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.

Ad for new Garden City Office of Household Finance Corporation.5637 Middlebelt1956
07/06/2019

Ad for new Garden City Office of
Household Finance Corporation.
5637 Middlebelt
1956

Mayor Jim Plakas, former Garden City Mayors Sam Pappas and James Tierney 1970's
07/06/2019

Mayor Jim Plakas, former Garden City Mayors
Sam Pappas and James Tierney
1970's

Hall Brothers Paint30762 Ford Rd.1958
07/06/2019

Hall Brothers Paint
30762 Ford Rd.
1958

Aerial view of Garden City Halland the planing of Garden City Town Center1976
07/05/2019

Aerial view of Garden City Hall
and the planing of Garden City Town Center
1976

Garden City A&W Drive In32227 Ford Rd1969 West Sr High Yearbook
07/05/2019

Garden City A&W Drive In
32227 Ford Rd

1969 West Sr High Yearbook

Flag Presentation with Boy Scout Troop 283 An American Flag once flown over theWhite House is presented by Congressman W...
07/04/2019

Flag Presentation with Boy Scout Troop 283
An American Flag once flown over the
White House is presented by Congressman William D. Ford to City officials.

Garden City's 6th Annual Fireworks in the park20,000 People are expected1959Cost $900.00 in 2019 $7823.00
07/04/2019

Garden City's 6th Annual Fireworks in the park
20,000 People are expected
1959

Cost $900.00 in 2019 $7823.00

07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July
Garden City

Garden City FruitsMax Brown ownerCity Councilman 1960-6429478 Ford Rd.
07/03/2019

Garden City Fruits
Max Brown owner
City Councilman 1960-64
29478 Ford Rd.

Construction starting on the new Kresge's Department Store.Soon to become the First K-mart.Ford and Middlebelt1961
07/03/2019

Construction starting on the new Kresge's Department Store.
Soon to become the First K-mart.
Ford and Middlebelt
1961

On this date in Garden City History 7-2-1958Dr Hymen Vogel  Obituary On December 10, 1931, Dr. Hymen Vogel and his wife,...
07/02/2019

On this date in Garden City History
7-2-1958
Dr Hymen Vogel Obituary
On December 10, 1931, Dr. Hymen Vogel and his wife, Eva, both residents of Detroit, moved to Garden City and occupied a house on Ford Road which previously had been rented by Hector McFarlane, and which years later was occupied by the Ellerhorst family. The land of this house is now taken in by part of North Brothers' Ford agency. Hymen Vogel was born in New York city a few days after his parents had come over from Europe. They then moved to Superior, Wisconsin and came to Detroit when Vogel was ten years old, in 1911. After attending Detroit schools, Vogel graduated cm laude from the University of Michigan in 1926. Dr. Vogel practised mainly in Detroit, at first, having an office at Michigan and Livernois, but accepting calls at his house. The SquareDeal Club was originally a political group whose primary aim was to give support to rank and file homeowners. The first meetings were conducted in the basement of Dr. Vogel's residence, starting in 1932, when the group was yet an informal association. Official organization followed in 1934.

On this date in Garden City HistoryGround Breaking for Garden Towers1976 Straight Farmhouse Museum
07/02/2019

On this date in Garden City History
Ground Breaking for Garden Towers
1976

Straight Farmhouse Museum

On this date in Garden City history:Garden City Chief of police Arthur Nagle  leaves office after 32 years as Police Chi...
07/01/2019

On this date in Garden City history:
Garden City Chief of police Arthur Nagle
leaves office after 32 years as Police Chief
1964.

