Looking Back

Published August 31, 2018

FARMINGTON — In the early 1900s, the Owen House hotel stood at the site of the Village Mall, at the southeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Farmington Road. Rates were $1.50 per day, with a special Sunday dinner for 25 cents.

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Published August 27, 2018

BLOOMFIELD/BIRMINGHAM — George Mitchell, a pillar of community life in the village of Bloomfield in the late 1800s, was known for many talents. He was a prolific entrepreneur and the village postmaster.

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Published August 24, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS — If it’s August in Mount Clemens, the men of the Old Crowd are either working on their fish stories, parading through downtown to a boat dock or recovering from their annual meeting.

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Published August 17, 2018

This week’s Looking Back section switches gears to the 1980s when bands rocked New York New York on Hoover Road in Warren. Pictured is Mommy’s Dearest, a group of friends from area high schools who banded together to create a “loud” following on the local music scen

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Published August 14, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — The John Tienken homestead was located on the south side of Tienken Road, near Alston Drive, between Livernois and Brewster roads.

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Published August 7, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight lucky Oakland University honors college students will reside in a historic former bed-and-breakfast, thanks to a donation by the Moceri family.

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Published August 6, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — When it comes to the Woodward Avenue corridor, a lot has changed since the highway was a dirt pathway through the wilderness, traveled by Native Americans migrating between villages.

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Published July 24, 2018

ROCHESTER — People young and old celebrated the Rochester centennial in 1969, commemorating 100 years since Rochester was incorporated as a village.

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Published July 18, 2018

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PONTIAC — When some think of today’s tumultuous political climate, they might think yesteryear was more tranquil and serene.

They’d be wrong.

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Published July 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — In the mid-1800s, domestic work and clothing were undergoing a revolution thanks to the availability of the sewing machine, which was invented in 1755 but took more than a century to become a practical item.

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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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