Thursday, March 31, 2011
Allowing milk weed and Canada thistles to go to seed is a violation of law, and all persons on whose premises it is allowed are liable to 60 days in the county jail. Overseers of the highways are responsible for their own districts, and they are also required to go over the road at least twice a year and throw all the loose stones out of the track. How many do it?
After this short article was published in The Fowlerville Review in 1893, I wonder how many headed out to their property and took care of any errant weeds and/or stones.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The sausage grinder boometh . . . grease up the pancake griddle.
Other times he would report, The Council has ordered the Marshal to impound all cattle running in the street on and after the 15th day of November. I have to wonder where would these cattle be impounded?
Wm. Cole, of Conway, had his side filled full of shot one day last week while digging a ditch. He was mistaken by the hunter for a wild turkey. There ought to be a law prohibiting lunatics from going hunting.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Fowlerville, Sept. 22~~John C. Ellsworth, president of the Fowlerville State Bank since its organization in 1904 and who had been engaged in the bank business here for the past 66 years, died early Friday morning. He had been in ill health for several years.
Born in West Berkshire, Vt., August 24, 1847, he moved with his parents to Greenville when a small child. He had often recalled playing with Indian children during his boyhood at Greenville. For a short time during his youth, he took up railroading and fired the first engine, the 'Buena Vista,' from Saginaw to Flint.
He obtained his business training in the banking office of his brother-in-law, Alex McPherson of Howell, where he served in various capacities from 1865 to 1872. In 1872, he and Alex McPherson opened the Rockford Exchange bank at Rockford. He sold out his interest in this bank in 1873 to Hyde and Company, and formed a partnership with Milo L. Gay and opened the Fowlerville Exchange bank. Following the death of Mr. Gay in 1884, he purchased his partner's interest and continued the business as the Fowlerville Exchange bank until 1904 when he organized the Fowlerville State bank of which he became president and continued in this capacity until his death.
Survived Panics~~The bank passed through the several panics of the past three score years and more. It was one of the first banks to reopen following the state banking holiday.
Mr. Ellsworth, for several years, was director of the Fowlerville Cornet band and, in later years, enjoyed a pipe organ which he had installed in his residence.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Julia Griffin of Fowlerville and Mrs. Carolyn Edwards of Lansing, and two sons, Alex Ellsworth of Pontiac and Hanson Ellsworth of Mississippi.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
I added the following picture of the large house on North Grand Avenue, just south of the Family Impact Center. Although it is now owned by someone different, in the early 1900s, this house was known as Banker Ellsworth's house (and is still sometimes referred to that way).
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Without causing depositors or other bank patrons the slightest inconvenience, the newly organized Community State Bank took over the business of the State Bank of Fowlerville which has completed 69 years of service in this community.
Mr. Herbert Boyes (see picture below), cashier of the new bank took over the duties of operating the bank with the assistance of Miss Hulda Euper, assistant cashier of the old bank, who retains that position in the new bank.Many changes of policy in operation of the new bank are planned by the officers for the benefit of bank patrons, and a new service, that of safety deposit box rental, is now available.
All patrons of the former bank as well as new friends are invited to attend the grand opening this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 1, 2, and 3. The bank will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.
The old bank's assets are being liquidated and patrons are reminded that no inconvenience will be caused to any depositor by the change-over. However, everyone is invited to visit the new bank and get acquainted with the new cashier, andn to inquire regarding the policies of the new bank.
Many interesting items are being related regarding the former bank which was founded by Mr. John C. Ellsworth and Mr. Mylo L. Gay, in 1873. Mr. Ellsworth bought Mr. Gay's interest in 1884 and operated a private bank until it was reorganized as the State Bank of Fowlerville in 1904, with Mr. Ellsworth as president.
One of the most widely circulated stories concerning the old bank is being told of how, when Fowlerville suffered a disastrous fire, Mr. Ellsworth continued his banking business on the street beside the old safe, and served the people without interruptions.
This article was published in The Fowlerville Review in 1942.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
C. Glover Retires as Rural Carrier~~Carl Glover, who has been a mail carrier for over 36 years, has resigned from the U.S. Post-office Department as of July 1st, 1961.
During that time, he has worked under five different postmasters; Lewis Hart, Clarence Fuller, Enos Cole, Donald Lockwood, and Clarence Allen.
When he was appointed, there were five routes; George Knickerbocker, Samuel Thompson, Devillo Sabin, and Chris Ludtke drew the other four.