Dearborn Drive InFord Rd. and N.John Daley Rd60's
07/01/2019

Dearborn Drive In
Ford Rd. and N.John Daley Rd
60's

Folker Real Estate Building 29207 Ford Rd.1930's
06/30/2019

Folker Real Estate Building
29207 Ford Rd.
1930's

30247 Ford Rd1994
06/30/2019

30247 Ford Rd
1994

Dr Francis Schmitt's first Garden City house, The family moved from the rental unit in Norwayne on August 10, 1948. The ...
06/30/2019

Dr Francis Schmitt's first Garden City house, The family moved from the rental unit in Norwayne on August 10, 1948. The vacant lots across the street were soon filled with new homes as the postwar construction boom took off. The house came on two 40-foot-wide lots and the Schmitts also bought the 40-foot lots to the right and left.
5910 Lathers
1948/2018

Home of Garden City police officer Jesse Smith for over 30 years I think his Police Motorcycle is parked against the hom...
06/29/2019

Home of Garden City police officer Jesse Smith for over 30 years
I think his Police Motorcycle is parked against the home.
28544 Dawson

From: Lesli S DeMoss

MacFee Home28233 Ford Rd1965
06/29/2019

MacFee Home
28233 Ford Rd
1965

McFarlane BrothersLilienthal Building Company ModelElmwood-Krauter1949
06/29/2019

McFarlane Brothers
Lilienthal Building Company Model
Elmwood-Krauter
1949

Kmart Ad appeared on this date1962Detroit Free Press:
06/28/2019

Kmart Ad appeared on this date
1962

Detroit Free Press:

Folker House ModelSomewhere on Barton1953
06/28/2019

Folker House Model
Somewhere on Barton
1953

Home of William Lathersaround Harrison and BirchlawnLathers built the house in 1843 on 40 acres, he paid $1.25 a acre. T...
06/28/2019

Home of William Lathers
around Harrison and Birchlawn
Lathers built the house in 1843 on 40 acres, he paid $1.25 a acre. They called that area of town back then The Irish Settlement.

On this date in 1967 Garden City lost one of its sons.Rick James StewartRick the son of James J. Stewart and Jacqueline ...
06/27/2019

On this date in 1967 Garden City lost one of its sons.
Rick James Stewart
Rick the son of James J. Stewart and Jacqueline G. Stewart of Garden City Michigan enlisted in the US Marine Corps on March 8 1966 in Detroit. In Vietnam he was assigned to and served with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

During the month of June Battery A was deployed at the Khe Sanh Combat base in support of the 26th Marines providing security and participating in Operation CROCKETT in northern Quang Tri Province.

On June 27, the perimeter was hit with a heavy barrage of 82mm enemy mortar rounds, estimated to be in excess of 50. The hostile fire killed 12 Marines, two were men from Battery A; one of those casualties was PFC Rick Stewart killed in his defensive positon by the deadly fragmentation wounds inflicted to his body.

ON THE WALL: Panel 22E Line 73
PERSONAL DATA:
Home of Record: Garden City, MI
Date of birth: 08/13/1948
MILITARY DATA:
Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Grade at loss: E2
Rank: Private First Class
Promotion Note: None
ID No: 2261842
MOS: 0811: FIELD ARTILLERY CANNONEER
Length Service: 01
Unit: A BTRY, 1ST BN, 13TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
CASUALTY DATA:
Start Tour: Not Recorded
Incident Date: 06/27/1967
Casualty Date: 06/27/1967
Status Date: Not Applicable
Status Change: Not Applicable
Age at Loss: 18
Location: Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Repatriated: Not Applicable
Identified: Not Applicable
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar
URL: www.VirtualWall.org/ds/StewartRJ03a.htm

On this date in Garden City History 6-26-1942 :Obituary for Robert J. LathersRobert J. Lathers was the youngest of John ...
06/26/2019

On this date in Garden City History 6-26-1942 :
Obituary for Robert J. Lathers

Robert J. Lathers was the youngest of John Lathers and Lillian A. Stuart eleven children. Robert J. Lathers, who was born here April 4 1854 and who eventually wrote a great deal on pioneer times. He attended elementary school at the corner of Inkster and Ford rd and went to Michigan Normal School (Eastern Michigan University)..When his father divided his land holdings, Robert received the west section of the old homestead north of Ford rd. and west of Harrison. Robert wrote articles for The Garden City Herald from 1931 to 1935. He commented on the early days of Garden City from firsthand knowledge, observations, and conversations with early pioneers.

