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Looking Back: 1928 South Lake High School football team

Looking Back: 1928 South Lake High School football teamStudents look on from the windows and doorway as Coach Ralph E. Carpenter and his football team pose for this photograph outside South Lake High School in 1928. ...Read More




Looking Back: Hartung Airport

Looking Back: Hartung AirportThis month’s photo shows an airplane at Hartung Airport in Roseville, circa 1943. The pilot is unknown. Hartung Airport, known originally as Packard Field before being renamed after the company that managed it, was ...Read More




Looking Back: Roseland Park Cemetery

Looking Back: Roseland Park CemeteryThe Roseland Park Cemetery opened with these original gates in June of 1910 at the corner of Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road in Berkley. The curved signs fell during a snowstorm and were never replaced.The opening was such ...Read More




Looking Back: Fire at the Leonard Service Station

Looking Back: Fire at the Leonard Service StationOn April 4, 1967, a fire broke out at the Leonard Service Station on Van Dyke at Wiloray, damaging the roof and blowing out a plate glass window. Station owner Stanley Stover had the building repaired, and the business ...Read More




Looking Back: Oakwood Middle School, September 1953

Looking Back: Oakwood Middle School, September 1953This month’s photo shows the opening day at Oakwood Middle School in September 1953. Formerly part of the East Detroit School District, Oakwood was opened to handle a massive influx of students who were overpopulating ...Read More




Looking Back: St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 1826-2014

Looking Back: St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 1826-2014When St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church closed its doors at the end of June, 2014, the saga of a mission that was founded in 1826 took a new direction. Our Lady of Hope parish is the new name for the combined parishes of St. ...Read More




Looking Back: Our Lady of Refuge Church

Looking Back: Our Lady of Refuge ChurchThis photograph shows the inside of Our Lady of Refuge Church in the 1930s. It stood on Catalpa Drive where the tennis courts now sit.The church was later moved to Harvard Road and was renamed Our Lady of LaSalette.This ...Read More




Looking Back: Shelby Township’s first water main

Looking Back: Shelby Township’s first water mainTerry, 4, is watching workers install the township’s first water main on Dequindre Road in 1967. ...Read More




Looking Back: Henry and Charlotte Sherrard

Looking Back: Henry and Charlotte SherrardA classical scholar who taught at the respected Detroit Central High School, Henry Sherrard was one of the eminent educators of the Detroit schools. ...Read More




Looking Back: Mitzelfeld’s memories remain

Looking Back: Mitzelfeld’s memories remain In a Main Street Rochester location that previously held Murray’s Department Store, Mitzelfeld’s was a shopper’s delight. ...Read More




Looking Back: Ford Field

Looking Back: Ford FieldFrom the July 22, 1967, edition of the Utica/Daily Sentinel newspaper: “Shelby-Utica Little Leaguer Jim Stone is ready to start play on the new Ford Field dedicated Friday. The field was presented to the league before ...Read More




Looking Back: The 1986 WWTHS homecoming parade

Looking Back: The 1986 WWTHS homecoming parade During the 1986-1987 school year, the Warren Woods Tower High School community took to the streets for the annual homecoming parade Oct. 11, 1986. Led by the marching band, the parade featured a cereal theme, including the ...Read More




Looking Back: Madison Drive-In / The Loop

Looking Back: Madison Drive-In / The Loop In this late 1940s image, Antonina Bucciarelli (also known as “Mrs. B”) waits on patrons in her popular restaurant, the Madison Drive-In. Viola Bricker sits on the near stool with her son Kenny, while her friend ...Read More




Looking Back: Fraser Water Tower

Looking Back: Fraser Water TowerThe Fraser Water Tower was erected on 14 Mile Road, west of Utica Road, in 1948. It was used until 1964 when Fraser switched to Detroit water. The landmark was used by planes at nearby McKinley Airport. In 1973, it was sold ...Read More




Looking Back: Fire in Eastpointe

Looking Back: Fire in EastpointeThis month’s photo shows the East Detroit Fire Department fighting to put out a fire at the old Chesterfield Hall, once located at Gratiot Avenue and 10 Mile Road. The building burned down in the 1950s, and today an ...Read More




Looking Back: Dutch Mill Barbecue

Looking Back: Dutch Mill BarbecueDrivers approaching the intersection of Harper Avenue and Little Mack from the 1920s to the 1950s recognized the windmill landmark that was the Dutch Mill Barbecue. ...Read More




Looking Back: Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department

Looking Back: Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire DepartmentThe Volunteer Fire Department of Mount Clemens enjoyed an outing with the Pagoda Band on July 28, 1909. ...Read More




Looking Back: Pine Grove property is rich in history

Looking Back: Pine Grove property is rich in historyIn 1845, Moses Wisner and his family settled in Oakland County on a parcel of land known then as the Saginaw Trail and dubbed the property Pine Grove.Wisner made his living practicing law but retained a love of farming. He ...Read More




