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Westover Block (1869-1886)

When William Westover open the doors to his new business block in 1869, it was the largest and tallest building in Bay City, and it quickly became one of the city's most popular destinations.

Included in the building was the Westover Opera House located on the third and fouth floors. News accounts raved about it being the finest theatre facilities north of Detroit. Over the years it provided top-knotch entertain, profession live theatre and musicals to a receptive Bay City audience.

The street level of the building was used for merchants and included the post office for a period of time, and the second level provided rental office businesses. block The the street level was used for merchants, and the second was rental office space.

The Westover Block came to a suddden end in January 1886, when it caught on fire and was totally destroyed. The flames consuming the downtown's tallest building could be seen from distant neighborhoods. Of great concern to many citizens was the loss of the opera house. However, J. M. Wood of Chicago, the designer of the Westover came to the city's rescue. Using his personal funds along with with some from the city, he built the city's first building devoted to theater on the south east corner of Sixth and Washington which opened that year.

William Westover came to Bay City in 1865, along with his wife, Mary, and their children - Katie, Delbert, Willie and Rolland.

Graphic: The background picture is a view west down Center Avenue in 1872 with an insert sketch of the Westover Block.

In 1872 the city still had dirt streets and wood board walks fronted businesses. Water street was the primary merchant district. Washington was mixed combination of businesses, residential homes and churches. An excellent image of what the looked like at that time can be seen in the Pictorial / {1872 Panoramic of Bay City}.

The Shearer Block (4) is the only building remaining of those identified in graphic. In recent history is known as the Mill End store. The store will close this year and the building is being sold to a group of developers that plan to restore the building to its original appearance and turn it into a business/condo complex.

  • Heritage/Structures/ {Westover Block}

    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 the White Pages}:

    Do-All, Inc. [Visit Website]

    This unique non-profit organization is focused on helping people with disabilities. They began in 1965 as a sheltered workshop program operated by the Bay County Association of Retarded Citizens (now Arc). when they set up a work shop program as a workshop program. Today Do-All is located in a large facilities on S. Lincoln Street and is member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. producing goods used locally and elsewhere.

    An innovative venture of Do-All, is the "26th Street Market" located at 810 26th Street in the former Kuhlman Electric building. This small merchant market specializing in bargain prices is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

    {From the Yellow Pages}

    Allan's Shoes {Visit Website]

    Allan's Shoes, located on the n.e. cor. of Sixth and Washington, was founded in 1932 by the late Harry Singer, and later operated by his son Al Singer who passed away recently.

    The hallmark of Allans' Shoes has been its innovative and adaptive approach to the shoe business. The company has survived the mall craze retaining its loyal and satisfied customer to continue as one of the downtown's oldest businesses. Customer loyality to the store has been earned by providing quality shoes and personalize care, that has made them the traditional choice for many families accustomed to wearing the finiest shoes.

    Their website, Allan's Shoes America, includes a catalog of the shoe products they offer which can be order by telephone or online for delivery directly to your home.


    Index to News, Articles and Editorials:
    Apr. 1 - Bay-Journal introductory comments.
    Apr. 1 - New Library Nears Completion - Historical Library For Sale.
    Apr. 2 - The Passing of Pope John Paul II Mourned Worldwide.
    Apr. 4 - Abe Lincoln to Speak at Local Civil War Buffs Annual Dinner.
    Apr. 5 - Help Needed For New Firefighter's Memorial.
    Apr. 7 - Electric Rate Increases Opposed by Michigan's Attorney General.
    Apr. 9 - (Article) Greater Bay City Was Formed One Century Ago.
    Apr. 10 - Second Day Of Protests By Chinese Citizens Against Japan.
    Apr. 11 - Centennial Celebration of Greater Bay City Has Begun.
    Apr. 12 - Michigan Lands New Toyota R&D Center and 677 Jobs.
    Apr. 12 - Michigan Ranks Last In Economic Momentum.
    Apr. 14 - Operation Falcon Nabs 10,340 Fugitives Nationwide.
    Apr. 15 - Rare Spotting of Wolverine in Thumb Area.
    Apr. 17 - Lost Tax Revenues Putting Crimp On Midland's Budget.
    Apr. 18 - Economic Reports Last Week Plunge Market To Two Year Low.
    Apr. 19 - Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Pope Benedict XVI.
    Apr. 20 - Mid-Michigan Regional Business Expo Is May 4.
    Apr. 21 - Bay City's First Downtown Heritage Mini-Park A Beauty.
    Apr. 21 - FBI And Saginaw Police Investigating Block Grant Handling.
    Apr. 22 - State Program Aimed At Shortage Of Healthcare Workers.
    Apr. 24 - New Museum Display About Local History Opens This Week.
    Apr. 24 - Midland County May Become Smoke-free.
    Apr. 25 - Contents Of Michigan.gov Website Impressive.
    Apr. 26 - Last Bay County Civil War Veteran Identified.
    Online Local/National News Sources:
    Bay City Times
    Bay-Journal Headline News
    Google News
    Michigan News (Michigan.gov)
    MichigansThumb (Huron Co.)
    Midland Daily News
    My Bay City (Local articles)
    Pioneer Times (Tuscola Co.)
    Saginaw News
    Bay County Courts Calendar (2005):
    Apr. May. Jun.
    Other Bay-Journal Resources:



