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FEATURED HISTORY SUBJECT


Graphic: A map depicting the area of the early villages of Lower Saginaw (Bay City) and Portsmouth, and the location of Potters field, which is superimposed over the a photo of the property as it looks today.

Potters Field

The first cemetery in what is now Bay City was Potters field on the east of the Saginaw River. It was an informal cemetery located on a high sandy ridge just off present Columbus avenue, between Washington and Saginaw. Exactly when it came into use is unknown, as are the names of most that were buried there.

The cemetery was abandoned for the most part when Judge James Birney opened a new cemetery out in the country around around the 1858-59 time period. It is the Pine Ridge cemetery located off Ridge (Columbus) and Tuscola roads.

As Bay City grew, the property of Potters field was use for new homestead and later commercial use. An 1871 newspaper article mentions new homes going up there the year before among grave still on the property. And, as late as 1900, grave sites where being unearthed during contruction. Itís quite possible a few undiscovered graves remain below a building or street.

  • Potters Field Burial Grounds
  • FEATURED WEBSITES

    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}:

    Barnstormers Aviation, Inc. [Visit Website]


    Simulated view of James Clements Airport.

    Unless you are an aviation enthusiast, you're probably not aware of that this club, which is located at James Clements Airport in Bay City. The club's mission is to support and promote activities that advance the awareness and interest in the airport, including the Wings of Mercy program offering patient flights to far way medical facilities.

    On their website you'll find some historical background on James Clements Airport and a pdf map of the airport's flight lines, and many links to other aviation websites.

  • Reference: {Map of James Clements Airport}
    {From the Yellow Pages}

    Artistic Wonders Gallery {Visit Website]

    The website of local artist, Jim Wardynski, used for displaying his talent painting creations. There are nine pages of images covering a variety of subjects, which are available as a print at a very affordable price. Also available for sale to collectors or others who enjoy the uniqueness and pride of owning fine art.

  • NEWS HIGHLIGHTS & ARTICLES

    Index to News, Articles and Editorials:
    Jun. 1 - Bay-Journal introductory comments.
    Jun. 1 - Review Of This Past Memorial Day Stories.
    Jun. 1 - Coyote Population Reestablished In Michigan Counties.
    Jun. 2 - Pinconning Boy Named National Youth Of The Year.
    Jun. 2 - Live Web Cam Coming To Infinity Park.
    Jun. 3 - Governor Calls On Republicans To Support Jobs Program.
    Jun. 3 - Survival Hopes Alive for Saginaw Historic Log Cabin.
    Jun. 6 - Storms Rumbling Across Midwest Hit Saginaw Valley.
    Jun. 7 - Champion Pistons One Series Away From Repeat.
    Jun. 8 - Red Lion Coney Dogs Make A Return Near Original Site.
    Jun. 8 - Bay City Centennial Celebration Parade Is July 2.
    Jun. 9 - Goodnow New President of Delta College.
    Jun. 11 - Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival This Weekend.
    Jun. 12 - Michigan National Guard Enlistments Improving.
    Jun. 13 - Outstanding Progress At Bay Medical Regional Center.
    Jun. 13 - Bay City IB Cranes Feature Of Baltimore Museum.
    Jun. 14 - Nothing's Impossible To 104 Year Old Mrs. Castaneda.
    Jun. 15 - Public Invited To Meeting On Saginaw Bay Watershed.
    Jun. 15 - New State Police Team To Focus On Identity Theft.
    Jun. 16 - House Votes To Limit Patriot Act In Spite Of Veto Threat.
    Jun. 16 - Saginaw Chippewa Indians To Pow Wow At Chi-Asin.
    Jun. 16 - Huron County Looking To Wind Power For Engergy.
    Jun. 19 - Newspaper Reports On Bay County's High Attorney Costs.
    Jun. 20 - History of Huron County's Seat And Courthouse Recalled.
    Jun. 21 - St. Stans 56th Polish Festival This Weekend.
    Jun. 21 - Margaret Ann Riecker Honored For Community Contributions.
    Jun. 22 - Shocking! Bay County Leads Nation In Job Losses.
    Jun. 23 - Bay City Gets $6 Million State Loan For Water Treatment.
    Jun. 23 - Construction of New Bax Axe Shopping Center Has Begun.
    Jun. 23 - MI Tax Tribunal Decides Dispute Between Dow And Midland.
    Jun. 24 - More Places To Drop Off Sporting Goods For Iraqi Kids.
    Jun. 26 - Local 15 Year Old Starts Wireless Business.
    Jun. 27 - Midland Among 29 New Cool Cities Projects.
    Online Local/National News Sources:
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    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):
    Jun. Jul. Aug.
    Other Bay-Journal Resources:

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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 various public news sources. Refer to "Online Local News Sources list above for in depth news coverage.

