Looking Back

Published July 13, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Herman Carl Hilgendorf was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1879. In 1884, his family came to the United States.

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Published July 12, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — Apple Island once again lives up to its namesake, thanks to fundraising efforts by the West Bloomfield School District. 

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Published July 2, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS — The latest event celebrating local history is going on now at the Anton Art Center, and it’s a big one.Read More

Published June 26, 2018

FARMINGTON — Kathy Stalk has witnessed the landscape change in the 30 years she has worked at the Farmington-based Community Living Centers.

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Published June 22, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In 1881, Capt. John Ford founded a plate glass company in Pittsburgh. By 1883, his company was known as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. — the first commercially successful plate glass firm in the U.S.

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Published June 22, 2018

It’s summertime! Heading for the river or the lake or the park or the beach is nothing new. During the Bath Era of Mount Clemens, locals and visitors alike chose one of a dozen mineral springs establishments to sip the water, eat popcorn, play cards, visit with friends or just listen to the old Victrola.

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Published June 18, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — The Hill School Class of 1894 wasn’t much different from the graduating classes at Groves and Seaholm high schools today, except in size. The Class of 1894 was composed of only 10 graduates: six women and four men.

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Published June 12, 2018

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is again inviting the community to step back into the hallowed halls of the community’s past. This year’s 15th annual fundraising summer gala — this time called a Midsummer Night on Kenwood — will take place at the 1927 Henry F. Stanton-designed English manor-style home of Sandy and Robert Riney at 125 Kenwood Road in Grosse Pointe Farms from 7 to 10 p.m. June 21.

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Published June 5, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — A number of historical homes from the era of farmland and unpaved streets are still standing tall today, according to the Farmington Hills Historic District Commission, which is helping to keep that local history intact.

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Published June 5, 2018

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The 47th District Court is now in session, and it has been for five decades, serving the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.

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Published May 29, 2018

ROCHESTER — Serving as a comfortable spot for men to enjoy a drink after working at Twist Drill or Avon Tube, the Four-O-Six Café and Bar opened in 1936 on Main Street.

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Published May 21, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — With historical buildings and well-preserved landmarks, Birmingham’s story can be found pretty much anywhere you look around town, including right under your feet. As contractors have been pulling up pavement for the city’s $7 million Old Woodward Avenue reconstruction project, they’ve made a few interesting discoveries, including an interurban rail spike and two glass bottles.

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Published May 21, 2018

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Historical Society will be showing off some of the village’s most interesting sites and telling some of its most unusual stories in a new walking tour.

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Published May 11, 2018

The Couchez family farmed in the area of St. Clair Shores in the 19th and 20th centuries. An 1895 Macomb County atlas lists at least three farms owned by Couchez family members. Part of the family had emigrated from Belgium in the latter half of the 1800s.Read More

Published May 8, 2018

ROCHESTER — People young and old celebrated the opening of the South Hill Bridge on Rochester Road on Nov. 9, 1927.

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Published May 8, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Nine years after the city first decided to do something about the large number of homes that had been foreclosed upon in the city, the last of the properties acquired for unpaid taxes from Macomb County has been approved for sale.

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Published May 7, 2018

MACOMB COUNTY — It all started in 1968, when more than a dozen students graduated from the first-ever Macomb Community College nursing program.

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Published April 27, 2018

DETROIT — The Detroit Yacht Club Foundation is inviting the public to a gala taking place at the historic clubhouse on Belle Isle to support the continued efforts to refurbish and preserve the 95-year-old building.

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Published April 24, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In 1939, Bucky Moore of Mount Clemens, with the assistance of the American Legion Post, formed a baseball league of six teams — Mount Clemens, New Haven, Richmond, Van Dyke, Center Line and St. Clair Shores — to play in the Macomb County American Legion League.

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Published April 20, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — During the summer of 2013, with the support of Dr. David Brose and the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, Dr. LouAnn Wurst and Mark Hoock co-instructed a unique anthropology class for Western Michigan University students using Apple Island as their classroom.

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Upcoming Events

Sterling Heights
American Polish Festival and Craft Show
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
American Polish Century Club
Mount Clemens
Turning Point benefit concert
6 p.m.
Emerald Theatre
Royal Oak
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Shores AquaFest
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nautical Mile

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