    Around & about snapshots
    News Icons Reference:




    BJ Article


    Please note: Featured News & Commentary is an editorial service for our viewers that is primarily focused on local subjects appearing in various public news sources. Refer to "Online Local News Sources list above for in depth news coverage.

    ^ Introduction - Bay-Journal Commentary.

    Bay-Journal's Third Anniversary.

    On April 24th Bay-Journal will embark on its fourth year on the internet. The growth over the first three years has been phenomenal – far beyond our original expectations!

    When Bay-Journal was launched on April 24, 2002, it had about 40 pages. We were hoping that yearly visits to the website would reach as high as 50,000.

    During April we will surpass 900 pages that are predominately filled with historical information about Bay County, and to a lesser extent counties associated with the Saginaw Bay.

    The website has averaged over 110,000 visits during the first three years, more than double our original expectations. Each year the number has increased substantially. In 2004 there were over 162,000 visits, and based on the first three months of 2005, the figure projects to nearly 200,000.

    Credit for this growth goes to our viewers that are spreading the word to others about Bay-Journal because we have no formal program to promote the website. You have our deepest appreciation. Thanks! Keep spreading the word!

    Be A Participant.

    From the very beginning our goal was for Bay-Journal to be community website where viewers could interact with each other in the forums and participate in building history content.

    Activity on the {Focus Forums} has been dismall. It needs of a few adventurous viewers to get the ball rolling to encourage others to join in. There are presently 12 boards: One for general topics.; Four county specific.; Three focused on heritage.; Two Bay-Journal specific.; One Want-Ads board. Help Us If You Can!

    On the other hand, seventy {Contributors} have donated materials to the content of the website, and some of them continue to do so. This has been not only a great help to us, it has provided for some very unusual and interesting history not found in public resources. We encourage you join our list of contributors. Its easy to do, just click on the "Help Wanted" image below to learn more.
    HELP US if you can!

    Color Crazy!

    If you are a regular viewer, you most like know that we changed the website's colors several times. And, yes, we did it again! Gone is the "Gainsboro" gray background replaced by "dark slate gray," a dull dark greenish color. We'll try to keep this one longer unless we hear enough viewers to change our mind.

    ^ Apr. 1 - New Library Nears Completion - Historical Library For Sale.

    Central Library - 1950s

    BAY CITY: The Central Library on Center Avenue has been put up for sale as plans are being made to move into the new library building next year. Once the new library on the south p for salewill be sold once the new library move is made to the new library. In the process, a piece of significant history will end. The present library was built in 1922 with the help of the Carnegie Institute, local donations and public money. It was the first library building east of the river. It also marked the consolidation of Bay City's library system in order to get the money from Carnegie. Until then, the west side and east side each had their own library board. However, the west side had the Sage Library while the east library was housed in rented space of various buildings in the downtown area.

  • Full story: [Mar. 30: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times
  • History reference: Heritage/Groups/ {Bay County Library System}

    ^ Apr. 2 - The Passing of Pope John Paul II Mourned Worldwide.

