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Moulthrop-Clift, Inc. is among a rare few "Centennial" businesses still operating in Bay City.

The company's roots can be traced back to 1867 and John Drake, an immigrant from Scotland who was born about 1909. He established an insurance agency that year working out of an office building on North Water street. It was a time when lumbering was fueling the rapid growth of the city's population and spurring the creation of new businesses to meet their needs.

John Drake's insurance business eventually merged into an insurance agency owned by William O. Clift. In 1927, Guy Moulthrop, who was a lumber dealer, got into the insurance running a successful agency for many years. In 1968, the Guy Moulthrop Insurance Agency and W.O. Clift & Co. merged to form "Moulthrop-Clift, Inc.".

  • Full history page at Heritage/Businesses/{Moulthrop-Clift, Inc.}
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    [Visit Website]

    Downtown Bay City

    Looking for information on businesses or what's happening in downtown Bay City? You'll find that and more on the website of the Bay City Downtown Management Board and Development Authority.

    The website provide extensive directories listings the locations and phone numbers of businesses and government offices. Included is an "events calendar" and links section to other websites with further information. If your interested in statistics on the local area, you'll find the latest demographic data for Bay County.




    Aerial View: Essroc Cement Plant.

    Essexville Cement Plant (Essroc Italcementi Group) [Visit Website]

    (Instructions: The above link is to the corporate website. To locate information specific to the Essexville plant click on "Cement Plants" then click on "Essexville, MI.")

    Essroc's cement plant in Essexville is located along the Saginaw River at the foot of Main Street. Essroc 's corporate headquarters are located in Nazareth, PA. Essroc is a part of the Italcementi Group. They seven other plants beside the Essexville location and are the 5th largest producer of cement in North America. Itallcementi Group has worldwide sales of $3.2 billion and employes 17,000 people.

    Information on their website about the Essexville plant includes a historical outline of events dating back to 1898 when the plant was built by the Detroit Cement Company.

    This location on Main Street was originally occupied by a large sawmill erected in 1867 by Carrier & Company. A few years later the Atlantic Salt Company was operating a salt block business near the mill. Many of the workers of these two businesses purchased lots for thier homesteads from Ransom Essex who plotted the village of Essex (Essexville).

  • See {Essexville/Hampton History} for additional information.
  • News & Commentary -- Menu | History | Featured Websites | News | Bay-Journal Updates |

    Index Menu to Articles:
    Aug 1 - Introduction.
    Aug 1 - OmniSource Improving Former Hirschfield Property.
    Aug 2 - Bay City Blast Whips-em All for National Title!
    Aug 2 - Bay Regional Medical Center Receives Patient Safety Award.
    Aug 4 - Bay City Responds to OmniSource Tax Abatement Request.
    Aug 6 - Garbage - Bay City Times Editorial.
    Aug 8 - Last Day for Library Book Sale.
    Aug 8 - 26,000 Eligible Pension Benefits Unclaimed.
    Aug 9 - Bay City's Notable Heritage Stories.
    Aug 9 - Barry Sanders Inducted Into Hall of Fame.
    Aug 9 - Ryan Puchel Takes Bay County Championship.
    Aug 12 - Times Reveals Library Paid $90,000 Severance Agreement.
    Aug 13 - City To Begin Clean Up On Uptown At Rivers Edge.
    Aug 19 - Frankenlust Picked For Dump Site by State and Saginaw.
    Aug 19 - Upset Citizens Want Probe of Library Board.
    Aug 22 - Bay Area Women's Historic Park To Be Dedicated Thursday.
    Aug 27 - Saginaw Hat Store Closing After 90 Years.
    Aug 27 - Monitor Takes Step to Expand Industrial Park.

    Highlighted topics in the news and editorial comments by Bay-Journal.

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    Recent community snap-shots.

