Otsego Area Historical Society

Otsego Area Historical Society The Otsego Area Historical Society/Otsego Museum has displays from artifacts donated by our local community members. We also have a Research Corner for members and community to come in to do research. Please consider becoming a member. Stop by and say hi.
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Photo and caption credit - Jim HiggsHere is a colorized photo from the 1969 Plainwell Centennial book showing an unknown...
07/12/2020

Photo and caption credit - Jim Higgs
Here is a colorized photo from the 1969 Plainwell Centennial book showing an unknown military band lined up on West Bridge Street, facing east. The Machemer & Sons building at the left was a wooden structure that preceded the Spencer & Woodard building, built in 1916, that now houses Campbell's Pharmacy. The photo was taken prior to 1903 because the Ingraham & Travis building (Warnements) does not yet appear next to the furniture store in the background.

As a local military history buff, they appear to be from a local National Guard unit probably from the 33rd or 34th regiments during the Spanish-American war period. They have canvas leggings and the "fore and aft" creased campaign hats that preceded the peaked campaign hats in WW I. The man on far left 2nd row has sergeant stripes. A great local military history photo.๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Norman LeRoy Hinga

07/11/2020
The Union Enterprise

Good folks in the area this is to keep you informed as to the future of the museum building. The museum non profit is pursuing a plan to buy the building and is setting up a fund raiser for contributions. Your financial support will be greatly appreciated, More information on how to donate will follow.

"Keeping Local History Alive"

https://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Kaechele1//Magazine346963/Full/index.aspx?II=346963#1

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Fire dept. 1910s
07/07/2020

Fire dept. 1910s

07/07/2020
To all good folks in the area. Please consider this request for financial support of the museum.Your generosity will be ...
07/05/2020

To all good folks in the area. Please consider this request for financial support of the museum.

Your generosity will be sincerely appreciated.

We are pleased to announce our expanded summer hours starting next week, Thursday July 9, Friday July 10 and Saturday Ju...
07/04/2020

We are pleased to announce our expanded summer hours starting next week, Thursday July 9, Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11. We welcome and appreciate your interest and support.

"Keeping Local History Alive"

Tomorrow is U.S. Independence Day! The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Pennsylvania State H...
07/03/2020

Tomorrow is U.S. Independence Day! The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. From 1776 to present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. Happy 4th of July and thanks to all who served under our flag!

"Keeping Our Country's History Alive!"

07/03/2020

So you know, some of us volunteers decided we'e spend the 4th in our favorite place of local history. So if you have time tomorrow, drop in and check out the coolest historical museum in the area. And it will be COOL!

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The museum went back to the future with '50s - '60s and '70s-80s dances earlier this year. some of us older kids  were a...
07/03/2020

The museum went back to the future with '50s - '60s and '70s-80s dances earlier this year. some of us older kids were actually at the Scout House dances in 1956.

Hopefully the museum will reschedule dances later this year.

p.s. Shannon, are there any photos of our museum dances?

Are you interested in obtaining photo negatives of family or friends who were veterans from WW 2 to the modern era?We ar...
06/30/2020

Are you interested in obtaining photo negatives of family or friends who were veterans from WW 2 to the modern era?
We are pleased to announce more than 600 photo negatives are now for sale at the museum.

Example: PFC. Bruce L. Rathbun - Otsego US Army 1948 - 1951 Korea

Photographers Joe Sherman, Nick DeVries, Russ Culver, and Cecil Davis operated a studio in Otsego and Plainwell from approximately 1935 until 2009.

The Otsego Area Historical Society and Joe Sherman now jointly own this treasured collection of portrait images, and we want to make them available with those who wish to become reunited with images of their loved ones and friends from long ago, or as recent as 2009.

What do you get with your purchase? Each sale transfers ownership of the image, and whatever else may be in the negative envelope, from the historical society and Joe Sherman to the purchaser. There are generous discounts for volume purchases (see the price list below).