    ROME: Pope John Paul II departed this life today leaving millions around the world mourning his loss. His reign of 26 years as the leader of the Catholic church leaves a remarkable legacy consistent with his life devotion to the principles of his faith. His unconditional love was a powerful instrument in the cause of individual freedom. Pope John Paul (Karol Josef Wojtyla) will be missed, but the seeds he planted during his life-time will continue to grow to the benefit of all.

  • Full story: [CNN.com]
  • Biography of John Paul II [CNN.com]
  • About Pope John Paul II [Pope John Paul II] - Vatican.com
    Story update - HURON CO.: A special Mass was held Wednesday in tribute to Pope John Paul II at St. Mary's church in Parisville. Parisville is considered by many historians to the first Polish settlement in the U.S.
    [Apr. 7: Matt Treadwell] - Huron Daily Tribune (Michiganthumb.com)

  • ^ Apr. 4 - Abe Lincoln to Speak at Local Civil War Buffs Annual Dinner.

    (Click to enlarge)

    BAY CITY: President Lincoln (Fred Priebe of Belleville, MI) will be the guest speaker on April 21 when local Civil War buffs gather for their annual dinner meeting. The group is officially known as the 7th Cavalry Civil War Round Table and they meet monthly, no membership is required and anyone may attend.

  • Full story: [Mar. 27: Dave Rogers] - MyBayCity.com
  • Reference: Heritage/Groups/Military/ {Civil War}
  • (Photo: Last six surviving members of Bay County's Grand Army of Republic (GAR).)
    Story update: Dinner Meeting. (photos) Apr. 24: Dave Rogers - MyBayCity.com

  • ^Apr. 5 - Help Needed For New Firefighter's Memorial.

    Bay City Fire Department (late 1880s)

    BAY CITY: Firefighters are leading a restoration project of the department's historical lion statue with plans for a dedication ceremony on June 19th. The statue will honor eleven firefighters that lost thier lives in the line of duty:

    Fred Kiesel, died 1907; Edwin Jolly, died 1915; Henry Fletcher, died 1915; Chris Schepper, died 1923; J. Dominick Fladung, died 1927; Fred Loeseel, died 1929; Louis Villaire, died 1943; John McIntyre, died 1945; Louis Malenfant, died 1947; Gerald Hall, died 1964; and, Abner Willyard, died 1975.

    Help is needed in identifying the current desendants of these firefighters so that they may be invited to the dedication ceremony. If you can help, contact the Fire Department at (989) 892-8601.

  • Full story: [Apr. 4: Patti Brandt] - The Bay City Times
  • Reference: {Pictorial: Fire Department}

    ^ Apr. 7 - Electric Rate Increases Opposed by Michigan's Attorney General.

    LANSING: Attorney General Mike Cox has filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals in oposition to the electric rate increases approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. At issue are more than $121 million in rate increases that the Attorney General office considers unreasonable increases that should be absorbed by the power companies and not their customers.

  • Full story: [Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Apr. 9 - Greater Bay City Was Formed One Century Ago.

    1867 Birdseye Map of Bay City.
    The 1905 merger of Bay City and West Bay City had its beginnings as several small villages. On the east side of river was Lower Saginaw (Bay City) and Portsmouth to the north. Across the river from Bay City was Wenona with Banks to the north and Salzburg to the south of it.

    Key settlement dates:
  • 1836 - Judge Miller plats Portsmouth.
  • 1837 - Saginaw Bay Co. plats Lwr. Saginaw.
  • 1846 - Jos. Tromble plats Bangor (Banks).
  • 1857 - Bay County organized.
  • 1862 - Dr. Fitzhugh plats Salzburg.
  • 1865 - Wenona settlement established.
  • 1865 - Lower Saginaw renamed Bay City.
  • 1873 - Portsmouth annexed by Bay City.
  • 1877 - West Bay City formed.
  • 1905 - West Bay City & Bay City merge.

    {VIEW} Historcal Events Timeline.
  • ARTICLE: April 10, 1905 marks the date when two cities divided by the Saginaw River become one to form greater Bay City. It was a major decision intended to merge the assets of West Bay City and Bay City that was essential to the future well being of each. The merger was aimed at competing with the city of Saginaw which fifteen years earlier was created when Saginaw City and East Saginaw consolidated in 1890.

  • Full article: {Article} - Bay-Journal.com
  • News story: [Apr. 4: Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times
  • History story: [Mar. 23: Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Apr. 10 - Second Day Of Protests By Chinese Citizens Against Japan.

