Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N003B_u.jpg

    This is a photograph taken during the launching of a hot air balloon, Howell, Michigan, during the 1915 4th of July celebration.

    View 4th of July Balloon Launch 1915.  (in library use only)

    The view is looking west from West Grand River Avenue; Grand River is unpaved.  The intersection of Walnut Street and Grand River is in view, and it includes the Hardware on the southwest corner, then further west is the Methodist Church building that was moved to that block, the spectators, the balloon, and in the distance the First Presbyterian Church. 

    On the north side of Grand River Avenue, the building with the sloped roof was identified by Duane Zemper as a photographer's studio, either Roy Lyndon or Harland Ludwig.

    The newspaper printed a summary of the event, including the detail that the balloon came down on the jail, and was so damaged that it could not be repaired for the scheduled 5pm ascension.

    The names of the persons in the photograph are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-H004-02-0034_u.jpg

    This photograph is of the Methodist Church, Brighton, Michigan on East Grand River Avenue.

    Date of photograph is unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-03-0034_u.jpg

    These photographs were taken on May 21, 1972 at the Hardy United Methodist Church, 6510 East Highland Road, Howell, Michigan.  It was the ground breaking for a new educational building.   The Livingston County Press reported it was part of the regular Sunday service.

    In picture 0035, helping turn the soil were, from left to right, Ed Andrews, Robert Cash, Mervil Moore, chairman of the board of trustees, Sharon Bill with the Christian Flag, Mrs. Marion Walker, Albert Waterman, Don Sjoland, Henry Cornell, Charles Richardson holding the American Flag, Miss Phyllis Cornell, Timothy Callahan, Harold Cornell, Mrs. Dorothy Render and the Rev. William J. Rosemurgy, pastor of the church.

    The persons in the other photographs are unidentified.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-03-0033_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the Walnut Street Methodist Church, Sanctuary and Altar, 201 South Walnut Street, Howell, Michigan,  1950.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-03-002_u.jpg

    In this collection of photographs the Walnut Street Methodist Church, 205 South Walnut Street, Howell, Michigan, is being torn down.  The South Kent Wrecking Company of Byron Center, Michigan was contracted for the teardown.  The demolition made way for a parking lot.

    The first Methodist Church in Howell also stood on the same site of this church, on the southeast corner of South Walnut Street and East Sibley Street.  The first church was erected between 1851 and 1854 at a cost of $1500.00.  As early as 1835, the church society had been holding services in the Eagle hotel, then the village schoolhouse, and later in the old courthouse. 

    The Walnut Street Methodist Episcopal Church was chartered in 1873, and merged with Emmanuel Assocation January 1, 1969 to become the First United Methodist Church.

    The 1855 building was moved to a site on 200 block of West Grand River Avenue to make way for the next building about 1890.   That building on Grand River Avenue was used for a multitude of community purposes including a gymnasium and a manufacturing place.  It was last occupied by Wickman Wire Works.  (See item 10143, "200 Block of West Grand River").

    The Walnut Street Methodist Episcopal Church was erected in 1890 at a cost of $18,000.  It served the congregation until December 14, 1969, when they moved to a new home, 1230 Bower Street, Howell, Michigan.  The reasons for building a new church were a growing congregation, and aging, outdated infrastructure.    The new building was consecrated on February 8, 1970.  Rev. Allan G. Gray was the last pastor to serve in that building.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-03-0028_u.jpg

    This is a portrait of the wife of Reverend Carlos L. Adams, pastor at the Walnut Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Howell Michigan.   Emma Louise Cooper Adams was born in Vermont.
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-03-0027_u.jpg

    This is a portrait of Reverend Carlos L. Adams, pastor at the Walnut Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Howell Michigan.   Rev. C. L.  Adams was born in Vermont in 1856, and died in 1941.
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