November 2004 - Edition No. 23

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Graphic: Image of fire's devastation imposed over
Miller & Turner Mill in background where the fire began.

DEVASTATING FIRE OF 1892
in Bay City's Southend

By 1892, Bay City had seen it's share of disasterous fires, however, the fire of 1892 which leveled a 40 block area of the southend was by far the largest. It started at the Miller & Turner Mill off Harrison and it spread like wildfire fed by gale force winds destroying 350 homes and businesses, and leaving 1800 people homeless.

This history is captured in a personal letter contributed by Carolyn McGrath, and six news accounts from the Bay City Tribune. Included is a single image taken shown the devastation and a map of the area destroyed.

  • Heritage/Writings/ {1892 Fire History}
  • FEATURED LOCAL & REGIONAL WEBSITES -- Menu | History | Websites | News | Bay-Journal Updates |

    Each month we choose a website from our White Pages and Yellow Pages directories to draw attention to sources of local and region information available online. If you have a website and it doesn't appear in our directories, let us know and we'll add it.
    From Bay-Journal's {White Pages}:

    Bay County Toys for Tots [Visit Website]

    BAY COUNTY - The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created in 1947. As is the case with most charities, it came into existence because of the act of a single person acting to meet the need of others. The goal of Toys for Tots is to help bring a little happiness into the lives of needy children at Christmas by distributing a toy to each. The Bay County Toys for Tots group was founded in 1980 by Robert Greenleaf, a retired Bay City police officer and Marine Gunny Sgt.

    On their website you’ll find a great deal of information on the organization, include the history of the national and local Toys for Tots organizations. In addition, there is information on Drop Locations, Events, Calendar, Sign-up, Toy Pick-up, Service Support, FAQ, and Links to local contributors. While you’re there, consider their goal and make a contribution that’ll help them bring a little happiness to a child’s life this Christmas.


    From Bay-Journal's {Yellow Pages}:

    Ryczek Heating & Cooling {Visit Website]

    BAY CITY - Locally owned, Ryczek Heating & Cooling has been a family business since 1947. It was started by brothers, Ray and Leon Ryczek who built furnaces out their dad’s southend shop . Today, the business operates out of a new building on Cass Ave.

    Whether or not you looking for a new furnace or air condition, it is worth a visit to their interesting website and how they promote their product and services. I like the picture of their show room that greets you on their home page, it’s as if you are being invited into someone’s living room. The website is appealing to the eyes and easy to browse. You’ll find a nice History section, Product Information, Show Room, Service Questions, What’s New, Newsletter, and Emergency Services.

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    Select County: Arenac Bay Midland Saginaw

    Index to news items ...
    B-J - Introduction.
    Nov. 1 - Election Eve - Be Sure To Vote!
    Nov. 3 - KERRY CONCEDES, BUSH WINS!
    Nov. 5 - Broadway Is Back.
    Nov. 6 - Uptown At Rivers Edge Destruction Begins.
    Nov. 6 - A Fine Day To Be Around & About.
    Nov. 7 - Bay-Journal Hits Milestone of 250,000 Visits!
    Nov. 10 - 19th Century Sage Library Opens With Fresh Look.
    Nov. 19 - New Bottling Co. Opposed by Sweetwater Alliance Group
    Nov. 20 - City Making Progress at James Clements Airport
    Nov. 20 - City Acts to Keep Festival of Lights Lit.
    Nov. 21 - Conference Aims to Promote Bio-Tech Potential.
    Nov. 21 - "EXTRA!" - Santa Alert!
    Nov. 24 - Foul Smell of Producing Sweet Sugar to Diminish.
    Nov. 25 - State Theatre Granted $350,000 Towards Restorations.
    Highlighted Topics in the News and
    Editorial Comments of Bay-Journal.

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    Bay-Journal Headline News
    Midland Daily News
    My Bay City (local articles)
    Saginaw News
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    Please note: Featured News & Commentary is an editorial service for our viewers that is primarily focused on local subjects appearing in public news sources. Refer to "Other Online Local News Sources " above for in depth news.