Starting as a regular carrier, the route covered 31 miles. Since that time, it has increased at different times until now it is double or 62 miles.
He has seen a big change over the years in the amount of mail delivered and the condition of the roads.
The roads have changed from mud and dirt of the horse and buggy days to good gravel and hard top of the modern automobile. Try driving a horse and buggy 31 miles over rutty roads every day. From a health standpoint, there has been a big improvement.
Although there were times in winter and spring when the going was very rough, the good people on the route were always more than willing to give a helping hand with a shovel or tractor.
Their kind words and deeds will always be remembered.
In future posts, I will show how the rural mail carriers began in the late 1800s, along with the trials and tribulations. The R.F.D. (rural free delivery) system has an interesting history, one of hardships but also one of many joys to those in the outlying countryside.
In the meantime, did anyone know Mr. Glover or happen to be on his route? I would love for you to leave a comment or two for all of my readers to enjoy.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
But in the meantime, I'm reposting this video, My Town, for your enjoyment.
The above article gave great praise to a local photographer but another photographer must have come through town because a few weeks later, this article was published in The Fowlerville Review:
One day last week, a lady from the country stepped into Mr. Brown's photograph cars to have some work done. One of her eyes became somewhat irritable and noticing a dish setting on the stove containing what she supposed to be water, she applied some of the fluid to it. The supposed water proved to be a solution of silver which in a short time began to turn black and the probability is that by the time she reached home, she had a black eye that will probably stay by her for some time to come.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The above article was published in The Fowlerville Review.
As I continue to cull through information, if I ever come across if this robbery was solved or if McPhersons Bank made sure the certificate was not honored by anyone other than Mr. Denson, I will definitely do an update.
One bit of insight I do have to offer is when I was doing research for The Fowlerville Chronicles, I suffered under the illusion the early years of Fowlerville were crime-free -- mostly because I wasn't paying attention to those articles. But as I've been working on the biography for G.L. Adams, I have come across more and more articles where swindles, frauds, and break-ins were a common occurrence. It may have been a simpler time, but it may well still have been fraught with stress of other sorts.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Mrs. Ben. Curtis has two well-preserved copies of the Livingston Courier, published at Howell by N. Sullivan, and bearing date November 12, 1845. It is a five-column folio and is very peculiar in its 'makeup' differing very widely from the journals of today. They are entirely without local matter, with the exception of the election returns, which are very meagre, and the census report of the county which had just been taken, giving Unadilla 945, Brighton 922, Howell 708, Handy 301, being the smallest population of any town in the county except Conway, which contained 269. It is democratic in politics and rejoices in the fact that Chas. P. Bush was elected to the senate by over 100 majority and that the state had given so far as heard from over 100 majority and that the state had given so far as heard from 300 majority for Alphens Fitch for governor, and winds up the article by saying that 'in the legislature, the democrats have elected 25 and the coons 12 members in the house. The coons will probably have 15 of the 53 members.'
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So, if you remember Byerly's, does anyone remember Chester 'Chet' Hall, the manager. During one of the months of the local newspaper celebrating businessmen in the village, the following article was published in The Fowlerville Review:
Chester 'Chet' Hall, manager of the local Byerly store for 12 years, has been selected as business man of the month.
Mr. Hall has been a resident of this locality nearly all his life, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hall living onlly ten miles from Fowlerville.
He was a graduate of Fowlerville high school.
Previous to operating the store here, he managed Byerly's Byron store for two years.
He is a volunteer fireman on the fire department, a member of the Commercial Club and the Masonic Lodge of Byron.
Mr. and Mrs. Hall, and two children, Jim and Peggy, reside at 512 East Grand River.
Now I'm curious -- was 'Jim', the Jim Hall the same one that had the insurance company so many years in Fowlerville?
Saturday, March 19, 2011
In 1978, the following picture was published in The Fowlerville Review, which at that time was being printed as a part of the Livingston County Press & Argus:
As noted in the caption for the picture, from left, officers this year are Bill Gregory; Art Currey, external director; Tom Zimmerman, external vice president; Joe Ridley, president; Ed Wicke, internal vice president; and Bill Call, internal director.
The caption also read, the Jaycees is not a businessman's club. It is more than Oktoberfests, Easter egg hunts, teen dances and ice rinks. It is made up of young men dedicated to community involvement and the desire for friendship.