Looking Back: Firefighters at work

Looking Back: Firefighters at workThis month’s photo shows a pair of Erin Township firefighters, one identified as Joe Moritz and the other only as Mitchell, pumping water from a fire hydrant into the Fire Department’s first 500-gallon fire ...Read More




Looking Back: Thompson Elementary School

Looking Back: Thompson Elementary SchoolWARREN — Built in 1965 at the corner of Hupp and Marmon, Max Thompson Elementary was one of the newest elementary schools built in Van Dyke Public Schools. ...Read More




Looking Back: Clinton River

Looking Back: Clinton RiverFour youths take a break from rowing their boat up the Clinton River to have their photograph taken one summer circa 1900. Today, you would more likely see people paddling kayaks or canoes up and down the river. People have ...Read More




Looking Back: Presbyterian Church

Looking Back: Presbyterian ChurchIn the early 1900s, Presbyterians in Berkley held church services in Angell Elementary School, 3849 Beverly Blvd.In 1949, the church moved into this white frame church on Greenfield Road in Berkley with a new name of ...Read More




Looking Back: The Sloan Building

Looking Back: The Sloan BuildingThis photo shows the Sloan Building under construction in downtown Clawson in 1928. When it was completed, it would house Hunter Drugs in the corner and the Peter Pan Ballroom on the second floor. The building still stands ...Read More




Looking Back: Pioneer Cemetery

Looking Back: Pioneer CemeteryPioneer Cemetery, which is now owned by a private firm and called St. John Memorial Gardens Cemetery, is located behind the Fraser Public Library. It was established in 1864 and predates the other Fraser cemetery started by ...Read More




Looking Back: Packard Proving Grounds

Looking Back: Packard Proving GroundsHere at the Packard Proving Grounds in 1937 stands grounds manager Charles Vincent alongside the family car and camper. According to Roberta (Vincent) Mocabee, who lived with her family in the Proving Grounds Lodge during the ...Read More




Looking Back: The Bloomfield Township Public Library

Looking Back: The Bloomfield Township Public Library This year, the BTPL is inviting the community to celebrate its golden anniversary. The library first opened its doors Oct. 18, 1964, in the Devon Building, located on the corner of Long Lake and Telegraph roads. Two years ...Read More




Looking Back: Miss Martha Thomas — Bathing Beauty Winner 1930

Looking Back: Miss Martha Thomas — Bathing Beauty Winner 1930Miss Martha Thomas, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Thomas of 118 Court St. in Mount Clemens, was awarded 1st place in the Detroit Regional Yacht Racing Association bathing beauty contest during the two-day annual ...Read More




Looking Back: Planting Time on the Frank Trombley Farm, circa 1911

Looking Back: Planting Time on the Frank Trombley Farm, circa 1911The Frank Trombley farm was located on Jefferson Avenue near the northern border of St. Clair Shores.  Frank and his son Albert were photographed as they rested a moment from plowing the fields with their horses. A ...Read More




Looking Back: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Looking Back: Sacred Heart Catholic ChurchThis photo is of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in what is now Roseville, sometime between 1915 and 1928. This early church building was located at the junction of Gratiot Avenue and Utica Road. The church still is located ...Read More




Looking Back: Berkley Firehouse

Looking Back: Berkley FirehouseBERKLEY — Berkley Fireman Larry Harrison slides down the fire pole in the old firehouse on Coolidge Highway in Berkley. ...Read More




Looking Back: Wayne County Library

Looking Back: Wayne County LibraryThe Wayne County Library organized a station in the Grosse Pointe Shores Village Hall in 1922, and in 1928, a separate branch building was opened. ...Read More




Looking Back: The Craig Log Cabin – One of Bloomfield’s Oldest Residents

Looking Back: The Craig Log Cabin – One of Bloomfield’s Oldest ResidentsIn December 1845, 32-year-old Irish-born William Craig bought 40 acres in Section 20 of Bloomfield Township for $200 from Abraham Sodon. The property was located on a rolling hillside on what would become Lone Pine Road, ...Read More




Looking Back: The Cady School

Looking Back: The Cady SchoolThe Cady School was located at Metropolitan Parkway and Utica Road. The Cady’s Corner area was by Moravian and Utica Road and named for Chauncey Cady (1803-1893), who served the area in a number of capacities, which ...Read More




Looking Back: Mount Clemens, May 23, 1914

Looking Back: Mount Clemens, May 23, 1914May 23, 1914, was a day to celebrate in Mount Clemens because it was the ground-breaking day for the new Mount Clemens Pottery Company. The pottery company first offered 125 new jobs to the community, eventually growing to ...Read More