    ^ Introduction - Bay-Journal Commentary by Marvin Kusmierz, Editor.

    Website Statistics

    With the closing of May, the number of visits to Bay-Journal so far in 2005 has reached 165,000, which surpasses the total visits of 162,000 for all of 2004, and there are still seven months to go. The growth of Bay-Journal has been skyrocking. In 2003, our first year, the average number of visits for nine months was 4,600, in 2004 the average jumped to 13,500 monthly, and for the first five months of 2005, it is 33,000. If the average holds for the balance of 2005, the website will have nearly 400,000 visits. Thatís huge for a website that focuses on local history.

    Updates during May.

    During May I spent quite a bit of my time attempting to finish some the Pictorials. A number of the Pictorials have only a few photos, which I planned on adding to over time. But, as things go, and I never returned finish the work started on them. Instead, I worked on other parts of the website filling in history content.

    The Pictorial on cemeteries is intended to include images of every cemetery in Bay County. During May photos have been added for St. Paul Lutheran cemetery (Frankenlust), Fremont cemetery (Monitor), and Heavenly Rest and Calvary cemeteries in Kawkawlin. Green Ridge in Bay City will be added soon.

    I have also made it a point to community pages by including a photo of city/township government buildings. Photos are now on the pages on the cities of Bay City, Essexville and Auburn. And, images of the township halls for Beaver, Kawkawlin, Portsmouth, Frankenlust and Williams have been added. I hope to drive to the more distant townships during the summer to get a photo of their township hall.

    Most of the photos for the cemeteries and government buildings were taken during the last week of May, and traveling to their destination gave me a good opportunity to see some of Bay Countyís country side. It has been many years since I have wandered out into the farmlands, and I was amazed at just how beautiful is the geography of our county. It may be very flat, and covered with new homesteads, but there are still many places where nature thrives uninterupted. The Kawkawlin River stretches far inland, and I crisscrossed it a number of times and was able to get a lovely viewed representing what it must have looked like to the early pioneers before the river was spanned by bridges and accommodate travel through the country side.

    Rev. Sievers' letters beginning in 1848.

    This month the Letters of Rev. Ferdinand Sievers have been added to the website, there are eight, in the first two written in 1848, he makes mention of the country side and the challenges it presented in for the settlers in moving their goods from Saginaw to the Frankenlust settlement site. Whether or not you are a history buff, I think youíll enjoy reading these letters which were contributed by Kathy (Stroemer) Czuba.


    View of farmland south east of church.
    (Click to enlarge.)

    While taking photos of the {St. Paul Lutheran church} cemetery in Frankenlust, I decided to take a ride east into the country side to see the environment described by {Rev. Sievers}. I donít recall having been that way before. A short distance down the road I passed two old farms and each had a historical marker denoting they are heritage farms having been in the same family since they began. Some day I hope to return there to learn which the family names.

    The road zigzags sharply to the south then east heading directly to the edge of the Saginaw River from where you can see the south edge of the Middle Grounds. Along the way are large areas of lowland and swamps which were pretty dry from the low water levels. It wasnít difficult to image just how treacherous of an ordeal it was for the Frankenlust settlers to make their way throught this area. If you enjoy nature or venturing out into the country side, this drive is a must. It only a few minutes from either Bay City or Saginaw. Be sure to read the letters by Rev. Sievers before making the trip there.


    Jun. 1 - Review Of This Past Memorial Day Stories.

    This past Memorial Day the sun shined brightly and added a warmth to the solemn ceremonies honoring our veterans.

    Family, friends, and those who care, gather around the Veterans Burial Grounds of local cemeteries to honor soldiers for the sacrifices they made.

    Shown is a photo of the Veterans area at Elm Lawn cemetery.

