Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1942 Haist House

With so much information being released from the 1940 United States Census, it is fun and interesting to do research on more of the long-time village residents.  In 1942, Nelson Fred Haist had to fill out a military registration card, even though it seemed rather unlikely he would have to serve in the armed forces during World War II as he was 61 years at the time.

Some of my updated information received from a long-time resident is that the building (now house) at the northwest corner of Power Street and North Grand Avenue was known as the Haist House.  In a 1922 surveyor's map, this information is shown:
In a 1930 census recording of the Haist family, Nelson Fred Haist was 49 years old and married to Maude, 42 years of age.  They had two sons, Arthur and Arist, ages 19 and 11 respectively, and one daughter, Edna, 18 years old.  Maude passed away October 29, 1975, while living in Howell, but I could not find anything on Nelson.

In the early 1900s, the feed barn and auto storage area shown on the map was quite possibly one of the ten-cent barns in the village.  Farmers and residents in outlying areas could travel into town then shelter their horses and wagons in a barn while shopping, visiting, and doing any other business.

Anytime you are interested in doing genealogy research, I would suggest www.familysearch.org.  It is an easy site to negotiate through and has quite a bit of information.  If anyone does know more of the Haist family, I would love for you to leave a comment or e-mail me.

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