    CHINA: For the second consecutive day thousands of Chinese citizens took to the streets in protest of a new Japanese schoolbook that downplays Japan's wartime atrocities against China. Mentioned is the statement in the schoolbook which refers to the massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians at Nanjing in 1937 as an "incident".

  • Full story: [Google News]

    ^ Apr. 11 - Centennial Celebration of Greater Bay City Has Begun.

    BAY CITY: Yesterday marked the beginning of Centennial Celebrations recalling the merger of West Bay City and Bay City in 1905. This was first event of several planned for this summer and it took place at Veterans Memorial Bridge where city commissioners from the west side and east side met to shake hands symbolizing the union of the two cities. Afterwards the activies moved to city hall where students reenacted the first greater Bay City commission meeting held April 10, 1905.

  • Full story: [Apr. 10: Dave Rogers] - MyBayCity.com (Includes photos.)
  • Related stores: See Apr. 9 above.

    ^ Apr. 12 - Michigan Lands New Toyota R&D Center And 677 Jobs.

    ANN ARBOR: Governor Granholm gather with state, local, and company officials today to announce Toyota Motor Corportion will building a new research and development center in York Township that will hire 400 workers and create another 277 associated jobs in Michigan. The deal was worked out with the Toyta Technical Center USA, Inc., which includes an incentive package provide by Michigan amounting to $38.9 million.

  • Full story: [Apr. 12: MichiganNewswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Apr. 12 - Michigan Ranks Last In Economic Momentum.

    WASHINGTON, DC: The competition for economic growth in Michigan could not be worse according to a report that ranks Michigan last among states in economic momentum. The bad news appeared in a newletters of the States Policy Reports, a project cosponsored by the Natonal Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • Full story: [Apr. 12: Sarah Kellogg] - Booth Newspapers

    ^ Apr. 14 - Operation Falcon Nabs 10,340 Fugitives Nationwide.

    State police and U.S. Marshall officers arrest fugitive.
    (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshall Service.)

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The U.S. Marshalls Service working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Operation Falcon arrested 10,340 fugitives and cleared more than 13,800 felony warrants. The operation included over 900 law agencies and is considered the most successful manhunt ever of its kind.

  • Full story: [Apr. 14: Press Release] - USMarshals.gov

    ^ Apr. 15 - Rare Spotting of Wolverine in Thumb Area.

    HURON CO.: Jeff Ford of Ubly made a rare sighting of a wolverine in the Thumb area in February 2004, ever since he has been trying to get a picture of it using a trail camera. Success finally came this past March, making him the first person in the continental U.S. to have taken a photo of a wolverine in the wild.

  • Full story: [Apr. 15: Traci Anderson & Stacy Langley] - Huron Daily Tribune

    ^Apr. 17 - Lost Tax Revenues Putting Crimp On Midland's Budget.

    MIDLAND: Tax appeal cases by Dow Corning, Dow Chemical and Midland Cogeneration Venture are expected to reduce their contribution to the city's tax revenue affecting the city's budget. $1.9 was lost in a recent settlement with Dow Corning. Future settlements and declining revenue sharing from the state has city leaders concerned that deeper budget cuts are coming.

  • Full story: [Apr. 17: Cathy Heng] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Apr. 18 - Economic Reports Last Week Plunge Market To Two Year Low.

    NEW YORK: Investors scurried to cut their losses last week as the DOW Jones industrial average fell 3.6% percentage points last week, it's worst weekly decline since March 2003. A shock housing report that was worse than expected, news that February's trade deficit set a record, retails sales in March much weaker than anticipate, and oil prices holding around $50 dollars a barrel, sent the market indicators spriralling downward.

  • Full story: [Apr. 17: Reuters] - CNN Money
  • Related article: [Apr. 19: GMC 1Q Loss Worst Since 1992.] - CNN Money

    ^ Apr. 19 - Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Pope Benedict XVI.

    Pope Benedict XVI

    VATICAN CITY: White smoke signalled a new pope had been elected, and ten minutes later church bells rang out loudly confirming the news. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany became Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Full story: [Apr. 19: Victor L. Simpson, AP Writer] - ABCnews.go.com
    Story update: Pope's Installation. [Apr. 24: Brian Murphy, AP] - ABCNews.com

    ^ Apr. 20 - Mid-Michigan Regional Business Expo Is May 4.

