Saturday, December 31, 2011

1905 Main Four Corners

According to Chester Clark, an historian very familiar with Livingston county history in the mid-1990s (now deceased):

Top photo, Grand Avenue looking north, circa 1902 to 1909. Notice tall brick building, opposite hotel, where IGA parking lot now is. Whose Grocery, Restaurant, and Bakery? Lower photo, Grand River Avenue, looking east. Notice brickwork arch, now Doug and Mary Burnie's hardware. The cooking exhibit by Laurel Ranges was in town. Early auto, right hand drive, drove down the center so as not to scare the horse.
These two photographs were republished in The Fowlerville News and Views when Mr. Clark was writing historical articles for the area. According to his farewell valedictory, he wrote over 200 articles and they are in our historical collection -- I am happy to report. He preserved so much information for the rest of us.

If you are interested in looking at our collection, I am there every first and third Tuesday of the month at 9 am. The collection is located in a locked closet in the village office in the council chambers.

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After looking a little closer at Kim's Barber Shop building, I happened to go behind the Handy Township building to park and head into the hardware store. Of course, I had to look up for anything I might have missed over the years of taking squint shots. Maybe because of some clouds moving and the sun shining on the back of the building, I noticed this patched circle in the brick of the township building wall. Was this maybe, at one time, where a stove or heating pipe evacuated smoke from the warming system?

Friday, December 30, 2011

1938 Ted's Service Station

Before we leave the Christmas scene through the years in Fowlerville, following is an advertisement placed in the local paper in 1938 -- does anyone remember Ted's Sinclair Station?

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Yesterday's squint shot showed what might have been a fleur d'lis pattern on Kim's Barber Shop. Following are other patterns that were carved into the stone and are visible just under the overhang of the building.
This building is attached to the house just north of it. That house was built as a doctor's residence and office by the Greenaway family in the early 1900s. Some local residents still remember having minor surgeries done in the second floor of the house.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

1903 Christmas Furs

Although this may not necessarily be about Christmas, I would almost imagine quite a few ladies received furs this winter --

A Fowlerville Boy~~Clare Hess, son of W.H. Hess, one of the founders of this paper, and born in this village, went to Korea about three years ago with a mining company. He saw that a fortune could be made in buying fur from the natives and shipping to the United States and severed his connection with the mining company and devoted several months to learning the native languages and securing valuable passports all over Asia.

He returned home to Columbia City, Ind., and organized a company with a capital stock of $100,000 and will soon return to Korea and commence the purchase of the fur.

He brought some of the fur home with him and sold it at an enormous profit, thus demonstrating the success of the business. He has many friends here who will wish him abundant success in his new undertaking.

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If you look closely, and usually high up, on many of the buildings in the downtown area, you will start to notice all of the various versions of fleur d'lis carved into stone. Over the last couple of years, I've taken what I thought were shots of all that I could find. But I missed one. On the front of Kim's Barber Shop, right up at the overhang, the following more modern style of what may have been a fleur d'lis pattern can be seen:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1935 Holiday Movies

At various times throughout Fowlerville's history, there were one, two, and sometimes three theaters for movie-goers to enjoy. In December, 1935, the "new" Fowlerville Theatre was showing a Laurel & Hardy film, "Bonnie Scotland."

Click here to check out more about the movie.

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Class of 2004 . . .
Well, this is the end of the line for class composites. If anyone has pictures of later years, please feel free to send them to me and I will post them on the website. Tomorrow, we move on to some miscellaneous squint shots of things I've noticed around town.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1897 Christmas Visiting

The local section of the newspaper reported the comings and goings of its residents -- especially those that would let the editor know. A sampling follows:

William Alsbro visited friends at South Lyon on Christmas.

J. Ashley Cooper spent Christmas with friends at Howell.

J.C. Walton and wife of Howell spent Christmas at this place.

B.B. Roberts and wife spent Christmas with relatives here.

Mary G. Seaver spent the holidays with relatives at Lansing.

F.J. Cook and wife spent Christmas with her mother at Howell.

Thomas Kingsley of Wayne, is visiting relatives in this vicinity.

Will Miller of Thamesville, Ont., is visiting his parents of this place.

(And then stuck in the middle of all of this) . . . Intelligent boy wanted at this office to learn the art of printing.

F.D. Parker and wife visited relatives at Howell on Christmas.

