Straight Farmhouse Museum

Straight Farmhouse Museum To provide a museum in Garden City which will preserve the history of the community and serve as an educational center.
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McFarlane Brothers Real Estate-Insurance Company Ad.29314 Ford Rd.1947
05/29/2020

McFarlane Brothers Real Estate-Insurance Company Ad.
29314 Ford Rd.
1947

Original City HallThe location was around where the Dollar Castle is now. Ford rd just a little west of Middlebelt.1938
05/29/2020

Original City Hall
The location was around where the Dollar Castle is now. Ford rd just a little west of Middlebelt.
1938

On this date in 1944 Garden City lost one of her sons Harold R. SoulliereI have not been able to find anything out about...
05/28/2020

On this date in 1944 Garden City lost one of her sons
Harold R. Soulliere
I have not been able to find anything out about Sgt Soulliere's time in Garden City. He was listed in Garden City Chronicles as being from Garden City.
Service # 36127568
Rank Sergeant, U.S. Army
Unit6 34th Field Artillery Battalion
Entered Service From Michigan
Date of Death May 28, 1944
Buried Plot I Row 3 Grave 29
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

Does this film still exist? Garden City, here's your story article from the Garden City Observer.4 West High School stud...
05/27/2020

Does this film still exist?
Garden City, here's your story article from the Garden City Observer.
4 West High School students and their teacher make a movie on the 10 oldest houses in Garden City.
1978

The Fire department is said to have started when the Village bought its first fire truck (1927-1933), which was stored i...
05/27/2020

The Fire department is said to have started when the Village bought its first fire truck (1927-1933), which was stored in Ed Weston's Gulf station garage. Paul Lance the Chief of Police was also the Fire Cheif and the only man on the payroll.
NW corner Ford Rd. and Middlebelt.
Ca 1949

Plato's Place is open again!Serving us since 1967.Plato's Place Grand Opening 29279 Ford Rd1967
05/26/2020

Plato's Place is open again!
Serving us since 1967.

Plato's Place Grand Opening
29279 Ford Rd
1967

Villa Bakery is open again serving us since 1964.New Italian Bakery Ad    1964Villa Bakery: A Tradition 1982
05/26/2020

Villa Bakery is open again serving us since 1964.

New Italian Bakery Ad 1964
Villa Bakery: A Tradition 1982

Today, while we all enjoy our holiday weekends with our families, it is important to remember what Memorial Day is all a...
05/25/2020

Today, while we all enjoy our holiday weekends with our families, it is important to remember what Memorial Day is all about and the men and women in our military who made the ultimate sacrifice who will not be doing the same.

We will always remember and we will never forget.

Honoring Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
for YOUR FREEDOM.

GARDEN CITY SERVICEMEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY:

WORLD WAR II
CPL WILLIAM BARBAZA
PVT HARREL E BURKLOW
SGT IRA O CULP
GM3 ALBERT A DRYOVAGE
TEC5 BASCOM L EVANS
PVT ELMER "TONY" ODELL HILL
TEC5 EARNEST E GACK
PVT THADDEUS GNIDA
1ST LT EDGAR H KOEHN
PVT HUGH LASHBROOK
PVT JAMES L KOGELSCHATZ
SGT JACK ANDREW LILLER
LT DONALD F MERRIFIELD
CAPT MILES NEWELL
CPL LAWRENCE J PARKS
SSGT JOSEPH G PERRIN
LT WILLIAM H SCHUSTER
SGT HAROLD R SOULLIERE
PFC JOHN R STUMP
PFC RICHARD W URENN
PFC ROBERT R VEITH

KOREAN WAR
PFC THOMAS WILBUR BRUNSON
CPL JOHN EDMUND TALLMAN
PFC LUIS MOLNAR

VIETNAM WAR:
LCPL RODNEY ROYCE BERNARD
PFC RODNEY BARRETTE CLINE
CPL LARRY MELVIN COMIS
PFC GARY LEWIS ELMORE
LCPL PETER THOMAS FITZPATRICK
HN JAMES FERRELL FLETCHER
PFC JOHN KENNETH FOWLER
SGT RONALD DAVID GOULET
SP4 PAULL DAVID JOSE
SP4 BRYAN THOMAS KAY
SP4 GEORGE EDWARD KOTTYAN
SGT JAMES MICHAEL LA ROUCHE
SP4 ROBERT DALE OSIER Jr
SGT LARRY ELLSWORTH SMITH
PFC RICK JAMES STEWART
LCPL MICHAEL LAWRENCE TROMBLEY

