Looking Back

Published April 20, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — During the summer of 2013, with the support of Dr. David Brose and the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, Dr. LouAnn Wurst and Mark Hoock co-instructed a unique anthropology class for Western Michigan University students using Apple Island as their classroom.

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Published April 17, 2018

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Located as it is at 1401 Whittier Road at Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park, across the street from Detroit, St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church has long been something of a bridge between barriers, bringing city and suburb together in faith.

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Published April 16, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — What did a group of young moms do in 1967 when they saw that their church’s classroom at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington was underutilized?

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Published April 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered about the painting that hangs on the back wall of the Local History Room at the Bloomfield Township Public Library?

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Published April 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — Before families tuned into television or even the radio for information, there were the chautauqua programs. Farmers in small towns and villages out in the countryside would gather together to hear lectures on a variety of subjects, hear about current events and enjoy a little live entertainment.

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Published April 16, 2018

ROYAL OAK — On April 9, the City Commission heard from representatives who worked on a 2017 Royal Oak stormwater management study for green infrastructure, which identifies green infrastructure and stormwater management options to reduce the amount of water entering the city’s sewer system.

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Published April 16, 2018

ROYAL OAK — On April 9, the Royal Oak City Commission voted 5-2 to reduce its public comment time limit from five minutes to three minutes. The resolution included the caveat that the commission would revisit the rule in four months if any problems arise.

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Published April 10, 2018

CLAWSON — The organization that is now known as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Clawson Women’s Club is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

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Published April 10, 2018

Members of Girl Scout Troop 40347 rang a bell 39 times April 4 to signify the 39 years Martin Luther King Jr. spent on this Earth. 

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Published April 10, 2018

 A fire can start anywhere and take any size, and just a couple of blocks away from the 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway intersection, what some call the largest fire to ever occur in Berkley took place.

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Published April 5, 2018

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MACOMB COUNTY —  The Erie Canal — the waterway that begins at the Hudson River in New York and drains into Lake Erie — is 363 miles long.

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Published April 3, 2018

Learning your family’s history has a lot of benefits, including being able to pass it on to future generations.

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Published March 28, 2018

rding to Berkley Historical Museum Vice Chairman Jeffrey Tong, Hamlet Harris in 1839 bought 40 acres of land for $1.25 an acre in what became Berkley. Hamlet’s wife, Jane, had been a slave and Hamlet bought her freedom. When he was allowed to vote for the first time, it is said that “Tears ran down Hamlet’s cheeks as he repeated several times, ‘Now I am a man.’” The house he built still stands on what became Catalpa Drive, near Woodward Avenue. 

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Published March 26, 2018

FARMINGTON — Movies and air conditioning were both big draws for the Farmington Civic Theater, as the sign in this late 1940s photo suggests.

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Published March 26, 2018

South River Road School one-room schoolhouse sat in what is now Harrison Township. Jacob Hatzenbuhler sold a corner of his farm for $25 as the site for the new school in 1874. Since most of the students were named Hatzenbuhler, conjecture has it that he wanted to keep his kids close to home. Today his land is the site of South River Elementary School.

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Published March 23, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This is the “delivery photo” that was taken Aug. 23, 1954, the day the new fire truck arrived at the St. Clair Shores Fire Department.

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Published March 12, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — In 1861, John Bigelow tried to enlist in the Union Army. Bigelow was initially rejected because of a hand injury he had sustained while working in a mill as a teen. But he persisted and got an officer to swear him in for limited clerical duty.

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Published February 27, 2018

ROCHESTER — During the 1920s, Rochester schools experienced an exciting period of advancement. A quote from the book “One-Hundred Years of Rochester Schools,” by Dr. Max Mallon, explains.

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Published February 22, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The winter of 2018 has been rough, with all the snow and ice and frigid temperatures. This 1938 Detroit News photo shows that these conditions are nothing new to Clinton River business owners and residents.

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Published February 19, 2018

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Farmington Hills resident Ken Klemmer’s 1920s storybook Tudor home, 31805 Bond Blvd. in Farmington Hills, is a fixer-upper. 

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