While having the pleasure of driving around town last summer with one our long-time residents, the following house is one that he pointed out to me as being a house built by Deo and Ethel Blackmer in the early 1900s. It is on East Grand River and you may have passed by it a hundred times and hardly noticed it; the house stands quietly behind a large tree that shades it on the front exposure.
Deo Minto Blackmer was the son of S.T. Blackmer, the merchant that opened Blackmer's clothing store for men in 1896. When S.T. retired, Deo took over running the store.
Deo (shown below), which may have been a graduation picture, served in World War I. In the book, The Honor Roll of Livingston County, Michigan, U.S.A., 1917-1918-1919, published in 1920 by Kenneth M. Payne and the Brighton Argus, Deo's service was defined as "Pvt. QMC at large; b 23 Apr 1892 Milan Mich of Thurlo and Mate E. (Minto) Blackmer; Husband of Ethel (Hagerman) Blackmer; Ent serv 24 Sept 1918 Howell; Sent to Jacksonville Fla Cp Joseph E. Johnston Co I Automatic Repl Draft; Overseas 6 mo Casual Cp Chateau-du-Loir, Eaux Bonnes, Basses Pyrenees; Disch 19 Apr 1919 Custer."