Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • Building lower right: Sutton's Hardware, formerly the Opera House

    These photographs were taken likely in the 1940's and is the  streetscape of West Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan.
    The cars are angle parked, and the view looks northeast with the storefronts on the north side of the 100 block of West Grand River Avenue in view, and the Livingston County Courthouse in the background.
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    123 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan -1913
    A. Garland Tailoring - Howell Opera House - The Bennett Hardware Co.
    The building was owned by Arthur Garland.

    Photo shows 1913 store fronts of:
    A Garland Fine Tailoring, address # 217 Grand River Avenue. Signage includes: A. Garland; Garland Tailoring; Foreign & Domestic Woolens
    Two gentlemen in hats stand in the doorway.

    The middle doors are the outside entrance to the Howell Opera House.
    Two gentlemen in hats are passing by on the sidewalk.

    The Bennett Hardware Co.
    Three gentlemen in hats stand in the doorway.
    Business purchased March 1913 by Charles Sutton.

    There are window displays and flag bunting decorating columns and posts.

    Photo is captioned in the 1976 Howell Bicentennial History, pg 178:
    This is the outside entrance to the Opera House. On the left, Garland stands in the entrance to his store, on the right, Bennett and Chas. Sutton (tall one) stand by their hardware store, 1913.

    Can see part of Grand River Avenue and men standing in the entrances to the store fronts.  Current address of Opera House is 123 W Grand River Rd, Howell, MI 48843.
  • HCDL-ngp-A002-04-0002_u.jpg

    The cast of children in a Howell Opera House play in Howell, Michigan around the 1900's.  Current address of Opera House is 123 W Grand River Rd, Howell, MI 48843.
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    The cast of girls for a school play at the Howell Opera House, Howell, Michigan in 1906.  Current address of Opera House is 123 W Grand River Rd, Howell, MI 48843.
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    This collection of photographs was labeled "Senior Play, 1915".  In April 1915, the Howell High School Senior Play was "Esmeralda", and was presented on one night, April 16, 1915 at the Howell Opera House, Howell, Michigan.

    A column in the April 21st, 1915 edition of the Livingston Republican recalled, "The Senior Play At the Opera House Friday Evening Was a Decided Success".  Continuing the paper noted, "A one hundred eighty-five dollar house was the way the people of Howell and vicinity appreciated the Senior Play, 'Esmeralda' at the Opera House.  The parts were well taken and well sustained.  Much credit is due to not only those who took part but to Mrs. W. C. Huntington who trained the actors and staged the play".

    The 1915 "Torch", listed the Cast of Characters and their student actors as Stanley Warner, G. D. Monroe, Ralph Yerkes, Venice Stuible, Mary Bullis, Edwin Beebe, Irene Taziman, Maggie Cummiskey, Ethel Sharp, Harold Hardy, and Lee VanHorn.

    "Esmeralda" was a celebrated play of that day by Mrs. Francis Hodgson and William H. Gillette.  Admission to the play was 35 and 50 cents.
  • HCDL-ngp-S002-30-0005_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the Howell High School Play held at the Howell Opera House, 121 - 123 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan.

    The date of this event and the names of the persons in the photograph are unknown.
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    Howell High School Class Play, Howell, Michigan -1896 held at Opera House. The hero of the play was Ned Cavell.
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    Sections of video listing visible signs of businesses.

    • East Grand River South Side - Kroger, Howell Theatre,Midget Sandwich Shop, Goodnow & Jubb, National Hotel, Standard, Cozy Restaurant, Hotel Livingston, Howell Real Estate Agency, Livingston Reality Co. Citizens, Bowman's Variety Store, Adams Department Store, Todaro's Amber Lounge, Standard Office Supply, Adams Family Hair Center, Lathan's, O'Leary's Bakery Dairy Bar, Clear's Pub, Lud-mor Store, Western Auto Associate Store,Goodnow Dry Goods Store, First National Bank, Hausneer Bros. Fine Foods, McPherson State Bank
    • West Grand River South Side - Porter Clothing Co., Strobel's Grocery, Line's 5 & 10 Store, D & C, Western Auto, Family Restaurant, Johnson's Drug Store, Schafer's House of Music, Copper Pickle, Opera House, A Garland, Bennett Hardware Co., Chas. H. Sutton Hardware, The Palace Market, M.R.R. Hardware, Shippy's, Main Street Winery, Heller's Flowers, Cobb-Hall Insurance Group, McPherson Oil Co and Service, First Presbyterian Church, Russell Smith Ford, Masonic Temple
    • East Grand River North Side - Monroe Bro's, Cook, Larkin & Kruger Grocery, Greenaway Building, Cowdry's Drug Store, Baldwin's Drug Store, Bob's Pharmacy, Leist Sports, Uptown Coffeehouse, Yax Jewelry, Moe's Barber Shop, Gift Shoppe, Donald Jewelers, Dairy Queen, Court House, Citizens Mutual, Bell Telephone Co.
    • West Grand River North Side - Howell Carnegie District Library, Larson's Jewelery, Budget Tire Co., Kosin's Glass, Smith Ford Dealership, Baldwin, Line's 5 to 1.00 Store, Richards Electric, DR Electric, Mrs. Eagers Restaurant, Rexall Drugs, Spagnuola's Candy and Ice Cream, Livingston's Drugs, Charles W. Itsell, Dowen Town
    • Michigan Ave - Thompson Grist Mill, Mcpherson Mansion, Mcpherson Hospital, Mason Block, Repubican Newspaper, Howell Post Office, Masonic Temple, A.J. Parker & Co.
    • Michigan Ave & Sibley Street - Whipple Hotel, Young and Pohly Blacksmith Shop, J.W. Wright & Sons Planing Mill, Post Office, JC's Corner Pocket, Zemper, Central School, Howell High School & Junior High and Michigan Ave Middle School
    • State Street (Peanut Row)
    • Walnut Street - Post Office, Candy Kitchen, A. F. Peavy and Sons Mill, Lyndon's Studio, Parshall Flour Mill, Howell Co-op, Ten-Cent Barn, Rissman Plumbing & Heating Co.
    • Thompson Lake
    • Ann Arbor Railroad Howell Depot

  • HCDL-bd-Howell-Opera-House-from-the-Michigan-Humanities-Council-2007_m.jpg

    Emmy award winning piece on the Historic Howell Opera House, Howell, Michigan (HCDL-bd-Howell-Opera-House-from-the-Michigan-Humanities-Council-2007_m.mp4)

    • Howell Michigan
    • Grand River Avenue
    • Bennett Hardware
    • A. Garland
    • Duane Zemper
    • Schroeder Butka Hardware
    • Lansing
    • Fowlerville
    • Brighton
    • Livingston County Courthouse
    • Lindsey Root
    • Livingston Arts Council
    • Jeffrey Stamm
  • HCDL-gn-Pinckney03_u.jpg

    This photograph was taken from the southeast corner of West Grand River Avenue and Walnut Street, Howell, Michigan, 1890's.  The Floral Parade is in progress; the Opera house is on the southeast corner of the intersection but is not visible in this photograph. The sign at top center of building reads Young Mens Hall.  The sign on side of building reads City Dining Hall and Restaurant.  In the 1892 Sanborn map, the City Dining Hall was located at 204 West Grand River Avenue.  In the distance on the right reads, 10 Cent Barn where farmers corraled their horses/buggies/wagons when they came into town.  The City Dining Hall & Restaurant was in operation in the 1890's, and was owned by Will R. Knapp.
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