    ^ Introduction - Bay-Journal Commentary.

    BAY-JOURNAL - November may be a benchmark month for Bay-Journal, we approaching 1/4 of a million visitors to the website. The tally at the end of October was 244,000 visitors since we went online in April 2002. If our statistical average of 3,000 visits per week holds true, we'll reach this benchmark before the end of this month.

    If your a regular vistor to our website, you undoubtedly noticed the visual change that took place this past week. We dropped the slategray background in favor of a white one, and this makes the screen brighter and the content pages to appear larger. It was a simple process because of the three months of work went into reconfigurating every webpage file to related to a master CSS style sheet. Using the CSS style sheet, a change on it also changes nearly 800 web pages on Bay-Journal.

    We have a large backlog of content to complete for the website, and we can use your help in keeping fresh content flowing onto the website. It is becoming extremely difficult to manage the website and work on research of new history subjects which can take from weeks to months to complete. Therefore, most new content of late has been to the Heritage Writings section, which is the easiest and quickest to build. Transcribing old documents or newspaper articles takes a fraction of the time and effort required for history articles. Transcribing historical documents can be done in a day.

    Giving us a helpful hand is easy if you are already spending time at the library going through micro-films to advance your family's genealogy data. If you'll keep Bay-Journal in mind while doing your family's research you are bound to come across something that would be interesting that you could share on Bay-Journal. If you and others help us this way, we can spend our time researching specific subjects and adding this history to the Heritage sections of Bay-Journal.


    ^ Nov. 1 - Election Eve - Be Sure To Vote!

    ELECTION - After a long period of campaigning, we've are finally on the threshold of being able to vote for the candidates and ballot issues. Be sure to vote, the strength of our democracy depends on each of us exercising our power by voting for whom will represent the people's interest in government.


    ^ Nov. 3 - KERRY CONCEDES, BUSH WINS!

    ELECTION - At 11 o'clock this morning Senator Kerry telephoned President Bush and conceded defeat.


    President George W. Bush

    The following are results as of 11:00 a.m. this morning:

    Highlighted National Election Results.

    Presidential Election BushKerry
    National popular vote 51%48%
    National electoral college 274238
    States won2920

  • U.S. Senate, Republicans retain majority control (54 seats).
  • U.S. House, Republicans retain majority control (228 seats).
  • Marriage defined as between man/woman, passed in all eleven states where on ballot.
  • Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle, lost his re-enlection bid in South Dakota.
  • Stock market, Dow Jones Industrial Average jumps 122 points in response to election results.
    Highlighted Results for Michigan & Local Counties.

    ItemStateArenacBayMidlandSaginaw
    President CampaignKerry 51%Kerry 50%Kerry 51%Bush 56%Kerry 53%
    Proposition 1: Gambling, requiring voter approval.Yes 58%Yes 56%Yes 55%Yes 58%Yes 52%
    Proposition 2: Marriage, union of man/woman.Yes 59%Yes 52%Yes 60%Yes 59%Yes 59%

    Summary.

    Ohio turned out to be the pivotal state in this year’s presidential election. Polls preceding election day indicated it was a toss up. Florida, the pivotal state in the last 2000 election, this time was a clear victory for Bush.

    The hang over of bitterness from the 2000 election created by the Al Gore winning the popular vote and Bush the electoral vote has ended. This time, President Bush won on both accounts making him the clear choice of the majority of Americans. This good news for our nation. It should heal the bad feelings of those who felt cheated in 2000. Now, it's important that we return to a more civilized discourse and move forward constructively to deal with the issues confronting our nation.


    ^ Nov. 5 - Broadway Is Back.

    BAY CITY - The dust has finally settled in the southend of Bay City, reconstruction is complete and Broadway Avenue is now open. The new clean look is a hit with citizens and businesses of that area. New sewers, and a new smooth as silt roadway has replaced old quilt patch appearance of patched pot holes, and new decorative walkways tie it all together. The roaring sounds of equipment and the dust they created have been silenced, and once again the welcome sounds of automobiles can be heard. Customers have returned and businesses couldn't be happier as they finish dusting off their products and washing their display windows. All that is needed is a sign saying, "Welcome to Broadway," to greet customers as they enter stage north or south. (See Nov. 6 article for image.)