    Other Veterans Burial Grounds may be seen in the Pictorial:
    {Cemeteries}

    A veterans name list is in the Heritage/Groups section:
    {Public Service Veterans}

    The following are stories from local newspapers regarding this past Memorial Day:

  • May 27: [Memorial Day means a lot to Bay City Seabee who survived.] by Tim Younkman, The Bay City Times
  • May 30: [Memorial Days past.] by Kelly Jerome, Midland Daily News
  • May 30: [Vets heed call.] by Dean Bohn, The Saginaw News
  • May 31: [Remembering the fallen.} Caseville, Huron Daily Tribune.
  • May 31: [Memorial Day has new meaning for young recruits.] by Kathie Marchlewski, Midland Daily News

    ^ Jun. 1 - Coyote Population Reestablished in Michigan Counties.

    BAY CITY: If you should hear a strange howl late some evening, don't assume it's a dog wailing away, it could be a coyote. According to the DNR office in Bay City, each of the Tri-counties has a growing coyote population as is the case for most counties in Michigan.

  • Full story: [May 31: by Dominic Adams] - The Bay City Times.

    ^ Jun. 2 - Pinconning Boy Named National Youth Of The Year.

    PINCONNING: Until now it has gone unnoticed in the news that T. J. Rancour was named the National Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs in September of last year. Yesterday, Rancour has the pleasure of meeting with President Bush, and both of these stories are available at:

  • Full story about the award: {Jun. 1: by Margaret Harding} - The Bay City Times.
  • Full story about meeting the president: {Jun. 2: by Margaret Harding} - The Bay City Times

    ^ Jun. 2 - Live Web Cam Coming To Infinity Park.

    BAY CITY: Soon anyone with a computer and internet connection may be able to watch the kids skateboard at Infinity Park from anywhere around the world. Donations are being collected to place a web camera in the park for viewing at the city's website at {www.baycitymi.org}.

  • Full story: {Jun. 2: Patty Brandt} - The Bay City Times

    ^ Jun. 3 - Governor Calls On Republicans To Support Jobs Program.

    LANSING: Governor Granholm in a speach before the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Polic Conference said action must be taken this year to address Michigan's ailing economy, and called on the Republicans to support her Jobs for Michigan Fund proposal.

  • Full story: [Jun. 3: Heidi Hansen] - Michigan Newswire

    ^ Jun. 3 - Survival Hopes Alive for Saginaw Historic Log Cabin.

    SAGINAW: There's a large historical log-cabin sitting near the Saginaw River just off River Road in what is Veterans Memorial Park of Saginaw County. The cabin hasn't been used for many years and is in need of repairs, and the county wants to eliminate the problem by either demolishing the cabin or finding someone who wants to fund it's preservation. The later is the most desirable solution. Two prospective private parties have stated an interest in the log-cabin built during the depression era.

  • Full story: [Jun. 3: Erin Alberty] - The Saginaw News.

    ^ Jun. 6 - Storms Rumbling Across Midwest Hit Saginaw Valley

    SAGINAW VALLEY: A line of storms that stretched from the top to the bottom of the country marched through the Saginaw Valley yesterday with heavy rain and winds exceeding 40 mph. Several tornadoes were site, trees toppled, and many areas without electricity.

  • Full story - Bay County: [Jun. 6: Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times
  • Full story - Midland: [Cheryl Wade] - Midland Daily News
  • Full story - Saginaw: [Jun. 6: LanNIA Coleman] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Jun. 7 - Champion Pistons One Series Away From Repeat.

    MIAMI: With the historical odds against them, the Pistions played game seven of the Eastern Conference Champsionship series on Miami's home court. Many thought that if the odds didn't work against them, surel Shag's history of never losing in game seven would. However, true to their style of basketball, the Pistons responded to the pressure by beating the Miami Heat when it counted the most. Game one of the finals is this Thursday evening against the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Playoff Central: [Detroit Piston]
  • Game reviews: [1-Lost 84-69] [2-Lost 97-76] [3-Won 96-79] [4-Won 96-95] [5-Lost 96-95 OT] [6-Won 95-86]

    Jun. 23 - San Antonio Defeats Detroit For Championship.
    Key Detroit players found themselves in early foul trouble in a game that was closely called by the referees, which seemed to work to the advantage of San Antonio who went on to hard fought victory that gave them the NBA Championship.

  • Full story: [7- Lost 81-74] - NBA.com/Pistons

    ^ Jun. 8 - Red Lion Coney Dogs Make A Return Near Original Site.