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
CAPT GEORGE DOBOZY
AN PATRICK DENNIS LEWIS

OPERATION DESERT STORM
CPL KURT A. BENZ

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
SGT BRYAN K BURGESS

Final patriotic touches are complete at The Straight Farmhouse.  Feel free to stop by and pay tribute to our fallen hero...
05/24/2020

Final patriotic touches are complete at The Straight Farmhouse. Feel free to stop by and pay tribute to our fallen heros.
🇺🇸We will not forget.🇺🇸

Recipe of the WeekMrs. Beverly Skidmore &Mrs. Almeada DeaconRainbow Delight and Brownie Treats1962
05/24/2020

Recipe of the Week
Mrs. Beverly Skidmore &
Mrs. Almeada Deacon
Rainbow Delight and Brownie Treats
1962

Memorial Day Parade1955
05/24/2020

Memorial Day Parade
1955

1963 On this day in Garden City history:Obituary for Robert Holland Former Mayor of Garden City from 1936-1944
05/23/2020

1963 On this day in Garden City history:
Obituary for Robert Holland
Former Mayor of Garden City from 1936-1944

Decoration Day BargainsGarden City Department Store Ad.1932From: Garden City Herald
05/23/2020

Decoration Day Bargains
Garden City Department Store Ad.
1932

From: Garden City Herald

The clock is missing. Garden City City Hall at the Folker Building Ford and Middlebelt1957
05/23/2020

The clock is missing.
Garden City City Hall at the Folker Building
Ford and Middlebelt
1957

Memorial Day services at the Garden City Civic Center1968
05/22/2020

Memorial Day services at the
Garden City Civic Center
1968

John Lathers home, one of the Irish families that settled in East Nankin later to become Garden City. This house was aro...
05/22/2020

John Lathers home, one of the Irish families that settled in East Nankin later to become Garden City. This house was around Harrison and Krauter
Ca 1920

Wayne Historical Museum/Book Images of America Westland

Garden City Florist29299 Ford Rd.1950s
05/21/2020

Garden City Florist
29299 Ford Rd.
1950s

Welcome to Garden City signs40s to present
05/21/2020

Welcome to Garden City signs
40s to present

Garden City LibraryJohn Hauk and Middlebelt1956
05/20/2020

Garden City Library
John Hauk and Middlebelt
1956

On this day in 1951:Garden City gets new completely modern High SchoolGarden City High School Dedicated May 20, 1951
05/20/2020

On this day in 1951:
Garden City gets new completely modern High School
Garden City High School Dedicated May 20, 1951

Big Scout WeekendCamp-o-ral in City park1958
05/19/2020

Big Scout Weekend
Camp-o-ral in City park
1958

100 Years ago yesterday:The Folker Company was incorporated in Detroit on May 18th, 1920, with a capital stock of $20,00...
05/19/2020

