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  • Funeral Procession
    Image       Believed to be a funeral procession in downtown Alpena along Second Avenue heading south toward Chisholm Street. Photographer is looking north. The Second Avenue Bridge can be seen at the far end.
    Image     Believed to be a funeral procession in downtown Alpena along Second Avenue heading south toward Chisholm Street. Photographer is looking north. The Second Avenue Bridge can be seen at the ...
  • Downtown Alpena
    Image       Second Avenue on the north side of the bridge. McRae Block (1882) is on the right where the Post Office is now located. The Cohen Store is on the left where Alpena Furniture stands today. St. Mary's Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church steeples can be seen in the background.
    Image     Second Avenue on the north side of the bridge. McRae Block (1882) is on the right where the Post Office is now located. The Cohen Store is on the left ...
  • Northern Extract Company
    Image       Northern Extract Company was built in 1891 near the Ninth Street Dam and close to the railroad. Tannic acid was extracted from hemlock bark, boiled down and shipped in barrels. It was used in the tanning of leather.
    Image     Northern Extract Company was built in 1891 near the Ninth Street Dam and close to the railroad. Tannic acid was extracted from hemlock bark, boiled down and shipped in barrels. ...
  • Linke Parade Float
    Image       July 4th parade float created by Linke Florist Shop. Arthur Linke is believed to be the driver, with daughters Dorothy on the left and Margaret on the right. The float is in front of a home on Chisholm Street.
    Image     July 4th parade float created by Linke Florist Shop. Arthur Linke is believed to be the driver, with daughters Dorothy on the left and Margaret on the right. The float ...
  • Owl Cafe
    Image       When the original Owl Cafe, on the corner of Chisholm Street and Second Avenue, burned in 1927, it was rebuilt less than a block down on the opposite side of Chisholm Street. This picture shows it before a gas blast in the cellar destroyed the building in 1959.
    Image     When the original Owl Cafe, on the corner of Chisholm Street and Second Avenue, burned in 1927, it was rebuilt less than a block down on the opposite side of ...
  • Alpena Portland Cement Company
    Image       Not to be confused with Huron Portland Cement, the Alpena Portland Cement Company began production in 1901. It was located on the bay just north of the city limits. After closing for seasonal repairs in 1909, the company never reopened.
    Image     Not to be confused with Huron Portland Cement, the Alpena Portland Cement Company began production in 1901. It was located on the bay just north of the city limits. After ...
  • Toddler Portrait
    Image       Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 2 years of ago, c 1892.
    Image     Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 2 years of ago, c 1892.
  • Family Smelling Flowers
    Image       Child smelling bouquet of flowers. The young woman is possibly Dorothy Linke.
    Image     Child smelling bouquet of flowers. The young woman is possibly Dorothy Linke.
  • Adam Ludewig's Birthday Party
    Image       Known as the Dean of Alpena Businessmen, Adam Ludewig came to Alpena in 1871, and owned and operated a bookstore in various Alpena locations for over fifty years. He received many public honors including a life membership in the Elks Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge ...
    Image     Known as the Dean of Alpena Businessmen, Adam Ludewig came to Alpena in 1871, and owned and operated a bookstore in various Alpena locations for over fifty years. He received ...
  • Michigan Alkali Quarry
    Image       The Michigan Alkali Company opened a quarry in Alpena, and the first shipment of limestone left in 1903. There was much waste in their production. J. B. Ford, Vice-President of the company, found a solution - make cement from the "waste." The Huron Portland Cement Company was formed, and cement ...
    Image     The Michigan Alkali Company opened a quarry in Alpena, and the first shipment of limestone left in 1903. There was much waste in their production. J. B. Ford, Vice-President of ...
  • C. Moench Sons' Company
    Image       By 1890, the lumber industry was in decline. New industries cropped up based on wood as a resource. They used hardwoods and pulpwoods previously ignored. Moench Tannery was one of these new industries. C. Moench Sons' Tannery Company was first operated by John C. and Henry L. Moench of Cattaraugus, ...
    Image     By 1890, the lumber industry was in decline. New industries cropped up based on wood as a resource. They used hardwoods and pulpwoods previously ignored. Moench Tannery was one of ...
  • Chief E. A. Westrope & Alpena Woodman Degree Team
    Image       The Woodmen of the World is a fraternal organization for those engaged in the part of the timber industry. The Alpena branch was known as the Huron Shores Woodmen, and may have been headed by Chief of Police Edward A. Westrope (1891-1894)[front row, first on right].
    Image     The Woodmen of the World is a fraternal organization for those engaged in the part of the timber industry. The Alpena branch was known as the Huron Shores Woodmen, and ...
  • Widdis Bus
    Image       Widdis Transfer and Storage Company was owned and operated by Fred G. Widdis. His business card advertised "Passenger, baggage and freight transferred to and from all trains, boats and any part of the city"...Special attention given to theatrical and traveling men's baggage"..."Notice: look for the new jitney bus and baggage ...
    Image     Widdis Transfer and Storage Company was owned and operated by Fred G. Widdis. His business card advertised "Passenger, baggage and freight transferred to and from all trains, boats and any ...
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church School Students
    Image       St. Paul Lutheran Church School students taken next to the church which burned on March 29, 1923. Arthur Linke is shown in the back row, far right, c 1900.
    Image     St. Paul Lutheran Church School students taken next to the church which burned on March 29, 1923. Arthur Linke is shown in the back row, far right, c 1900.
  • Submarine U097 at Thunder Bay Milling Company Dock
    Image       This captured WWI German submarine was part of a traveling exhibit in 1919. It is docked in this image at the Thunder Bay Milling Company dock in the Thunder Bay River. A WWI tank was also on exhibit.
    Image     This captured WWI German submarine was part of a traveling exhibit in 1919. It is docked in this image at the Thunder Bay Milling Company dock in the Thunder Bay ...
  • Taber Tannery Crew
    Image       The Taber Tannery was built in 1895 on the north side of Thunder Bay River, near the Ninth Street Dam and railroad, close to the hemlock extract works. It was named the Alpena Hide and Leather Tannery. Production began when a shipment of 1,400 hides arrived from Brazil.
    Image     The Taber Tannery was built in 1895 on the north side of Thunder Bay River, near the Ninth Street Dam and railroad, close to the hemlock extract works. It was ...
  • Taber Tannery Chimney Demolition
    Image       Preparing to demolish the Taber Tannery chimney. As businesses came and went, it became necessary to demolish buildings and clear land. The easiest way to demolish a chimney was with dynamite. The bricks would be re-used.
    Image     Preparing to demolish the Taber Tannery chimney. As businesses came and went, it became necessary to demolish buildings and clear land. The easiest way to demolish a chimney was with ...
  • Linke's Antiques
    ImageCollection       Antiques owned by Arthur Linke, including clocks, glassware, tools, record players, lamps, and an instrument player from the North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works.
    ImageCollection     Antiques owned by Arthur Linke, including clocks, glassware, tools, record players, lamps, and an instrument player from the North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works.
  • Downtown Alpena
    Image       Downtown view from Culligan Block - Chisholm Street looking toward First Avenue and Thunder Bay. The Churchill House is in the background on the left. The Centennial Building on right. August 1886.
    Image     Downtown view from Culligan Block - Chisholm Street looking toward First Avenue and Thunder Bay. The Churchill House is in the background on the left. The Centennial Building on right. ...
  • Hospital Chimney
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