The Wayne Historical Society

The Wayne Historical Society Our mission is to display, preserve and promote the history of the city of Wayne, Michigan.

Throwback Thursday. A view from Norris Street (Michigan Ave. East) up Newberry Street. Looking North.
06/06/2019

Throwback Thursday. A view from Norris Street (Michigan Ave. East) up Newberry Street. Looking North.

Memorial Day and Veterans Rock PhotosMay 2019
05/31/2019

Memorial Day and Veterans Rock Photos
May 2019

Throwback Thursday: The corner of Main and Biddle st, home of the original Methodist Church. The Methodists built a larg...
05/30/2019

Throwback Thursday: The corner of Main and Biddle st, home of the original Methodist Church. The Methodists built a large brick church on this corner in 1862, using the building until 1929 when it was torn down. A parsonage was built behind the church in 1872, visible in the first and third photo. The parsonage was moved in 1922 down Main street to behind the present Westchester towers, and a new parsonage was built in its place. The last photo is the old parsonage today, one of the few remaining buildings from the 1800s left in Wayne.

The Memorial re-dedication service yesterday evening sponsored by Wayne Rotary went beautifully. Thank you to all those ...
05/29/2019

The Memorial re-dedication service yesterday evening sponsored by Wayne Rotary went beautifully. Thank you to all those involved!

In the 70's Wayne was at the forefront of going Metric. Wayne Westland School District aggressively began teaching in me...
05/28/2019

In the 70's Wayne was at the forefront of going Metric. Wayne Westland School District aggressively began teaching in metric, they put out a metric newspaper with updates and progress on the conversion, and began educating parents on how to convert over. Wayne installed "Metric Center USA" signs at the entrances to the city, and even put up kilometer markers instead of mile markers. The big push for Metric fizzled out by the end of the decade though, and everything reverted back to normal.

05/27/2019
Its going to be getting warm soon, a trip down the Rouge would be nice. These folks are enjoying it. Date unknown.
05/25/2019

Its going to be getting warm soon, a trip down the Rouge would be nice. These folks are enjoying it. Date unknown.

Throwback Thursday: The corner of Elizabeth (Sofia) and Michigan Ave East (Norris Street). In 1870 Wayne built its first...
05/23/2019

Throwback Thursday: The corner of Elizabeth (Sofia) and Michigan Ave East (Norris Street). In 1870 Wayne built its first large school building, a 3 story brick edifice called Union School. It had a chapel, gym, library, science lab and 8 classrooms. It cost $19,000 to build, housed 5 teachers, and tuition was $4.00 per year. It was known as one of the best schools around and students came from surrounding townships to be taught there. In 1909 it was torn down and Roosevelt School was built on its foundations.

In 1851 a frame 2-room schoolhouse was built across the street from the Congregational Church on Main street, then known...
05/20/2019

In 1851 a frame 2-room schoolhouse was built across the street from the Congregational Church on Main street, then known as "The Little White Church". This school was used until the student population exceeded its size and a new large brick building was built in 1870. The little frame building was then moved near the railroad tracks and used as a grain storehouse, then moved again to Prouty and Glass Carriages to be used as a storage building. It was torn down in the 1920s, though the townspeople felt very sad that their old school was going to disappear. Apparently there were calls to save it, but nothing ever materialized.

The first school in Wayne was taught in 1833 in an open air blacksmith shop by Cornelia Hawley. In 1838 a one-room log b...
05/18/2019

The first school in Wayne was taught in 1833 in an open air blacksmith shop by Cornelia Hawley. In 1838 a one-room log building was built that served as a school, church, town hall and meeting house. This one room log building served its purpose until 1851 when a small frame 2-room building was built to be the school. The one-room cabin would have looked similar to this one.

Women of Wayne: Ida Doletzky (1905-1984) Ida was an employee in Mrs. Emma Johns Shoe store and learned accounting from h...
05/16/2019

Women of Wayne: Ida Doletzky (1905-1984) Ida was an employee in Mrs. Emma Johns Shoe store and learned accounting from her. Ida became village treasurer in 1943 after Mrs. John's death, and remained in the post until 1975, after 32 years. She passed away in 1984.

Women of Wayne: Emma John (1867-1943) was the daughter of a Wayne shoemaker. She got a degree at what is now EMU and bec...
05/14/2019

Women of Wayne: Emma John (1867-1943) was the daughter of a Wayne shoemaker. She got a degree at what is now EMU and became the head bookkeeper at Prouty and Glass carriages. When they went under in 1915 she took over her fathers shoe store on Michigan Avenue. In 1922 she became the first female treasurer for the village of Wayne, and was so until her death in 1943. In 1923 she began loaning her personal book collection out from the back of the shoe store, and this was the beginning of the Wayne Library. Mrs. Johns was also a founder of the Literary club and the Business and professional women of Wayne. She never married.