Mrs. J.K Stanley visited her sister at Brighton on Christmas.

F.J. Peek and wife spent Christmas with his parents at this place.

C.H. Bristol and wife spent Christmas with relatives at Williamston.

Mrs. H. Laughlin and daughters, Aggie and May, spent Christmas at Howell.

M.M. Abbott and family spent Christmas with their daughter at South Lyon.

Ira J. Bean and wife of Detroit spent Christmas with his parents at this place.

M.J. Dunn and wife spent Christmas with their son near Webberville.

Mrs. F.E. Sherwood of Clinton visited her parents, J.A. Canfield and wife, this week.

Edward Greenaway of Williamston spent Christmas with his father at this place.

And so on . . . the list was long with so many of the names so familiar to my research. But I truly wonder if an intelligent boy showed up to learn the art of printing!

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Class of 2003 . . .

Monday, December 26, 2011

1879 Snow Drift

Well said . . . G.L. Adams, the publisher and editor of The Fowlerville Review had a way with words, whether it was spring, summer, winter, or fall.

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Class of 2002 . . .

Sunday, December 25, 2011

2011 Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my readers -- thank you for visiting this website throughout the year!

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Class of 2001 . . .

Saturday, December 24, 2011

1988 Skating Rink

Back in the winter of 1987-88, Larry Davis was featured in the Fowlerville News and Views as he created an ice skating rink in what is now Centennial Park, but was Centennial Field then. Larry is now the directory of the Department of Public Works for the village but still will be making the time to create a rink this winter -- weather permitting -- just west of the hardware store. Same as last year. It would be fun if anyone recognizes themself or a friend in the picture of skaters and would leave a comment.

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Class of 2000 . . .

Friday, December 23, 2011

1895 Christmas Circle

During nearly every holiday season, I would come across numerous articles on family get-togethers. The following description of two families' event was found in The Fowlerville Review:

The Van Riper-Hughes Christmas Circle is a regular organization, with a constitution, by-laws, etc., and holds its annual meetings on Christmas at the residences of its members. This year the circle met at the pleasant home of our townsman, F.E. Van Riper, on Second Street, and as usual was a great success, as more than thirty of the direct relatives joined in the social pleasures that go so far toward making this life worth living. It seems to us that the originators touched a chord that many of our older families would do well to emulate and cement a fraternal feeling that will be as lasting as time. As hostess Miss Clara Van Riper did all that the most fastidious could expect and as master of ceremonies, Floyd did exactly what everybody expected he would do and did it with the rare skill that left no chance for criticism. Miss Clara, as chef, performed her culinary labor with the skill of a professional and her tables were loaded with all the substantials and most of the luxuries of the season. The turkeys were done to a turn, and all else upon the spacious tables grew elegant under her magic skill. She not only cooked the choicest and most delicate viands for her friends, but she found time to entertain the relatives by her presence and enliven them with music of the choicest kind. Too much cannot be said of her and her father as entertainers and all joined in the acknowledgement that nothing was forgotten or left undone. From ten in the morning to the wee small hours, the circle clung together and the Christmas evening entertainment consisted of speeches, declarations, readings, recitations, interspersed with music by the young ladies, and the mystic ring was only broken by just such a glorious supper as Clara knows her well how to serve. The circle now consists of 33 members, all being relatives in the two families and by unanimous vote, the next reunion will be held Dec. 23, 1896, at the residence of A.H. Hughes, in the village.

Some years, the circle was a bit smaller, other years, more of a celebration:

A Pleasant Reunion~~The members of the Christmas Circle held their annual gathering at the pleasant home of E.P. Stowe, in this village, on Monday, Dec. 26. The hours passed swiftly and pleasantly, and about 1:20 pm, the roll was called and eighteen members responded to their name with a quotation, after which the company repaired to the dining room to discuss the good things set before them. After dinner, a fine program was rendered, including an address of welcome, readings, recitations, instrumental music, solos, quartettes, etc. All had a good time and returned home with a pleasant anticipation of the next meeting of the Circle, which will be held at D. VanRiper's next Christmas.~~Secretary

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Class of 1999 . . .

Thursday, December 22, 2011

1900 Marriage License

Even though this isn't about Fowlerville and even though this isn't really a Christmas posting, I couldn't resist adding it for all the hunters in the area:

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Class of 1998 . . .

