Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N004_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the building at 201 South Michigan Avenue, Howell, Michigan.  It housed the Paul Hougaboom State Farm Insurance Agency.  Also in view are cars on South Michigan Avenue, the Drive Through Branch of the First National Bank, on the northeast corner of Sibley Street and South Michigan Avenue, Christmas garland on the street lamp, the back of the buildings on the south side of East Grand River Avenue, and the Livingston County Courthouse.

    There is also signage for the intersection of M-155 and Business Loop I-96.

    The exact date is unknown but believed to be in the 1970's.
  • HCDL-ngp-S003-02-0080_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the interior of a butcher shop, Young & Pohley's Meat Market, Howell, Michigan.  They were open during the 1890's and advertised being the premier meat supplier for Livingston County, Michigan.

    By 1898, it was E. F. Young & Sons Meat Market.  This market was located on the south side of the now Bank of Ann Arbor, 101 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan.

    This photograph shows the market prepared for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  The exact date and names of people in the photograph are unknown but it is believed to be from Christmas 1910.

    Read the Livingston Daily Press & Argus December 23, 2002 Article (In Library Use Only)

    This photograph was also included in the 1976 Howell Bicentennial History and Photographic Supplement.
  • HCDL-ngp-D004-01-0113_u.jpg

    This photograph is of 106 North Michigan Avenue, Christmas Alley, Howell, Michigan, and was taken as part of documentation for the R/UDAT Study, 1984.  

    In 1983, the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce applied for a R/UDAT (Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team) study, an American Institute of Architects program that brought a team of professionals to the city for a four-day period to study Howell's downtown, its ability to compete for regional shopping, and to make recommendations for improvements to re-vitalize the city.  The team, in 1984, during the study took photographs, interviewed people, held forums, and in the end provided an outline of strategies.

    American Institute of Architects Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team
  • 1978

    These photographs were taken during the 1975 and 1978 Christmas Dinners held by the medical office of Dr. Ismael Yanga and Dr. Abelardo Bustillo, at the Holiday Inn, in Howell, Michigan.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-08-0007_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of Children having a visit with Santa Claus at the St. John Episcopal Church, 114 South Walnut Street, Howell, Michigan, 1949.

    The names of the persons in the photograph are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-C002-02-008_u.jpg

    These photographs celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Howell Chamber of Commerce in 1999.   They feature pictures of Joe Anne Swann's  Fantasy Land Village  and include newspaper articles about it. For over 20 years, until 1985, this village hosted visitors to Santa's Igloo each December.

    Starting in 1959, Howell businesswoman, Joe Ann Swann, owner of Joe Anne's Sportswear (108 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan), created a Fantasy Land for Christmas on Livingston County Courthouse lawn.  Nearly every year, the display, sponsored by the Howell Chamber of Commerce, featured Santa's Igloo, and other fairy tale figures created by Mrs. Swann.

    Santa's Igloo hosted visitors to see Santa, and the display later featured a Candy Castle, the Three Little Pigs, and an Elves Workshop.  
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