Wayne High School football team, 1934. My dad stands 3rd row, 2nd from the right #81. He graduated from Wayne in 1937.
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Wayne High School football team, 1934. My dad stands 3rd row, 2nd from the right #81. He graduated from Wayne in 1937.
Wayne Junction. Date unknown.
S.W. corner of Wayne Road and Michigan Ave W. Looking West. These buildings are in the process of being torn down for Urban Renewal in 1970. Today this site is the McDonalds.
75th Anniversary of WWII Victory
The Yankee Air Museum would like to celebrate the 75th anniversary of World War II by thanking all of our Military and Home Front Heroes!
On this chilly day we'll do a little time hop. Where were you in the Blizzard of 78'? Wayne was expecting 7-12 inches and ended up getting 14! January 26, 1978.
Wayne High School class of 1911.
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Wayne Graduates walking to the Auditorium, Ca. 1960
This site at 110 Main street used to be the home of the Kammon family who built this house about 1897. Fred Kammon is seated, and his wife is seated far left. Also pictured are their daughters Ida, seated middle and Effie, standing. Effie was apparently an actress, or a "Chorus Girl", and had bobbed hair, which made her a "Wild Woman" in town. Effie became a famous composer, pianist and vaudeville performer.
The house was torn down in the 1930s.
Who remembers the big Christmas decorations that used to be put up at the holidays?
Here are two Wayne School 3rd and 4th grade classes Ca. 1906.
Wayne Baseball. Wayne had a town baseball team from the 1860s-1920s. Known as the Wayne Stars they played on a field in front of the original railroad station. Today this is the Rite Aid at Michigan and Wayne Rd.
Elizabeth St. : Elizabeth is named for Elizabeth Swift Chase, second wife of Andrew Chase. She lived from 1811-1880. Andrew owned the land at the south west corner of town where the railroad tracks meet, today the site of Wayne Industries. He platted the land so that streets and houses could be built in 1869, and the area is called Chases Addition, and later Chase and Abells Addition. Because he platted it, he could name the streets, so he named one for his wife, Elizabeth. This is a picture of Mr. Chase, he was very involved in the Wayne Methodist Church, and was a supervisor of the poorhouse (Eloise) until his death in 1879.
An Aerial shot of a train derailment October 28, 1959. Looking NE over the Michigan Avenue underpass. The ford plant would be in the bottom left.
Road History: Did you know that when Wayne was platted in 1835 it had 7 roads, and some of the names are still the same? Did you also know that these 7 roads are named for the officers of the Michigan Central Railroad in 1835?
D.G. Jones - Jones St. - (now called Park St.)
B.B. Kercheval - Kercheval St. - (now Main St. )
Mark Norris - Norris St. - (now Michigan Ave E.)
E.P. Hastings - Hastings St. - (now Wayne Rd.)
The teachers of Wayne Union School, Ca. 1870.
Photos from The Wayne Historical Society's post
Hannan Road: Hannan is named for the farm of James Hannan, who had a 43 acre farm on the NE corner of Hannan and Glenwood. It is said that he bought the farm about 1834.
The Museum/Village Hall: When the village was formed in 1869 town meetings were held in rented spaces wherever possible. By 1877 the population had grown to 1,400 and it was decided to build a Village hall for meetings and to house the town lockup. Originally plans were made for a wooden frame building not to exceed $800. Some councilmen went to Detroit and admired a new stationhouse built of brick and in the latest style, Second Empire. It was decided to change course and go this route and James Lewis of Detroit received the contract to build the building for $1,415. The cornerstone was laid on August 19, 1878 and the building was completed just two months later. The council were uncomfortable with the cost of the building, so did not pay to plaster its walls for 2 years, and did not want to pay an extra $50 for a slate roof, so tin was used. The building served as Village hall until the 20s, when the police and fire departments moved in. Additions were made and a basement was added. By the 50s the building was headed towards abandonment when the Historical Society pushed to create a museum. In 1965 the museum opened, with new additions in the 80s.
Ford Road: Ford is named for Henry Ford, but it did not get that name until the 1920s. Before that it was known as "The South Road" East of the Rouge, and "Brainard Road" West of the Rouge.
The NW corner of Wayne road and Michigan Avenue Ca. 1869. The Tremont hotel was the first brick building in Wayne, built with clay dug from the Rouge and fired right on site. The building still stands today, although altered.
From 1898-1929 Wayne was connected to the Interurban Streetcar system which went from Detroit to many surrounding communities and beyond. The route largely followed Michigan Avenue, and Wayne was a terminus for a northern route that ran to Plymouth and Northville. The Wayne station was at Michigan and Wayne road, where Chase bank is now. Most streetcar lines shutdown about 1929.
Cogswell Road: Cogswell is named for the 51 acre farm of E.H. Cogswell. It was located south and up against the railroad tracks on the east side of Cogswell rd. Today this is the site of the Ford assembly plant body shop. The star is where the house once stood. Cogswell used to run all the way up to Michigan Ave before the Ford plant was there.
