Monday, December 7, 2015

1897 Cold Advertisement

While looking for an advertisement for the holidays, I came across this advertisement in The Fowlerville Review, January, 1897.  Thought it was kind of fun seeing that "all" authorities agreed, while in today's world it is usually "4 out of 5 doctors."

Place and Gale used to be located on North Grand Avenue, about where the east entrance to Maria's School of Dance is.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

1959 Jolly Drive-In Advertisement

I found this little advertisement in The Fowlerville Review, in 1959, and am curious.  The reason I'm curious is because I received an e-mail a few months back asking if I had any information and/or pictures for the Jolly Drive-In.  The inquiry came from a family member of former owners, those celebrating a wedding anniversary.

I had limited information--no pictures--to offer up.  But, now that I have a little time to do some investigating, I am wondering if you, my readers, might have something.  Does anyone remember the exact location (I had heard at the corner across from the old Keg 'n Cork where there is the carwash), what it looked like or a picture, and anything about the food.  Of course, me being Polish, I'm always curious when I see "plus special Polish foods."

I would love if you would leave a comment or contact me.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

1970 Housing Prices

Wanna buy a house?  In 1970?  By today's standards, we'd all be lining up to pay these prices.  But, inflation has played some tricks on us.  A house costing $16,000 in 1970 would be priced at $100,000 in 2015.  Interesting...

Friday, October 30, 2015

1924 General Motors Proving Ground

Had the pleasure of watching a promotional video for the General Motors Proving Ground -- how and when it was designed and built.  Started me thinking there may be quite a few here in Fowlerville interested in one of Michigan's largest employers.  

In 1924, farmland and bluffs were purchased northeast of Brighton and construction began on the proving grounds.  Following is an article published in The Fowlerville Review, February 24, 1924:

Three years later, the following advertisement ran in the paper for quite a few weeks for the tested and proven (at the proving grounds) Chevrolet, sold by Gannon and Finlan:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

1971 Community State Bank Ad

Sticking with the theme of Halloween coming up, here's an advertisement for the Community State Bank from the October 27, 1971, issue of "The Fowlerville Review," for "bewitching car loans."

There's a great deal of information and pictures on the Community State Bank on this blog.  If you make use of the search box and put in words such as "Community State Bank" or "George Tait," you will find various articles previously written.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

1929 Halloween Cake

Halloween is upon us.  Well, it has been for quite some time with all of the grocery stores offering up candy way too early!  But, anyhow, this is a first for me.  In 1929 the Rossetter Bakery made a Halloween cake, filled with goodies.  Here's an advertisement from the October 23, 1929, issue of The Fowlerville Review:

A few years back, I had the great pleasure of having lunch with Thelma Rossetter.  We enjoyed a meal at Olden Days.  Our lunch grew cold as she reminisced of those years with the bakery.  I was able to include some of her memories in The Fowlerville Chronicles

Saturday, October 17, 2015

1929 Kroger Advertisement

I grabbed this advertisement out of The Fowlerville Review from the June 26, 1929, issue.  This Kroger store was located in the northeast quadrant, possibly right next to the pharmacy.  I never did find an address.  One of its employees and eventually manager was Stirling Douglass.  Some may remember him--he was very active in the community.  He eventually opened his own grocery store as well as running the Twin-Q Inn in the 40s. 
Wouldn't it be lovely to get groceries at these prices!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1923 Grand River Avenue Paving

Over the years, I've been asked when the "silent policeman" was removed from the center of the main intersection and also when Grand River Avenue was paved.  (For those not familiar with the silent policeman, you can search that on this blog or read my novel "Juniper and Anise" and find out.)

In the November 7, 1923, issue of The Fowlerville Review, the following article was published on the front page:

It was some time after that a street light was installed at the intersection.  There are two pictures in "The Fowlerville Chronicles" showing the "silent policeman" -- the cover and under 1918.

