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November 19, 2013

Looking Back: A rare view

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From Loraine Campbell, director of the Troy Historic Village

The majority of 19th century photographs were taken outdoors or in studios, where adequate light was available. This unusual photo of Inez Caswell, granddaughter of Troy pioneer Solomon Caswell, was taken in her bedroom. It offers an interesting view of typical home furnishings in the late 1800s.  Inez and her brother William lived in the home that their grandfather built. Both were unmarried schoolteachers who commuted to Detroit. Perhaps Inez was preparing a lesson for her students.

To see more photos of Solomon Caswell and the Caswell House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, go to the Troy Historic Village website at www.troyhistoricvillage.org.

Do you own a piece of Troy history? Send us your historically significant photos from around town, and we may be able to feature them in an upcoming edition of Looking Back. Email your photos and information to Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or call (586) 498-1054.