100 Years ago yesterday:
The Folker Company was incorporated in Detroit on May 18th, 1920, with a capital stock of $20,000, of which $2,000 was paid in cash. Offices were in the
First National Bank. Arnold Folker, president of the company, was born at Ottawa Lake, Michigan. American's participation in the First World War
occurred while he was at Adrian College. Soon after he had enlisted
in the Motors Transportation Corps, Folker was transferred to the
Air Corps and spent time, as a pilot instructor, at various fields,
including Waco, Texas; Arcadia, Florida and Newport News, Virginia,
during which time he held the rank of 2nd lieutenant. In 1919, a
year after the end of the war, Folker entered the real estate business.
The Company's sales manager, at least when it was operating
in Nankin Township, was Tom Pardo. Though small and slight, he
was keen and aggressive and described as a bit of dynamite by John
McFarlane, who knew him well. Others selling here in the early
days, were Otto Schatz, Ernest Pheil, Pete Pierce, Pete Donnelly,
Paul Robinson and Orthello Holmes.
While small, wooden offices were maintained at Ford and Middlebelt for the interviewing and signing of prospects who might come
out to survey the territory, it was not the custom of the sales force
to merely sit out here in the sticks and wait for prospects.
A good deal of time was spent going from door to door in
Detroit or in driving out to such plants as Fisher Body or Stude-
baker, in a Tin Lizzie, adorned with large signs. Once at the factory,
the gang would pile out and hand cards or other sales literature to the workers pouring out the plant at quitting time. It was found that
if one worker took a card others behind would also accept the material.
On the other hand, if an employee rejected the offer of literature,
others following would also spurn the material. When this happened,
one of the salesmen would quickly jump in line, pretend that he was
a plant employee and take a handout from a salesman, thus causing
others to follow.
Aside from the wish to cash in on the "rising" market for land,
many of the prospects were attracted by the idea of establishing a
chicken farm out by the edge of the city. Having a chicken farm of
one's own seems to have been part of the American dream of that
period, or at least of those couples where the husband was a factory
employee. Garden City might almost be said to have been founded by
chicken farmers or by people who dabbled in it to some extent.
Also selling for the Folker Company in the early 1920s were
John Mc Far lane and Otto Hoppe. Hoppe, who had been down in
Florida and had apparently absorbed some of the optimism of that
area told Folker that the southwest corner of Ford and Middlebelt,
then priced at $2,500, would resell for $25,000 before too long.
This view was not taken seriously by anyone else on the sales staff,
least of all Folker.

On this day in 1945, Garden City lost one of her sons.Albert Anthony Dryovage Albert is listed as being from Garden City...
05/18/2020

On this day in 1945, Garden City lost one of her sons.
Albert Anthony Dryovage
Albert is listed as being from Garden City in the book Garden City Chronicles and was honored Memorial Day 1947.

Died in landing and occupation, declared dead May 18, 1945. Okinawa Assault and Occupation.
Date of birth: 7-6-24
Date of death: 5/18/1945
Rank E-4 Gunner's Mate Third
USS Longshaw (DD-559)
On the morning of 18 May 1945, following a grueling four-day period of fire support, Longshaw, en route to her patrol area, ran aground on a coral reef just south of Naha airfield, at 0719. Other attempts to free her failing, tug Arikara (ATF-98) arrived at 0945. At 1000, the tug's skipper, Lieutenant John Aikin, and Radioman First Class James J Zikus, boarded to arrange recovery and communications. Towing commenced at 1100. At 1101, Japanese shore batteries opened up, hitting the water between Arikari and Longshaw. The stranded destroyer attempted to fight back as best she could; but, as she opened fire, her bow was completely blown off by a hit in the forward magazine. When efforts to save her appeared hopeless, the order "Abandon Ship" was relayed by word of mouth from the bridge. At 1105, all hands on the bridge were killed, injured, or stunned; the Longshaw's skipper, Lieutenant Commander Clarence William Becker, was reportedly there, mortally wounded,[1] along with Radioman Zikus of the Ariaka. At 1115, the abandon ship order reached the aft fire room and engine room

About 1200, LCI(L)-356 came alongside to remove all wounded. The ship was burning, shells were exploding in their magazines, and the decks were hot enough to cause burns; many in the rescue party were awarded medals.

The casualties included 86 dead or missing, including the skipper. (The missing were later declared dead. In addition to the dead and missing, 95 crew members were wounded, and 113 crew members survived the sinking.

Later in the afternoon, Longshaw, battered beyond salvaging, was destroyed by gunfire and torpedoes from U.S. ships.

