Looking Back: Selinsky-Green Farmhouse c. 1898

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 26, 2013


Source: Cynthia Bieniek, librarian and archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library
Photo Courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

John and Ernestine Green are seated with their children Walter and Mary in the yard of their farmhouse on its original site around 1898. Sons William and Charles are standing on the left of the image. The house was built by her parents, John and Mary Selinsky, German immigrants who came to Erin Township in 1871 from Chaliszka near the Polish-German border. It was a one-and-a-half story salt-box style house built of logs and covered with clapboard.

Daughter Ernestine and her husband, John Green, lived in the house after their marriage in 1874. In March 1888, they paid her parents $3,000 for the original property plus 20 acres, which the Selinsky family had purchased in 1876. John and Ernestine Green raised five boys and one girl, born between 1875 and 1892, in this farmhouse. Ernestine lived there until her death in 1937. The house was moved to its new site behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library on Eleven Mile and Jefferson Avenue in 1975 and has been restored to the time period of the early 1900s. You may visit the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. during regular winter hours of operation. Please check the St. Clair Shores Public Library website www.scslibrary.org for the special Holiday Hours schedule.

Do you own a piece of 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 them to Kristyne E. Demske at kdemske@candgnews.com or call (586) 498-1041.