July 2003 - Edition No. 7

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This Month's Featured History and Graphic

History books extol the discovery of the American continent by Christopher Columbus. While his adventuresome nature should be recognized, the Americas were already a discovery of the Indians. What is true is that Columbus may have been the first European to accidentally stumble onto the “home” of the American Indians and not the new route to the Indies that he was seeking to find.

No one knows with certainty when the Indians discovered America, they were here probably for several thousand years before the Europeans arrived. The Sauks and Chippewas Indian nations were most prominent living in the Saginaw Valley when the French wondered in this area in the 1600s. By the time trappers were reguarly venturing into the valley in the 1700s, the Chippewa had driven the Sauks out of the valley for the most part. The Chippewa remained the dominate local culture until the Trombley boys decided to take up permanent residence in Lower Saginaw, a spot along the Saginaw river near the present Lafayette Bridge in about 1840. Other white traders and settlers followed and with each, more of the Indian's hunting land was displaced for the new culture taking hold. At first it may have seem like a novelty to the Chippewa, but eventually -- it became a serious matter as it forced them to change their native ways to accomodate a the new white culture. Many would leave the area for peaceful land where they could avoid the intrusion of the pestering white folks for a few more generations.
- See
History/Settlers to learn more about the native settlers.

Bay-Journal CommentaryTo top of page.

Editorial comments and whimsical thoughts of limited intestest and value.

July 1 - New Look, New Format!

This month is our first issue using the new format and changes that we've made in the Bay-Journal Monthly newsletter. If you're new to Bay-Journal and would like to learn more on the subject, the changes are covered in the June 2003 issue.

July 21 - We've Reversed Ourselves

We've decided to run all posting in normal chronological order as opposed to the reversed chronological order as has been the practice in previous issues. It just makes since that a journal should be read that way, with the newest posting being the last rather than the latest being the first? Anyway, it's done and I wanted to warn regular viewers who may have stop reading at the latest first! (This reads a little like an old Abbot and Costello routine. )

July 27 - Tips on Copying Webpages!

Printing page information: Most browsers including a print page routine allowing you to capture a page. Some will let of print only a portion or section of a page. To do this, create a "blocked" area by clicking on your mouse button and holding it as you drag it over the area you want to capture. Then, "right click" on the blocked area and chose print. You should get a printed copy of only the area that was blocked.

Copying an image: Right click with your mouse and select "save as" or "save picture as", this opens a new window asking where on your computer to store a copy of the image. Select or create a new folder to save it in. You can also give the file a new name that is meaningful to you before saving it.

JavaScript Table: We used this extensively for database type information. The JavaScript routine includes a print page that makes it easy to do. Before printing, you can filter it by a subject or sort by a header or search by keyword for the information of interest to you.

July 28 - "Thanks For The Memories!"

Passing on at 100 years old, Bob Hope stayed around long enough to affect millions with his gift of humor. Thank goodness that much of his life is caught on film and future generations will be able to understand why he has received the accolades of his piers, audiences, friends, associates and of the military personal to whom he brought moments of joy where it was needed most.

Thanks for the memories, Bob!

Local News HighlightsTo top of page.

Bits of information related to what's happening in Bay County. For more extensive local online news, visit MLive (Bay City Times articles) or My Bay City (special subject articles).

July 3 - Fireworks Festival

Today begins the largest festival in Bay City, an Independence Day celebration with a fire works display that continues the promise of being the biggest one yet. Hard to believe they can keep topping last year's biggest one, but they do... or it may be that my memory fades faster than I thought. Along with the fireworks each day this weekend, there is entertainment and carnival rides for the kids (older ones too).

When I was a youngster, I remember fire works happening all over the county, but the displays were, of course, much smaller in comparison to today's spectacular computerized versions. They use to shoot off fire works in what was then called the Beutel row which is now a part of Veterans Memorial Park. The name was derived from the Beutel Canning Factory nearby and the fact that the poor put up makeshift homes theres. We'd watch the display from Wenonah Park which itself was quite different then from today's modern facilities. And, Wenonah Beach had a fireworks display that was quite spectacular with the Saginaw Bay providing a glittering backdrop of what took place in the sky. As I got older, the drive-in movies where popular places for taking in the fire works. Families arrived early to take in a movie and the fire works afterwards. We didn't have the biggest fireworks back then, but we had plenty of variety.

