Looking Back

Published September 19, 2016

WARREN — Everyone is invited to join members of the Warren Historical Commission as they celebrate the city’s World War II-era ties to the United Service Organizations with a commemorative plaque dedication at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center on Oct. 1.

“We are dedicating a plaque that’s going to be permanently affixed to the building to recognize it as a former USO building,” Historical Commission Chair Sue Keffer said.

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Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to take a stroll through time to learn about prominent settlers in Rochester’s history this month.

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will host its fifth annual Mount Avon Cemetery Walk and Guided Tour 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the cemetery — which is the oldest cemetery in Rochester and the oldest platted cemetery in Oakland County, platted in 1826.

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Published September 7, 2016

In this photo from 1925, Josephine Switzer and Ethel Messmore stand outside a barn in the old village of Disco in Shelby Township. They are wearing hats and dresses that are typical of the fashion of the 1920s. While not the flamboyant high style usually associated with the Gatsby era, these everyday dresses feature the drop waist, knee-length hemline and loose top that were considered fashionable back then. Note also the cloche hats, which hug the head and hide much of the wearer’s face.Read More

Published September 7, 2016

This small sales pamphlet, in the Birmingham Museum’s collection, is an advertisement for the Detroit Electric Car, which was built by the Anderson Carriage Co.

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Published September 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park once faced closure, but it got a second chance and now looks to a bright future as it reaches a milestone anniversary.

The parish is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year — the church was established on Sept. 16, 1916, as a Catholic parish by Bishop John Foley — but 30 years ago, it faced closure by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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Published September 6, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Detroit Mass Mob will go beyond Eight Mile Road for its next event at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 21440 Universal Ave., to show solidarity in its Catholic faith through respect for the historic churches in the Detroit Archdiocese.

There are two Mass Mobs that operate in Detroit: the original Detroit Mass Mob and the Traveling Mass Mob, which is a smaller group, according to Jeff Kirkman, chairman of the St. Veronica committee for the Detroit Mass Mob.

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Published August 31, 2016

DETROIT — When Kelda London and her husband were first married, they hoped that someday they would live in one of the gracious and grand homes found in the city’s University District. 

“It was the beauty and the history of it all,” London said. Four years ago, the couple finally moved into their dream home in the neighborhood located west of Palmer Park, bounded by McNichols Road, Seven Mile Road, Livernois Avenue and the Detroit Golf Club.

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Published August 31, 2016

FRASER — The first church of Fraser was the German Lutheran Church.

It was known as the Buffalo Church, and later the St. John Lutheran Church. It formed in 1852, and its first edifice was on the west side of Utica Road, a quarter mile south of 15 Mile Road.

— Photo and caption provided by Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society

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Published August 30, 2016

DETROIT — You might say the Detroit Historical Museum has gone to the dogs. And the cats, and the hamsters, and the horses …

Through Oct. 9, the museum is hosting an exhibition in the Community Gallery that traces the history of the Michigan Humane Society — the largest and oldest animal welfare group in Michigan. 

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Published August 24, 2016

Small parks were cut into the roadside in Keego Harbor as part of the streetscape design when Cass Lake Road was widened and the city celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005-06. These pocket parks feature benches, flowers and landscaping, and they give people a chance to sit and rest as they walk along Cass Lake Road.

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Published August 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district is giving the public a chance to own a piece of history.

A limited number of bricks from the old Brooklands Elementary School building that was demolished over the summer are now available to the community.

Pete Muscio, the district’s director of capital projects and facility operations, said the demolition of the building went smoothly, adding that the project is now complete. 

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Published August 17, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Historical Museum currently is featuring 100 of its favorite photos that capture the evolution of the city over the years, going as far back as 1902.

The collection of photos can be found at the museum, which resides at 3338 Coolidge Highway, right by City Hall in the former firehouse.

Chosen from the thousands of photos the museum has collected over the years, some of the featured photos include a once-empty 12 Mile Road and a photo of what downtown Berkley looked like in 1948.

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Published August 17, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the Packard Proving Grounds are planning an evening filled with 1920s glitz, glam, dinner, drinks and dancing for a good cause.

The “Great Gatsby”-themed gala will take place 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Packard Proving Grounds, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Mary Anne Demo, event coordinator for the Packard Proving Grounds, said the opportunity to throw an in-house bash and fundraiser arose when a wedding scheduled for Aug. 27 was canceled.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER — Case’s Hardware is ready for customers Aug. 23, 1931. An advertisement from Sept. 22, 1939, shows items for sale. Case’s Hardware was located on Main Street, near Fourth Street, in downtown Rochester. The building was built in 1890 by Harvey Taylor, and it was destroyed in a fire in 1968. 

— Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Museum

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Published August 10, 2016

DETROIT — Anyone who was alive during the summer of 1967 in Detroit likely has powerful memories of the unrest during that time.

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Published August 10, 2016

Although the Troy Historical Society, which has operated and funded the Troy Historic Village since 2010, with stipends from the city, has been around for 50 years, some people still drive past Livernois and Wattles Roads and wonder what’s there, or completely miss it.

“We frequently hear, ‘I’ve driven by so many times and finally stopped in,’” said John Lavender, treasurer for the Troy Historical Society.

The buildings, land and artifacts remain city property.

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Published August 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city will be home to a grand Spirit of ’45 Day celebration this weekend, carrying forward a tradition sanctioned by Congress six years ago.

Communities across the nation will be remembering all who played an important role on the battlefield and on the home front during the World War II era following the unanimous decision by lawmakers in 2010 to proclaim the second Sunday of August for that purpose.

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Published August 3, 2016

CLAWSON —  Friends, fun and ice cream are synonymous with summer, and this weekend, the Clawson Historical Museum will combine all three in a family-friendly event.

Everyone is invited to join in an old-fashioned summer celebration 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Clawson Historical Museum, 41 Fisher Court.

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Published August 3, 2016

Workers create khaki green gloves during World War I at Western Knitting Mills on Water Street. The former knitting mill currently holds the Rochester Mills Beer Co. The building was constructed in 1896, and in its heyday it served as one of the largest glove producers in the world — producing 100,000 dozen pairs of gloves annually until 1939.

From 1940 until 1998, the building served as home to several businesses, including McAleer Manufacturing during World War II, the largest producer of photo flash bombs in the country.

 

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Volunteer Randy Burean believes something unique is happening next month at the city’s historical museum.

Two specialized exhibits will be on display, including a glimpse at Woodward Avenue through the decades.

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