    BAY CITY: It has been ten years since the old Red Lion coney dog disappeared from the scene in downtown Bay City to the chagrin of local hot dog lovers. However, they're back! Correbelle's Ice Cream parlor is now serving up the tasty Red Lion style hot dogs at 207 Center ave.

  • Full story: [Jun. 6] Dave Rogers] - MyBayCity.com

    ^ Jun. 8 - Bay City Centennial Celebration Parade Is July 2.

    BAY CITY: The community's centennial parade will be a once in a lifetime experience that you will not want to miss, and organizers are working hard to make it something to remember. The parade will replicate the route of the city's earliest parades with floats and displays depicting these early times. Organizers are encouraging businesses, groups and individuals to participate in this historic celebration recalling the unification of West Bay City and Bay City in 1905.

  • Full story: [Jun. 8 - Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Jun. 9 - Goodnow New President of Delta College.

    MIDLAND: Jean Goodnow, president at Illionois Valley Community College, has signed a contract to fill become Delta College's next president.

  • Full story: [Jun. 9 - william Shoemaker] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Jun. 11 - Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival This Weekend.

    GRAND BLANC: The Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth is something extra special to Gunther and Ilse Palentyn, the two emigrated to this area in 1956 and have been attending the festival ever since.

  • Full story: [Jun. 11 - Susan J. Demas] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Jun. 12 - Michigan National Guard Enlistments Improving.

    SAGINAW: After a dismall recruiting year in 2004, enlistments in the Michigan Army National Guard are expected to raise by about 40% this year. More young adults are understanding that military benefits of good pay, insurance, education and others outweigh the risks of anwering the call of duty.

  • Full story: [Jun. 12: Jeremiah Stettler] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Jun. 13 - Outstanding Progress At Bay Medical Regional Center.

    BAY CITY: Good news and facts are changing the once poor image and the financial delema that plaqued Bay City's primary medical facilities on Columbus Ave. At the Rotary Club's weekly luncheon, William Bowen, board chairman of Bay Regional Medical Center, spoke about the progress being at the hospital, which continues to receive high state and national ratings within the medical profession.

  • Full story: [Jun. 12 - Dave Rogers] - MyBayCity.com

    ^ Jun. 13 - Bay City IB Cranes Feature Of Baltimore Museum.


    Photos from history page: Aerial view of plant and IB crane lifting train onto railroad tracks.

    BAY CITY: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD, is a must stop for railroad, historians, or anyone else from Bay City visiting the Balimore area. There you'll find on display examples of the huge lococmotive cranes made by the former Industrial Works (Brownhoist) company of Bay City. The relics of the old manufacturing buildings of this industrial giant that was a leading crane manufacturer in its day can still be seen on the property now known as the Uptown At River's Edge development.

  • Full story: [Jun. 13 - Tim Younkman] - The Bay City Times
  • Related: {Industrial Works History} - Bay-Journal.com
  • Reference: [Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum]

    ^ Jun. 14 - Nothing's Impossible To 104 Year Old Mrs. Castaneda.

    FRANKENMUTH: Maria "Mary" A. Castaneda, now living at Frankenmuth's Tendercare Health Center, lived most of her 104 years in the cities of Saginaw and Dallas. Throughout her remarkable long-life she was an active person doing what is possible rather than dwelling what isn't. While this attitude may not be the key to a long-life, it certainly is the secret to living a fullfilling life for as long as it lasts.

  • Full story: [Jun 13: Kathryn Prater] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Jun. 15 - Public Invited To Meeting On Saginaw Bay Watershed.

    MIDLAND: An open meeting will be held on June 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Delta College Lecture Theater to hear James Hahnenberg, an EPA project manager, speak on the subject, "Viable Solutions for Our Rivers." Hahneberg, a native of Midland, is currently working on remedial of the Fox River in Wisconsin, which has contamination problems similar to the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

  • Full story: [Jun. 14: Kathie Marchlewski] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Jun. 16 - New State Police Team To Focus On Identity Theft.

    LANSING: A new law enforcement team has been formed by the Michigan State Police Department to address identity theft, which is the fastest growing crime in the nation. Michigan is ranked 16th in identity theft victims according the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

  • Full story: [Jun. 15: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Jun. 16 - House Votes To Limit Patriot Act In Spite Of Veto Threat.