    ^ Nov. 6 - Uptown At River's Edge Destruction Begins.


    Split View of Old versus New.
    Left: Historial view of property 100 years ago.
    Right: New development plan for property.

    BAY CITY - Works from K & D Industries of Midland began clearing the way for revitalization of the property north of City Hall along the river's edge. An estimate 76,000 tons of cement, iron and other useless debrie are being removed at a cost of $572,683. The work is expected to take several weeks to complete.

    The the first phase of the city's over plan for Uptown At River's Edge calls the construction of the Columbus Cove Condominiums and the Foundry Market. The later will involve renovation of an old foundry building of Industrial Works that sits approximately in the middle of the property at the waters edge. Its intended purpose to serve as a merchants market similar to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and Quincy Market in Boston. The mix of businesses calls for restaurants and small retailers in a harbor setting complete with docking facilities. A harbor is also intended at the southend of the property to serve occupants of Columbus Cove. Connecting these start up features will be a roadway and river walk opening allowing a smooth flow north and south from Woodside to Columbus avenues.

    Financing of the project is expected to be a mix of private investors, tax breaks, and city bonds.

    Related sources:
  • [Article by Patti Brandt] (Bay City Times)
  • {Bay-Journal Monthly} (Apr. 2004)

    ^ Nov. 6 - A Fine Day To Be Around & About.

    BAY CITY - The gloomness and chillness November gave way today to brightness of sunlight that removed the chill from the air. Motivated by the great weather, we grabbed the camera get some images around town we might use to cheer up when the next period of damp cloudy days sets in. The following are a few these photos.


    Bay Metro Trolley - Carlean Bird.

    Broadway is Back!

    26th Street Market Place

    Uptown At River's Edge

    To get a close up view of these and other images, visit:
  • Pictorials/ {Around & About}

    ^ Nov. 7 - Bay-Journal Hits Milestone of 250,000 Visits!

    ESSEXVILLE - Bay-Journal.com went online April 24, 2002, and today, we reached the benchmark of 250,000 visits! While this number isn't much to brag about in the internet world, we couldn't be happier! Our offering is intended to be local and to reach the citizens of our area. However, over half of our viewers are not from this area. Some of them have found Bay-Journal as a way of staying in touch with the community the grew up in. Others connect to Bay-Journal wandering around on the net or are interested in learning more about our area.

    (Note: Total visits represent the number of times a viewer enters the website and not the number of pages viewed. However, viewers that returned in less than an hour is counted only once as a visit. Statistical information available shown is shown on the bottom of the home page which is updated weekly.)

    The original goal of Bay-Journal was 50,000 visits per year. You have overwhelming exceeded our expectation and you deserve full credit that. We have done no commerical advertising of Bay-Journal to create awareness of it's existence. It's viewers like you made it possible by spreading the word to your family and friends that we are here and what we are doing. Thank you! It your help that has provided the fuel of energy necessary to keep this project growing.

    We've come a long way since our beginning 29 months ago. Initially, we had about 40 pages - we're now close to 800 webpages. Our entire focus at first was historical information, we've increased that by leaps and bounds, and now include a wide variety of "contemporary topics" for adults and kids. Many of you have have responded to our request and for help (See Contributors, Credits & Sources for listing.}, and we're looking forward to others joining you in this effort. We knew from the beginning that the success of Bay-Journal depended largely on viewer participation to expand. The website is designed to provide plenty of room for all kinds of historical content of interest to you.

    Our vision of the future for Bay-Journal is have several thousand webpages of history and contemporary information of interest to each of the communities sharing the Saginaw Bay watershed. All are rooted to the pioneer families that first settled this area during the early 1800s, and planted the seeds that became the villages, cities, townships and counties of today.


    ^ Nov. 10 - 19th Century Sage Library Opens With Fresh Look.