Looking Back: Harper Woods Public Library

Looking Back: Harper Woods Public LibraryHarper Woods Library hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of its current location April 26.Mayor Ken Poynter and County Commissioner Tim Killeen were among those in attendance.The Harper Woods Library opened the doors at ...Read More




Looking Back: MH Police and Fire Department (1978)

Looking Back: MH Police and Fire Department (1978) This image features the first south-end fire station. The two-story house to the left of the station housed the city’s probation offices and the majority of city services in the early years. ...Read More




Looking Back: D & C was a Rochester favorite

Looking Back: D & C was a Rochester favoriteFor almost 70 years, a visit to the D & C store was a must for Rochester shoppers. ...Read More




Looking Back: Lincoln High School

Looking Back: Lincoln High SchoolAn aerial view of the Lincoln High School campus depicts the school’s new football stadium completed in 1972 and located on MacArthur. The early 1970s additions at the high school also included a fine arts section and ...Read More




Looking Back: The Calvin Pierce homestead

Looking Back: The Calvin Pierce homesteadThe above photograph, taken in the 1930s, is of the Calvin Pierce homestead that was located near the southwest corner of 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.Samuel Curtis purchased the original land parcel of 160 acres in ...Read More




Looking Back: Federal Department Store

Looking Back: Federal Department StoreThis month’s historical photo shows the Federal Department Store in Roseville following a fire in 1978. The store was located in the Eastgate Shopping Center at Gratiot Avenue and Frazho Road. The picture is dated Feb. ...Read More




Looking Back: Janet Davis Dry Cleaners

Looking Back: Janet Davis Dry CleanersJanet Davis opened Janet Davis Dry Cleaners in Berkley at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Larkmoor Boulevard in 1950.When the dry cleaners first opened, it had the diagonal parking for customers that was common along ...Read More




Looking Back: Detroit Masonic Country Club on Lake St. Clair

Looking Back: Detroit Masonic Country Club on Lake St. ClairDesigned by architect George W. Graves, the elegant Detroit Masonic Country Club was dedicated in May 1923. Located on the shores of Lake St. Clair at the intersection of Masonic Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, the clubhouse ...Read More




Looking Back: The Green School Bell

Looking Back: The Green School BellIn 1866, Hartwell Green and his wife, Mary, donated land for a one-room schoolhouse for their children and others in that area. Built on Green Road, this wooden plank building measured 20 by 34 feet. One teacher taught all ...Read More




Looking Back: Steffens Hall

Looking Back: Steffens HallSteffens Hall, as seen in 1895, was built by Charles Steffens, businessman and stave mill owner. Steffens Hall was used as a meeting place in the early days of the Village of Frazer — it was spelled with a ...Read More




Looking Back: Dexter Enhanced Washing Machine

Looking Back: Dexter Enhanced Washing MachineMACOMB TOWNSHIP — This Dexter Enhanced Washing Machine dates back to 1890 and was donated to the Macomb Township Historical Commission by Jane M. Boeling, the great-great-granddaughter of the Rev. Johannes Friedrich ...Read More




Looking Back: The Birmingham Teen Center and Palladium jump-started local bands

Looking Back: The Birmingham Teen Center and Palladium jump-started local bandsIn 1965, the Teen Center was a nonprofit enterprise established at 136 Brownell — now Peabody Street — in the hopes of offering teens a place to go to enjoy music and to be together. The building formerly housed Potter Moving and Storage Co.; now, it is a parking garage. ...Read More




Looking Back: Ralph Harmon Booth House

Looking Back: Ralph Harmon Booth HouseThe Ralph Harmon Booth House was awarded a plaque from the Grosse Pointe Historical Society in 1987. The 22-room home was designed by Marcus Burrows in 1924 in a style that combined both Tudor and Jacobean influences. ...Read More




Looking Back: April 6, 1947, Easter Sunday in Mount Clemens

Looking Back: April 6, 1947, Easter Sunday in Mount ClemensFrank Jennette, the man pictured center holding his hat, is just one of the many people fighting Mother Nature on Easter Sunday in 1947. People resorted to driving their boats down Crocker Boulevard instead of their cars. ...Read More




Looking Back: ‘The Railsplitter’

Looking Back: ‘The Railsplitter’On Jan. 12, 1946, Lincoln High School seniors Leon Martin and Eleanor Puzzouli were named as the school’s king and queen, respectively, during the senior prom held at the local U.S.O. building.According to the Jan. ...Read More




Looking Back: Northland Center celebrates six decades

Looking Back: Northland Center celebrates six decades   Last month, Northland Center celebrated its 60th anniversary. Before Northland Center officially opened March 22, 1954, Southfield Township lacked stores that sold clothing, shoes, books, toys, records and jewelry.  ...Read More




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October 17, 2014

Goodwin resigns from commission, cites family as top priority

After three years on the City Commission, Peggy Goodwin resigned effective immediately Oct. 15. ...Read More

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