    WASHINGTON DC: Lawmakers voted 238-187 to roll back the provisions of the Patriot Act that allows investigators access library records without a court permission. However, the White House has threaten to veto the bill even though the justice department claims they have not use this provision since it was implemented.

  • Full story: [Jun. 16: Andrew Taylor, Assoc. Press Writer] - News.Yahoo.com

    ^ Jun. 16 - Saginaw Chippewa Indians To Pow Wow At Chi-Asin.

    CHESANING: The Saginaw Indians will hold their Third Annual Traditional Pow Wow at Showpark in Chyesaning this Saturday and Sunday. The cultural event will include ceremonial dances, workshops, craft making and other traditional activities. A musical concert will take place on Saturday.

  • Full story: [Jun. 16: Dean Bohn] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Jun. 16 - Huron County Looking To Wind Power For Engergy.

    BAD AXE: Wind mills may soon become a part of the scenic horizon in Bingham Township in Huron County where 200 wind mills are expected to produce 300 megawatts of power. as m. Plans are in progress to that could see 18 wind mills installed in Ubly by the end of the year.

  • Full story: [Jun. 15: Josh Fahlsing] - The Huron Daily Tribune

    ^ Jun. 19 - Newspaper Reports On Bay County's High Attorney Costs.

    BAY CITY: Three articles written by Steve Neavling were published in the Sunday edition of The Bay City Times. In these articles, reporter Neavling detailed the costs of legal fees paid by Bay County government over recent years, which he compares to other counties of a similar size, which have substantially lower attorney costs. Unanswered and yet to be addressed is why are Bay County' attorney costs so high and are they essential to county government operations?

  • Full story #1: [Jun. 19: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times
  • Full story #2: [Jun. 19: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times
  • Full story #3: [Jun. 19: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Jun. 20 - History of Huron County's Seat And Courthouse Recalled.

    BAD AXE: Port Austin was the county seat of Huron County for 10 years before it was moved to Bad Axe in 1873.

  • Full story: [Jun. 20: Stacy Langley] - The Huron Daily Tribune

    ^ Jun. 21 - St. Stans 56th Polish Festival This Weekend.

    BAY CITY: The festival sponsored by the St. Stanislaus Athletic Club begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event includes many family activities for all ages and includes Polka music and dancing.

  • Full story: [Jun. 21: Dominic Adams] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Jun. 21 - Margaret Ann Riecker Honored For Community Contributions.

    MIDLAND: Margaret (Ranny) Riecker was recognized with the 2005 Governor's Service Award for her devotion to public service for more than 40 years.

  • Full story: [Jun. 21: Erin Dudley] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Jun. 22 - Shocking! Bay County Leads Nation In Job Losses.

    BAY CITY: Just when news on the job front looks to have hit bottom, a recent national study of 367 communities earned the Bay City area the dubious position as leading the nation in job losses from April 2004 to April 2005. This national distinction is shocking, and it unfortunately reveals just how badly local leadership has performed.

    This type of negative acclaim cannot be explained away with, "we are doing better!" That's not good enough, and it shouldn't be a surprise to those who should know better! We can no longer soften the fact that we have a serious problem that will negatively undermine the future of our local economy. The continued losses of jobs will weaken our tax base, which will severely affect what can be done to get out of this quagmire.

    It would have been nice if this recent bad news had come from local government rather than a local newspaper reporter. That at least would have provided the indication that they are on top of what is happening on the local job front. However, every citizen shares a responsibility for the well being of this community and for the downward trend of our economy, which has been going on for several decades.

  • Full story: [Jun. 22: Rob Clark] The Bay City Times
  • Press Release: [Jun. 1: Metropolitan Area Employment Summary] - Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Forum Discussion: {Post your opinion/comments on this issue.} - Bay-Journal.com
  • Previous article: {Feb. 13, 2005: You Can Do Something To Make A Difference!} - Bay-Journal.com
  • Previous article: {Oct. 26, 2004: Bay County Economy - Dynamic Change Required.} - Bay-Journal.com

    ^ Jun. 23 - Bay City Gets $6 Million Loan For Water Treatment.

    LANSING: The State has approved ten water improvement loan requests from communities around Michigan. Bay City's loan of $6 million to upgrade its water treatment facilities was the largest of of the loans totaling more than $45 million.

  • Full story: [Jun 23: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Jun. 23 - Construction of New Bax Axe Shopping Center Has Begun.