  • ^ Aug 1 - Introduction - Bay-Journal Commentary by Marvin Kusmierz

    Updating of web pages:
    I'm continuing to make progress on up dating the more than 700 web pages of Bay-Journal, but the pace at which it is being done has slowed considerably. After more than two months the work is becoming very tedious. I've begun working on the last section (Writings) which has the largest number of pages. I'm trying to make corrections as I update each page, but I fear that more may have been added during the up dating process. I'm without the help of a proof reader, so if you encounter the "stupid" spelling or phrase that slipped past my tired eyes -- please drop me an email letting me the page it's on so I can fix it. That would be most helpful and a few viewers have come to my rescue already.



    AirFest 2004.

    AirFest at James Clements Airport:
    July and August are busy months for our community. There are festivals every weekend and some weekends there are more than one taking place. They've grown seemingly each year during the past decade. A new one this year that I really enjoyed was "AirFest 2004" held at James Clements Airport.

    I went there for the first show on Friday and returned again on Sunday with grandkids in hand. Both days were very enjoyable. The pilots that performed were amazing to watch. I've seen a few air shows on television, but those are nothing like what you experience by being there in person. The spacious grounds of James Clements Airport provided plenty of room for the large crowd watching the show and those wandering around the grounds. I really like being able to get up close the stunt and other planes that were on display so visitors could touch and fell them. Pilots were glad to answer questions and some even let kids sit in the pilot seat while parents took a picture.

    Beside the entertainment, I enjoy this opportunity to see this historical facilities owned by Bay City. Before this was established as an airport in the 1920s, barnstorming pilots often landed here on what was then a bumpy farm field. Can you image the excitement of folks back in 1928 when the first airmail delivery to this area was flown into James Clements Airport! I'm sure that those who said the city was wasting it's money on bulding an airstrip for these new fangled machines that had no value to the general public that was paying for an airport that only accommodate the needs of few airborne fanatics. The world aviation had not been added to Websters dictionary yet -- the introduction of flying machines by the Wright brothers had only been demonstrated in 1903 and was no threat to the mighty railroad industry or the upcoming motorized carriages.

    Changing Times:
    Today, it's hard to imagine what life would be like without aviation. Some tax payers still struggle with the question of what importance a city owned airport has to them. Today, the much larger MBS International airport is meeting the needs of the general public. While that is true, it is also true that James Clements Airport meeting more than the needs of local pilots. Many businesses planes fly into James Clements which is more convenient for them than MBS International. The airport is a way point and a destination for smaller aircraft that refill their planes here. All paid for these services offsetting tax dollars required to maintain the airport.

    Future Possibilities:
    Some believe small airports will play a more important role in the future as avaition adusts to accommodate changing demands. Major airports are now like bee hives with people swarming through terminals to find the gate of their next connection. The skys above them are filled with planes landing and departing. Advancing plane technology may lead to planes that are affordable to the general public and will utilize a new air system network of computerize routes. Planes new advanced avionics will be able run on automatic pilot and followed routing remotely controlled by the new sky-network. James Clements and other airports would grow dramatically under such a system. Your adult children may be owners of such a plane or rent one like it to do most of their out of traveling. Automobiles will become smaller, more economical and the combustion engine will have disappeared. Our present highway system and large airports will be mainly used for moving cargo and distributing it to surrounding communities. People will fly directly to their destination and not through hub airports like Chicago Ohare. The old days of mass-transit systems will return to move people from a small airport to points in the city of thier destination. These mass-transit systems will be powered by electric storage batteries or on magnetic railways. When that day arrives, that generation will look back at our era and wonder how we survived with such an archaic system.

    Boldness of the Past:
    I for one would like to see James Clements airport become a catalyst for developing the southend of Bay City. Adding a new park near the river on the airport property would do much to make the airport property more open to general public use. A development plan for the area between the airport and McGraw Street north could include a new industrial park and residential area. Harrison Street could be extended south along the Saginaw River to the airport and new park for new scenic drive running from downtown Bay City to the airport that loops onto M-13. A river drive is something many residents of this city have said they would like to have. Additional streets named after local avaiation pioneers could be added as the development area as it grows. With proper land fill and the use of berms this low area would become an ideal location for many businesses.

