Looking Back

Published February 17, 2016

Do you remember Litwak’s Diner in Mount Clemens? This is the man who opened that restaurant. Morris Litwak was a man who came from a harsh beginning and found success here in Macomb County.  

He was born in Odessa, Russia, and was not sure of the exact date of his birth due to the fact that many Jewish children were not documented in the Ukraine for fear of the authorities. He was believed to have been born in either 1885 or 1886. 

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Published February 17, 2016

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is fortunate to have the wooden home address sign from the summer home of Albert and Ernestine Kahn, whose summer home was on the north shore of Walnut Lake in the 1920s. 

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Published February 10, 2016

Shelby Township residents may remember the Big Snow of February 24-25, 1965, when a blizzard dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area and caused snowdrifts of up to 12 feet in some places. Schools and businesses were closed for several days as people dug themselves out of their homes. In this photo, the Ford Utica Trim Plant administration building on Mound Road appears to be nearly buried in snow.

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Published February 3, 2016

This month’s Looking Back photo, taken sometime in the late 1930s, is of Raymond Hardware. The photo was taken looking northward on Gratiot at the intersection with Elizabeth; Raymond Hardware is located at what is now the Chester Boot Shop. In the background on the far right side of the photo is the bank building, which now houses Gonzo Art Studios.

This photo was taken sometime after 1936, when the widening of Gratiot had taken place.

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Published January 31, 2016

WARREN  — The J.L. Hudson Co. and its iconic Detroit department store will be the focus of a special presentation hosted by the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society on March 2.

The program, to be held in the cafeteria at the Warren Community Center on Arden, will feature memorabilia from the legendary retailer and a presentation by author Michael Hauser, marketing manager for the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.

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Published January 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Workers harvest ice from a pond on the former Gehrke farm in the 1920s. The farm was located off Sheldon Road, near Tienken Road. Parke Davis Laboratories reportedly used the harvested ice to cool the blood of laboratory animals. Children were told not to skate on the pond, in order to save the ice for the harvest.

Today, Stoney Creek High School sits on the Gehrke farm property, and a dam that created the pond is visible in front of the school and along Tienken Road.

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Published January 27, 2016

WARREN — This program from Nov. 7, 1981, was available to spectators who attended a football game between Warren Woods High School and Tower High School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district at Warren Woods High.

The program brochure, titled “Go For It Warriors Parents Day,” included photos of the Warren Woods High School football team in action, including games against Madison High School and previous Woods-Tower matchups. Team shots of Warren Woods High School’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams also highlight the pages.

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Published January 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The village of St. Clair Shores purchased its first dump truck around 1926. According to the Nellis News, a villagewide cleanup campaign was held from May 1 to May 17, 1927. The Village Council and the Business Men’s Association endeavored to make the village a cleaner place to live. Five days were devoted to gathering rubbish in each of the three districts. The village paid for the cleanup with disposal trucks, possibly like this dump truck. 

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Published January 19, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road, along with the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, held its monthly open house Jan. 10 and focused the day on the connection between two Sylvan Lake institutions.

“Our monthly open house is an opportunity for people to come in and see what we have,” Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society President Gina Gregory said. “We’re looking to highlight all the decades of history, because it’s fun to connect with the past.”

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Published December 24, 2015

You can see the excitement on the children’s faces as they wait in line to give Santa their wish list. This photograph was taken in December 1954 in the ballroom of the St. Clair Shores Recreation Center. The Blossom Heath roadhouse, located at 24800 Jefferson Ave., was originally built in 1911 as the Kramerhof. The property was purchased in February 1946 by the Village of St. Clair Shores and renamed the St. Clair Shores Civic Center. Over 150 gallons of paint were used to restore the main floor rooms. The Blossom Heath sign across the driveway was also taken down at this time.

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Published December 21, 2015

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park recently acquired a painting of Dr. Ebenezer Raynale. It was donated by the Oakland County Medical Society. The description on back of the painting reads as follows:

“There were three generations of physicians in the Raynale family. This portrait is of Dr. Ebenezer M. Raynale, born in Vermont, 1804. He was a doctor of the old tradition — his medical education consisted of reading medicine in New York State and Pennsylvania.

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Published December 16, 2015

“Children at St. Kieran took part in a Christmas program Sunday that included bringing gifts to the Christ Child. The wrapped gifts will be distributed by the Community Action Center to needy children in the area. The children also acted out the story of Christmas in song. Taking part in the program are, left to right, Robert Casoli, Lou Scafuri, Andy Ruzzin, Mary Beth Aragona, Mark Gilbert and Jack Miller.”

Photo and caption from the Daily Sentinel, dated Dec. 13, 1967

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The corner of Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores was bustling with business activity in the 1940s, but in different places than today. The Shores Theatre marquee can be seen through the covered driveway of Tremper’s Service Station. The theater today is currently closed. Johnson Milk Depot was next door to the theater on the left. Sunoco gasoline was sold at Tremper’s three-pump station. In the photograph, automobiles are parked behind the building, possibly awaiting service, which included tire and battery repair.Read More

Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — William S. Donaldson established a blacksmith shop on Front Street in Mount Clemens in 1862. This business is what grew into the Donaldson Bros. Foundry in 1865 when William partnered with his brother, Andrew.

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Published November 13, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s photo is of the old Roseville Recreation & Youth Center, located at 18185 Sycamore St. — the current location of the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe. This photo is dated April 24, 1969, and shows the nearly complete $25,000 addition to the recreation center. The addition was scheduled to open in May of that year.

Pictured in the photo are Recreation and Parks Director Dennis Versele, department secretary Juliet George and Mayor William McDonald.

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Published November 4, 2015

A staff photo from a Feb. 5, 1958, newspaper article — the name of the paper was unavailable — shows a house originally constructed in Utica before it was moved to its current location on 21 Mile Road, south of Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township. Gardner Hunt Runyan, a farmer and carpenter, originally built the house in the 1860s. Clarence Gildner, a well-known builder in the area, also lived in the house with his family from 1951 to 1958. Myrna Mazure now owns the home. For a story, “Restored house built in 1870s to receive historic marker,” visit
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Published November 4, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Starting around the fall of 1982, a group of local video game enthusiasts — calling their club the Activision Addicts, and later, the Video Addicts — decided to help local hospitalized kids for the holidays.

Former Video Addicts club president and Eastpointe resident Ernest Sevener said the club formed around 1981-82. The club would meet at Abbot Video in Roseville once or twice a month to try out the new games and see how they liked them.

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Published October 28, 2015

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.

Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library — will talk about the history and what goes on behind the scenes at the parade at eight libraries in the coming weeks.

His first stop will be Nov. 2 at the Troy Public Library.

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Published October 28, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores residents might recall the weekend of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the village-turned-city in 2011, but this year marks a momentous milestone for the Shores as well.

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