Recipe of the WeekMrs. Frances Stanislawski's Stuffed Cabbage1961
05/17/2020

Recipe of the Week
Mrs. Frances Stanislawski's Stuffed Cabbage
1961

Garden City Firefighters Richard Sajewski and Paul Coleman fight a fire at the Al Grassell Furnace Company.30604 Ford Rd...
05/17/2020

Garden City Firefighters Richard Sajewski and Paul Coleman fight a fire at the Al Grassell Furnace Company.
30604 Ford Rd
1967

Irish Community has a Centennial.More than 100 join in the reunion of the pioneer Irish community of East Nankin Townshi...
05/17/2020

Irish Community has a Centennial.
More than 100 join in the reunion of the pioneer Irish community of East Nankin Township.
1934

From: Wayne Historical Museum/Book Images of America Westland/
Detroit Free Press

The Shafer Theatre AdFord and MiddlebeltPhone Wayne 14411947
05/16/2020

The Shafer Theatre Ad
Ford and Middlebelt
Phone Wayne 1441
1947

Garden City Goodfellows at the organizational meeting.1956
05/16/2020

Garden City Goodfellows at the
organizational meeting.
1956

Garden City Police Department1962
05/16/2020

Garden City Police Department
1962

Garden City's first female police chief Kim Scott retired underthe city's early retirement offer. 2010
05/15/2020

Garden City's first female police chief Kim Scott retired under
the city's early retirement offer.
2010

Peace Officers Memorial DayGarden City Police Department1954 A GC patrolman in the 50's for more than 3 years. He moved ...
05/15/2020

Peace Officers Memorial Day
Garden City Police Department
1954

A GC patrolman in the 50's for more than 3 years. He moved to California in 1957.

Gale Eldridge was a City Police Officer in Palm Springs, California. He died in the line of duty at age 32. Officer Eldridge was struggling with a robbery suspect, during the struggle he was shot in the stomach. After being shot, Officer Eldridge was able to gain control of the suspect's gun, then shot and killed him. Officer Eldridge was survived by his wife and three children.

Garden City Police Officer Jesse Smith standing by his1949 Ford.
05/14/2020

Garden City Police Officer Jesse Smith standing by his
1949 Ford.

Chief of Police Robert Behrendt, Mayor Ed Freeh with some Police officers outside City Hall. 1966
05/14/2020

Chief of Police Robert Behrendt, Mayor Ed Freeh with some Police officers outside City Hall.
1966

Garden City Police DepartmentRetiree Picnic in Garden City Park2002
05/13/2020

Garden City Police Department
Retiree Picnic in Garden City Park
2002

Garden City Police Station L to RChief Nagle, Burt Higgins sittingStanding Ed Moore and Wendall Clark60's?
05/13/2020

Garden City Police Station L to R
Chief Nagle, Burt Higgins sitting
Standing Ed Moore and Wendall Clark
60's?

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6221 Merriman Rd
Garden City, MI
48135

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Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00
Saturday 12:00 - 15:00

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Doris Wilcox after graduating from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1961
There used to be a medical clinic on Ford Road close to where today's Golden Feather is. The clinic moved to a new facility, 6033 Middlebelt Road. Garden City Medical Center was just south of the Biscuit Company. What photos do you have of any of the three? Thank you so much!
What information do you have when Garden City Hospital was a house on Ford Road? Just heard about this from a friend! Thank you!
there was a fish store near Silver Bar,a laundromat between Chathams and closed 1st Baptist church
Telephone Lessons circa 1934.
Garden City Rescue 1003 1970 Ford at a 2055 Merriman and Cherry Hill
Do you still need quilts for the museum display?
Where was the old hospital on Ford Rd near Henry Ruff. Do you have a photo? Thanks
The elves are really busy at The Farmhouse decorating for Christmas!! A 9 foot rotating tree with over 600 ornaments on it!
I cut & pasted twice - didn't show up? Do you have any px. of the GC Taxi stand on Middlebelt - where McDonald's now stands. ?
Does the Straight Museum have any px.of the Garden City Taxi stand - where McDonald's now sits? My mom, Delores Kaske, used to be the dispatcher; my Uncle Bob Whisman drove a taxi -💞 he used to pick me up in morning & drive me a whole 2-3 blocks to my #5 School on corner of Ford & Inkster - where my grandfather, Leo G. Kaske Sr, head custodian of GC public Schools - had to come in to throw coal into the pot-bellied stove to keep us all warm during the winter. I recently met one of the boy "Bell Ringers' ...boy is now 72+ yrs. old. : Kathy Freno-Minch