    BAD AXE: Weather permitting, a new shopping center on North Van Dyke Road will begin hosting several new stores in four months. Some of the merchants planning to locate in the new plaza are Fashion Bug, McKenzie Jewelers, Little Caesars, The Shoe Dept., and Dollar Tree.

  • Full story: [Jun. 23 Retail Work] - The Huron Daily Times

    ^ Jun. 23 - MI Tax Tribunal Decides Dispute Between Dow And Midland.

    MIDLAND: The Michigan Tax Tribunal issued a verdict that has reduced the property tax valuation of the Dow Chemical Company by $18 million dollars from the $58 million claimed by the city of Midland, in a dispute that dates back to 1997.

  • Full story: [Jun. 23: Kathie Marchlewski] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Jun. 24 - More Places To Drop Off Sporting Goods For Iraqi Kids.

    SAGINAW: Operation Freedom Goal has added two more places where sporting goods can be dropped off that'll be sent to kids in Irag. Don't throw away your used sports item or toys that can bring a bit of happiness to an Iraqi child living in war torn conditions. Instead, take them to the nearest drop-off place.

  • Full story: [Jun 24: Freedom Goal Expands] - The Saginaw News

    ^Jun. 26 - Local 15 Year Old Starts Wireless Business.

    BAY CITY: Young Jordan Dice is the CEO of Starnet Wireless LLL, a new company located in the former supercomputer center building at 135 Washington ave., and he is thinking big about the future of his company. His goal is to establish a national wireless internet service, and he may just be another young Bill Gates about to bloom.

  • Full story: [Jun. 26: Rob Clark] The Bay City Times.

    ^ Jun. 27 - Midland Among 29 New Cool Cities Projects.

    LANSING: The city of Midland and 28 other communities have been awarded Cool Cities projects. Midland will receive more than $200,000 in technical assistance and training that is aimed at revitalizing the downtown area.

  • Full story: [Jun. 27: Michigan Newswire] Michigan.gov
  • UPDATES TO BAY-JOURNAL WEBSITE

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

    Jun. 1 - Rev. Sievers Letters to Germany About Frankenlust Colony.(1948-69)

    Eight letters written by Rev. Ferdinand Sievers during the 1848 to 1869 period, in which, he reports back to Germany on the progress being made at the Luthurans emigrant ettlement.

  • Heritage/Writings/ Rev. Sievers' Letter to Germany

    Jun. 1 - New Cemetery Images (Update).

    Images of the Calvary and Heavenly Rest cemeteries in Kawkawlin twsp., Fremont in Monitor twsp, and St. Paul Lutheran in Frankenlust twsp, have been added to the Cemetery Pictorial.

  • Heritage/Pictorial/ {Cemetery Images}

    Jun. 4 - Political Biography of Herschel H. Hatch (1837-1920).

    Served as a Probate Judge of Bay County and as a Representative in Congress.

  • Heritage/Writings/ Hatch, Herchel H.

    Jun. 5 - NEW! Wallpaper Images For Your Computer's Desktop

    We've added a new webpage with nine wallpaper images of local scenes. Each is available in 1024x768 or 800x600 screen resolution. Scenes are: Airfest 2005, City Hall, Davidson Shipyard Slip, Lake Freight Passing Bridges, Legend & Legacy Mini-park, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Pine Ridge Cemetery, and Saginaw River From Pier.

  • Information/Bay-Journal/ {Wallpaper Images}

    Jun. 7 - 1849 German Map of Colonies in Michigan.

    This range map is written in German and shows the Saginaw Valley area where German emigrant settlements took place. The map includes earlier villages of Lower Saginaw (Bay City) and Saginaw, as well as a number of other details associated with that time period.

  • Maps/ Frankischen Colonien Map - 1849

    Jun. 11 - Local Surnames Board added to Focus Forum

    We have no intention of competing with Roots Web or any of the other many surname boards available to families doing genealogy. Our board has a narrow focus on local families only. We thought a local surname board might be a useful tool people doing their family genealogy and are living in the Saginaw Bay Area. It might even be the place to exchange some family histories.

  • Focus Forum/ {Surname Board}

    Jun. 20 - Do You Know The History? [update]

    We've added this local history quiz to the home page, which posts a random picture along with a clue to help you guess the history subject it represents. Just click the link to confirm or get the answer. The history subjects will be changed out periodically providing a fresh series of history questions.

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