And now, over the next couple of days, we are going to take a detour to show some other squint shots before we get back to the actual demolition of the house.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I saw in your last issue that one Miss Dora Washbourn, who lives, or makes her home at Lambert Williams, had, by cutting ribbon and paper, made a disgraceful appearance of Mr. E.D. Drew's dry good store. I have been in this place quite a number of years and never in my life had anything to do with such a display. But as my name is mentioned in it, I wish to say a few words in regard to it and hope the reader will bear somewhat with me.
This Dora Washbourn is a member of our family and was sent up town with a sample of silk ribbon to match in quality, but not in color. She found the color at Mr. Drew's store and supposing it to be the same quality as the sample, asked for five yards. The five yards was cut off and there was left from 1/8 to 1/4 of a yard, so the girl told Z.M. Palmerton that she would take that small piece as it would not any good to them and paid for it.
When she came home with it, it proved to be of a cotton quality of ribbon and wasn't of any use to us. She was sent back with the ribbon to see if they would take it back. But they would not take it back so the ribbon was left at the store. But the next morning finding my wife's name in large letters on exhibition in the showcase, I told Dora to go and see if Drew would exchange for other goods, if not she had better get it, and, as it was no good, to cut it up. She went to the store and Z.M. Palmerton refused to exchange other goods for it, so the ribbon was called for and she commenced clipping it up; but Z.M. Palmerton, clerk, thought the ribbon didn't make much of a show on the floor so he handed her paper to cut and, at the same time, using the most tantalizing language which provoked the girl to do what she never intended to do.
It does seem to me that Mr. Drew must want to have his goods advertised or he never would allow his clerk to put it in the Review. I wish to say that if any one should want to use any cotton ribbon, they will do better at Drew's store than at any store in town for I know that Z.M. Palmerton, clerk, with those beautiful smiles he puts on, will do all he can to make it pleasant and entertaining, especially for children, for he can hand them paper to clip to amuse themselves with, while doing up their parcels. Trade being light that morning, Zenes was sent out to ask a few friends in to see the elephant before it went to the Review office. Zenes thought he was doing a big thing in advertising that girl. After aiding her in her paper cutting and as the tail had been clipped off the elephant, I would have put my head between my legs and walked for the broom, and come to the conclusion that I had been beat at my own game. ~~Lambert Williams
Makes me wonder if there were any future apologies from Mr. Drew to the Williams for his clerk's behavior in egging on Miss Dora.
Update: This barn-style garage was finally removed and is now temporary parking until the corner lot is reworked. The garage, barely visible at the right side of the picture, still stands.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
In the matter of large and first-class dry goods emporiums and boot and shoe establishments, Fowlerville is as well equipped as any village in the state; and among the largest and most important a prominent position must be given to the representative and progressive firm of Messrs. Place & Gale.
These gentlemen are thoroughly practical business men, fully acquainted with every feature and detail of their business, and the requirements of customers. The premises consists of two large and commodious salesrooms, with entrances on both Grand River street and Grand avenue. In dry goods, the assortment includes silks, satins, dress goods of various fabrics, laces, ribbons, dress trimmings, gloves, house keeper's goods, etc.; also hosiery, linens, woolens, cottons, fancy notions, curtains, draperies, carpets, and everything usually found in any first-class dry goods store.
In boots and shoes, the stock is an exceedingly large one and has been carefully chosen from stocks of the leading factories, which places this firm in a position to offer the very best bargains and meet the most exacting demands of their patrons; in fact, nothing in the boot, shoe and rubber line can be called for that they have not in stock. They also carry a large and complete line of crockery, glassware, etc., and an excellent stock of staple groceries.
The Messrs. Place & Gale are among our most enterprising merchants, and are thoroughly identified with the interests of Fowlerville and this community.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The first women patients in the first Women's Shack when the Michigan State Sanatorium for Tuberculosis opened in 1908. Located in Marion Township, this facility was designed to be unheated, open-air the year around, on the highest elevation in the lower peninsula. T.B. was finally stamped out. Longtime Fowlerville lady Nellie Lansing Glenn was the first and only secretary of MSS when this photo was taken in 1908.Reportedly Nellie Lansing met her future husband, Dr. Glenn, at the sanatorium. They made their home in Fowlerville and, as the years went along, she became the village's historian and kept some wonderful memories and information that is now safely stored in the village offices. This last January, numerous squint shots showed the house they lived in at the southwest corner of South Collins Street and East Grand River. Be sure to check out these squint shots -- it is a beautiful house, both inside and out.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Fowlerville Masonic Lodge, Past Master's Night, circa 1963. This photo is the property of the Lodge in care of Clyde Munsell. These men are, front row, from left, Colin Wallace, Delmar Davis, Robert Liddicoat, Walter Tomion, Heber Wilkinson, Earl Peckens, J.B. Redfield; center row, Clyde Yelland, Carson Allen, Robert Ruttman, Cecil Lepard, Andy Lovas, Robert E. Smith; back row, Laurence Kuehn, Irwin Glover, Glendon Redinger (Master that year), Clayton Damman, Gordon Harmon, and Lyle Glover.While doing research for The Fowlerville Chronicles, I found the Masonic temple members to be the "movers and shakers" of the village, and to be highly respected. In the early years, when a member passed away a Resolution of Respect would be published in the newspaper touting the hard work and contributions to the community over the member's lifetime. Much of this information enhanced my understanding of the work, sequence of events, and how the community was built by these businessmen.