    Nov. 10, 2004 - Renovated Sage Library

    BAY CITY - After a long period of renovation work the Sage Library is open again. A formal open house will take place this evening. The 120 year old building appears to be ready for another century of service on the south east corner of Midland and Wenona streets.

    First time visitors to library that are not familiar with its history surely would think it was a brand new building. That's how good a job the engineering staff did in their careful planninig in restoring the community's most impressive library structure. The front of the building has is totally new front entrance. A nicely designed elevated flat area extends the width of the building with steps in each direction to approach it, including a handicap entrance. The interior is very impressive. The walls are all painted off white highlighting the oak wood work trim throughout the building. New floor covering and furnishings complete the illusion of a newly constructed building.

    Henry Sage who donated the library to the this community when it was the village of Wenona, would be proud to know how well it has been maintained. He would also be proud to see his portrait hanging above the second floor fireplace in a reading room with comfortable chairs. The library originally opened on January 16, 1884. Dignataries from around the state attended the ceremony held that day at the Westminster Presbyterian Church across from the library on Midland street. Mose Colt Tyler of Cornell University was the guest speaker. The first librarian at the Sage Library was Mrs. M.F. Ostrander who maintain that position until 1899. The building was so large for the small community that it housed Western High School for a time. The building's design was a cooperative effort between Henry Sage, Charles Babcock of Cornell University and Pratt and Koeppe of Bay City.

    Henry Sage's home town wasn't this community, although he maintained a residence here. He was from Ithaca, New York. Lumber brought him to this community. He and his friend, John McGraw built a sawmill at the foot of Midland street along the river in 1865. At that time the west side was still a wilderness. The sawmill was considered the largest in the world at the time. It included housing for its many workers and this company town became known as the village of Wenona. A few decades later, the villages of Banks and Salzburg merge with Wenona to form West Bay City, a separate community from Bay City on the east side of the river. (See link below on Henry Sage for further history.)

    Related pages:
  • Heritage/People/ {Biography of Henry W. Sage}
  • Pictorials/Buildings & Structures/ {Heritage Libraries}

    ^ Nov. 19 - New Bottling Co. Opposed by Sweetwater Alliance Group

    MONITOR TWSP. - The Sweetwater Alliance group has mounted a campaign to keep a new water bottling plant in Monitor township’s industrial park from tapping local water for use outside of Michigan. Premier Manufacturing Group that has plans to start a plastics container business in Monitor has a contract to supply bottled water which would come from the Bay County water plant. The plant is expected to provide up to 140 new jobs.

    Sweetwater Alliance is attempting to collect signature to petitions Governor Granholm to block that from happening. While there is no specific State provisions that governs such action, the it is suggested that the State could deny use of Great Lakes water resources under provisions of the the Federal Water Resources Development Act.

    Much will depend on the response of the State government in how quickly and how they responded to the initiative of the Sweetwater Alliance group. A long delay in itself could result in the Premier Manufacturing Group becoming discouraged and abandoning their plans.


    ^ Nov. 20 - City Making Progress at James Clements Airport

    BAY CITY - The city has recently made some decisions that are intended to improve operations while reducing the city’s subsidy of James Clements Airport. The city’s budget for 2005 includes $50,000 to meet needs of the airport. The plans underway to reduce this amount are an installation of a self-serve refueling facilities and leasing of the main hanger to Classic Aviation of Michigan.

    The proposed 24 hour self-serve gas facilities is expected to bring in the largest revenue. The facilities will cost about $100,000 to install. The cost should be recovered in short order from increase use of the airport as a refueling point by transient pilots. The city will seek federal funding for the new service before tapping into its resources.


    Jerry Clayton
    An avid aviator, Jerry is glad to be investing in the airport's future. Besides being owner of the new Classic Aviation business, he is owner of Classic Realty, licensed as a pilot instructor, and is a Wings of Mercy volunteer pilot.