The historical society offers quality photo reprints from the negative at $5 per print, or you may purchase a CD with your scanned images for $5 per disc. Please note that to purchase the print or CD, you must first purchase the negative(s), allowing the transfer of ownership to you.

Pricing (per negative envelope)
1 for $12.00
2 for $22.00
3 for $27.00
Then, $5.00 for each additional envelope
Extras: $5 per print up to an 8 X 10
$5 per CD with your purchased and scanned images.

NOTE: Negatives are subject to prior sale

Payment terms: Cash or personal check

For more information call 269-692-3775 during museum hours, Saturdays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or leave a message.

Birdseye photo Otsego 1880 -For anyone interested in a panorama โ€œBirdseyeโ€ photo of Otsego in 1880 โ€“This photo is 13.5โ€ ...
06/28/2020

Birdseye photo Otsego 1880 -

For anyone interested in a panorama โ€œBirdseyeโ€ photo of Otsego in 1880 โ€“

This photo is 13.5โ€ X 22.5โ€ available on plain paper or on matted material.
Pricing:
$5.00 plain
$30.00 matted
Payment terms: Cash or personal check
Please call 269-692-3775 to order and arrange for pickup or shipment

Photos and caption credits - Jim Higgs"Then And Now." The Commonwealth Power Company Dam (The Plainwell Dam,) built in 1...
06/22/2020

Photos and caption credits - Jim Higgs

"Then And Now." The Commonwealth Power Company Dam (The Plainwell Dam,) built in 1899, and shown here in 1910, and the same site in 2002. The dam was located between Plainwell and Otsego on the Kalamazoo River and was removed as part of the Superfund cleanup of the river.

To all good folk in the greater Otsego area;  Our museum holds a vast amount of exhibit artifacts and historical referen...
06/20/2020

To all good folk in the greater Otsego area; Our museum holds a vast amount of exhibit artifacts and historical reference material in printed form and digitally archived in our Research Center.

Drop by any Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for docent assistance.

All good folks in the area, this is to let you know we are open following current guidelines.We are planning to be open ...
06/20/2020

All good folks in the area, this is to let you know we are open following current guidelines.

We are planning to be open Saturday July 4th with extended hours, so drop by if you can, the museum will appreciate your support.

Looking for home made, high quality hand towels, dish clothes and other items for your kitchen at very affordable prices...
06/20/2020

Looking for home made, high quality hand towels, dish clothes and other items for your kitchen at very affordable prices? Drop by and check out these items on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Why not pick up a colorful museum T shirt? The museum will certainly appreciate your support,

06/20/2020
www.otsegohistory.org

Have a family member who is a local military veteran of any conflict era and you would like to recognize their service? Here is the way to have a memorial brick placed at the entrance to the museum.

Simply fill out this form and mail it in with payment or drop it off at the museum on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Questions? See the contact persons on the form.

http://www.otsegohistory.org/BrickPaver-2012.pdf

Would you like to obtain photo negatives of family or friends from years gone by?  This link provides the way to search ...
06/20/2020
Otsego Area Historical Society-Otsego, Michigan Photographic Negatives

Would you like to obtain photo negatives of family or friends from years gone by? This link provides the way to search for them and explains the entire process and costs.

We are close to providing another catalog of over 600 negatives of local veterans of WW 2 and later eras that are now part of the larger catalog in this link

Currently, purchases can be made at the museum on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00
PM
.http://www.otsegohistory.org/page100.html

These photos and caption credit - Carla Janulis These pictures were taken by my grandmother, Donna Jackson Smalla, of so...
06/18/2020

These photos and caption credit - Carla Janulis

These pictures were taken by my grandmother, Donna Jackson Smalla, of some gypsies travelling through Hopkins. I believe they were taken in the early 1920's

Photos and caption credits - Jim Higgs"Then And Now." A colorized 1959 photo I took of the Walter Miller Post of the Ame...
06/15/2020

Photos and caption credits - Jim Higgs

"Then And Now." A colorized 1959 photo I took of the Walter Miller Post of the American Legion (named for Walter R. Miller, who was killed in France in 1918) at the corner of W. Hill and Park Streets. And that same building now, which is home to The Holistic House.