R.J. Lathers home moved from27512 Ford Rd to 5651 Arcolain 1987
06/26/2019

R.J. Lathers home moved from
27512 Ford Rd to 5651 Arcola
in 1987

Lytle Construction CompanyNear Middlebelt and Cherry Hill1950's
06/26/2019

Lytle Construction Company
Near Middlebelt and Cherry Hill
1950's

Somewhere on Barton1950's
06/25/2019

Somewhere on Barton
1950's

Elmwood and Henry Ruff1950's
06/25/2019

Elmwood and Henry Ruff
1950's

Win this Home Flyer/Ticket for Home and 1/2 Acre Garden City's 1935 Model Home Garden City Civic Association Drawing3131...
06/25/2019

Win this Home Flyer/Ticket for Home and 1/2 Acre
Garden City's 1935 Model Home
Garden City Civic Association Drawing
31317 Pierce

30039 BeechwoodMoved from Ford Rd about 19501970s/1996/Now
06/24/2019

30039 Beechwood
Moved from Ford Rd about 1950
1970s/1996/Now

Subdivision built in the 50'sSomewhere east of MiddlebeltMarquette to Florence
06/24/2019

Subdivision built in the 50's
Somewhere east of Middlebelt
Marquette to Florence

House was purchased by John Hell in 1924The Caldwell Funeral Home is built around the old Hauk farm house, which was con...
06/24/2019

House was purchased by John Hell in 1924
The Caldwell Funeral Home is built around the old Hauk farm house, which was considerably remodelled in the early 1920's, by John Hell, a local carpenter who was also on the East Nankin Board of Education.
Rear view of Hell Home.

1925

Home on lot, One lot north of 6230 Middlebelt1940's
06/23/2019

Home on lot, One lot north of
6230 Middlebelt
1940's

Early Home built by FolkerLocation unknown1947
06/23/2019

Early Home built by Folker
Location unknown
1947

GC PioneersThe Van Akin House dated back to 18337130 Venoy RdGeneral Lawson Alexander Van Akin, to give him his full tit...
06/23/2019

