History

 Ray Berg

Comings and Goings at the Manchester Hotel (Part 1 of 3)

By Ray Berg In this three-part article, we examine the history of a prominent early Manchester business, the Manchester Hotel, also known at times as the Manchester House, the Goodyear House and the Freeman House. This multi-story and multi-business building sat on the northeast corner of Main and Clinton Streets from the mid-1830s through 1938, […]

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Mirror Classic: Christmas in Michigan 172 Years Ago

In 1842, Michigan had only been a state for 5 years. The state had been brought into the union by Stevens T. Mason, our first governor, who was at the time of statehood only 26 years old (he had assumed the office of Territorial Secretary at the age of 19). In his short term in […]

 Ray Berg

Early Manchester Photographers – Part 4 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer In the previous three articles of this series, we have presented histories of some early Manchester photographers from 1860 – 1890, before the advent of the Kodak camera made personal photography feasible. So far, we examined the Manchester careers of Susan Speechly, Samuel Davis, Harriet Osborn, Henry Bissel and […]

 Ray Berg

Early Manchester Photographers – Part 3 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer In the previous two articles of this series, we discussed early Manchester photographers from 1860 – 1890, a period when commercial photographers provided portrait and street scene images, before the advent of the Kodak camera made personal photography feasible. We started this series by examining the Manchester careers of […]

 Sara Swanson

Early Manchester Photographers – Part 2 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer In Part 1 of this series, the authors identified several early photographers who established studios in downtown Manchester in the 1860s through 1890s. We began with Susan T. Speechly, who operated studios in Manchester, Ann Arbor and Dundee, and specialized in formal portrait photography. Her business in Manchester was […]

 Ray Berg

Early Manchester Photographers – Part 1 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer In June 2009, the authors met with local Manchester resident and historian Howard Parr, who had been given a photograph album by another local resident, Jane Cook, for donation to the Manchester Area Historical Society. This album was originally assembled by Addison DeForest Kief, a descendant of the Artemus […]

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Talkin’ Trash in Manchester—Part 4 of 4

by Alan Dyer and Ray Berg In July 1879, the Council received complaints concerning the dangerous conditions that existed in the tannery area, the bank of the upper pond where a pig sty was located, and certain unnamed premises on Exchange Place.  The following week the village attorney was asked to draft an ordinance relative […]

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Talkin’ Trash in Manchester—Part 3 of 4

by Alan Dyer and Ray Berg Introduction In Parts 1 and 2 of “Talkin’ Trash in Manchester”, the authors described the excavation of rural middens, or accumulated trash heaps which originated locally in the 19th century, on Ray Berg’s property in Freedom Township. These middens yield artifacts which provide insight into the living habits, diets […]

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Talkin’ Trash in Manchester–Part 2 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer   In Part 1 of this series on early trash disposal methods around Manchester, we examined the excavation of a Freedom Township midden, and  the discovery of layers of artifacts which reveal aspects of the pioneers’ lives. Other objects removed from this rural midden include various A. Overholt whiskey bottles, […]

 Ray Berg

Talkin’ Trash in Manchester—Part 1 of 4

by Ray Berg and Alan Dyer   Introduction Over a four-part series, the authors explore a feature common to both of their home sites – the presence of a large canyon with steep land, unusable for most practical purposes. Unusable as it may be, this feature provides an opportunity to gain some understanding of the […]