    2004 Mid-Michigan Expo
    Scene from last year's expo.

    TRI-COUNTIES: 175 business will participate in this years business expo being held at Saginaw valley State University's Ryder Center on May 4th from 1-7 p.m. The annual event is free and open to the public. It's an opportunity to meet and see the products and services offered by area businesses.

    Guest speaker at the Primier Luncheon, which begins at 11:00 a.m., is Dr. Tom Connellan, author of, "Sustaining Knock Your Socks Off Service." Reserve your ticket today!

    Free and informative business seminars will take place during the afternoon. Topics covered include legal planning, accounts receivables, estate planning, making a stronger business, hiring, legislation update, critical records, compensation, avoiding liability, behavior/communication, and healthy workplace.

  • Learn more: [Mid-MichiganExpo.com]

    ^ Apr. 21 - Bay City's First Downtown Heritage Mini-Park A Beauty.

    Images of Legend and Legacy Mini Heritage Park. (Click each to enlarge.)

    BAY CITY: A large crowd gathered yesterday in a small area on the south west corner of Center Avenue and Saginaw Street to celebrate the official opening of the first of many mini-parks planned for downtown Bay City. The new mini-park is called "Legend and Legacy" and was donated by the Rotary Club of Bay City. The park's area is covered with decorative brick, includes a resting bench and an attractive kiosk as its center piece. The kiosk incorporates a 1908 historical image etched in glass that looks west down center showing a portion of the Wenona Hotel on the left, the Union Block and Watson block on the west side of Water Street where Wenona Park is today. Up to 10 mini-parks are planned and each will carry a heritage theme giving visitors a climpse of that area as it looked log ago.

  • Full story: [Apr. 20: Patti Brandt] - The Bay City Times.
    Story update: Dedication Ceremony. (photos) [Apr. 24: Dave Rogers] - MyBayCity.com

    ^ Apr. 21 - FBI And Saginaw Police Investigating Block Grant Handling.

    SAGINAW: Agents from the FBI and Saginaw Police department have launched an investigation into the possible illegal use of block grant funds. Three workers at the city hall offices of the Saginaw Economic Development Corp. have been suspended with pay indefinitely.

  • Full story: [Apr. 20: The Saginaw Times]

    ^ Apr. 22 - State Program Aimed At Shortage Of Healthcare Workers.

    LANSING: Michigan's departments of Labor & Economic Growth and Community Health will work together on a program designed to help train unemployed workers to fill jobs available in the healthcare industry.

  • Full story: [MichiganNewswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Apr. 24 - New Museum Display About Local History Opens This Week.

    BAY CITY: After several years of planning and nearly a year in construction, the Bay County Historical Society Museum will open its doors to the plublic this Tuesday to a new and impressive historical display. The 1700 square foot display area is located on the museum's main floor and has been designed to provide visitors with a walk through local history beginning with the Indians, then lumbering boom, and into the industrial period that followed.

  • Full story: [Apr. 24: Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times
  • Related story: [Apr. 24: Josh Grosteffon] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Apr. 24 - Midland County May Become Smoke-free.

    MIDLAND: The Midland County health department wants a smoke-free community. However, elected officials won't act on the proposal until they hear from the public. Organized smoke-free advocates have made rapid advancement in getting legislation that eliminates smoking in many communities throughout the country. At issue is the question of whether or not legislation of such behavior is in essence eroding liberty by shifting power from individual rights to majority opinion. Already, some workers have lost their jobs simply because they smoke in public. That is a direct attact on civil liberty! Yet, the majority has remained silent while an employer exacts unusual punishment on employees for what they do in their private lives. Smoking is not illegal. The legal choices of a smoker or anyone else should NOT be subjected to the will of an employer or majority opinion.

  • Full story: [Apr. 24: Kathie Marchlewski] - Midland Daily News
  • Related article: {Feb. 18: You Can Be Fired For What You Do At Home!} - Bay-Journal

    ^ Apr. 25 - Contents Of Michigan.gov Website Impressive.