    With the air service nearby, an I-75 connection down the road, and the city of Saginaw only minutes away, such an industrial park would offer excellent transportation for businesses. It would be a natural for food wholesalers serving grocery stores and restaurants. Iced shrimp and other sea food could be flown into James Clements and delivered to area grocers and restaurants the same day, and our polular walleye and perch could be "iced" heading out to other destinations. I can even imagine the possibility of an airplane catering services flying in and out of James Clements regularly to major cities in Michigan. A service of this nature would primarily cater to the well to do or businessmen who are willing to pay for quick air-hop to spend a day or an overnight stay here and avoid inconveniences associated with the mass-transit airports.

    For this or something similar to to happen, the boldness of leadership that created James Clements airport will be required of our current city and business leaders. I realize Bay City some major projects to complete the largest being the Uptown At Rivers Edge -- a river road approach to a new park would do wonders for that area of the town.

    ^ Aug 1 - OmniSource Improving Former Hirschfield Property. (Bay City)


    Former Defoe shipyard property.

    According to an article in the Bay City Times on this date, the OmniSource Corporation is planning improvements and investments to their recyling business off Woodside Avenue which was formerly owned by H. Hirschfield & Sons Company. This is good news for the community as it these improvements are aimed at updating the competitiveness of this century old operation and creating about a dozen new jobs. New lifting cranes and better utilization of some of the existing buildings are expect to improve their processing of materials.

    What will be most evident to the community is the company's planned investment to clean up the property and improve it's appearance on the northend of the downtown area. Mention is natural berm with pine trees at the westend of the property along Woodside and new fencing bordering the property. They are also plan on repainting the building a less noticeable gray than their present bright blue color. This investment of what would otherwise be profit dollars sends a strong message to this community about the type of leadership running the OmniSource business. They recognized this location has stood out like an eye sore for many decades and they are acting on thier own initiative to try and change that.

    OmniSource will be investing several million dollars on improving their business here. They are looking to the city to provide about $57,000 in tax abatements over the next five years to help off set some of the increase in taxes with the new assets. There may be some resistence by the city in approving the tax abatements as this past June the city withdrew a $21,000 abatement originally given to H. Hirschfield and Sons after they were purchased by OmniSource.

    In my opinion, the city should quickly and unanimously pass their tax abatement request. There is nothing to lose. The city will enjoy additional tax revenue from the improvements and some jobs opportunities will be created.

    Ideally, the city should write a tax abate policy that is consistent and eliminates the need for a commission of transient members to decide each and every case. Any increase in the city's taxable asset base is a plus whether it's created by new or existing businesses. A new policy should be fixed for a minimum of five years so businesses can plan accordingly, and we can end the proverbial debate that goes on within the community about who should or who shouldn't get a tax abatement.

    By now everyone of working age in this area knows how hard it is to find a good paying job. Over the decades we've lost a large number of major businesses. We must stop that erosion. We desparately need to hold onto our exist base of businesses by providing them with tax assistance to encourage and help them expand. Denying tax abatements to them for whatever reason is not accepting the realty of our present economy. The city's long-range plans may envision a different use for the OmniSource property, but I would hate to think our actions contribute to expediting the day that this property will be available. Instead, let's reassure the folks at OmniSource that we are tinkled pink that they have invested in this community -- pass the tax abatement with an appreciative smile for the benefit it represents today. Maybe then they'll be here for many years to come to work out a mutual plan that'll help this city become a better place to work and live.

  • Learn more about OminSource at: [OmniSource Corporation]
  • ^ Aug 2 - Bay City Blast Whips-em All for National Title!

    A group of Bay County ladies, ages 16 and younger, rocked the competition this weekend in Columbus, OH and walked away as National Champions of their division in fast-pitch softball. A "hardy congratulation" to coach Brian Weaver, manager Paul Rousseau, and the Bay City Blast team for outstanding play and bringing attention to our community.

    Note: If you are a member of this team, send us a team picture with your names and we'll display it here for everyone to see.


    ^ Aug 2 - Bay Regional Medical Center Receives Patient Safety Award.

