Howell Area Archives Digital Archive

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  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N092B_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the storefronts on the west side of the 200 block of South Michigan Avenue, Howell, Michigan. Store fronts left to right are Snedicors Cleaners, Riders Show Repair, Zemper's Studio, Union Hall, and Cherri's School of Dance.  The year of the photograph and the name of the person in front of the studio are unknown.
  • HCDL-gn-Teeple-N092A_u.jpg

    This is a photograph of the storefronts on the west side of the 200 block of South Michigan Avenue, Howell, Michigan. Store fronts left to right are Snedicors Cleaners, Riders Show Repair, Zemper's Studio, Union Hall, Cherri's School of Dance, and Hobby Center.  The year of the photograph is unknown.
  • HCDL-bd-Zemper-in-the-Time-of-Black-and-White_m.jpg

    "Growing Up Howell, what's your story?" was the brain child of Zemp. This is his final interview. For all those "Growing Up Howell" who sat for this man. Baby, grade school, high school, graduation, wedding, engagement, family and confirmation photographs as well as many other occasions. Here is another side of his talent you may enjoy. Thanks to HHS 1968 Gary Finch who interned at the studio and was a lifelong friend. We are indebted to you for capturing this special interview. (HCDL-bd-Zemper-in-the-Time-of-Black-and-White_m.mp4)

    • Nelson Studios
    • Gary Finch
    • 457th Bomb Group
    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Michigan Normal College
    • Tillie Reiner
    • WWII
    • Yale University
    • "sealed train"
    • England
    • Sioux Fall, South Dakota
    • B-29's & B-17 aircraft
    • Brighton
    • Frank Seger
    • Brighton Argus
    • Eric Reiner, Mayor
    • Riddle Street
    • Zemper Studios
    • Cleave Studios
    • Masonic Lodge
    • speak easy
    • Rick Zemper
    • Steve Zemper
    • Tot's Day
    • Fowlerville Minister
    • Joe Brady Family
    • Knight's Templar
    • Cub Scouts
    • Citizens' Insurance Company, Board of Directors
    • Frank Bush Family
    • Mr. Hamilton
    • Howell Motors
    • Dick Quinlan
    • Charles Sutton
    • Elks Ruler 1954
    • Pete Baldwin
    • Rotary Club Howell
    • Baldwin's Drug Store
    • Jim Moffett
    • R. B. McPherson Home
    • MMPA, President
    • Ruthanne Lyons
    • Judge Willis Lyons
    • Miss Dunberger
    • Miss Michigan 1955
    • Patricial Dowen
    • Doc May
    • Miss Zimmerle
    • Mrs. Slayton
    • pool hall
    • Tillie's Aunt
    • Dorothy Dunn
    • Fred Server
    • Clifton Heller
    • Kensington Metropark
    • Marietta, Ohio
    • Bob White
    • photography techniques
    • Mr. Quigley
    • Ol' Red
    • Willie Wright
    • Mrs. Thayer
    • D. L. Zemper, Master of Photography
  • HCDL-bd-WWII-Through-the-Lens-of-Duane-Zemper_m.jpg

    PBS Emmy winning program WFUM TV Flint, Michigan produced by Donna Ryen Remembering with the Howell Area Archives (HCDL-bd-WWII-Through-the-Lens-of-Duane-Zemper_m.mp4)

    Persons, Places, Items mentioned/or in view
    • Duane Zemper
    • Howell Area Archives
    • Howell Carnegie Library
    • Howell Michigan
    • Photographer
    • Milt Charboneau
    • Joyce Fisher
    • Air Force Photographer
    • Yale University
    • aerial photography
    • Denver Colorado
    • 457th Bomb Group
    • Baltic Sea
    • bombardiers
    • scrap drives
    • Livington County Courthouse
    • Livingston County Road Commission
    • Mayor Eric Reiner
    • civil war cannon
    • firehouse bell
    • flyboys
    • flak
    • Tillie Zemper
    • Zemper children
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  • HCDL-bd-Duane-Zemper-1919-2016_m.jpg

    Many say his "feet" carried him out of a life of poverty and to our community which he called home. At Flint High School, he found hurdles were not fences and running meant winning. Lloyd W. Olds, track and field coach at Michigan Normal College recognized his potential and recruited him. With no money for college, his high school coach was his benefactor, giving Duane the thirty-five dollars needed for tuition to attend college. At Michigan Normal, Duane was the Huron's second All-American in cross country, one of only two men to ever win the State of Michigan AAU and Collegiate Championships in a single year.
    Working every odd job imaginable to complete college, Duane Zemper graduated with a degree in physics, mathematics and chemistry, as a seven-time state champion and four time All-American in cross country and track and field.

    Again his feet carried him forward. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served our nation as a Aerial Reconnaissance Officer. At the end of the war with great forethought, 1st Lieutenant Zemper preserved more than ten thousand war photographs, each one telling an amazing story.

    Returning from the war, Duane settled in his wife's hometown of Howell and he adopted it as his own. Using the skills learned in the Army, he became a professional photographer and served this community for nearly fifty years. The historical photographs you see of Howell’s early years are here for our pleasure because Duane knew the importance of preserving the glass plate negatives and photographs that had been left behind by the previous owners when he purchased his studio overlooking the Court House.

    He continued the preservation process of our history throughout his career. Duane donated his time to capture Howell High School sporting events, never missing a football game, home or away, in twenty-five years. He mentored and coached countless athletes and founded the Howell Athletic Boosters.

    Named 1976 Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Howell declared June 9th "Duane L Zemper Day". As a Rotarian he was proud of his nearly 68 years of perfect attendance.

    He co-founded the Howell Area Archives, in the Howell Carnegie District Library and was a major contributor and co-author of the treasured 1776 -1976 Howell Bicentennial History Book. The ''Duane Zemper Award" is given by the Howell library to those individuals who bring positive attention and extraordinary support to the library.

    Even a man from humble beginnings can inspire a community. As an Athlete, Professor, Veteran, Photographer, Preservationist, Historian, Storyteller, Coach, Mentor, Booster, Rotarian, Teacher and Friend, he is woven into the fabric of our history and into the hearts of everyone who lives here. He spent most of his life collecting and passing on the stories of Howell and the people who have called it home. As he often said, “Everyone has a story, what’s yours?”
  • HCDL-ngp-C003-08-0003_u.jpg

    First Communion of Steve and Gail Zemper and others unknown at
    St Johns Episcopal Church, 1960
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