    LANSING: If you've never been to Michigan's official website, it's worth the trip. Michigan.gov is more than just static government information, it's full of dynamic information related to most everything involving Michigan. You'll find attractive and informative informaton featuring the state's history, agriculture, industrial, tourist attractions and a great deal more. The website is mammoth in size with excellent content useful to exploring the advantages of Michigan. The following links will give you a quick start that is sure having you adventuring further.

  • [Main Page] [Recipes] [Wineries] [Lighthouses] [Communities] [Representatives] [Media]

    ^ Apr. 26 - Last Bay County Civil War Soldier Identified.

    Judge Thomas E. Webster is identified as the last living member of the Bay County Grand Old Party (G.A.R.), according to an article published September 16, 1940 in the Bay City Times.

    The article was found by local history buff, Alan Flood, while doing research at Elm Lawn Cemetery on Ridge Road where Judge Webster is buried.

    The question about the last Civil War veterans of this community came into focus when working on data for the Veterans Memorial page of Bay-Journal. A number of people contributed in gathering information on veterans that died while on duty. Among that information was a photo of the last six members of the Grand Old Army of the Republic. However, none of the Civil War veteran were identified, nor was where or where the photo was taken.ailable records.

    Thanks to Alan, we now know who some of these individuals might be. Alan found another article written May 30, 1938 about the last three living veterans of the Civil War. The article listed the names of Judge Webster, Martin Heath and Benjamin F. Gromes.

    Judge Webster was a youngster living in New York when he enlisted in 1864 and joined up with Co. E 2nd New York Artillery. After the war he went on to get a an education attending Cornell then the University of Michigan. He came to Bay City in 1874 with a law degree and signed on as an attorney with Windsor Schofield which whom he later became a partner. He ran for probate judge and was elected, serving two terms. In 1886, he built a home at 900 Fifth Avenue which is still standing today, and is now the Angel Lair’s Bed and Breakfast owned by Dan and Linda VanPelt. He died on Sep. 13, 1940 and was 92 years old. He is interned at Elm Lawn cemetery.

    Martin Heath died at the age of 96 on November 18, 1939. A native of Port Huron, he came to Bay City after the war. He was residing at 1606 North Grant at the time of his death. He served in Co. D 16th Michigan Infantry. He is interned at Green Ridge cemetery.

    Benjamin F. Gromes, a native of Richmond, VA, was only 12 years old when he signed on as a drummer boy with the First U.S. Dragoon calvary group at Boston. He also came to Bay City some time after the war finding work in lumbering. He died October 10, 1938, and is interned at Oak Ridge cemetery.

    None of the above were living in Bay County when they enlisted in the Civil War, leaving open the question of who the last living person was that served in the Civil War as a citizen from this county.

  • Heritage/Groups/Military/ {Civil War History}

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

    Apr. 1 - Pictorial: Heritage Photos of Saginaw, MI.
    The Pictorial's introduction page includes a brief history of Saginaw and a some links where you can learn more.

  • Pictorials / {Saginaw, MI}

    Apr. 12 - 1914 Obituary of William Westover.
    William Westover, builder of the Westover block, died in Alameda, California at age 86.

  • Heritage/ Writings/People/ 1914 Obit.: William Westover

    Apr. 18 - 1863 Diary of Mary Hemminger's Civil War Diary (update)
    Contributed by Phyllis Nilsson. Pages May 28, 1863 throught June 14, 1863.

  • Heritage/Writings/Misc: Civil War/ 1864: Diary of Mary Jane (Craft) Hemminger

    Apr. 19 - Interview with Henry W. Sage On English Salt Trust.
    Contributed by Alan Flood. - An 1889 interview by the Bay City Daily Tribune with Henry Sage regarding English salt trust being proposed.

  • Heritage/Writings/People/ 1889: Interview with Henry Sage

    Apr. 24 - New Hotel Republic.
    1905 newspaper article on reopening of the Republic Hotel after completion of a new addition and newly renovated interior.

  • Heritage/Writings/ 1905: New Hotel Republic

    Apr. 26 - Death of Judge Thomas E. Webster (1940)
    1940 newspaper article on the death of Thomas E. Webster, former probate judge of Bay County. Judge Webster built the masion on 900 Fifth Ave. which is now the Angel's Lair Bed and Breakfast owned by Dan and Linda VanPelt. Article donated by Alan Flood.

  • Heriage/Writings/ 1940: Death of Judge Webster
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