July 4 - Soldiers Remembered

Tim Younkman, Times Writer, published an interesting story entitled, "Soldiers wrote home on a July 4 past." On July 4th, 1898, the U.S. was at war with Spain, remembered as the Spanish-American War. In reviewing old Times-Press articles, Younkman found an article dated August 10, 1898 about George F. Haven, a Bay City native and corporal who died in Cuba during that war. Haven grew up in West Bay City and lived on Chilson street. During those early years, his father ran a shingle mill. Later the family moved to Chicago where George enlisted in Company D of the 1st Illinois volunteers in 1896. He died of Yellow fever in Cuba.

Younkman points out that somehow, George Haven's name, did not get on the Spanish-America War monument outside of the county building. The monument contains the names of 19 individuals from this area that perished while in service during this war. The article also mentions several other individuals from that period including Pvt. August H. Gansser of Bay City. He acted as a special correspondent for the Times-Press reporting back to the paper on the local soldiers who were in Company C. William Dollard was identified as the first soldier to die falling to the fatal effects of having contracted yellow fever. If you haven't read the article, I encourage you to do so. It would be a nice tribute if the county up dated the monument, thereby demonstrating we shall always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for what we have today.

July 10 - Events in Auburn and Bay City

Weather permitting, you won't want to miss Auburn's 33rd Corn Festival or the Bay City Downtown Sideway Days sale taking place this weekend. The forecaster has rain predicted for Friday and Saturday, but Sunday looks to be clear skies. Both are family fun events with entertainment, food and amusements.

July 16 - Hunt for Hoffa at Hampton Homestead!

Local news agencies are drawing attention on a national level with the arrival of Oakland authorities searching for information on James Hoffa who diappeared in 1975 outside an Oakland County restaurant. The spot of the search made local news in March of this year when the body of a man missing for 30 years was found buried at this site adding some degree of support that the current search might turn up something. However, authorities have not reported any new finding on the site located on Hampton Road between Center avenue and Nebobish street in a residential area. The tip came from Richard Powell, presently serving a life sentence, who accompanied authorities to the property of his former home where he reportedly buried a body in 1975 that may have been Hoffa. - Check local TV-5 News and video clip on subject.

July 17 - Belated Congratulations Bay County!

On June 13, 2003, Larry Naake, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties, announced that Bay County, Michigan, has received the 2003 NACo Achievement Award for its State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Grant Program. This program, administered through the United States Department of Justice, is designed to help enhance the capacity of local communities to respond to incidents of bio-terrorism and weapons of mass desruction through grants-in-aid to states. A total of $55,684 was authorized for Bay County's program. Though not required, the Bay County Board of Commissioners also appropriated $5,000 in local funds toward the purchase of first-responder equipment.

July 17 - Enjoy Free Art Exhibit

Studio 23/The Arts Center will be hosting a "2003 All Area Artistist Exhibition" beginning this Friday and running until August 22nd. This is a great opportunity to see the work of our talented local artists, right in downtown Bay City at 901 N. Water Street. Bring your future artists along to they can see what's possible with knowledge and practice to hone their natural talent. - More information is available at their website, www.studio23baycity.org.

July 21 - Latest "MyBayCity.com" A Joyful Read

I just returned from reading the latest online issue of MyBayCity.com and got a history lesson that was a joy to read. If you are not excited about these times in Bay City, then pot over there to read Dave Roger's story about downtown Bay City and how history is playing a major role in what is becoming another boom era for our community. And, learn about some recent discoveries made confirming the tall tales of Bay City's first boom era reported by many historians. Another story by Rogers which may become a continuance as there is a treasure chest full of this memorabilia. - The Tattler Reveals and Downtown Fights Back by Dave Rogers of MyBayCity.com.

Featured Local WebsitesTo top of page.

Intermission Deli (Bay City)

You won't have to travel far -- you'll find them in our Personals webpage section. They were one of my favorite sandwich places well before they got their Personals webpage. They are kind of special to us, because they were the first to have a Personals webpage.