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1900 Christmas Shopping

The "Local and Otherwise" news in The Fowlerville Review was full of shopping information and advertisements. A sampling follows:

Holiday neckwear at Blackmer's.

Fine dress shoes at Blackmer's.

Mufflers of every description at Blackmer's.

Christmas books and fancy goods. A.R. Gardner

Highest price paid for turkeys and chickens. Miner & Luce

The windows in the various stores present a very attractive array of holiday goods this week, showing much taste and skill upon those who had the decorations in charge.

The merchants of this village seem to be enjoying a good holiday trade this year. They are certainly offering every inducement by way of low prices and fine goods.

Solid silver and plated spoons, knives and forks, and gold spectacles at A.R. Gardners.

To make your family love you and your home happy, use an aluminized steel range for cooking. Purchase it at Hugh Loughlins.

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Class of 1997 . . .

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1896 Masquerade Ball

The Maccabees, a ladies' group associated with the Masons (I believe -- please correct me if anyone knows differently) was quite active in the village at the turn of the century. Following shows a masquerade ball they were hosting at the Bell opera house:

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Monday, December 19, 2011

1899 Misplaced Present

On Friday afternoon, Mrs. Richard Gott purchased a fine wrap at the special sale of wraps and furs at the store of A.H. Hughes & Son and it was wrapped in paper and placed on the counter until she was ready to go home, when it was found to have completely disappeared. The store was searched but no trace of the garment could be found. A smaller package, however, lay upon the counter and it was finally concluded some one had made a mistake. On Saturday morning early a man living north and east of Bell Oak came back with the package. He had taken the wrong package and did not discover his mistake until he had reached home.

It makes one wonder if this wrap was purchased as a gift. If so, since it was returned, how wonderful for the future recipient. And, I wonder if there was a recipient, did that person read this article in the paper and feel even more fortunate it was properly returned!

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Class of 1995 . . .

Sunday, December 18, 2011

1923 Christmas Decorations

Complaint is being made from several sources that some one is marking the trees, stores and even the new school building with colored chalk. This kind of Christmas decoration is not at all pleasing and should be discontinued at once.

On one level, G.L. Adams scolded those marking things with chalk, and then the very next paragraph . . .

The Christmas exercises at the Baptist church Sunday evening were largely attended and the program was greatly enjoyed by all. Old Santa did not disappoint the children but came in all his glory to their complete satisfaction, which the older ones enjoyed as well.

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Class of 1994 . . .

Saturday, December 17, 2011

1913 Ashley Cooper Store Robbed

Just because it was the holiday season, it would appear not everyone was in the spirit of giving -- but some in the spirit of taking. The following was found in the local newspaper for the end of the year, 1913:

Store Robbed of Small Amount~~Nightwatchman Albright tried the door of the post office and of J. Ashley Cooper's store on his usual rounds Friday night and found them securely locked. About two o'clock, as he came down Grand River street, he saw a small man start on a run from the post office. He called to him and started to run, but the other man could run three rods to his one. He went to the office and found both the post office and store doors unlocked. Mr. Cooper was called and they looked over the office and store and found nothing missing, locked up the doors again.

Saturday morning, it was discovered that the cash register in the store had been robbed of about $1.50 in nickels and pennies.

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Class of 1993 . . .

Friday, December 16, 2011

1900 Wedding Anniversary

When the average life expectancy in the year 1900 was about 50 years old, to be married for 60 years appears to have been quite an accomplishment. At Christmastime, 1900,

Monday, Dec. 17, was the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kanouse, in all probability one of the oldest wedded couples in Livingston county. The most of their married life has also been spent in the county. Both are able to attend to the duties of their home and are enjoying as good health as could be expected by people of their age.

This ringing endorsement of this couple was found in the local newspaper at the end of the year.

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Class of 1992 . . .

Thursday, December 15, 2011

1923 H.T. Blank Gift Shop

Everything was on display -- no doubt beautifully -- at H.T. Blank's store for the holiday season. His store was located at the very corner of the Palmerton block, on the first floor, where formerly a bank had been housed. In later years, the Cozy Corner restaurant could be found there. But in 1923, H.T. Blank was offering:

Everything for the "Baby" at "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

Cutglass and hand-painted china at "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

More White Ivory than ever before at "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

Fancy box stationery from 35 cents to $3.00 per box at "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

Finest line of silverware ever shown at our store, "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

Conklin pens, Eversharp pencils, Ingersol pencils, Dufold pens, at "The Gift Shop." H.T. Blank.

