The History Center of Cheboygan County

The History Center of Cheboygan County We EXPLORE the history of Cheboygan County so you can DISCOVER your connection to the past and IMAGINE how you can help shape your community's future.
HCCC is a local history museum located in Cheboygan County Michigan.
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Our museum campus is comprised of an 1880s Sherriff's Residence and Jail, a 1912 jail addition, a 19th century log cabin, and a modern exhibit hall. A World War II troop car was recently added to the collection and campus. Our exhibits tell the story of Cheboygan County from the time of the earliest european settlers in 1846 to the present.

Mission: Through exhibits, vibrant programming and rich historical resources, the History Center of Cheboygan County explores the history of Cheboygan County so that residents and visitors can discover their connection to the past and be inspired to help shape their communities future.

The tracks at the Duncan City mill were for a horse drawn street car. It ran from the mill up Duncan Avenue to State St....
05/05/2020

The tracks at the Duncan City mill were for a horse drawn street car. It ran from the mill up Duncan Avenue to State St. to Main and the south to about to where the Great Lakes Tissue buildings are now.

Please help! This carousel was located in O'Brien's Grove, which was located between Cleveland and Garfield streets and ...
05/05/2020

Please help! This carousel was located in O'Brien's Grove, which was located between Cleveland and Garfield streets and bordered by Lincoln Ave. The History Center does not know where nor when this was in the Grove. We do have names of most of the people, not in any particular order, but appears to be a class from school, as the teacher was Edna Woodard. Included are Hoglund, Esther Carlson, Betty
Abrahamson, Ruby Jewell, Lila Hoglund, James Hoglund, Edith Abrahamson, Grace
Hoglund, David Hogland, Donald Carson, Junior Beneath, Lila Laur, Neil Laur, Don

It does seem this group probably came from a one-room school around Cheboygan, but we do not know that for sure either. We can’t know everything! Please help us identify a year, where the carousel was in the Grove and the school name. Thanks for helping us update our records. We wish it was there when we played in O’Briens Grove!

That Cheboygan Quiz was pretty tough. Here are the QUESTIONS and ANSWERS.
05/01/2020

That Cheboygan Quiz was pretty tough. Here are the QUESTIONS and ANSWERS.

This is, without a doubt, THE hardest quiz contest the History Center of Cheboygan County has ever posed to our listenin...
04/30/2020

This is, without a doubt, THE hardest quiz contest the History Center of Cheboygan County has ever posed to our listening audience. The three winners will get Free Lifetime passes to the Center and Jail. Second places will get very attractive HC pins in addition to free entrance to Spies Hall on Fridays. Third place (all other entrants ) will get a one-day free pass to the Center AND the Jail. Answers and winners will be announced when we have enough entrants to fill out our winner list. The History Center will remained closed until at least June 15th because that is our usual opening day. Good luck everyone.

Lumber for the mill, lumber going into the McArthur mill, lumber out of the mill.
04/29/2020

Lumber for the mill, lumber going into the McArthur mill, lumber out of the mill.

What was the first and last year for Patterson School? How far back do you remember it back?
04/22/2020

What was the first and last year for Patterson School? How far back do you remember it back?

The building on the right was not there in the 1895 recollection. Perhaps someone knows where it may have been on the ma...
04/17/2020

The building on the right was not there in the 1895 recollection. Perhaps someone knows where it may have been on the map?

04/13/2020

For those of you who have had an interest in an earlier post the History Center had about the unsolved murder of Margaret Byrnes of Cheboygan in 1952. Rick Wiles, historian from Petoskey has uncovered some very startling information on her obituary. For those who thought it was the father, you may have to rethink that, or not?

Obituary for Margaret:
Margaret Ellen Byrne is the daughter of Albert C. Byrne and Loretta Wade (m. Byrne, Peters).

Margaret has three siblings: Raymond (b. 1941) and twins Donna and Donald (b. 1943).

In childhood Margaret and my mother, Barbara Bessie Peters, were best friends.

On July 14, 1952 Margaret was murdered. She was suffocated (strangled), her chest crushed (broken breast bone) and had a severe blow to the head. Her body "clad only in a pink brassiere" was buried and abandoned at a gravel pit on the outskirts of Cheboygan.

Her father, Albert C. Byrne, was accused and arrested for her murder.

Albert steadfastly maintained his innocence.

A trial took place and on December 16, 1952, shortly after 11 p.m., Albert was found "NOT GUILTY" by a jury of his peers.

Loretta and Albert had been divorced for several years but were living together at the time. Loretta had testified against Albert during the trial.

After the trial Loretta was quoted in newspaper print that "She was going to Drayton Plains [MI] and remarry".

And she did... Loretta married my Great Uncle, Bacil Jay Peters.

But that is not the end of this tragic story...