Did you know that the site of the first house in Nankin Township is in Inkster? It was on the NW corner of Michigan Avenue and what is today Springhill Avenue. The building no longer stands but was built in 1822 and was the home of Marinus and Hannah Harrison. Marinus was in the War of 1812 in Detroit, helped build the Dearborn Arsenal in the 1830s and eventualy had 12 children. His nephew had a farm on the south side of Michigan and today there still is a Harrison Street marking the eastern boundary of that farm. The Harrisons were very prominent in Inkster and Wayne for several generations.
Parking structure: The idea for a parking structure in Wayne started back in 1973, with the idea to build it on recently cleared Urban Renewal land. In 1976 the city received a $1.9 Million dollar federal grant to build a 5 story structure. THE PARKING STRUCTURE WAS FUNDED BY A FEDERAL GRANT, THE CITY DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO ITS CONSTRUCTION COST. It was designed by William H Kessler & Associates and could hold 433 cars. Construction started in 1977 and was completed by Jan. 1, 1979. The structure has suffered from a lack of use and maintenance issues over time. Though if you think about it, it was built on the wrong Michigan Ave. If it was built on the other side, the Westbound more business side, it probably would have been fine and more useful today.
Wayne High School class of 1890.
Joy Road: Joy is named for James F. Joy, a prominent Detroit Lawyer. He was born in 1810 in New Hampshire as the son of a blacksmith. He received law degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard colleges before coming to Detroit in 1836. He received his fame and fortune in railroad law, a booming industry at the time. He helped form the Michigan Central Railroad, and even was its president for 10 years. In his railroad law career he became friends with a young lawyer from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. He was an inspector of schools in Detroit, lawyer for the construction of the locks at Sault Sainte Marie, and elected to the Michigan legislature in 1861. James Joy died in 1896.
An old DPW street sweeper, probably 1950s.
Newburgh Road: The name for this road has two possible origins, in either case it was named by Anthony Paddock, a pioneer settler who came here in 1831. He setup a small settlement at Newburgh and Ann Arbor Trail. One theory for the name is that Paddock was from the town of "Newburg", New York. Another theory says that since it was a new settlement it was simply a "New Burg" or city/town. In either case the name has stuck, though it was spelled without the "H" at the end until the turn of the century.
Corner of Wayne Road and Michigan Avenue E, looking NE. Ca. 1979.
Rec Center: Planning for a new Rec center began as early as 1971 when preliminary drawings were made for a new building to be built right downtown in the recently cleared urban renewal area. This would be a combination recreation center and convention center to hold events. This building never materialized, but in 1973 voters approved 2 million dollars for a new building to be built at Howe and Annapolis. It was designed by Tarapata MacMahon Paulsen Associates. The new building opened in December of 1974 with an indoor ice arena, fitness room, banquet and meeting rooms, squash and racketball courts and in indoor rifle and archery range. The building was built to include things that parks did not already have, thats why it was built without basketball courts or the like. In 1994 voters approved 4.9 million for the addition of an indoor pool and running track. (Wayne had been without a city pool for over 12 years). Recently the city has leased the building and it is run by HYPE Athletics.
Some pretty sweet DPW trucks. Date unknown, early 60s?
Henry Ruff Road, Middlebelt and Beech Daly Roads: Did you know that all three of these road names are connected by the same family? It all begins with Francis Ruff, who ran a tavern at Michigan ave and Inkster road as early as 1827. He had three sons, two of which bought farms nearby. James Ruff had a 60 acre farm at the NE corner of Michigan ave and what is today Henry Ruff Road. Henry was James' son and the road was named after him. James also had a daughter, Frances, who married John Daly. The road with their farm became known as Jim Daly road, and later Beech Daly Road. The Hiram Ruff farm was located at the NE corner of Michigan ave and Middlebelt. This road was originally called Jim Ruff road before being changed eventually to Middlebelt.
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This is Mrs. Sarah Mitchell. She was an ordinary housewife in Detroit when she became a widow at the age of 31, leaving her with a 7 year old and 1 year old. Mrs. Mitchell sold all of her belongings and moved with her daughters to the little village of Wayne in 1881, where she opened a millinery shop. This was the craft of making hats, lace, gloves and ladies goods. A shrewd business woman she gradually bought out all her competition and ran a successful shop for over 40 years. Her two young daughters grew up working in the store, and Mitchell Sisters Hat shop operated until 1922. Sarah Mitchell died in 1926 at the age of 76. We have one of Mrs. Mitchell's sewing machines from the shop in the museum on display. #HERstory
Cherry Hill Road: This road is named for a small hamlet which developed early on near the corner of Cherry hill and Ridge roads in Canton. The settlement was originally called "The Ridge" but later changed to Cherry Hill because of a stand of cherry trees located on the ridge of the hill near the intersection.
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