Mr. Blank seemed to sell it all -- and the above was just one week's worth of blurbs in the local section.

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Class of 1991 . . .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1919 Merry Christmas

Over the months and now a couple of years of research -- reading and cataloguing so many articles from the local newspaper -- I find myself entranced with how in the early 1900s, G.L. Adams, editor and publisher of the paper, would try to be creative. Even with the limited ability of printing. Pictures were fuzzy and artwork was sometimes hard to decipher, but he still found a way. I especially like how he created a tree with the printed word -- very creative. As I get into the final weeks of editing the biography of G.L. Adams as well as showing some of his writings, I am already starting to miss discovering new and different ways he found to celebrate the village's progress and events.

It is no wonder he was celebrated by the Michigan Press association in those days and gained the moniker of "Dad" Adams, most likely due to his longevity. On one hand, I will miss doing the research, but on the flipside, I can't wait to have this available for others to enjoy.

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Class of 1990 . . .

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

1901 Christmas Ads

Following are some Christmas advertisements from some of the busy merchants in the downtown area of Fowlerville during late 1901:

Hugh A. Loughlin, who was also a coal dealer . . .
The Fowlerville Racket, owned by E.J. Holt (one of the Holt boys also had a ten-cent barn) . . .

Hamilton's, which was at the southeast corner of the main four, and would someday become Ruth's Resale . . .
W.H. Gale . . .

And, S.T. Blackmer's men's clothing store . . .

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Class of 1989 . . .

Monday, December 12, 2011

1927 Christmas Comet

Bright Comet Appears on Christmas Day~~According to Dr. Harlow Shapley, director of the Harvard observatory, the brightest comet visible in the northern hemisphere in the past 15 years will appear in the early evening, western sky, during Christmas week.

It is said that the comet will be clearly visible to the naked eye, and on Christmas day will be about 45 degrees between the sun and the north pole. After December 18, it should be easily visible to the naked eye, just after sunset, in a position just north of the sun.

It is Skjellerup's comet, discovery of which at Melbourne, Australia, by F.J. Skjellerup, an amateur astronomer, who formerly lived in South Africa, was made known on December 4. It then was reported on third magnitude, but the observatory at Lapiata, Argentina, two days later sent word of an observation of what was supposed to be the same comet, and described it as of the second magnitude.

You can read a bit more about this comet by clicking on the bolded and underlined Skjellerup's comet above, which will take you to wikipedia.

The above informational article was found in the local newspaper. Makes one wonder if anyone in this area stepped outside on a cold winter's night to look skyward, and was able to see the comet streaking across the sky.

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Class of 1988 . . .

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2011 Christmas Tree

Last Saturday, December 3rd, was the Christmas in the Ville celebration, which signalled the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa Claus. From all accounts, it was a grand success and plans are already in the works for next year's event. The lights on the tree at the southwest corner of the main four are lit around the clock -- it is a wonderful beacon of light illuminating commuters leaving early in the morning and a welcoming sight in the evening. I wax poetic only because of my surprise.

The other morning I sat (in my truck because it was about 15 degrees and snowy) and took pictures of the tree and some of the other lights, and as I sat there for no more than five minutes, I was amazed at the traffic going through the light at the intersection. It was a constant stream. At that time of the morning, the majority of the traffic heading north on Grand would be for the schools, but the line of cars heading east and west and also south on Grand truly surprised me.

As I work locally but not having to drive through town in the early hours, this traffic was an eye-opener for me -- kind of got me thinking how wonderful it would be to make the downtown ever more inviting year 'round. The DPW does a fabulous job of keeping everything clean and well-maintained, the flowers in the summer are beautiful, the upcoming ice rink is always a real plus, but I've wondered if additional lights could be an interesting trend for such celebrations as Fourth of July, Easter, etc. Just my thoughts . . . any thoughts from you?

In the meantime, be sure to see all the Christmas lights this holiday season in downtown Fowlerville.

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Class of 1987 . . .

Saturday, December 10, 2011

1908 Christmas Wedding

Christmas Bells~~A very pleasant home wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Benjamin, in Conway, on Christmas day at one o'clock p.m. when their youngest daughter, Mabel, was joined in wedlock with Lee C. Sprague, the Rev. W.G. Stephens performing the ceremony in the presence of an invited company of about 50, largely immediate relatives of the families. The couple were unattended and Grace Bigelow rendered the wedding march. The house decorations were Christmas bells and holly very tastefully arranged.

