Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-gn-074_u.jpg

    This is an unknown boy standing in front of a building believed to be in Livingston County Michigan.
  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N036C_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of an old school house building  in Fowlerville, Livingston County, Michigan.  It was built in 1871 and burned in 1921.
  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N036A_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the Old Bickhart Flour Mill, built in 1851 on the old site of the Coop Mill on North Walnut Street, Howell, Livingston County, Michigan.
  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N015A_u.jpg

    This photograph appeared in the August 28, 1963 issue of the Livingston County Press, and was originally published February 13, 1935.  Thomas Cotter  found a copy of this photograph in 1935 while going through the effects of his late mother, Mrs. Emma Watkins.  Mrs. Watkins died in 1934, and lived for many years on Fowler Street.  The photograph was said to have been made by photographer, W. E. Cleave  and older persons in the community estimated it was made sometime between 1865 and 1870. The photograph was later taken by Ed Beach and Wilbur Johnson to L. Nelson to be enlarged. 

     The view is from the top of Union School and is looking north towards the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue (Division Street).  The exact year is unknown.

    A full description of the buildings in this picture are included in the  1935 Article.  The buildings include a hotel,  bank, dry goods store, grocery, print shop, Masonic Hall, barber shop, and in the distance three buildings on what was then the Bowers farm.

    W.E. Cleave photo  (in  library use only)

    Tale of Progress Told by Picture February 1935 article  (in library use only)

  • 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) 
    • State St, Peanut Row
    • Consumers Power Co
    • Farm Bureau
    • Hi Tech Safe
    • Leist Sports
    • Moe's BarBar
    • Anderson's Gifts
    • First National Bank
    • Flour Mill
    • Holkins Lumber
    • Swann's Store
    • Chemung Hills Country Club
    • Borek-Jennings Funeral Home
    • Schnackenberg Lamb Funeral Home
    • Hotel
    • Grand River
    • Michigan Avenue
    • Sibley St
    • Walnut St
    • State St
  • 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-T006-05-0042_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of a group participating in the contract signing for the  new school, Hartland, Michigan,  1950.

    The exact date, location of the signing, and names of the persons in the photograph are unknown.
  • 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.
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