Monday, October 12, 2015

1920 Milking Machine

If you've spent any time perusing this website, you've probably figured out I love the ads from long ago.  Today, I pulled up the digitized files of The Fowlerville Review (which can be accessed at the Fowlerville Library) and randomly scrolled through the 1920s.  The following ad for a milking machine caught my eye:
Eugene D. Defendorf ran a hardware/farm implement supply store and was very active in the community.  He sat on the school board as well as being involved with local organizations.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Johnson Auction

Along about the first first or so of doing this blog, I started taking "squint shots" -- close-ups of architecture in particular.  One of my pictures was of some woodwork at the roof peak of the house at 310 South Grand Avenue.  Never knew until years later it was uninhabited, but used only as a storage facility for Johnny Johnson's immense photography and filming collection.  

I used to see Mr. Johnson walking more often than not when I would come into town.  I started missing him lately and found out he had passed away this summer.  Well now there's going to be an auction Saturday, October 10, at that same house I took a squint shot years ago.  Sometimes, things like this make me a bit sad, even if I never met him.

(Article found in current issue of Fowlerville News and Views)

1999 Braun Receipt

So, the other day, I got ambitious enough to clean out my closet.  That feeling hits about once a year, fortunately, so I'm always finding something interesting.

This time around, I rehung some of my old (and full of memory) good dresses.  One was wrapped in plastic and at the top by the hanger was a stapled receipt.

How many of you also miss Braun's Dry Cleaners?

P.S. More posts to come in the near future.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Juniper and Anise Giveaway

Virginia Wright--author, illustrator, and foodie--has published an interview with me for my historical novel, Juniper and Anise.

If you've landed here because of that interview, head to my publishing site, by clicking here, and browse.  Choose which blank book you would be interested in receiving, then come back here and comment.  You can also comment on Virginia's article by heading here.

On June 8th, two winners will be chosen from those comments on both sites so be sure to check back here and on her site.  The winners will receive an autographed copy of Juniper and Anise as well as the blank book of their choice.

Good luck to all and a huge thank you to Virginia for the interview.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Juniper and Anise is getting great reviews on Amazon -- check it out here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Juniper and Anise Author Talk

Mark the date --

I will be at the Fowlerville Library next Thursday, March 5th, at 7:00 p.m.  I would love to see you there.  Copies of my historical novel, Juniper and Anise, will be available for purchase and I will also be talking about how I got to this point of being published by Whiskey Creek Press.

Please come!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Clayton Klein

From WHMI website:

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Fowlerville's "Walking Man" Passes Away At 95

News Photo 2/25/15 - Clayton Klein, who had gained attention for his annual walks across Michigan, has passed away. The lifelong Fowlerville resident was 95 when he died on Sunday, two days before his 96th birthday. His daughter, Deb Klein, said he died peacefully under hospice care. A memorial service is planned for 11am on Thursday at the Fowlerville United Methodist Church. A 1936 graduate of Fowlerville High School, Klein was the author of several books, his most recent in 2012 titled “My First 90 Years.” In it, he shared stories and highlights during his life as a farmer, business owner and outdoor adventurer to exploring Canada’s river systems and adventures in Mexico and Central America in the 1960’s. But Klein was probably best known in recent years for his annual walks from 2005 to 2009, when he walked 425 miles from Paradise in the Upper Peninsula to Hell in Putnam Township, on behalf of Hospice of Michigan. He is survived by a son and daughter and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years; Marjorie, who died in 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston Community Hospice. (JK)



Sunday, January 4, 2015

1930 Happy New Year

The Fowlerville Review, now owned by the Rabys after purchasing the paper from G.L. Adams in 1929, celebrated the new year for Fowlerville with comments from various local businesses.
With Juniper and Anise, my historical novel of a woman bootlegger during the Prohibition Era, now available for purchase as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and my publisher's site at, I am working hard on a companion novel.  It is set in the same time frame, with new characters and new trials and tribulations.
While busy with research, I thought the above ad would also be of interest to my readers.