There are those of us who know that Albert really is innocent; and know who the real murderer is, his proclaimed motivation, and that Margaret was likely his second young female victim.

On April 2011 I contacted the Cheboygan Sheriff Department (specifically Det./Lt. Tim Cook), but all the players and witnesses are long dead, and they decline to pursue this case.

Rest In Peace Margaret Ellen Byrne

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Some old photos of the train station off Court Street. The first one just came to light with no background information o...
04/05/2020

Some old photos of the train station off Court Street. The first one just came to light with no background information on it, but we believe it was a temporary Detroit & Mackinaw Railroad offices when they came to town in 1904. The other stations were built by the Michigan Central Railroad long before D&M arrived.

Ice attacking houses on Mullett Lake in the spring used to seem like worth a picture in the Tribune every year. That doe...
03/30/2020

Ice attacking houses on Mullett Lake in the spring used to seem like worth a picture in the Tribune every year. That doesn't seem to be happening anymore. Lake level control at the spillways, climate change, aliens?

03/29/2020
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The following excerpts are from the Cheboygan Observer concerning the Spanish Flu of 1918, the previous most dangerous pandemic experience in the United States There is not much to this story, as the Observer, or at least what is shown online of it, stopped publication on December 31 of 1915 and did not resume publication until November 29, 1918. Not knowing the circumstances of the publisher, and thinking it would not have been because of WWI, which the U.S. did not get into until 1917, we are thankful for what we have here.

Cheboygan Observer Jan. 10, 1919
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE APPEARS INACTIVE,
THE ENTHUSIASM WANES WHEN WAR ENDS.
What has become of the soldiers and sailors memorial that was agitating our people a while ago. Committees having been appointed to investigate what would be a most suitable memorial to erect, etc., etc., etc ? ,? The memorial question enveloped the whole country just before the flu came, but the latter seems to have got the upper hand of all other epidemics and is still given big head lines on the first pages while the memorials that were going to be erected by every city and hamlet and community from lower California to Newfoundland and from Alaska to Key West has wafted off into thin air but few cities have survived and have really set about in earnest to carry out the good intentions, that so many others had once, but got cold feet over when “going over the top" was called off. We thought the thing was going sure enough in our old town, because a lot of folks wore so anxious about it, they were even making faces at each other in their haste to be credited with being the' “first to think about it,” But at the last meeting someone attached our long-looked-for hospital to the proposition and everything has been still as a mouse ever since. Not a thing stirring and every one of the committee avoiding each other for fear the other will suggest “getting busy.” If the hospital suggestion is going to be the “Jinks” that will spell finis to the memorial plans, let us consider a community house. Most of the cities that are going on with their memorial plans are adopting the community house as the best means to perpetuate and give lasting expression and honor to their townsmen who have served in the great war, and in all wars of the past.

1918 FLU CENSUS
Our High School is doing its share of community work this year. After having' completed a most successful W. S. S, campaign, the pupils have now undertaken a census of influenza in the city. This work is in charge of Mrs. Chapman, Miss Hamilton and Mr. Barr, these being called upon by the Red Gross to give aid to the state in this matter. The work has been divided up in wards, pupils living in the various wards have undertaken a complete canvas of the homes in their respective wards. Reports are to be made to the ones in charge on Monday. The pupils seem most eager to give all assistance possible, they must be commended for it.

Observer Jan 24, 1919
SCHOOL YEAR HALF OVER
This year exams were a little more dreaded than ever before, because less time was given for reviewing on account of the intensive studying the pupils were required to do to make up for the two weeks’ vacation at the time of the “flu” epidemic.

Observer Jan. 31, 1919
WHAT THE “FLU” REALLY IS
The Osceola Herald struck with the “flu.” There has been much speculation among medical men and they are not agreed but it seems to have been left to the newspaper men to find out what the “flu” really is. Here is what the Herald says, If you are not sure whether or not you have the “flu” just read the fol-lowing:
When your back is broke and your eyes are blurred,
And your shin bones knock and your tongue is furred.
And your tonsils squeak and your hair gets dry,
And you’re doggone sure you’re going to die,
But you’re skeered you. won’t and afraid you will,
Just drag to bed and have your chill And pray the Lord to see you through, For you’ve got the Flu, boy,
You’ve got the Flu.
When, your toes curl up- and your belt goes flat.
And you’re twice as mean as a Thomas cat,
And life is a long and dismal curse, And your food tastes like a hard boiled hearse,
When your lattice aches and your head’s a-buzz,
And nothing is as it ever was,
You’ve got the Flu, boy. You’ve got the Flu.
What is it like, this Spanish Flu? Ask me brethren for I’ve been through.
It is, boy, Misery out of Despair, It pulls your teeth and curls your hair,
It thins your blood and brays – your bones
And fills your craw with moans and groans, And sometimes, maybe, you get well, Some call it Flu—
-I call it Hell.