Located on Third street, only a block from the Saginaw River's edge, they are in the heart of the antique village that has developed in the area. My favorite is the Intermission Rueben sandwich -- it has excellent taste and since it's not grill, it isn't greasy like a typical rueben. If you are the "I've got to try them all" kind of person, it'll be a while before you complete that mission at the Intermission Deli. Their menu have over 40 sandwiches include, "customize it" options. In fact, you can order off their online menu at www.Bay-Journal.com/to/Intermission Deli/

Saginaw River Marine Historical Society (Bangor Township)

Founded in 1989, the Society is a non-profit group formed to preserve our local maritime history associated with the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay. These major water ways were critical to the early development of this area. The Saginaw Bay harbor was ideally suited for the large schooners to move up stream on the Saginaw River haul goods in and out. It also gave birth to many shipbuilders with over 800 vessles being launched right here.

Planned for August 2nd, is a tour of the Saginaw River on the Princess Wenonah sponsored by the Society. Besides snacks and cold beverages, you be treated to a dessertation on the history associated with the river. If you are a boating person, you should really sign up to become a member and support what they are doing. Visit their website at Saginaw River Marine Historical Society. (P.S. - Anyone can become a member, not just boat enthusiasts.)

Changes and Up Dates to WebsiteTo top of page.

July 2 - Sporting News

A Sporting News page has been added to the Special Features section of the Information Center. Besides national sporting stories, links are available to local, regional and national sporting websites. We want to include websites of local sports teams and organizations. If you have one or know of one, let us know and it will be included. - Information Center/Sporting News

July 6 - Eateries Crossword Puzzle

I was thinking about the old White's Drive-in Restaurant the other day. Many that grew up in the 50s and 60s will remember this hot spot for teenagers on Euclid. During the summer months the eating area was completely open with drive-up parking on both sides. Back then, there where many drive-ins along Euclid avenue including Richies and Holiday drive-ins near-by Whites. Even the first McDonalds restaurant on Euclid was kind of a drive-in as they had no seating area. About the only comparison to a drive-in experience today is the A&W Drive-in on Lafayette street. The A&W shuts down during the winter months while the others were open year round. Whites put up temporary walls during the cold weather period but most of us still ate in our parents cars with the engine running to keep warm. Back then gas was less than 25 cents a gallon and dad paid for it anyway.

This fond memory led me to coming up with another crossword puzzle. Your challenge is to name the eateries that I've come up with around the Bay City area. To challenge your memory, I've mixed the present with the past so it's not too easy to solve. But, there are plenty of clues to help you and a couple I've already mentioned here. - Eateries Crossword Puzzle

July 8 - 1928 & 1948 Centralia

Both of these Centralia have been available in the Pictorial Library and both have very large image files making it very slow for users on a dial up internet connection. Both are important and significant documents and to make sure everyone has the capability to view them, we created a section in the Heritage Library for each. Each image page of the Centralia now has its own web page so that other images do not hold up the loading of a single page. This should help considerable for dial up viewers. Both have an Page Index to help locate pages and subjects of interest. The 1948 Centralia includes a listing of businesses that supported its publishing. Both Centralia have added well over a hundred new pages. The new location can be seen at
Heritage/Groups/1928 Centralia or Heritage/Groups/1948 Centralia

July 12 - 1964 Gold Rush!

The "Gold Rush" for this community began in 1940 when Richard Terrance McDermott was born. No one knew it back then, but in 1964, the community and the whole world were aware of Terry McDermott and his feat. In 40.1 seconds, he became the only "Gold Medal" winner for the U.S. team at the Olympics held at Innsbruck that year. Racing against all odds, he defeated the heavy favorite for the 500 meter race and two time Gold Medal winner, Evgeni Girshin of Russia. In doing so, he save the U.S. team from being the first to never have won a Gold Medal. See his history page at Heritage/People/McDermott, Terry

July 14 - Bay City's First Mayor

In 1865, Lower Saginaw changed it's name to Bay City. Nathan B. Bradley, a local lumber mill owner, successfully ran for the office of mayor and established himself a unique position in Bay City's history. But, his contributions to go far beyond this. During his time here left his mark on many aspects of this community that affect the generations that came after him. - Hertiage/People/Bradley, Nathan B.

