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Published March 22, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — There has been somewhat of a “beer tradition” at 25113 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores since the mid-1930s.

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Published March 19, 2019

ROCHESTER — This is the residence of Dr. B.C.H. Spencer, located on the west side of Main Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, now University Drive. Before Spencer occupied the home in the 1910s, it belonged to Dr. Jesse Wilson and his family, who purchased the property in the 1860s. The original section of the home dated back to the 1830s, when it was occupied by Almon Mack.

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Published March 19, 2019

HARPER WOODS — For decades, Redeemer United Methodist Church has been a pillar in the Harper Woods community, and it is now celebrating its 75th anniversary.

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Published March 13, 2019

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Two hundred years ago, on March 16, mill builders Benjamin Woodworth and William Russell purchased 160 acres of land on the Paint Creek, near Dutton and Livernois roads.

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Published March 12, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — St. Patrick’s Day 1975 was just an ordinary day for Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department officer Kenneth Gordon Pine. The 30-year-old Pine, who had been with the department for five years, was conducting a traffic investigation in the area of Mack Avenue and Elizabeth Court around 10:20 p.m. March 17.

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Published March 12, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Sure, the scene in downtown Detroit was hopping a generation ago as shoppers dashed between famous department stores like J.L. Hudson’s, Ernst Kern Co. and R.H. Fyfe & Co.

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Published February 26, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — At Watkins’ Pony Farm in Birmingham, Fenton and Florence Watkins would take ponies from the farm over to Boblo Island every summer, and all three of their children were born during those summers on the island. Their relationship actually began because of those same Shetland ponies.

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Published February 26, 2019

ROYAL OAK — On Feb. 4, Royal Oak-based Hoover & Associates purchased the historical John Almon Starr building, 3123 Crooks Road, south of 13 Mile Road, from the Law Office of Chisholm & Shuttie.

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Published February 19, 2019

ROCHESTER — People lounge in the grass next to a derailed train on the Michigan Central Railroad. Based on the clothes worn by the women, officials from the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm say this photo was likely taken during the 1910s.

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Published February 12, 2019

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum volunteers are hard at work preparing their latest exhibit, “A Woman’s Work is Never Done.”

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Published February 6, 2019

FRANKLIN — The unique character and charm of Franklin depends upon the preservation of its historical buildings, according to village officials. Franklin was first settled in 1824, and many of its downtown buildings date from that era. Currently, the Franklin Historic District provides a collection of buildings, streets, trees and landscape features that encompass the village’s historical core.

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Published February 6, 2019

ROCHESTER — Constructed in 1924 at the southwest corner of Fourth and Main streets, the locally owned Rochester National Bank was the only Rochester bank to survive one of the worst banking crises of the Great Depression. 

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Published January 29, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — What’s the best vacation you’ve ever gone on? In the Birmingham Museum collections are scrapbooks and postcards from lots of vacations, but nothing as extensive as the photos and documents from the adventures of Marjorie Unger, a resident of 327 Ferndale Ave. in Birmingham, who traveled with two friends to Europe.

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Published January 17, 2019

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is celebrating its 45-year history in style this year with a number of activities that will engage local history buffs.

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Published January 4, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Much of the early history of St. Clair Shores is rooted in agriculture and trades related to the land. With affluence increasing in the 20th century, some of the more practical farm pastimes were taken up by people able to afford leisure pursuits. One of these activities was horseback riding.

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Published December 21, 2018

ROCHESTER — In the Dec. 18, 1914, issue of the Rochester ERA newspaper, the local grocer, Edwin A. Hudson, advertised his holiday eats. The advertisement states that “Hudson’s ‘Eats’ are always just a little better than the other fellow’s, but this fact stands out a little more prominent at this season of the year.”

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Published December 19, 2018

ROSEVILLE — Roseville is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a permanent reminder of a former landmark, the Gratiot Drive In, and some of those with fond memories of the drive-in were on hand for a dedication ceremony Dec. 18.

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Published December 14, 2018

ROSEVILLE — The 115-foot-tall sign that marked the entrance of the Gratiot Drive In was an iconic Roseville landmark until it was torn down in 1984. Now the sign is being commemorated in conjunction with the celebration of the city’s 60th anniversary.

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Published December 5, 2018

ROCHESTER — This photo from the archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm shows Rochester YMCA members on the steps of the Masonic Temple building at 318 Walnut Blvd.

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Published December 4, 2018

DETROIT — Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is marking its 90th anniversary by celebrating its storied early history while also acknowledging its more recent past.

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