented to the editor by him. Mr. Drew is the veteran broom maker of this county, and we may almost say of the state, having been at the business for nearly 30 years. He is an expert in selecting broom corn and any broom made by him contains only the best material. His brooms may be found on sale at various stores in this village.
In 1895, the following article was found:
John Drew brings a sample of one of his brooms to this office that for quality of stock and fine workmanship is ahead of the ordinary broom by a very large majority. Mr. Drew has been at the business for years and it without a doubt one of the oldest and best workmen in the state. He has just completed a large invoice for A.R. Miner.
Before the building was entirely torn down, the following pulley was retrieved and is now stored in the Fowlerville Historical Collection in the village offices. The wheel is large, at least six inches in diameter. So . . . was this used to pulley up and hang some of the animals before the skinning was taken care of?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
And the last shot shows what appears to be Ralph and Mary Fowler's signature, although there is no way to be certain unless I can find out was "L.S." stands for -- "Legal Signature" maybe?
But first, as a bit of back-history, before we get to the pictures -- this old structure used to be the Sidell Fur Trading Post in the early 1900s. I would imagine a large number of furs passed through this building. Obviously, that meant there was some "skinning" going on, as I eventually learned.
The following picture shows the skinner that was used, and is now stored in the Fowlerville Historical Collection, found in the village offices: The next two pictures show close-ups of each end; the first picture being the end that was attached to the wall and the second one showing the end where the animal's head was secured before being skinned.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
. . . as I continue to catalog information, I came across the following article published in The Fowlerville Review in the fall of 1892:
The Benjamin slaughter house which has been a bone of contention for lo these many years passed on its way through the village on Wednesday to its proper location on the west side of the Cedar river. It will be a happy relief to the citizens in the east part of the village.
The slaughter house no longer exists, but I do have to wonder how the water in the Cedar river looked at the time butchering was being done along the banks.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
One of the drawbacks to the wearing of russet shoes is the fact that they so easily take on a rusty look. An easy scheme for keeping them clean and bright is given by one whose own footgear testifies to the value of his plan. He says: 'With a piece of nice, ripe banana, I can not only keep russet shoes clean, but I can keep them polished as well. I simply take a piece of banana and grease the leather with it, and then polish it with a cloth. In this way all the discolorations are removed and a polish is obtain.'
Anyone willing to test this theory 117 years later?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
One piece of advice I have heard over and over again is that advertising during hard economic times is as important, if not more so, than any other time. Upon hearing this advice, I never dreamed it was advice that has been around for over a hundred years. The following short article was found in an 1875 issue of The Fowlerville Review with G.L. Adams, editor and publisher, looking for new advertisers.
This is a shot of the rusted siding before it was removed from the structure, showing some interesting wood beneath. Check out yesterday's shot for one piece of wood in particular.
Monday, January 17, 2011
A couple months back, I received an e-mail from a woman in California. Her husband had been at a garage sale and happened upon an 1880 Chautauqua Edition of the History of the United States Prepared Especially for Schools on a New and Comprehensive Plan, Embracing the Features of Lyman's Historical Chart by John Clark Ridpath. He brought it home and started leafing through it, and lo and behold, the lettering and notes of F.D. Seward of Fowlerville was found inside.
Ultimately, the couple searched online for anything about Fowlerville and came upon my website. We e-mailed back and forth and a couple weeks later, I received a package in the mail copies of the book's cover and information as well as some of Seward's notes.
So much has faded with time but I am going to be on the look-out for an F.D. Seward while I continue to catalog my research materials. If I come across anything, or if anyone has information on this person, I will gladly post it here.
This is the part that I find incredible -- I can have "penpals" from all over the world -- just because of this wonderful (if I do say so myself) website on our village in our little corner of the world. Thank you to the couple in California for taking time to do a little research and find me.
As a side note, as I've been working on looking through microfilm, I came across the following article in the local newspaper, in 1894:
A Chautauqua reading circle was organized at the residence of Prof. S. Durfee, on Friday evening, with ten members. Prof. S. Durfee was elected president and Prof. Knooihuizen secretary and treasurer. The circle will meet again this evening at the residence of G.L. Adams.
In later years, the Chautauqua came to Fowlerville. A large tent was set up and there were performances from oratories to plays to various performances.
Both pictures were taken looking at the south side of the building.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Until recently, I didn't realize she was also an artist. I'm sure she wouldn't mind, posthumously, if I show some of her work that can be found in the Fowlerville Library. Head there, ask directions to where the computers are, and then look on the walls. These are some wonderful depictions of some of the old, and now non-existent, buildings.
The first one shown is of the Spencer House, which was located at the northeast corner of North Second Street and East Grand River. It was torn down around 1915. The next one was labeled the Lutheran Church. A brick structure now houses that congregation. Next, this drawing is of two of the schoolhouses that used to be located at about where the Senior Citizen building now stands. The white, wooden schoolhouse burned down in 1921, and the red, brick schoolhouse was torn down in 1957. The nickname for the following picture of the Reason House was "Independence Hall." It was located at the southwest corner of South Grand and West Grand River Avenue. It burned down in 1878 and by 1880, the Commercial Hotel, a brick structure, stood in its place. The last picture shows what the northeast quadrant would have looked like along about 1874. These wooden structures burned in a huge conflagration in 1891. By the end of that year, over 13 new brick buildings were being constructed in the downtown area. So now, with this very slight taste of some of Fowlerville's history, you might consider checking out all of the other posts on this website . . . or purchasing a copy of my book, The Fowlerville Chronicles.