Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • 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-ngp-T004-03-0019_u.jpg

    Howell, Michigan
    Slayton Chrysler and Plymouth - 1928
    Looking east at cars parked on the west side of First National Bank, Howell, corner of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue, known locally as the Main Four.
    Unknown people.
    Photo was part of Display, First National Bank, Michigan Ave., Howell
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-05-0002_u.jpg

    Michigan Ave North West Side - known as the Heikkenen Building, previously housed the Heikkinen Law Firm. Arthur and Richard Heikkinen
    Blueprints exist for the building dated 1915.
  • 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-S004-02-0053_u.jpg

    213 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan
    Sally Ude's Sweet Shop and Bar,
    Signage: Drink Coca-Cola, Service, Steaks, Lunch, Hamburgers, Greyhound, Taxi, Sealtest Milk and Cream, Powerama
    Unknown waitress, unknown year.
    Zemper Studio - 1954 - 1961
  • 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-S004-02-0039_u.jpg

    Public fountain in front of the Rexall Drug Store located in front of the Greenaway Building at 102 E. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan, the north east corner of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue, known locally as the Main Four.
    The fountain had four attached cups and was located next to a hitching post.
    Photo is facing south west, and shows buildings on the south side of Grand River Avenue. Pedestrians and vehicles are pictured.

    Text from 'Images of America Howell' by David D. Finney, Jr. and Judith L. McIntosh, page 22:
    This summer image, taken around 1912 by Roy Newcomb, provides a view of John Hamilton with a ladle in his hand as he dips for a refreshing cup of water from the public fountain.

  • 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.
  • HCDL-ngp-S004-01-0045_u.jpg

    West Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan
    View of the south west block at the intersection of Grand River Ave. and Michigan Ave, known locally as the Main Four.
    101-123 W. Grand River Avenue

    Writing on photo states:
    "South side Main St Looking West.
    E. K. Johnson - Pub.
    Howell, Mich"

    Store signs left to right: Porter Clothing Co., Cigar Factory, Model Bakery

    Unknown pedestrians.
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