GC Pioneers
The Van Akin House dated back to 1833
7130 Venoy Rd

General Lawson Alexander Van Akin, to give him his full title
and the spelling which he adopted for his name in later years, stands
next to Marcus Swift as one of the more colorful of the early pio-
neers. Van Akin was born in 1809 in the village of Phelps, N. Y.,
which was not far from Palmyra. His ancestors were from Holland.
His father, John Van Akin, had served in the Revolutionary War and
the War of 1812 He held the rank of Captain.
Like Swift, Van Akin first made a trip of exploration in 1830 into
southeastern Michigan and the next year, 1831, at the advanced age
of 22, Van Akin boarded the steamer Superior, with his wife, Sally
and infant son, and sailed off for Detroit. A day or two later, he hired a yoke of oxen, piled his belongings into a wagon he had bought back East, and with his small family set off down the "Ann Arbor road", which followed the banks of the Detroit river. The small town was soon left behind, as the wagon
rumbled over the rough road, and they were passing by the French
farm houses, one story high, often whitewashed, and with steep
roofs, out of which dormer windows peeked. In summer, lilac and
rose bushes half hid the homes of the habitants which faced the
river. The road passed close in front of the houses and on the other
side the gardens ran down to the river where single-plank boards set on poles served as piers for each family owning a canoe or small boat. Following the old French plan, each farm had a few rods of river front but reached back a mile or more. It was all very beautiful in the summertime with the white sails of the ships on the blue water and, sometimes in the evenings, the song of those
in canoes or boats came floating over the waters.
Buy now it was the first week in November. The Van Akins
hurried on as fast as their vehicle would permit them and soon were
passing a familiar landmark at the edge of Springwells, the old red
windmill, of Dutch type with revolving sails. A couple of miles
beyond the mill the river road ran into an Indian trail which ran
along the east bank of the Rouge, and up this the Van Akins now
proceeded, going north. Sometime around noon the little party came to the Ten Eyck Inn on the Chicago Turnpike, or Michigan Avenue as it is now called.
Here they stopped for a meal and .while they were seated, four or
five gentlemen rode up, tossed their reins to a waiting boy, came
inside, and ordered a meal which would include "some fresh meat."
Now, Conrad Ten Eyck was something of a character. He had
been a classmate of Martin Van Buren when in school together back
East and, among other things, Ten Eyck was at this time Treasurer
of the County which then, of course, consisted mostly of dense forest
and swamp once one was outside Detroit. It so happened that the
Inn was without any fresh meat when the order was given.
Rather than admit that his establishment, so well known to all
who traveled the Chicago road, was lacking in a basic commodity,
Ten Eyck stepped over to the kitchen door and called out to his wife,
"Is there any of that old wolf stew still in the pot?"
On hearing this, the four or five gentlemen held a low and
hurried conversation and left at once. And soon after, their own
repast finished, the Van Akins climbed back on their wagon, flicked
the plodding oxen into action and slowly rumbled down the narrow
road. The giant trees on either side rose like pillars of some vast
cathedral, their golden autumn leaves meeting high overhead in kind
of natural arch. Proceeding on the road, which is now the driveway of Fair lane Estate, the Van Akins eventually reached Ann Arbor Trail, turned
west and presumably late that evening came to their land. Van Akin
had purchased 160 acres on the south side of Warren with the land
bisected by what is now Venoy, but which was then not even a foot-
path. On the east side of this land, young Van Akin "erected a
shanty of boards and poles which he called a house." The narrative continues, "It was at least a shelter. It was the first erected in that vicinity, and Van Akin occupied it for about a year and until he got fourteen acres cleared and a comfortable house erected. Wild game and especially deer were so plentiful
in that section at that time that they would frequently come around
where the men were working. And the deer would sometimes come
near the house - in the evening and gaze in the windows at the light.
There were also plenty of wolves in the neighborhood, which made
the night hideous with their howling.
"One intensely cold winter night an Indian came into the house
with a knife and tomahawk and wanted something to eat. Mrs. Van
Akin was so alarmed she could not speak. Her husband told her
it was best to get something for the unwelcome stranger, which was
done with remarkable alacrity. When he had taken his food, the Indian took his leave and went into a swamp to the southward, very much to the amazement
of the family, that anyone should voluntarily go out in the night,
into the storm and forest, without shelter and in such inclement
weather." According to another biographer, who did not especially care
for him, Van Akin "... was captain in the militia at one time
and subsequently reached a military grade by which he was called
general." But the writer admitted that Van Akin was industrious,
if vain, and that among other crops he raised peppermint, "of which
he distilled hundreds of pounds of the essential oil annually."

Home of Fred TheuerWas located around Merriman Rdand Balmoral  30's??
06/22/2019

Home of Fred Theuer
Was located around Merriman Rd
and Balmoral
30's??

House on Lathers around BeechwoodBuilt for Mrs. Mathews by John Lathers in the late 1800'spicture c1939-40
06/22/2019

House on Lathers around Beechwood
Built for Mrs. Mathews by John Lathers in the late 1800's

picture c1939-40

Ford Foundation Home moved here in 19506116 Merriman Rd.
06/22/2019

Ford Foundation Home moved here in 1950
6116 Merriman Rd.

Tom Loop Home31450 Pierce St.1997Tom lived here over 70 years.
06/21/2019

Tom Loop Home
31450 Pierce St.
1997
Tom lived here over 70 years.

Early Folker house1230 LathersBuilt in 1925
06/21/2019

Early Folker house
1230 Lathers
Built in 1925

Historic Farewell7045 Middlebelt Rd.Margaret Roddenburg took one last look at theMiddlebelt home she lived in most of he...
06/21/2019

Historic Farewell
7045 Middlebelt Rd.
Margaret Roddenburg took one last look at the
Middlebelt home she lived in most of her life
1984

Early Garden City House1928-32Location Unknown
06/20/2019

Early Garden City House
1928-32
Location Unknown

30507 Hennepin AveBuilt in the 30's
06/20/2019

30507 Hennepin Ave
Built in the 30's

McFarlane Brothers Sales Promotion from over 90 years ago. Opening of Rainbow Gardens (North side Ford rd between Helen ...
06/20/2019

McFarlane Brothers Sales Promotion from over 90 years ago.
Opening of Rainbow Gardens (North side Ford rd between Helen and Belton) with a chance to win the Model A in the picture.
1928

Address

6221 Merriman Rd
Garden City, MI
48135

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

Telephone

(734) 838-0650

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