Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-bd-Do-you-know-where-I-stood_m.jpg

    A quiz to test your history knowledge of buildings in Howell, Michigan. (HCDL-bd-Do-you-know-where-I-stood_m.mp4)
  • 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.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-06-0003_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of State Street, looking north.  State Street intersects with East Grand River Avenue, which is in the foreground.  The Livingston County Courthouse is on the east side of State Street.  This pictures shows a building being moved and was taken in the  early 1950's.

    Further information about the building and its destination are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-05-0001_u.jpg

    H. H. Mills & Son store build in the 1850's. Michigan Avenue north of Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan. Destroyed by fire in 1882.

    H. H. Mills was a son-in-law of Wm McPherson Sr.

    Photo shows adjoining building, store windows, merchandise, pedestrians. The building to the left is ? Daniels Restaurant and the building to the right is a hardware store.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-02-0054_u.jpg

    Zemper Studio, 213 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan -1954-1961.

    At one time the building housed Sally Ude's Sweet Shop and Bar.

    Owner Duane Zemper shows photographs in the windows, and a passing car. unknown date of photo.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-02-0051_u.jpg

    Goodnow Jubb Building
    101 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan
    South east corner of Grand River Avenue/Michigan Avenue intersection, known locally as the Main Four.
    Year unknown.
    Later location of First National Bank in Howell.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-02-0042_u.jpg

    Photo of the main four corners in Howell, Michigan in 1858. First photo taken in Howell by Wilbur Johnson's Grandfather.

    Grand River Avenue intersection with Michigan Avenue (previously called East Street, then Division Street) is known locally as the Main Four.

    See a building on left of photo with sign Wm McPherson & C.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-02-0006_u.jpg

    Buermann Furniture - 1906
    North side of the 100 block of West Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan
    Three unknown people
    Window signage: Furniture and Crockery. Display of bedroom furniture, fan, mirror
    Horse at hitching post.
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