Looking Back

Published September 17, 2019

Museum to hold Sept. 22 open house for 100th anniversary

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Published September 16, 2019

UTICA — When Bill Wrede saw a gaping hole in the north tower of the World Trade Center, he knew it had to have been a major aircraft.

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Published September 13, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than two decades, the residents of St. Clair Shores had the library come to them, via a bookmobile. For at least part of that time, this bookmobile was the only one operating in Macomb County.

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Published September 10, 2019

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills’ Historic District Commission and Historical Commission, along with the nonprofit Preservation Farmington, have partnered with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to host a historical preservation workshop for residents.

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Published August 26, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — On Aug. 16, 1812, Gen. William Hull, commander of the Fort of Detroit and governor of the Michigan Territory, surrendered the fort to British forces without a single shot fired — an act that would shape the city of Birmingham we know today.

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Published August 20, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission recently awarded Rochester University the Earl E. Borden Historic Preservation Award for preserving and restoring a historical barn and silo, which date back to the early 1900s.

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Published August 8, 2019

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A group dedicated to preserving the history of West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor is now celebrating a historical milestone of its own, marking 45 years since the group first formed.

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Published August 6, 2019

LANSING — Of the 1,196 men aboard the USS Indianapolis at the time of its sinking on July 30, 1945, during World War II, only 316 survived. Today, 12 are alive — Lansing's Richard Thelen is one of them.

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Published August 6, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — At 960 E. Tienken Road stands a home featured on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Stoney Creek Village Historic District.

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Published August 2, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Germaine D’Onofrio was a 19-year-old girl headed home to Detroit after visiting family in Italy when she stepped onto the ocean liner Andrea Doria in Naples.

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Published July 30, 2019

EASTPOINTE — One of the city of Eastpointe’s most beloved historical treasures will be preserved for future generations thanks to a new deal with the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum.

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Published July 23, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — During the late 19th Century and the early part of the 20th Century, the state of Michigan had more than 7,000 one-room schoolhouses where students learned core subjects under the guidance of their teachers.

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Published July 19, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — While recalling his memories of being part of the Stevenson High School Class of 1969, Len Gavin said that his graduation year was a good one.

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Published July 12, 2019

ROSEVILLE — When Francis James Fronrath started Van’s Towing & Transport in 1949, he hoped his business would succeed, but he probably didn’t imagine it would still be going strong 70 years later.

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Published July 5, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This building was built in the late 1880s on the west side of Jefferson Avenue at Labadie Road (now 10 Mile Road) on the Labadie family farm. It was used as a grocery store, operated at various times by both the Bennett and Labadie families, until it became Driscoll’s Steak House in the 1940s, as shown here.

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Published June 26, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores’ City Hall, at 795 Lake Shore Road, has been a notable part of the local landscape for more than 100 years, and it’s now getting recognition at the state level.

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Published June 24, 2019

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Did you know that three years ago, a nonprofit foundation was established to be a sort of booster club for the Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department? The City Commission certainly didn’t know.

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Published June 18, 2019

ROYAL OAK — In May 1965, 34 sixth graders at Lincoln Elementary School embarked on a project to preserve objects and memories from the era in a time capsule.

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Published June 17, 2019

ROYAL OAK — For many American women who have enjoyed the right to cast their ballots at the polls, it may seem hard to believe that such a right was only introduced 100 years ago.

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Published June 17, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Blue Star Mothers of America were organized in Flint, Michigan, on Feb. 2, 1942, as a patriotic service organization in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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