    HealthGrades Inc., an independent health care rating company located in Lakewood, CO, has awarded Bay Regional Medical Center with its "Distinquished Hospital Award for Patient Safety." Only 88 hospitals out 4700 reviewed received this recognition. Congratulations to the people at Bay Regional Medical Center for a job well done.

    ^ Aug 4 - Bay City Responds to OmniSource Tax Abatement Request.
    (Reference August 1 news story above.)

    The Bay City commission this past Monday gave a mixed response to OminSource's request for tax abatements. The commission reversed an earlier decision and approved the transfer of tax abatesments that had been granted to the former H. Hirschfield & Sons. However, the commission turned down OmniSource's request for $57,000 in new tax abatements on the a multi-million dollar improvement that is expected to created a dozens new jobs.

    According to Patti Brandt's article in Tuesday's edition of the Bay City Times -- OmniSource plans to file an appeal with the Michigan State Tax Commission. Comments from the company were mixed. They are pleased that the city decided to approve the transfer of the tax abatements granted to the former H. Hirschfields & Sons but are dissappointed thier most recent request was turned down.

    Online news sources on this subject may be read at:
  • [MLive.com/Bay City Times]
  • [MyBayCity.com]
  • ^ Aug 6 - Garbage - Bay City Times Editorial.

    The Bay City Times is an excellent newspaper, but every now and then I can find a bit of coverage that concerns me. This was the case with an editiorial entitled, "It's past time for garbage import walk; no more talk." that was published in the August 5, newspaper. The editorial speaks on the subject of trash from Canada being dumped in Michigan and blaming the White House for moving too slow in stopping this from taking place. A quote from the editorial best describes the editorial's possition, "If the president and his Cabinet were sincere in thier claims to care about this largely unregulated international trade, they'd do something about it."

    Personally, I'm opposed to the national government making decisions that I believe are best left up to state government. Michigan is capable of enacting it's own legislation in this matter. I for one, do not want the national government making decisions for our state or any other state that can and should be handled locally. Let's avoid the slippery slope of becoming a monarcy without a king.

    The Bay City Times editorial may be read at:
  • [MLive/Bay City Times]
  • ^ Aug 8 - Last Day for Library Book Sale.

    Today is your last chance to pick up used library books at a bargain price. If you have never been to one of the annual book sales of the Bay County Library system, you are missing out on a great opportunity. Whether or not you are an avid reader -- you are bound to find a book on a subject that is along your line of interest. Lot's of good books for all ages: Fiction, novels, references, how to and many other subjects. It's a great family outing, and books are an excellent source of nourishment for your mind.

    ^ Aug 8 - 26,000 Eligible Pension Benefits Unclaimed.

    The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) has accumulated $75 million in unclaimed pension benefits due eligible workers. Companies on the list include several Saginaw Valley businesses. The following are some of thier names, there may be more:

    Caris Red Lion, Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Kuhlman Corp., Midland News, Inc., Rowley Bros., Inc., Samaritan Hospital, and Sherman & Sons, Inc.

    Searches can be done from thier website by a person's name or the company they worked for. Interested individuals are encouraged to search this list. If your name is not on it, you may come across a family member or the name of a friend whose is due these benefits.

  • Listing of Companies by State
    (Select "Michigan" for list company names, then click "company name" to see list of eligible individuals.)
  • ^ Aug 9 - Bay City's Notable Heritage Stories.

    The folks over at "MyBayCity.com" have a nice mixed of local stories on their website. They touch a wide variety of subjects, including local history which is my favorite. In thier current publication Dave Rogers who specializes in these type of stories has written an article abour Bay City's historical stories. While I have known of some of these stories, several were new to me. Seeing a single article that identifies many of this city's "significant people" is helpful in understanding why so many may rightfully point to this city's rich heritage.

  • [What's Bay City's Best Story?] by Dave Rogers, MyBayCity.com
  • ^ Aug 9 - Barry Sanders Inducted Into Hall of Fame.

    The mild mannered and somewhat shy Barry Sanders was the focus of attention in Canton, Ohio yesterday afternoon along with John Elway, Carl Eller and Bob Brown.

