Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Soldier, His Brother, and a House -- the Defendorf Story

Now available on in paperback format -- it is a great addition to your collection if you are history buff for either local history or Civil War letters.

Jacob Defendorf was a 15-year old soldier for the Union side in 1863 during the Civil War.  Some letters he wrote and some he received were found in a Fowlerville house.  They have now been transcribed for this book.  Timeline history and explanation of some things he wrote, as well as ancestry research, is contained in this book.

Get it by clicking here!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A Soldier, His Brother, and a House

New book out! "A Soldier, His Brother, and a House" With access to original Civil War letters, I traced heritage from the soldier's home in New York, to his time in Virginia during the Civil War, to his brother's help in becoming a homeopathic surgeon who lived in Fowlerville, Michigan, onto the incredible history of the brother's house and its owners. I transcribed all of the letters to make them easier for the reader but scanned copies of the letters are also in the book. I have a few copies at $25 but will be on in the very near future. If you are interested in the Civil War, this has awesome moments in the life of a soldier.

Thank you to Mike and Jamie Hernden for the opportunity to put this project together!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

History Books Available for Purchase

Check out two of my books you can order from (click here).

Usually takes a couple of weeks to get a copy.

Both "Mr. Smith's Forgotten Community" and "The Fowlerville Chronicles" are available in hardbound.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Candy Cane Production

In the 60s and 70s, Christmas time in Fowlerville meant making candy canes of all sizes by the Spagnuolo family.  Thank you, Lenore, for providing this wonderful picture of her father working hard to model and manipulate the hardening candy.  
As a side note, check out this link if you are interested in purchasing a copy of "The Fowlerville Chronicles."  There's more about the Spagnuolo family, both on this blog and in the hardbound copy.  Thank you to all that have purchased the book since it was published in 2011!

The Fowlerville Chronicles

"The Fowlerville Chronicles" is now available for purchase through  Click on here to buy your copy!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1926 New High School Building

While doing research on a different subject, I came across this picture, published in "The Fowlerville Review," September, 1926, issue, announcing "School Opens in This Building Tuesday, Sept. 7."  This new high school building was three stories tall and located on Collins Street, across the street from what is now the senior center.

The building was torn down in 1998. 

Would love comments from anyone having attended this building.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

2019 New Hardbound Available for "The Fowlerville Chronicles"

The proof copy has arrived! Additional copies will be coming in a few weeks -- newly set-up as an 8.5x11 hardbound book. All the same great information but even better than the paperback from a few years ago. Message me if you'd like me to reserve a copy. And, please share -- Fowlerville has a lush history and this book has so many pictures, you almost feel like you are stepping back in time. Thank you to all that have been great over the years helping get this book this far!
If you'd also like to go to my author page on Facebook, click here and message me to reserve a copy.