Women of Wayne: In 1889 Frank Hickok came to Wayne and was the town photographer. When he died in 1892 his wife Anna too...
05/12/2019

Women of Wayne: In 1889 Frank Hickok came to Wayne and was the town photographer. When he died in 1892 his wife Anna took over the photography business and ran it with Mamie Corlett until 1895, when she sold the business to Mamie. Photography was one of the few jobs considered acceptable for women to have at the time.

Women of Wayne: Did you know Dorothy Fisher became Waynes first female mail carrier in 1965? She passed all tests with f...
05/10/2019

Women of Wayne: Did you know Dorothy Fisher became Waynes first female mail carrier in 1965? She passed all tests with flying colors and did the same jobs and got the same pay as men.

The Wayne Garden Club planted a lovely Spring Garden on the south side of the Wayne Historical Museum. It's worth a driv...
04/23/2019

The Wayne Garden Club planted a lovely Spring Garden on the south side of the Wayne Historical Museum. It's worth a drive by to brighten your day.

The Michigan Avenue Viaduct looking clean and sparkly. Photo says 1968, but not 100% on that.
04/14/2019

The Michigan Avenue Viaduct looking clean and sparkly. Photo says 1968, but not 100% on that.

A&P, now Fresh Choice
04/12/2019

A&P, now Fresh Choice

Waynes first park was established in 1835, when the entire town was platted around an open Village Square. This park was...
04/10/2019

Waynes first park was established in 1835, when the entire town was platted around an open Village Square. This park was at the intersection of Main and Biddle, where the museum now stands. There was a bandstand, many trees, paths and a few veterans memorials, including the cannons we have at the museum. The Village Square was destroyed in the 1970's during Urban Renewal. Learn about a few more parks tomorrow evening at 7.

Stop into the museum tomorrow or Thursday and learn about this lovely silk and velvet wedding dress. It was worn by Geor...
04/09/2019

Stop into the museum tomorrow or Thursday and learn about this lovely silk and velvet wedding dress. It was worn by Georgia Tyley in 1891 when she married Fred Ganong.

New membership perks on the way for Wayne Historical Society Members! Time Travelers discounts, 25% off the museum store...
04/07/2019

New membership perks on the way for Wayne Historical Society Members! Time Travelers discounts, 25% off the museum store, and 25% off our event ticket prices. Never a better time to join!

Photos from The Wayne Historical Society's post
03/31/2019

Photos from The Wayne Historical Society's post

Sesquicentennial Tea 1869-2019
03/31/2019

Sesquicentennial Tea 1869-2019

On Saturday, board members Nicole, Julie and Tyler went to the Michigan Historical Society conference in Sterling Height...
03/26/2019

On Saturday, board members Nicole, Julie and Tyler went to the Michigan Historical Society conference in Sterling Heights. While there they learned more about proper museum documentation, grave stone cleaning, picked up some new books for our gift shop and mingled with other local museums and societies. Always great to learn new things!

This dress, ca. Late 1870s was owned by Mrs. Isabelle “Belle” Wilson of Wayne. The Wilson’s had a farm on Michigan...
03/22/2019

This dress, ca. Late 1870s was owned by Mrs. Isabelle “Belle” Wilson of Wayne. The Wilson’s had a farm on Michigan Avenue between Venoy and Merriman. The dress itself is watered blue silk, which is silk treated with chemicals to give it an iridescence, like light reflecting in water. This would have been worn when belle came into town, to shop or go to church perhaps.

What can the Wayne Historical Society do better? Please take a moment and send us a message (that wont be shared publicl...
03/15/2019

What can the Wayne Historical Society do better? Please take a moment and send us a message (that wont be shared publicly) and tell us what we could improve on. Do you have ideas, suggestions, things we should do more of or less of?

03/14/2019

American Architecture with Tyler Moll

The area around Wayne used to have large stands of maple trees, so many farmers would tap the trees and collect maple sa...
03/11/2019

The area around Wayne used to have large stands of maple trees, so many farmers would tap the trees and collect maple sap. The sap was boiled until it made maple syrup and maple sugar cakes. Many of the trees were blown down in a tornado in 1911, and the rest have been lost to development.

The earliest account of baseball in Wayne comes from a dairy entry by Albert Coleburn, dated August 10, 1866. Mr. Colebu...
03/09/2019

The earliest account of baseball in Wayne comes from a dairy entry by Albert Coleburn, dated August 10, 1866. Mr. Coleburn mentions that the Detroit Ball Club was here in town to play Wayne. A week later he notes that the Wayne team beat the Dexter team. These early teams were just a loose band of 9 or 10 men who would get together to have a little fun. In the early 1880s the Wayne team, consisting of six Stellwagen brothers played and beat a Detroit based team. That Detroit team would later become the Tigers. In 1889 the Wayne team played and beat the Detroit Athletic Club. Other towns had their own teams as well, including Dearborn, Wyandotte, Plymouth, New Boston, Belleville and Willow. It appears that the Wayne team got serious in 1894, paying Mrs. Chaffee $20.17 for new matching uniforms. They also built a ballfield in front of the Michigan Central Railroad depot, today this is the site of the Rite Aid on Michigan Avenue E. In the 1890s the team consisted of Stellwagen, Cozadd, Hawley, Zimmerman, Francisco, Curtis and Kirkwood with some alternates. These men were not young kids either, most owned businesses in town and were store owners, butchers, bankers and doctors. The team also got an official name, The Wayne Stars. The later 1890s was hard on the Stars however, a string of losses actually meant the team disbanded around the turn of the century. A few Years later the team restarted again, and in 1907 built another ballfield near main and Michigan Avenue, later where West Side Jr. High/Board of Education building was. The team played well and in 1915, after winning a game in Detoit the entire town greeted the team when they returned by train. Wayne’s town baseball team seems to have tapered off after this, and they dissolved sometime in the late teens or early 1920s.

