Looking Back

Published April 30, 2019


BIRMINGHAM — During Alta Ford’s teen and young adult years in the late 1800s, it was a tradition in the village of Birmingham for young men to serenade young women. Afterward, the young women would invite them inside for refreshments.

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Published April 26, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — Much can happen over the span of three decades. And throughout those years, the Sterling Heights Sentry has watched and documented what has occurred within its territory.

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Published April 24, 2019

ROCHESTER — These two photos show the Morse block of Rochester’s Main Street in the 1940s and in 2018.

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Published April 22, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Reid’s Drugs was located at 25100 Harper Ave. in St. Clair Shores, at 10 Mile Road.

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Published April 3, 2019

TROY — To mark the milestone, SMZ will host a benefit for the Children’s Center of Detroit, create a company time capsule and celebrate with a summertime party.

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Published March 26, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham has had a lot of businesses carrying the Peabody family name throughout its history. Many still mourn the closure of Peabody’s Restaurant, which grew out of Peabody’s Market, which in turn grew out of a family-run fruit stand.

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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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Upcoming Events

Rochester
Gifts and Greens Market
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building
Ferndale
'A Very Golden Girls Christmas'
8 p.m.
The Ringwald Theatre
Sterling Heights
Polar Pizza Party
5-8 p.m.
Henry Ford II High School
West Bloomfield
'A Musical Celebration of Christmas'
7:30 p.m.
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian
Farmington Hills
Orchard Lake Philharmonic concerts
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington

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