    Classic Aviation is new business started by Jerry Clayton who owns Classic Realty. It will fill the gap left by Munley-Smith who departed the business this past June. Classic Realty will lease the main hanger from the city for $6,800 per year, approximately $1,000 more than the agreement with Munley-Smith. Jerry Clayton, a long-time pilot at the airport, will need to invest $12,000 to $17,000 to bring the hanger up to code. He plans to rent airplane storage inside the hanger to other pilots. The hanger built in 1929, was a hub of activity for pilots providing common area for conversation and snacks. Jerry would like to see that service continued under his new business.

    James Clements Airport has been the focus of complaints among some tax-payers, historically and in recent times. The argument typically is that the city should not be subsidizing the airport for limited of a group of pilots. On the surface, it sounds like a reasonable argument that most everyone could agree with. However, according to some individuals familiar with the airport’s history, the city inherited the airport under provisions that it remained a city owned facility. Dumping the airport may not be possible unless the city is willing to let it return to the inheritors of the original owner.

    The asset that the airport represents is not easily understood. It is a piece of the community’s infrastructure as much as the street system, bridges or any other transportation asset. In deed, it is unique since its use is limited to aviation as is it’s neighbor, MBS International Airport which is supported by the cities of Saginaw and Midland, and Bay County. Those opposed to James Clements Airport could just as easily apply this argument to MBS or at minimum, point to MBS as the only air service needed in this area.

    However, want’s not so evident is that James Clements Airport is actually a plus on the balance sheet for our local economy. Recent studies estimating its economic impact point this out. Today the airport may be more of an asset than at any time since MBS was built. In the early aviation days, local airports were the only places available to the growing aviation industry. Large airports like MBS eventually took on the general aviation needs of transporting passengers. That trend changed with the September 11 attack.

    Business professionals who have been the backbone of support for large airports are now trending towards reducing their level of travel and opting towards the use of private airplanes. When the aviation ancestors of this community began utilizing the field of this farmland, they didn’t have any idea that one day it would provide easy access to an excellent highway system. The fact that it does, makes the airport an ideal hub for businesses traveling in and out of this area in small aircraft – with one limiting factor, the landing strips need to be lengthened to safely handle small jets.

    Even with the constraint of limited small jet use and minimal services, the airport is an important community economic transportation hub. The $50,000 budgeted by the city for 2005 is a bargain compared to costs of other city transportation assets. The city hasn’t been good at explaining to tax-payers who believe the city should get out of the air transportation business. Indeed the city it has itself helped perpetuate the issue by minimal maintenance of the airport as if was an undesirable burden on the budget.

    The potential of James Clements Airport will only be realized to its fullest when we resolve the question of whether it is or is not an economic asset to tax-payers. If the answer is that it is an asset, then it is essential that we capture its maximum benefit to the community’s economic well being and invest according to that end. Faced with decades of erosion of businesses and jobs, we need to tap the potential of any asset that halts this descending economic trend. The airport can be a valuable contributor to a forward solution as it was in its beginning.

    Related sources:
  • Pictorials/ {Aviation} Photos of AirFest 2004.
  • Personals/ {Classic Realty} - Includes Great Lakes lighthouse pictorial.

    ^ Nov. 20 - City Acts to Keep Festival of Lights Lit.

    BAY CITY - This holiday season will be a little brighter thanks to action taken by the city commission to support the Festival of Lights this year. The popular annual light display has suffered in recent years from lack of funding. The shortage forced a dramatic drop of light displays to 20 last year from 90 the year before.

    Circumstances have been working against the Bay City Festival of Lights organization forcing a reduction of light displays to reduce costs. The 90 displays during the 2002-2003 season cost about $12,000 in electricity verses $4,000 last winter. Other significant costs, and effort, is set up and maintenance of the light displays, much of which was provided by individuals freely donating their labor. Many were from the Iron Workers Union.

    The light display is in need of a long-term solution. Unlike the weekend festivals of summer, the light display goes on for months as a backdrop attraction for the city. Maybe, adding a special weekend Holiday Lights Festival the week before Thanksgiving is what’s needed to highlight it and to boost support and regional awareness. It could be tied into a sales promotion by downtown business to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Whatever happens, it should be “free” to maximize the number of people it can draw.