    Barry, the second youngest inductee in the history of the Hall of Fame, was a shoe-in. During his 10 year pro football career (all with the Detroit Lions) his greatness was evident early on. He made a mediocer team popular to auidiences whether they sat in the stands or in front of a television set. All wanted to see the amazing Sanders that frustrated every defense designed to stop him. When he decided to retire from football in 1999, he was only 31 years and only a season away from breaking Walter Payton's rushing record. However, that wasn't a priority for Barry -- winning is all that mattered to him. During his 10 year career he averaged 1,527 yards rushing per season, 5.0 yards per carry, and 153 yards per game. In 1997, he rushed for 2053 yards averaging 6.1 yards per game.

    Along with possessing unusal talent, he had unusal character. He was deeply admired as an athlete and person by fellow football players and fans everywhere. It's too bad that he didn't thrill his fans a few more years -- but, we're grateful for years when he did.

  • [Barry Sanders - Photos & Stats.] - SportingNews.com
  • ^ Aug 9 - Ryan Puchel Takes Bay County Championship.

    Young 18 year old, Ryan Puchel, wrote his name into the county's history records yesterday by shooting a final round of 68 to win the 80th Bay County Golf Championship shooting a two under par, 142, for the two day event, and just beating out runner up Rick Webb who nearly sank a four footer on the final hole that would have forced a play-off.

    ^ Aug 12 - The Times Reveals Library Paid $90,000 Severance Agreement.

    The Bay City Times in an excellent piece of investigative reporting by reporter Steve Neavling, has learned that the Bay County Library System paid a severance of $90,000 to Linda Heemstra, former library director. Neither Heemstra or the members of the Bay County Library Board would provide details of her early retirement at the time it occurred. However, The Times investigation of the matter using the Freedom of Information Act, was able to learn the details of the agreement.

  • [Bay City Times story by Steve Neavling] - www.mlive.com
  • ^Aug 13 - City To Begin Clean Up On Uptown At Rivers Edge.

    It looks like October will be the start of cleaning up the property of the Uptown At Rivers Edge (UARE) project. The plan is followed the proposal made by the Weitzman Group that did the economic analyis of the project. Phase one of the project calls for preparing the property for development by removing debris, demolishing eight buildings and sheds, and putting infrastructure in place. Four major architectural structures will remain and be used in the development of the project. The most interesting at this time is the foundry building built by the former "Industrial Works" company that was a leading manufacturer of locomotive cranes. This building will located at the waters edge will be turned into the "Foundry Market Place" similar in concept to Fisherman's Wharf in San Franciso.

    New construction included in the initial phase is a residential community at the south edge of the project area. Bids may go out in September to developers and construction could begin early next year. It is good to see this historical property returning to use. It holds the promise of becoming of becoming the city's most unique district when it is completed. It will re-connect this area to the downtown area as it was in the city's early history. Water street at one time harbored the majority the city's businesses. Water street followed the river's contour back then and stretched from Essexville to the southend of Bay City (see link below).

  • Maps Library/{1918 Saginaw River Sectional Maps}
  • ^ Aug 19 - Frankenlust Picked For Dump Site by State and Saginaw.

    The folks in Frankenlust and Bay County are upset to learn after the fact that they have been chosen as the dump site for dredgings taken from the Saginaw River. Township and county government claim they were not properly notified of the decision, and are now scrambling to delay a final decision until they can review its impact. The dump site consists of 281 acres, most of which is located in Frankenlust township and a portion in Kochville township of Saginaw Co. The dredgings that will be dumped here are contaminated with dioxins which according to the Corps of Engineers poses no long-term hard to the environment. However, the site be rendered useless for anything other then a wilderness.

    That may okay today, but what about tomorrow? The Saginaw River is not going to stop filling in. How many more parcels of land will be required in the future? Unless we come up with a permanent long-term solution to controlling contaminate soil from the river, future generations will at some point be forced to deal with a more ideal means of disposal. Rather than going through a battle every twenty years about the issue, let's come up with a long-term solution. Maybe, a nice scenic wilderness mountain between here and Saginaw rather than "hot-spots" of spread around the country side.

