Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-bd-howell-downtown_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of downtown Howell, Michigan.   The view is looking west on Grand River Avenue at the intersection of Walnut Street. 

    At 201 West Grand River Avenue, is the Schroeder-Rutka Hardware Store.  The building was built by Fred P. Schroeder about 1911; it is a brick building, 25 x 132 feet, two stories, with a basement and warehouse on the west side. 
    In March 1886, Fred P. Schroeder began the hardware business at Howell, and was located in the Cardell block just across the street north.  In 1911, the business was reorganized and incorporated under the name Schroeder-Rutka Hardware Company.  Fred Schroeder was president, J.H. Rutka, vice president, and J.J. Rutka was secretary-treasurer.   The Library of Congress Sanborn Fire Map for 1911, lists from east to west on the southside of Grand River Avenue, the hardware store, a stock room, undertaker, bike shop, Wickman Wire Works, print shop and produce shop.

    While the date of this photograph is unknown, in the distance is the First Presbyterian Church. The new church was built and began to be occupied in 1915.
  • HCDL-bd-elephants-fair_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of Circus Elephants at the Howell Fairgrounds.  The Livingston Country Agricultural Fair was held at the Fairgrounds near Fair Street and Elm Street in Howell 1853 - 1888.  In 1888, the railroad was built and crossed through the fairgrounds, and from 1898 to 1913, Street fairs were held downtown Howell.  Around 1914, the Fairgrounds northeast of the original area became active. There was a racetrack, and grandstand, and a speaker stand as pictured.  Circuses came to town regularly, and separately from the countywide agricultural fairs.   The name of the circus and date of this photograph are unknown.
  • HCDL-bd-cohoctah-depot-looking-south_u.jpg

    Cohoctah Depot, Cohoctah, Michigan
    looking south
    built in 1886 servicing the Ann Arbor Railway
    unknown year of picture
  • HCDL-bd-cohoctah-depot_u .jpg

    Cohoctah Depot, Cohoctah, Michigan

    unknown year and people
  • HCDL-C003-Baptist-Choir2_u.jpg

    First Baptist Church, Howell, Michigan, Front Interior - 1959

    Last Sunday in the old church before razing for new church building. Rev. Merle Meeden

    unknown people
  • HCDL-C003-Baptist-Front-Postcard_u.jpg

    First Baptist Church, Howell, Michigan, Interior - Before 1959

    unknown year
  • HCDL-bd-Alpheus-and-Emelia-Smith-Cabin-Chilson_u.jpg

    Alpheus and Emelia Smith Cabin, Chilson, Michigan

    Hiram Smith was born in this cabin. The site of the store Alpheus owned is at the northwest corner of the intersection of Chilson and Brighton Roads. This cabin is about 1/4 mile west of the railroad tracks behind the store.  They soon moved to a farm and home that is present day 4389 Chilson Rd.

    unknown date of photo and person
  • HCDL-bd-Winans-Lake-School_u.jpg

    Hiram Smith taught school for one term in 1903-04.

    Located in Hamburg Township Section 15.

    unknown location and year of photo

    View 1875 Map of Location.
  • HCDL-bd-Stone-School_u .jpg

    Stone School, Livingston County, Michigan

    Hiram Smith standing in front of school his father transferred him to when he was 13.

    Hiram Smith wrote "Clyde (older brother) could read most of the first reader and count to 100, but I only knew some of my ABC's and could only count to 10. The handmade wooden desks were large; along the walls were benches where we would sit when waiting to recite our lessons. The teacher's desk was in front; when we got in trouble we would have to sit under her desk. A wood shed was attached to the main room, where we boys would eat our lunches on stormy days. In back, the play yard was divided by a wooden fence, one side for boys, one for girls. The stove was ...where we would dry out our socks....My father was elected school director a few years later and the district board purchased new desks with ink wells. It was fun to draw a funny face on your ink bottle and bob it up and down in the hole to entertain the kids behind you. At first we had to furnish our own books, but later the district bought books from Ginn and Co. ...Father made sure we did not miss school; when storms were bad or snow drifts were high, he would take us in the sleigh and even take down fences to get through. Many kids were kept at home during spring planting and fall harvest, but not us. Our parents insisted that we get our schooling."

    unknown location and year of photo
  • HCDL-bd-Benedict-School_u.jpg

    Benedict School, Livingston County, Michigan

    The school was located in Genoa Township Section 16. 

    Hiram Smith began at this school around age 5 (about Fall term of 1888).  Minnie Vogelsberg was the teacher. Three Fires Elementary School is in the field that used to be behind the Benedict School.

    unknown year of photo

    View 1875 map location.
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