This photo shows Ray Harroun driving a 1917 Harroun car, made in Wayne. Only a few thousand were made before the company...
03/07/2019

This photo shows Ray Harroun driving a 1917 Harroun car, made in Wayne. Only a few thousand were made before the company went bankrupt in 1921.

A great interior shot of a card game, taken mid 1890s. (L-R) Brandt Warner, Mr. Gorham (town photographer) and Mr. McWil...
02/19/2019

A great interior shot of a card game, taken mid 1890s. (L-R) Brandt Warner, Mr. Gorham (town photographer) and Mr. McWilliams.

This is Ellen Warner, wife of Otis the carpenter. She is photographed here baking bread sometime before her death in 190...
02/17/2019

This is Ellen Warner, wife of Otis the carpenter. She is photographed here baking bread sometime before her death in 1904. This is also a great interior shot of a historic kitchen.

This is Otis Warner (1836-1912) he was Waynes architect and carpenter. He built or helped build many of the houses, busi...
02/15/2019

This is Otis Warner (1836-1912) he was Waynes architect and carpenter. He built or helped build many of the houses, businesses and even school buildings in Wayne. He raised four children on a 20 acre farm east of Wayne, and worked until 1905 when he had a stroke which paralyzed his hands. Unable to work, he was cared for by his daughter until his death in 1912.

Check out this candid photo of the Warner siblings and their friends taken in the 1890s. Literally nobody is paying atte...
02/14/2019

Check out this candid photo of the Warner siblings and their friends taken in the 1890s. Literally nobody is paying attention, including the dog.

A little interesting history for your Tuesday.
02/12/2019
HISTORY

A little interesting history for your Tuesday.

Slaveholders knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, and the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty. But Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free when they set foot on Mexican soil. Despite this, some U.S. slave owners still hired slave catchers to illegally kidnap escapees.

Become a member of the Wayne Historical Society! It is just $15 per year, or $150 for a lifetime membership.
02/11/2019

Become a member of the Wayne Historical Society! It is just $15 per year, or $150 for a lifetime membership.

Become a member of the Wayne Historical Society online. Click the "Donate" button on our Facebook to pay $15 yearly or $150 for a lifetime membership. Help support and promote our local history and tell the story of Wayne.

Same building different times
02/05/2019

Same building different times

As we go through our textiles, sorting and properly storing them, here is our quilt collection. All of these were made b...
02/04/2019

As we go through our textiles, sorting and properly storing them, here is our quilt collection. All of these were made by Wayne families between 1850-1900. They will be in storage, as they are large and difficult to display, but digitizing them on here hopefully they can still be appreciated.

02/03/2019

Thank you everyone for the shares and votes for the Demmer Ford Charity Contest. We were ahead until the last minute, but the Community Garden won for January. We were however nominated by someone for February, so on Feb. 16 voting will open again and we have another shot. Thank you all again!

Our next Wayne Historical Society Program is Wednesday, February 13 @ 7 pm at the Wayne Public Library.  History Writer,...
02/01/2019

Our next Wayne Historical Society Program is Wednesday, February 13 @ 7 pm at the Wayne Public Library. History Writer, Gregory Sumner will present his new book focusing on WWII prisoners of war in Michigan. We are partnering with the Friends of the Wayne Library for this program. Please come out and support two worthy groups. There is no charge the public is welcome, of course donations are always appreciated.

02/01/2019
The Wayne Historical Society

They’re getting ahead! Vote for Wayne Historical Society before midnight so we can win $500 for the museum!

Today is the last day of the contest, help us keep 1st place! Its quick and easy to click the link, then click "Wayne Historical Society". We could win $500 from Demmer Ford! Thank you everyone for your support!

01/31/2019
Jack Demmer Ford Charity Giving Contest January 2019

Today is the last day of the contest, help us keep 1st place! Its quick and easy to click the link, then click "Wayne Historical Society". We could win $500 from Demmer Ford! Thank you everyone for your support!

Monthly Charity Campaign, any non-political charitable organization with a qualifying IRS 501c3 designation is eligible to participate or be considered for support as part of this program. No charity can win two consecutive months.

As we sort our textile collection we realized we have a lot of Wayne t-shirts, and that’s ok! It’s a great way to pr...
01/30/2019

As we sort our textile collection we realized we have a lot of Wayne t-shirts, and that’s ok! It’s a great way to preserve recent events and history. Do you remember some of these places and events?

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