    ^ Aug 19 - Upset Citizens Want Probe of Library Board.

    Some candidates for local and state offices have heated up the issue regarding the Bay County Library Boards handling of a $27 million library improvement project by call for a state investigation into the matter. The project that is way behind schedule has been the source of complaint by various factions for the last few years. However, the major issue upsetting many is that they believe the board has provided less than the full information to the public on specific issues related to the project.

    Our public libraries are to important to public education to let the most recent project affect their well being. Let's hope the existing fray regarding this project is resolved soon and doesn't negatively influence the public's support of library.

  • Full story is available at "Candidates among those calling for library probe." by Steve Neavling, Bay City Times (MLive.com)
  • ^ Aug 22 - Bay Area Women's Historic Park To Be Dedicated Thursday.

    Bay County Women Presently Honored at Park
  • Vera Jeannett Lemke Sovereign (1899-1966)
  • May Stocking Knaggs (1847-1917)
  • Myra Parsons (1876-1892)
  • Julia Toby Brawn Way (1816-1889)
  • Roxie A. McCulloh (1915-1976)
  • Angela Cornejo
  • Joyce Cummings Smith (1923-2002)
  • Ellen Garrett McCormick (1794-1862)
  • MacGregor Sisters, Mary (1860-1955) & Helen (1858-1948)
  • Janet E. Kinnane (1907-2002)
  • Elizabeth Wilcox Rogers (1809-1881)
  • The Bay Area Women's Center has been quietly developing a new garden park that will honor the memories of prominent women of Bay County. Thanks to an article in today's Bay City Times by Patti LaLonde their efforts will be more widely known by the citizens of this county.

    It's a wonderful idea that blends nature and history on six acres to create a peaceful garden paradise. A perfect place where visitors can go to calm down from the hustle and bustle of normal life. The park features a gazebo, themed flower gardens, walking trails, birdhouses and rest area benches. The names of eleven women from the counties history are displayed on signs that include their life-span and reason the reason why they are being honored. The names of other women will be added over time.

    Volunteers that made the park possible are:

  • Ruth Blumenstein
  • Diane Gilber
  • Sandi Harrington
  • Bonnie London
  • Mary Miller
  • Barbara Neveau
  • Dee Dee Wacksman
  • Nancy Welchner
  • Donations to the park came from:

  • Bay Area Community Foundation
  • Bay County Civic League
  • Bay Landscaping
  • Chippewa Souvenirs Inc., St. Ignace
  • Eberhard & Father Sign Works
  • GM Powertraiin
  • Native American Pride Committee
  • Noon Rotary Club
  • R&R Ready Mix
  • Dedication cermonies will take place Thursday, 1:00 pm, at the Bay City Women's Center, 3411 Midland Road. Guest speaker will be Patricia Drury. Reservations are required by Monday.

  • Contact Barbara J. Rejewski, executive director at 686-2251.
  • ^ Aug. 27 - Saginaw Hat Store Closing After 90 Years. (Saginaw)

    The Shaeffer Hat Store in downtown Saginaw, founded by William Shaeffer in 1914, will be closing in September, and with it, the passing of another piece of the valley's history as well as one of its most distinquished specialty stores. When William Shaefer retired, the store was purchased by Wilbur and Arlene Hoffman who retained the store's name. In 1973, their son-in-law, Roger B. Bourchard, joined the business. Mr. Hoffman died in 1998, and Mrs. Hoffman and Mr. Bourchard have run the store since.

    I recall receiving a gift certificate on one occassion to the store, it was a pretty special experience being able to choose from hundreds of different styled hats. It took me nearly an hour to decide on just one, and I treasured that hat to the last thread was gone. I would encourage you to visit the store while you still can, and get a "bargain" on a hat that you may treasure as much as I did.

