Monday, December 10, 2012

1917 Obituary for Mrs. R.E. Bell

The following obituary, found in The Fowlerville Review in 1917, is one of those articles written with a wealth of information for anyone doing historical research:
The second paragraph of the obituary tells us where the Holt and Hart store was located because we know the Bell opera house was (and still is but is now used as storage) in the northeast block above what is now Maria's Dance Studio with the north half of the old opera house above Olden Days. 
Holt and Hart dealt in groceries and dry goods but they were also responsible for a huge collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s.  They took pictures of the downtown area, many homes, and especially damage done by the 1909 "cyclone" that ripped through the south part of town by the railroad tracks.
If you look back a few days ago on this website, there are also a couple of articles of a burglary that took place in their store.

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