Looking Back

Published April 28, 2021

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Established in 1935 by the women who were members of the St. Clair Shores Study Club, the St. Clair Shores Public Library spent its first years in a single room in the Municipal Building.

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Published April 22, 2021

ROCHESTER — For one week in 1949, a mobile unit came to Rochester providing free chest X-rays to over 1,000 people in the area.

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Published April 17, 2021

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Fire Department is one of the city’s oldest and most esteemed organizations. This year, it is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and two local leaders are putting out a book to celebrate it.

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Published March 22, 2021

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Since the first professional spring training game was played Feb. 27 this year, we are looking back to baseball in St. Clair Shores 80 years ago.

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Published March 11, 2021

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When Linda Osborne Cynowa moved to Macomb Township in the 1980s, she didn’t realize the amount of history bound up in the 36-square-mile community.

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Published March 11, 2021

ROCHESTER — The house at 444 W. University Drive in Rochester was built around 1906 with brick from the recently demolished Detroit Sugar Co., a failed beet sugar plant located near Ludlow Street.

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Published March 9, 2021

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester and Rochester Hills have joined forces to preserve Rochester’s archives and historical items for years to come.

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Published February 26, 2021

SOUTHFIELD — Mary Thompson was born in Southfield in 1871 and died in Southfield at age 96 in 1967.

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Published February 12, 2021

BIRMINGHAM — Last fall, local volunteers set out to raise funds to place markers at the graves of former slaves and early Birmingham residents George and Eliza Taylor, to give them a proper end to their story.

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Published February 7, 2021

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ice boating was popular on Lake St. Clair, particularly from the 1920s to the middle part of the 20th century.

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Published January 25, 2021

ROYAL OAK — The history of the Royal Oak police began in 1918, three years before the village was incorporated as a city, when Philip H. Beauvais officially formed a police department.

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Published January 12, 2021

ROYAL OAK — The two-weekend installation of a 5-by-8-foot ceramic mosaic featuring prominent figures from Royal Oak’s history and well-known staples around town concluded during the first week of December.

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Published January 11, 2021

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — 2021 marks the first year since 1984 that Janet Dunn is not reporting for work — in some capacity — in Macomb Township.

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Published January 8, 2021

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In this view from almost 70 years ago, looking north toward 10 Mile Road, Jefferson Avenue is much narrower than in the present day.

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Published December 19, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In this photo from the 1940s, Santa Claus visits the St. Clair Shores City Band.

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Published December 8, 2020

ROCHESTER — Back when Rochester’s Main Street was dirt, hitching posts still lined the street and the Detroit United Railway ran daily through town, George C. Dennis, E.J. Lambertson and H.H. Stalker had businesses side by side.

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Published November 20, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools and WOAK, the district’s student broadcast channel, recently produced a nine minute and 32 second documentary called “Discovery of the Lincoln Time Capsule.”

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Published November 18, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Robert E. Harrison was the first mayor of the city of St. Clair Shores. He was sworn into office on Jan. 15, 1951, along with the new City Council members and other city officials at the city offices at Blossom Heath. From 1925 to 1951, St. Clair Shores had been the Village of St. Clair Shores.

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Published November 10, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What is now Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., in St. Clair Shores, opened to the public on Aug. 24, 1945, as Memorial Park.

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Published October 27, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Since 1902, the Royal Oak Woman’s Club had gathered for fellowship, fun and fundraising at various locations until it acquired its current clubhouse, which was built in 1839 and originally served as a Baptist church, in 1923.

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