Looking Back

Published November 9, 2016

The Santa Parade in Mount Clemens was created by the Priehs Department Store. For many years, Priehs store display manager, Milo Diorio, built a float that brought Santa to the Priehs Department Store each year. The float left the warehouse behind the Priehs store, where it was built, and went down New Street to Walnut Street to Macomb Street, where Santa met the anxious children at the front door of Priehs.

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Published November 2, 2016

Vera Rauh was raised on a farm in Frankenmuth and completed her nursing training at Saginaw General Hospital in 1942. She then enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp in 1943. Her army training was in California. Reaching the rank as a 2nd lieutenant, Vera was assigned to the 214th Hospital Ship Company on the USS Mercy in the Pacific Theater. Aboard the ship, the U.S. Navy ran the ship, and the U.S. Army oversaw the hospital.Read More

Published October 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council endorsed the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum’s renovation project during the council meeting Oct. 18.

Although the request for the endorsement was approved, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. stated that he would vote no during the roll call. He wanted more information on the project.

“I think this should’ve been tabled, so I’m voting no,” said DeMonaco Jr.

The council voted 4-1 to endorse the project.

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Published September 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Sixty years after its founding, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church is still making an impact on the community.

“We pray and we have a sign on our door that says, ‘Welcome home,’” said the Rev. Ron DeHondt, pastor of the parish on 13 Mile Road since 2003. “(The parish) keeps an open spirit for worship, for assistance.”

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Published September 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It took some time, but the new home of the historic Hill School bell has been funded, designed and built.

And this Saturday, the structure will be celebrated at a dedication with some help from the Birmingham Museum, city officials and plenty of supporters.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, located at 16600 Stephens Road, will host “Bikes in Wartime,” a presentation by Mike Unsworth, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. 

Unsworth, chairman of the Tri-County Bicycling Association’s Advocacy Committee and a retired Michigan State University history and Canadian studies librarian, will discuss the use of bikes by the military and civilians in wartime.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — American Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam and “Donut Dolly” author Joann Puffer Kotcher is set to present her experiences during the Vietnam War, which she wrote down in a journal, at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Showing up “fashionably late” to most weddings might be frowned upon, but it’s not too late for people to show up for “Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.” 

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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

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 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 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

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 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 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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