    It certainly has a commercial value to downtown merchants who should be interested in supporting anything that brings potential customers to their area. It also is an asset in helping Bay City promote itself as a year round tourist destination. It would seem the long-term solution to keeping the lights from going out should come from an arrangement between downtown merchants and the city. The city could donate the electricity and merchants could cover the balance of funding.


    ^ Nov. 21 - Conference Aims to Promote Area's Bio-Tech Potential.

    MIDLAND - Midland Tomorrow, a development group of Midland City, is hosting a conference aimed at developing the Tri-Counties as viable place for bio-tech medical businesses. The purpose of the conference entitled, Mid-Tech: Life Sciences And Beyond – Where Science, Vision and Capital Meet,” is to bring professionals together with the goal of improving the areas image to firms involved in the medical industry.

    Organizers of the conference believe potential new bio-tech businesses overlook Michigan’s rust belt image. However, those that know differently, tend to locate in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, and without awareness the potential benefits of locating in the Tri-Counties.

    The conference will be held at the Ashman Court Hotel in downtown Midland, on Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendance fee is $35.00. Reservations can be made at (989) 839-0710.


    ^ Nov. 21 - "EXTRA!" - Santa Alert!

    BAY CITY- Bay-Journal has just received the following press release from Santa Clause:

    SANTA CLAUS
    Headquarters
    NORTHPOLE: Press Release - November 21, 2004.
    Attention: All news media in Bay City, Michigan and near-by communities.


    Dear Editor:

    Please inform kids, moms and dads -- that Mrs. Clause and I will be arriving in Bay City on November 26 at 7:00 p.m. to mark the opening of the Holiday Season.

    Our destination is the Wenonah Park.

    As is our custom, we will be arriving by sleigh weather permitting.

    Please note a special request to your readers to bring along a flashlight! This will be of great help to me in guiding my sleigh into the park.

    Last year I got a little confused by all the bright lights in downtown Bay City and nearly landed on top of the Mill End store. The more flashlights there are, the easier it will be for me to find the park.

    I have been advised by the good folks in Bay City that they have made plans for some special family activities that will take place on the stage of the Friendship Shell. It's a surprise, so I cannot reveal what is planned at this time. I'm sure kids and parents will enjoy it.

    After the ceremony, Mrs. Clause and I will go over to the Delta College Planetarium across from the park where we will be greeting kids until 9:00 p.m.

    We will be spending the night at our special home in Bay City – the Nate and Mary Ida Doan Santa House located in the wonderful Veterans Memorial Park. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. It may be interesting for your readers to know that we've made yearly stops at the near-by Trombley House as far back as 1838.

    We’ll be up early Saturday morning to work with our helpers in getting the hundreds of display items dusted and arranged for opening the house to visitors that evening. We're looking forward to greeting kids and their parents from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

    Seasons Greetings,

    Santa

    Bay-Journal notes:
    1. Nate and Mary Ida Doan Santa House is located north of the Bay County Community Center and will be open during the holidays on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:p.m. Clink this link [TheSantaHouse.com] to visit their website.
    2. To get a start on the Sights & Sounds of the season, visit our {Christmas Remembered} - It includes a photo page with inside views of Santa House.
    3. The Trombley House has some fun holiday activities planned for kids during the holidays, see the {Community Events} page for information and dates.

    ^< Nov. 24 - Foul Smell of Producing Sweet Sugar to Diminish.

    BAY CITY- Generations have lived with the foul smell caused when processing sugar beets into sugar. That is expected to diminish to the great satisfaction of folks within smelling distance and wind direction of the Monitor Sugar Beet plant.

    A class action lawsuit settlement has been agreed to by Monitor Sugar that will lead to a reduction of dust and oders from turning sugar beets into sugar. According to the terms, Monitor Sugar will pay out $1.75 million to upto $3,500 to each of the plaintiffs in the case and $1,500 to individuals living within a specified area of the plant, including those who have filed a complaint regarding the matter.

    The history of sugar beet manufacturing in the Bay City dates back to the 1800s, and the smell associated with it has lingered for as long. Much has been done in the manufacturing process, but the foul smell can be overwhelming depending on weather conditions. The first sugar beet plant in Michigan was the Michigan Sugar Beet Company located in Essexville on Sheurmann Street near the river.

