Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-ngp-S003-09-0008_u.jpg

    This is a photograph from the Downtown Howell Michigan collection, dated 1984.

    The name and exact location of this building is unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-S003-09-0012_u.jpg

    This is a photograph in the Downtown Howell Michigan collection, dated 1984.  The exact location of this photograph is unknown but may be the parking lot near  the northeast corner of Sibley Street and South Michigan Avenue.

    Vehicles noted.
  • HCDL-ngp-C002-03-0001_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the presentation of a "Womanless Wedding".   This play took place at the Howell, High School Auditorium to raise funds during Depression, in the 1930's.  The date of the back of the photograph was 1936, and said Charles Sutton played the role of the "Bride".

    A search of did not find any accounting of the "Womanless Wedding" being performed or sponsored by the Business Chamber, as it was then known, in 1936.  The Livingston County Press reported on two presentations of the "Womanless Wedding" during that decade, the first in 1929, and later in 1940.   The following was reported.

    The cast members were all male businessmen or professionals from the Howell area.  In the Livingston County Press, there are articles detailing and advertising for two such performances.  The first took place on April 2 and April 3rd, 1929, sponsored by the Class Ten of the M.E. Church freaturing 80 local men.

    On October 1st and 2nd, 1940, the Howell Lions Club sponsored a performance using 70 local men.  The play, in its advertisement prior to the event, promised to be "a hilarious farce".  The proceeds were to support the Lions Sight program and a portion was donated to McPherson Memorial Hospital to purchase a new oxygen tent.

    Both events drew good crowds, according to the reports in the Livingston County Daily Press.

    According to Wikipedia,  "womanless wedding is a traditional community "ritual of inversion" performance, popular in the United States in the early 19th century. In this comic ritual, the all male cast would act out all roles of a traditional wedding party – including those of bridesmaids, flower girls, and the mother of the bride – while dressed in gowns and dresses.  The event often raised money for charities, civic organizations, and churches."   
  • HCDL-ngp-B002-02-0083_u.jpg

    This image titled "Howell Lake" was included in the 1st National Bank Calendar.

    This is a photo of Thompson Lake, also known as Howell Lake, about 1897.
  • HCDL-ngp-F002-05-0003_u.jpg

    This photograph was labeled "Ken Peckens Homestead".  Peckens was an early settler in Cohoctah Township, Livingston, Michigan.

    The date  and names of those in the photograph are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-ZNB002-02-0039_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the "McPherson Clan", at Under Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1906.

    The individual identities of the family are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-F002-02-0001_u.jpg

    These photographs were labeled "Modern Farming", and appear to have been taken of a display and demonstration of modern farm equipment during the 1950's, early 1960's in Livingston County.

    The exact location, date, and names of the persons in the photographs are unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-H006-06-0096_u.jpg

    This picture was labeled, "Old Jewett House  Oxen and bobsled".   The house was located at 421 Jewett Street, Howell, Michigan.

    The year of the photograph is unknown.
  • HCDL-ngp-B001-01-0052_u.jpg

    A photo of "Ronnie St. Charles  & the Sounds of Country" Band, Fowlerville, Michigan,  1979

  • HCDL-ngp-H006-03-0006_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the "The Oaks", Burt Brayton's home.  This house was located on the corner of Warner Road and Tooley Road, Howell Township, Section 21, Livingston, Michigan.

    The date of the photograph is unknown.

    View Livingston Republican March 19, 1891 Article (In Library Use Only)
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