Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N007_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the Diamond Dot Market, Howell, Michigan. The exact year is unknown.
  • HCDL-bd-Remembering-Joe-Harris_m.jpg

    Diamond Dot Market Howell, Michigan (HCDL-bd-Remembering-Joe-Harris_m.mp4)

    Names or Places mentioned in video:
    Joe Harris, Diamond Dot Market, Livingston Drugs
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    This is a photograph of the exterior of the storefront for Vantown Store, labeled, "For liquor license - Mason Road - 1973".   The view is looking west on Howell-Mason Road and a Sunoco Sign is in view.

    Vantown, located at the intersection of Howell-Mason Road and Dietz Road, in Leroy township, Ingham county, Michigan.  Vantown was named after a man named VanBuren.

    The Vantown store, 3495 East Howell Road, Webberville, Michigan, was located on the northwest corner of the intersection.  In the 1970's was owned by the Fitzpatrick family., and previously owned/operated by the Nemer's, and Truhn's.   The store, established about 1901, closed around 2007 and was destroyed by a fire in January 2008. 

    The store once housed a barber shop, gasoline station, phone station, and post office, and served as a meeting spot for local farmers and as a milk depot.
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    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.
  • Congressman Marvin Esch

    These photographs of the 4th of July Parade, Howell, Michigan, 1970, were taken as the parade marched east on West Grand River Avenue, near the intersection of Byron Road.   Several bands, drill teams, colorguard units, local businessmen, and bystanders were featured.   In the background of the car carrying Congressman Marvin Esch a partial view of the First Church of Christ Scientist building.   The building is no longer there in 2023.
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    This is a photograph of City Market which was located on the first block of South Grand, on the east side of Grand Avenue, Fowlerville, Michigan.

    Standing outside were Lewis Herning, owner,  and Jake Hamilton, 1910.
  • HCDL-ngp-F002-09-0006_u.jpg

    This is a portrait of Joe Harris - Owner, Diamond Dot Market & Howell Public Schools, Board Member.
  • HCDL-ngp-F002-09-0005_u.jpg

    This is a portrait of Helen Harris, wife of Joe Harris - Owner, Diamond Dot Market & Howell Public Schools, Board Member.
  • HCDL-ngp-C002-01-005_u.jpg

    In 1999, Howell Chamber of Commerce, Howell, Michigan, celebrated its 50th Anniversary and used a number of photographs to mark the event.

    In this photograph from the late 1950's, Sidewalk Dazes is happening.   Howard Pyles is roped by Joe Harris in front of Sutton's Hardware, 121 - 123 West Grand River Avenue.   Howard Pyles and Arnold Heino owned Sutton's Hardware, and it was later owned by the Shaw's.   Joe Harris was the owner of Diamond Dot Market on M-59 in Howell.
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