    Related Sources:
  • The Bay City Times - Article by Crystal Harmon, Dec. 24, 2004.
  • [Monitor Sugar Company] website.

    ^ Nov. 25 - State Theatre Granted $350,000 Towards Restorations.

    BAY CITY- The holidays got off to a good start for Pattie Lorie, executive director of the State Theatre, she received notice that the State Theatre has been granted $350,000 towards the restoration project of the historic theatre.

    The money comes from the Ominbus Appropriations Bill that was recently passed by the U.S. House of Represents. Representatives, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Dale E. Kildee are credited for successfully lobbying for its inclusion.

    The theatre has been working on a plan for several years to restore the old theatre building that was built in 1908, opening as a vaudeville theatre known as the Bijou. The high costs of electrical, heating and airconditioning are completed. Recent updates included a new lobby, updated restrooms, etc. The theatre is closed during the summer months for work to allow restoration work to be done. The work is expected to take two more years. -- Donations towards the restoration project are welcomed.

    Related sources:
  • [State Theatre] website.
  • Heritage/Theater/ {Bay County Theater History]
  • BAY-JOURNAL WEBSITE UPDATES -- Menu | History | Websites | News | Bay-Journal Updates |

    Help us if you can! -- Contribute content to Bay-Journal.


    Nov. - Martime Biographies from History of the Great Lakes by J.B. Mansfield (1899)

    Added this month:
  • Nov. 10 - {Carroll, James A.} (Captain)
  • Nov. 10 - {Cocklin, William} (Engineer)
  • Nov. 10 - {Crosthwaite, William} (Shipbuilder)
  • Nov. 10 - {Cullen, William F.} (Engineer)

    Nov. 10 - Civil War Diary of Mary (Craft) Hemminger (update)

    We've added new entries from this unique diary which now spans from Jan to the end of May. Mary was living in the village of Banks in Bangor township. Banks is now a part of Bay City's west side.

  • Heritage/Writings/ {1863 Civil War Diary of Mary (Craft) Hemminger}.

    Nov. 11 - Pictorial: Heritage Libraries

    We gathered images of libraries and these are now presented in their own pictorial. Include are recent pictures of the renovated Sage Library.

  • Pictorials/Buildings & Structures/ {Heritage Libraries}

    Nov 13 - Kidz Only! "Fish Tank" (new)

    We've added a second "pin-up board" to the "Fun Room" in the Kidz Only section. This one is a "fish tank" with plenty of fish for kids to have fun creating their own arrangement. If you haven't been into the Kidz Only! rooms, have a look! There are four rooms: History Room, Learning Room, Fun Room, Show & Tell Room. Each has a variety of activities to help kids learn while having fun.

  • Features/Family Center/Kidz Only!/ {Fun Room}. Kidz Only! three other rooms

    Nov. 16 - History of Bay County's Organization by Gen. B.F. Partridge (1876)

    The forefathers of Bay County's organization had a fight on their hands to become a separate governoring unit. The counties of Saginaw and Midland did their best to keep it from happening. However, the leaders from Lower Saginaw (now Bay City) were persistent, they wanted independence from the county of Saginaw which they believed negatively affected their progress. Saginaw wasn't about to create a competitor to its north without a fight. They had no trouble in getting Midland county to align with them in regards. Midland had much to loose in the way of property proposed to create the new county. This history was capture in a document prepared by Gen. B.F. Partridge for an 1876 meeting held in Bay City of the Pioneer Society.

  • Heritage/Writings/Miscellaneous/ {History of Bay County's Organization} - by Gen. B.F. Partridge

    Nov. 18 - Capt. Armstrong's Troubles at Fifth Ave. City Dock

    Contributed by Alan Flood. -
    A series of short articles that appeared in the Bay City Daily Tribune newspaper during 1899, regarding disagreements with other parties in the use of the city's dock which led to legal action.

  • Heritage/Writings/Places/ {Fifth Ave. City Dock}
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