Saturday, January 8, 2011

Squint Shot 010811

The following building, shown in the picture below, no longer exists. In the late summer of 2010, it was dismantled, some parts saved, but most of it disposed of. As mentioned yesterday, I would find myself heading into town daily to check on the progress made while village workers took on the task of removing this building, located just east of the old Butler Gun Shop building. It had sat empty for many years, no longer of use to anyone. But in its heyday, in the early to mid-1900s, it was a fur trading post. In 1938, according to an article which was published in The Fowlerville Review, the Sidell Fur Post was Looted by Thieves~~Sometime between 1 and 3 o'clock Saturday morning, thieves entered the Sidell Fur Post and took a quantity of muskrat and mink pelts. The exact number of pieces has not been ascertained, but it is believed that the loot consisted of about 300 muskraft and 20 mink hides. The value of the furs was placed at approximately $450.

A few of the "old-timers" in town remember when this building was being used.

So, now, over the next couple of weeks, I will be showing a series of squint shots as the building was dismantled and of some of the interesting things found.

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