Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-bd-howell-downtown_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of downtown Howell, Michigan.   The view is looking west on Grand River Avenue at the intersection of Walnut Street. 

    At 201 West Grand River Avenue, is the Schroeder-Rutka Hardware Store.  The building was built by Fred P. Schroeder about 1911; it is a brick building, 25 x 132 feet, two stories, with a basement and warehouse on the west side. 
    In March 1886, Fred P. Schroeder began the hardware business at Howell, and was located in the Cardell block just across the street north.  In 1911, the business was reorganized and incorporated under the name Schroeder-Rutka Hardware Company.  Fred Schroeder was president, J.H. Rutka, vice president, and J.J. Rutka was secretary-treasurer.   The Library of Congress Sanborn Fire Map for 1911, lists from east to west on the southside of Grand River Avenue, the hardware store, a stock room, undertaker, bike shop, Wickman Wire Works, print shop and produce shop.

    While the date of this photograph is unknown, in the distance is the First Presbyterian Church. The new church was built and began to be occupied in 1915.
  • HCDL-ngp-F005-01-001_u.jpg

    Benjamin W. Cardell settled in Howell, Michigan in 1847. He was a sawmill owner (1848-1851), undertaker with Harvey Goodrich in Howell, Michigan and owner of Cardell Block NW Corner W. Grand River and Walnut in Howell, Michigan.

    His home moved in 1900 to 132 Isbell St, Howell, Michigan. This house was later owned in 1971 by Orville Reed.

    unknown date of photo

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  • HCDL-ngp-P005-01-0002_u.jpg

    This photograph is from the "Old Brighton Village" book, 1974, and shows two images.

    In the upper left corner is the C. F. Weiss Drug Store.  It was located on the SW Corner of Main and Grand River, Brighton - 1926. On the ground level, was the Weiss Barbeque, and the upper level held dances and meetings.

    The image in the lower right corner shows Emil Keehn who brought the first hearse to Brighton in 1922.  The hearse was also used as an ambulance.
  • HCDL-ngp-F005-01-001a_u.jpg

    Van Kleeks Furniture and Undertaking, Howell, Michigan

    Weimeister block (south side) of Grand River Ave, Howell, Michigan
    unknown date
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