Monday, March 14, 2011
For those unfamiliar, which included me until reading an article in celebration of the club's 100th year in 1998, the main purpose of the club (according to the article) was "to create homes and home town as havens of intellectual quality, compassionate concern, and dynamic service. The club has offered their help in library activities, assisting in the Red Cross blood drives, as well as offering scholarships to community-minded graduating females.
The Fowlerville chapter of this club began in 1898, with Mrs. Joanna Palmerton, daughter of Ralph Fowler, acting as the first president. The main purpose at that time was to form a literary club. By the time Mrs. Burkhart was president, the club included six-person formal debates in their activities.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
~~At the left of the first picture, the old used car lot is not a large parking lot, part of which was iced over for skating this last winter.
~~The hardware is now a different color of paint.
~~The sign for Keesler's furniture store can be seen at the right side of the picture. In a few years, it would be The Decorating Center until 2010 when Maria's School of Dance relocated to this building.
~~At the bottom left side, the old Ford garage is shown without its current rough-sawn cedar front, which was added in the late 1980s.
~~And, the gas pumps are no longer at the southwest corner.In this second picture, the only item that stands out to me is, at the upper left hand corner, a building for the Fowlerville Lumber Company stood where now a parking lot is located. Can anyone spot something I missed?
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Joshua Dunn was the favored milkman in the mid-to-late 1800s. He was constantly being praised in the local newspaper for his genial demeanor and his generosity of always providing more like a "baker's dozen" when it came to milk delivery -- always a bit extra.
"Cal's Club" was a men's group that met on a fairly regular basis for an evening of good food, conversation, and companionship -- "Cal" being Calvin Lockwood.
A year later, the following announcement was made in the local paper -- We have noticed that the genial countenance of our veteran milkman, "Uncle Josh," has been even more smiling than usual for the past few days and an investigation leads to the development of the fact that he is grandpa to a brand new baby born to Mr. and Mrs. John Dunn a few days since. Whether this will lead to an increase or decrease in the price of milk, we have not yet learned, but we shall not be surprised to hear Josh shout grandpa instead of ringing his bell some day.
A much earlier article, in 1879, published in the newspaper showed how appreciated his deliveries were -- The work of publishing a country newspaper with its many disadvantages and discouragements is not always as pleasant as some night suspect. There are individuals -- and circumstances that frequently occur -- however, that lighten the burdens of such a life and the publisher of the Review has found that, among many others, that worthy personage who vends the bovinial fluid in this village, Joshua Dunn, belongs to that class of persons who delight in making others happy. He has our thanks for numerous favors.
What a wonderful public thank you!
Friday, March 11, 2011
The Starkeys and many of the Palmertons lived in Saginaw, but they would come back to town for numerous visits throughout the years.
One such visit was noted in several short articles The Fowlerville Review in the spring of 1896 as follows:
W.W. Starkey, of Saginaw, was the guest of friends at this place the last of last week.
Mrs. W.W. Starkey and Mrs. F.G. Palmerton, returned to their home, at Saginaw, on Monday, accompanied by Mrs. J. Palmerton (widow of Samuel Palmerton), who will spend some time visiting relatives and friends at that place.
And then, Mrs. H. Greenaway gave a very pleasant informal 'at home' on Saturday last in honor of Mrs. W.W. Starkey and Mrs. F.G. Palmerton, of Saginaw. Elegant refreshments were served to about 30 of her friends.
I've gathered a ton of materials on the Starkey enterprise and will plan on posting it at a later date.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The boarders at the Spencer House, as in token of the high esteem in which they are held by the landlord, Mrs. Wm. H. Spencer, received Monday evening each a china cup and saucer. They retaliated by presenting her with a beautiful pair of bracelets.