    Aug. 27 - Monitor Takes Step to Expand Industrial Park. (Monitor Township)

    The Board of Trustees of Monitor Township voted 4-3 to create an ordinance that will add 198 acres to the Downtown Development Authority industrial park located on Mackinaw Road south of US-10. The cost of constructing new roads and infrastructure could be as must as 5 or 6 million dollars. Success with the industrial park has result in the current 200 acres being largely filled with business, and the expansion of the park that is centrally located between Bay, Saginaw and Midland counties will is expected to keep it attractive to new businesses locating there.

  • Location and map of [Monitor Township Valley Center Technology Park]
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    Aug. 13 - Woods Opera House 1902 Fire.

    Article that appeared in the Bay City Tribune on August 29, 1902 pertaining to the fire that destroyed the Woods Opera House theater. The building was erected in 1886 on the southeast corner of Washington avenue and Sixth street. It was Bay City's first building designed specifically for theater use.

  • Heritage/Writings/Woods Opera House Fire - 1902

    Aug 14 - GREAT NEWS! - WEBSITE UPDATES COMPLETED.

    At least it is for me! After three "long" months and over 700 web pages, the updates to the website are now completed. There may be a few stragglers to do and these will be done as they are identified. If you should come across a page that has a odd look from the normal page color scheme, please send us email with a link to that page. I hope you will like the new feature of adding a "People Referenced" and "Subjects Reference" field to the Heritage Pages. It will now be easier to quickly determine what's contained in the content of a page.

    Efforts will now return to add new content to the website. There is a backlog of pages to be completed and uploaded. Work will concentrate on finishing the 1940s School histories that was begun before the major updating to the website took place.


    Aug 15 - Opening of the Wenonah Hotel. (Contributed by Alan Flood)

    When the Wenonah Hotel opened in 1908 on the southeast corner of Center and Water, it was a grand affair for what was considered one of the finest hotel facilities of it's kind. Several articles in the Bay City Daily Tribune covered the event. You'll find link from this page to one of these articles that describes the elaborate features of the new hotel. Today, this spot is occupied by the Delta College planetarium.

  • Heritage/Writings/Places/Hotel Wenonah Will Open Today.

    Aug 16 - Ross & Wentworth Lumber Mill Closing.

    This 1935 Bay City Time's article covers the closing of the Ross and Wentworth mill that was located at Water and Twenty Seventh streets in Bay City. A sawmill operation at this location dates as far back as the 1850s when Benjamin Partridge erected the first one here. Later, Partridge was county "Sheriff" and in 1873 when Portsmouth township was organized, he was elected its "first supervisor." That year Bay City, annexed the "village of Portsmouth" expanding the city's geographical area south along the river. The old sawmill had a number of different owners over its life-time, and was the last of the "big mills" to go.

  • Heritage/Writings/{Closing of the Ross & Wentworth Lumber Mill.}

    Aug. 21 - Abandoned St. Joseph cemetery.

    An article on the abandoned St. Joseph cemetery that appeared in the July 29, 1951 edition of the Bay City Times decribes the conditions of this burial grounds off State street between Elm and Smith. It includes images taken at that time showing grave markers for the Trombley family and Guindon sisters.

  • Heritage/Writings/{St. Joseph cemetery}

    Aug. 23 - 1874 Village of Wenona Directory

    Lists street names, schools, churches and members of Mason lodge.

  • Heritage/Places/{Wenona Directory 1874}

    Aug. 23 - 1874 Village of Wenona Directory

    Lists village officers, school staff, street names and Methodist Episcopal church.

  • Heritage/Places/{Banks Directory 1874}

    Aug. 27 - River Navigation.

    Excerpt from the book, "Bay County -- Past and Present", written by George E. Butterfield, describing the early history of navigation on the Saginaw river and bay.

  • Heritage/Writings/Transportation: {River Navigation}

    Aug. 27 - History of Saginaw Valley Indians.

    Article that appeared in the Bay City Journal in 1865 written by a pioneer recalling a story told to him by an Indian regarding the history of tribes in the Saginaw Valley. Includes referenced to Indian burial grounds along the Saginaw river and its tributaries.

  • Heritage/Writings/People: {History of Saginaw Valley Indians}
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