The bride and groom are well and favorably known to a large circle of friends who will all join in wishing them happiness and prosperity and the large list of beautiful and costly presents gave conclusive evidence of the esteem and regard of the donors.

After a few days visiting with relatives and friends, they will occupy their new home at Holly, which is already in readiness for them there, Mr. Sprague having a lucrative position there in the office of the railroad company.

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Class of 1986 . . .

Friday, December 9, 2011

1898 Livingston Mills Christmas Cheer

Through this month, I'm going to randomly post good things that were reported on in the local newspaper for the holiday season. Today's post shows some Christmas gift-giving from Edward Greenaway, owner of the Livingston Mills that was located where the fire department building and library now stand.

The Livingston flouring mill, owned by Edward Greenaway at this place, is one of the very best, containing the latest and most approved machinery for manufacturing flour. Desiring that all should have the best at Christmas time, he loaded the dray on Saturday morning and left a 25-pound sack of flour at every house in the corporation, bearing a printed label "Merry Christmas, compliment of E. Greenaway." This was a very generous and commendable act upon his part and brought good cheer to many a home.

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Class of 1985 . . .

Thursday, December 8, 2011

1898 Little Klondike Restaurant

Late in 1898 and into January, 1899, the following short blurbs were found in the local newspaper:

The Little Klondike is running full hours. Warm lunch at all hours. Roy Glover, Prop.

Roy Glover is the new proprietor of the Little Klondike restaurant.

The Little Klondike lunch room is now running. We have smoking tobacco and cigars. Give us a call. J.S. Collins & Son

Both the Glover and Collins names were prevalent in the early history of Fowlerville as well as found yet today. But in all of my research, I never come across a location for this restaurant/lunch room/smoking depot. If anyone happens to know anything about the Little Klondike restaurant, it would be great to have you leave a comment. And, of course, if ever I do find more information, I will pass it along.

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Class of 1984 . . .

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1928 Ice Rink

With the cold weather upon us, I thought I'd post the following article from the local newspaper, from 83 years ago:
From the description of the location, I'm kind of assuming it is where Centennial Park now resides. At one time, this land was considerably lower and swampy, until work was completed to drain the water better. In later years, this was Centennnial Field where the schools would use this land for sports practices and games.

Weather cooperating, there will once again be an ice skating rink in the village -- same as last year -- just west of the hardware store. The DPW workers will begin flooding this area once it looks like there's going to be a long stretch of cold weather. You might even see Larry Davis there, late into the evening, spraying a thin layer of water over the area each night to keep the ice smooth and very usable.

So, for just in case, I'd say get your skates sharpened and start looking toward the skies! The DPW's biggest thanks would be that the rink will be well-used.

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Class of 1983 . . .

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

1911 Runaway Steer

Can you even imagine? . . .

A steering running down the street Wednesday with a rope attached, excited the interest of a number of people on the street. Roy Hagerman grabbed the trailing rope and then made a baloon ascension in the air, but he was game and hung on and, although pretty badly mussed up, he stopped the runaway steer.

And . . .

As Edward Collier was leading his Holstein bull out to water Sunday, the animal made an attack upon him and very fortunately tossd him over the fence out of the way of further harm.

The same animal made an attack upon the hired man a few weeks ago as he was taking him to water and Crit Flynn coming to the rescue was quite painfully injured.

A shotgun was procured and the animal was peppered by a charge of bird shot and driving into the barn, and later on Mr. Collier went in and tied him up.

He was sold to E. Krause and brought here Wednesday morning and shipped to Detroit.

The dog played a prominent part in the attack, fighting the bull furiously while he was attacking his master, and in all probability the dog actually saved the lives of the three men attacked by the bull at different times.

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Class of 1982 . . .

Monday, December 5, 2011

1909 Snow Plow

The winter of 1909 appears to have had quite a bit of cold weather and snow. Much of the information found in the local newspaper spoke of so many cold days in a row, keeping the main roads as clear as possible, and articles like the following regarding the sidewalks:

Street commissioner Newman started the new snow plow on the sidewalks on Friday morning and kept it going the greater part of Friday and Saturday. It worked very nicely and is a credit to those who constructed the tool.