Richard Wiles, noted historian from Petoskey, found the following article in the Petoskey Evening News in October of 1918.http://gwood.us/media/1205/1918-flu-epidemic.pdf . We would surmise that Cheboygan experienced similar difficulties.

Stay safe.

HELP! The History Center has only this picture of what later became the Shamrock, the top part of the boat stuck up on p...
03/25/2020

HELP! The History Center has only this picture of what later became the Shamrock, the top part of the boat stuck up on pilings looking outward from shore. It was that way in the late 1950's and into the 1960's, maybe further. It was a favorite swimming hole for many kids, mostly boys but some girls. We would dearly love to recreate it thru a painting. Both Vicky Rodriguez and Adrian Gauthier were both already tied up with prior painting commissions but Gerald Vilenski said he may be able to squeeze in a painting of it if he had enough information about the Shamrock.
It was located behind what is now the Fraternal Order of Eagles building but during the times we remember it was a Krogers store who, to their misfortune, stored watermelons outside during the summer, and boys will be boys. As we remember there was a boat put-in on the upriver side.
We remember that it was only the top portion of the boat, without the smokestack, supported by four telephone pole sized pilings on each side and two across the front and back, each extending about 4 feet above deck level. Can't remember if the staircase seen here was what we used. We remember the color as white, others said green. We don't think the lower part of the boat, the white siding in the picture, was retained. Was it? We don't even know why it was put there in the first place but we have feelers out to Arnold Transit to find out. If there is anything you might add that would aid Gerald in a re-creation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Craig Passeno for the loan of picture of what remains of the Neeham/Shamrock today.

The History Center of Cheboygan County's cover photo
03/20/2020

The History Center of Cheboygan County's cover photo

After attempts by citizens of Cheboygan to create a community hospital, people began starting their own "home hospitals"...
03/20/2020

After attempts by citizens of Cheboygan to create a community hospital, people began starting their own "home hospitals". The last one to do so was the Hubacker Receiving Hospital on Court St., now the site of the History Center's Spies Hall. Mrs. Clara Milmine Hubacker started it as Hubacker Hospital in 1919 unti 1935 when it was officially opened Hubacker Receiving Hospital. It was the main medical facility in town until Cheboygan Memorial Hospital opened in 1943.

03/15/2020

Our first Spring Lecture, Native American SugaringCamps, starts at 2 at the Carnegie! See you there!

Cheboygan has been blessed to have had Johnson's Studio for most of our history as a community. We would dare to say tha...
03/11/2020

Cheboygan has been blessed to have had Johnson's Studio for most of our history as a community. We would dare to say that no other Michigan town of similar size has had an entity that has documented on film everything about them, the good times and the bad, graduations, weddings, news events, you name it. The Johnson family has maintained approximately 70% our history as a town, a rare and extremely appreciated accomplishment. John R. Johnson, the current owner Dave Johnson’s great grandfather, started on the east side of Main at 69 N. Main St. in 1890 as Johnson/Lawson Camera Shop(picture on left). It was given an odd # address because at that time Division St. was the dividing line between north and south address #’s. Now the divider is Pine St. In 1926, they moved directly across Main to 225 N. Main St. (middle picture) after a huge fire destroyed a large plot of the block they were on. The picture on the left is of Dave and his parents in a photo taken by who else, Gordon Turner!
So the History Center would like to take this opportunity to thank the Johnson family, past and present, for all they have done to help preserve Cheboygan’s illustrious past!

Please check out our upcoming Winter Lecture Series. If there is something you don't see but would like us to do, please...
03/08/2020

Please check out our upcoming Winter Lecture Series. If there is something you don't see but would like us to do, please let us know here.

A bridge over the Indian River at the mouth of Mullett Lake? We were were aware of the multiple pilings underwater on th...
03/01/2020

A bridge over the Indian River at the mouth of Mullett Lake? We were were aware of the multiple pilings underwater on the west side there but were unsure of what they were for. Like the picture says, only known picture of , and this is probably a copy of a copy. Any way to confirm this?

From Cheboygan Observer Oct. 9, 1970. A rather momentous change for the town later.
02/27/2020

From Cheboygan Observer Oct. 9, 1970. A rather momentous change for the town later.

Cheboygan a winner again, November 27,1970!
02/23/2020

Cheboygan a winner again, November 27,1970!

Our meager beginning. Thanks, Mr. Olson!
02/16/2020

Our meager beginning. Thanks, Mr. Olson!

Gas coming to Cheboygan was a huge boom for plumbers as furnaces could be converted from coal to gas. For those who reme...
02/10/2020

Gas coming to Cheboygan was a huge boom for plumbers as furnaces could be converted from coal to gas. For those who remember shoveling the coal into hoppers daily, they know what a godsend it was!