Norman LeRoy This old legion post has special significance to me, not just because of the WW 2 vets we knew but because Walter Miller himself played a significant role in my grand parent's lives. Walter was in the same National Guard Company C (Kalamazoo) , 126th Inf, Regt., 32nd Red Arrow div.as my maternal grandfather in France. He also plays a key role in my book "One Fought On: A soldier's story" a biographical account of my grandfather Cpl. Lee Horton's (Otsego) service twice in the US Army, before and during WW I. The story is fact based but somewhat romanticized as no active players were alive when I wrote the book and published it in 2017. The book is available at the museum for $10.00.
https://onefoughton.com/

Ideal Roller rink - 1950's
06/09/2020

Ideal Roller rink - 1950's

Local women who served in WW I - Hazel O. DePuy- Hopkins
06/09/2020

Local women who served in WW I - Hazel O. DePuy- Hopkins

Local women who served in WW I- Jennie Hogan Plainwell
06/09/2020

Local women who served in WW I- Jennie Hogan Plainwell

Original Plainwell hospital with the nurses (Steve Parker's grandmother and aunt) on the porch.Steve Parker "My grandmot...
06/09/2020

Original Plainwell hospital with the nurses (Steve Parker's grandmother and aunt) on the porch.

Steve Parker "My grandmother, Catherine Hoffman Kelly ( married Robert Kelly , Marsh Road Onions ) and my aunt Jen Hogan , both RNโ€™s educated at Bellevue medical school, NYC , started this hospital.
They imported physicians from Kalamazoo for the more complicated procedures."

Photos and commentary credit -  Betty P. SlovinskiWW1 veteran Dr. Williard Robert Vaughn. He joined up on October 3, 191...
06/09/2020

Photos and commentary credit - Betty P. Slovinski

WW1 veteran Dr. Williard Robert Vaughn. He joined up on October 3, 1917, and was released on April 26, 1919. Dr. Vaughn was born on July 14, 1887, in Covert and died in Plainwell, August 24, 1975. He had a brother, Orley who was also a physician. According to the U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists Dr. Vaughn sailed on the Mauretania on June 4, 1918 from NJ. to England as an officer in the Michigan 105th, unit M.R.C. I think he was stationed in England as a doctor in a rehab camp for American soldiers. The ship he sailed on had a diverse service history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_(1906)

Photo and commentary credit - Jim Higgs"Then And Now." Here's another view of the William Crispe Hospital, built in 1927...
06/09/2020

Photo and commentary credit - Jim Higgs

"Then And Now." Here's another view of the William Crispe Hospital, built in 1927 on the Southwest corner of W. Bridge and Park Streets.This shot from the 1930's, unlike previous pics posted here, also show part of the house to the south of the hospital on the Northwest corner of W. Chart and Park Street. That is now a vacant lot. Also shown is a recent picture from about the same angle.

OHS honor roll 1925 -
06/09/2020

OHS honor roll 1925 -

OHS basketball team 1925 -
06/09/2020

OHS basketball team 1925 -

OHS varsity football team 1925 -
06/09/2020

OHS varsity football team 1925 -

OHS student council 1925 -
06/09/2020

OHS student council 1925 -

OHS senior class 1925 -
06/09/2020

OHS senior class 1925 -

The legendary coach "Harve" Freeman 1923
06/08/2020

The legendary coach "Harve" Freeman 1923

OHS girls basketball team 1923 (sorry no roster given in the yearbook)
06/08/2020

OHS girls basketball team 1923 (sorry no roster given in the yearbook)

OHS varsity football team 1923 (sorry no roster shown in the yearbook)
06/08/2020

OHS varsity football team 1923 (sorry no roster shown in the yearbook)

OHS senior class 1923
06/08/2020

OHS senior class 1923

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218 N Farmer St
Otsego, MI
49078

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