Since this was in the early years of the car and anything automated, I have to wonder how this "tool" was operated -- pushed by manpower or horse, or was there a small engine helping to push the snow. Any thoughts?

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Class of 1980 . . .

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 Christmas in the Ville

Another parade, another tree lighting . . .

Unfortunately, I had to miss this year's event. I will get pictures of the lighted tree but it will be after the fact.

Since I was not there, if anyone would like to send me pictures of last night's party in the village, I would be happy to post them here on the website for everyone to see.

Feel free to contact me through this website by clicking on my profile picture.

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Class of 1979 . . .

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Class of 1978 . . .

Friday, December 2, 2011

1925 Defendorf House

W.H. Peek has sold the lot where his house stands to the Standard Oil Co. and has purchased a lot on Grand River just east of B.D. Grover where he will move the house.

And that, my friends, solves the mystery and when and why the long-considered oldest house in the village was relocated to 701 East Grand River, where it still stands and has been beautifully kept up.

For a little back history, Dr. Byron Defendorf lived and worked in a house that was located at the southwest corner of East Grand River and South Second street. It has long been known that the house was moved to where it now stands and the small building attached to the house, that he used as his office, was relocated to 235 South Collins street. When the office was moved there, it was converted into a small house which is now a rental piece.

A few weeks later, an additional blurb was found in the local paper, reporting on the 'office' portion of the house with, Willard Peek has purchased a part of the house of his father, W.H. Peek, and has moved it to a lot recently purchased of S.W. Tomion in the southeast part of the village and will make a fine home.

Numerous newspaper articles have been written up in recent years about the two-story portion on East Grand River and how it has been beautifully restored and kept-up. Most recently, the Press and Argus did a write-up when Ron and Tomye Daly owned it.

In my research, though, there never seemed to be a definitive reason and/or date when the move actually occurred. So now, here are some known factoids:

~~Lot sold by W.H. Peek to the Standard Oil Co. Mr. Peek also owned the building just to its west which, at the time, was the Orpheum Theatre. In later years, it became a variety store and is now Game Links.

~~The house was moved to 701 East Grand River, and was long-known -- and sometimes still called -- the Eaton house.

~~The Standard station then located at the southwest corner, where the house formerly stood, was owned by Wayne Eaton. In later years, it would be owned and operated by the Palmerton family before they relocated to where the BP station is located at South Ann Street.

~~The house has changed hands over the years and is now the home of one of the Shear Image proprietors.

~~The gas station no long exists and the lot serves as parking spaces for Chase Bank.

So now, in the name of progress, two icons within this village were moved or torn down in order to build gas stations. The above was the first and the second took place in 1937 when the Commercial hotel building at the southwest corner of the main four was torn down by the Lansing Wrecking Co. in order to building a Pure gas station.

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Class of 1977 . . .
As a reminder, since there are so many students -- too many to list -- you are welcome to contact me for a copy ($5 to cover the costs) of all of the class composites, in a larger format, saved on a cd.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1880 Social Events

Remember the ice cream social next Wednesday evening at the residence of Dr. Defendorf. A pleasant time may be expected.

Dr. Defendorf's house, which formerly stood ats the southwest corner of East Grand River and South Second Street, until it was relocated to 701 East Grand River, has long been considered one of the oldest houses in the village still standing, built in approximately 1855. On a side note, in 1925, Dr. Byron Defendorf of Chelsea, celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday on July 4th, with his children, grandchildren and great grandson. Dinner was served at twelve o'clock, covers being laid for eleven. The table was decorated with red roses and English ivy, the place cards were made to represent small American flags in accordance with the day. Mrs. Gertrude Rug of Flyer, Idaho, and Charles B. Defendorf of Casper, Wyoming, were there for the occasion.

We understand a match game of base ball takes place in this village to-morrow. The contestants are a nine from the country and a picked nine from the village.

"Base ball" was new to the area, spelled as shown in the article.

The ladies and gentlemen of the Reason House on Wednesday presented Miss Rosa Hathaway, it being sixteenth birthday, with a fine set of jewelry consisting of bracelets, earrings and pin, as tokens of appreciation for her service and courtesy.

In 1880, the Reason House was a new structure at the southwest corner of West Grand River and South Grand. The wooden structure had burned in February 1878.

All of the above-informational blurbs, purple italicized, were found in The Fowlerville Review.

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Class of 1976 . . .