July 16 - Railroad Memories from Early 1900s

In Leslie Arndt's book, "The Bay County Story -- Footpaths to Freeways", he quotes Mrs. Harriet Campbell's recollection of what it was like riding passenger trains during the early 1900s. A time when rail service dominated land transportation connecting growing communities and creating new communities along the railway between them. Included on this page are some historical tid-bits about local rail history from this book. - Heritage/Writings/Railroad Memories

July 17 - Railroad Pictorial

As our file library of photos grows, we've been reorganizing them by subjects. Depending on the subject, you many see duplicate photos from a general topic like Bay City photos appearing in a subject pictorial such as our new, Railroad Pictorial. This should eliminate several photos for example, of the Pere Marquette Depot appearing in the Bay City Pictorial as they will all be in the Railroad Pictorial. We are a little slim on the number of railroad photos, we'd appreciate any that you are able to share with us that will help viewers to visualize this industry that played such a vital role in our growth. - Pictorials/Railroads

July 19 - Bay County Library History

We've added the detailed history on Bay County's public library system which had its rough beginnings in 1869. This historical document was prepared around 1948 and is quite detailed regarding the early progression of the public library which was then, the "Bay City Library Association". Our thanks to Tom Birch of the Central Library for transcribing it into digital format and sharing it with Bay-Journal so you could see it online.

For nearly five decades the library operated without a permanent home. They first began operations in space provided by the Sheriff's Office, and somehow, Sheriff Braddock found himself acting as its temporary librarian! Fortunately, that only lasted about a year before the library began several moves until in 1922, a new permanent building opened on the south west corner of Center avenue and Jackson streets. You can learn more about people like William Clements, Isabele Ballou and others, and the important role the Carnegie Foundation played in making it all happen.

Along with these nine pages of library history is an article by the Bay City Tribune covering the opening of the new library building. - Groups/Library System.

July 20 - Bay County Cemeteries

We've added a directory for cemeteries in Bay County and include a bit of history that we learned about the earliest of them, like Potter's Field that was located not to far from the present City Hall building in Bay City. We can use your help to add to this list and any information that you may be aware of about specific cemeteries and their history. - Heritage/Places/Bay County Cemeteries

July 20 - Bay City Years Ago (1835-1858)

On June 26, 1887, the Bay City Tribune published an article based on excerpts from a book published in 1858 by Dr. Plesner of Saginaw City, in which, history on Lower Saginaw (now Bay City) was included as it was then a part of Saginaw County as Bay County wasn't formed until 1857. Included in the article is an 1858 business directory containing names of the owners. The article describes some of the features of the landscape which one would not be able to recognized today as the meadows and trees have long disappeared and have been replaced by man made structures. - Heritage/Writings/Bay City Years Ago

July 20 - Mary Ann (Daglish) Miller

Mary Ann was the spouse of Judge Albert Miller, both were among the founding pioneers of Lower Saginaw (Bay City) and members of the First Presbyterian Church here. Mary Ann died in 1904 and that year added in the "Michigan Pioneer Collection." - Heritage/People/Miller (Daglish), Mary Ann

July 23 - Bay County Service Memorial

This page has been six months in the making, while it is not complete yet, there is enough information to share it online while further work is done.

The focus is on identifying individuals that were either born in Bay County or lived here, and fell in harms way. Besides veterans of the arm forces, we've included "Civil Servants" from the police, fire, sheriff and state police departments. It's important that time does not fade their memories -- that distant generations may understand the importance of their deeds. It is not enough though to only remember past sacrifices -- individuals presently in service deserve our attention and appreciation for the risks they endure on our behalf. Help us if you can add to the list or share further information on an individual or the on the subject. - Heritage/Groups/Bay County Service Memorial

July 26 - Meet Bubbles!

"Bubbles" is our new tour guide for the the Kids Section of Bay-Journal. We ran accross Bubbles (we gave him the name) at one of the JavaScript websites and new we had to have him even if thought we didn't know what we were going to do with our "Bubbles" at the time. Then the other day while looking for something else, I bumped into "Bubbles" again and it dawned on me that Bubbles would fit in well as our guide for the Kids Tour of Bay County History. The first time you run the new Kids Tour with Bubbles as your guide, you may experience slow loading or Bubbles may appear as that daunted red "X" graphic. But, once Bubbles is cached on your system, those problem should disappear, unless you have a very slow system or internet connection. If you continue to have problems with Bubbles, let us know and if enough do, we'll find another way to use Bubbles without taking a heavy load on your systems.
- Tour the Kids Section with Bubbles

July 29 - WWII Memorial Dedication (1944)

This article was published in 1944 by the Bay City Times on the dedication ceremony of a WWII Memorial to soldiers from Bay County that died. This memorial was later replaced with the granite memorial in memory of fallen Bay County soldiers of all wars. - WWII Memorial Dedication (1944)

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