Jim Woiderski pictured with a sturgeon he speared.Shivaree Queen.  Does anyone recognize these ladies?
02/01/2020

Jim Woiderski pictured with a sturgeon he speared.
Shivaree Queen. Does anyone recognize these ladies?

Just documenting when the apple tree was cut down in Washington Park, per August of 1980 Cheboygan Observer. The photo o...
01/29/2020

Just documenting when the apple tree was cut down in Washington Park, per August of 1980 Cheboygan Observer. The photo of the Riverside Sports Shop was taken from Socha gas station at the corner of Main and Lincoln looking eastward toward the river.

Couple of lumbering picks in the not too distant past. First is the Paper Mill log pile. Second is the Rittenhouse work ...
01/25/2020

Couple of lumbering picks in the not too distant past. First is the Paper Mill log pile. Second is the Rittenhouse work area.

Old wintertime logging pics. The 3rd picture is a log hauler in Cheboygan. The 4th is an M.D Olds lumber camp.
01/25/2020

Old wintertime logging pics. The 3rd picture is a log hauler in Cheboygan. The 4th is an M.D Olds lumber camp.

Mayor Mark Bronson was kind enough to loan us an envelope of his father's that contained individual photographs of most ...
01/18/2020

Mayor Mark Bronson was kind enough to loan us an envelope of his father's that contained individual photographs of most of the 1961 5th grade class of "Mr. Bronson". All but five of them had their names written on the back of their photos. We would like help in identifying them. If you know any of these kids, please identify as 1 thru 5. If you have a composite picture of a class you'd like to share with Cheboygan for posterity, we'd love to digitize them and save for posterity and class reunions. If you think your photo might be included and would like to see it just start a comment with "SHOW MINE, SHOW MINE!"

We have been waiting for a day like this (4" snow) to put this post out. 1962 Craftsman 18" self- propelled snow thrower...
01/16/2020

We have been waiting for a day like this (4" snow) to put this post out. 1962 Craftsman 18" self- propelled snow thrower with a 4-cycle engine, Model " 536.82170. Was sold by Sears & Roebuck Co. t has been spray-painted over in grey paint, or is it gray?The Craftsman and Sears manuals were included in the gift to the History Center by Ken Robydek. Ken said it was given to him by a gentleman from Mackinaw City who only used it sparingly. when they would come up once in a while in the winter. Ken says it still runs. People, it is a BEAST, just look at those little steel wheels.

Mystery Ship story by Gordon Turner May of 1983
01/12/2020

Mystery Ship story by Gordon Turner May of 1983

This was April of 1970. Could another one be coming fifty years later?
01/04/2020

This was April of 1970. Could another one be coming fifty years later?

The USS Cheboygan County was originally built as LST-533(Landing Ship Tank) in 1943 for WWII and was used on D_DAY. In 1...
01/02/2020

The USS Cheboygan County was originally built as LST-533(Landing Ship Tank) in 1943 for WWII and was used on D_DAY. In 1955, it was renamed the USS Cheboygan County and later was used in the Vietnam War.
The PHO 533 restaurant was later renamed 533 Viet-Fusion in Palm Springs as is still operating.

Observer story, Jan 1970. Harry Brice Finn always kidded me about being a championship golfer. Never said anything about...
12/31/2019

Observer story, Jan 1970. Harry Brice Finn always kidded me about being a championship golfer. Never said anything about bowling! Sweet Mary was a nurse at Cheboygan Community Hospital for quite a while. Quite a pair.

January 2nd, 1970 from the Cheboygan Observer.
12/28/2019

January 2nd, 1970 from the Cheboygan Observer.

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Before many of these school districts were consolidated, one room school houses popped up all around the Burt and Mullet Lake area. Here is one of them that was purchased in the 1970s by my uncle Myles Alexander. It is located on the corner of Derby and Old School Road in Indian River.
Alexander's Radiator Repair, used to be located across from court house and next to the Terrace hotel where Elias Big Brother now stands. Operated at that location from the 50s till it was relocated to the orchard area in 1977.
We were provided with a great educational tour of the jail & family living quarters, log cabin and museum by Ross. Very well informed, thanks for sharing all of the great history of Cheboygan. Well worth the visit.
A retired MSU Extension colleague is researching defunct car companies of N. MI. Does anyone know of Flagler Cyclecars in existence or where you could see one? Any information about the factory would also be welcomed. Please reach out directly to Phil Alexander [email protected]. Thanks so much!
Hello, just a note to inform you of a 1905 photo album with lots of Cheboygan photos in it. Thank you
Hello, just a note to inform you of a 1905 photo album with lots of Cheboygan photos in it. Thank you
Checking again to see if anyone has any photos or memories of my grandfather's business - I believe it was where https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223593264355909&ref=br_rs (Mix and Mingle Bakery) is now. Thanks!
Are you doing any Winter hours for the Holiday shopping, Kay?