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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 ...
  • Parade in Downtown Alpena
    Image       July 4th Parade in downtown Alpena on Second Avenue, looking south towards Chisholm Street.
    Image     July 4th Parade in downtown Alpena on Second Avenue, looking south towards Chisholm Street.
  • 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 ...
  • Early Downtown Alpena
    Image       Second Avenue looking north towards bridge at the approximate location of the pre-Maltz Opera House (State Theatre), c1870.
    Image     Second Avenue looking north towards bridge at the approximate location of the pre-Maltz Opera House (State Theatre), c1870.
  • 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. ...
  • Flood of 1923
    Image       In 1923, the Thunder Bay River crested 18 inches over the 1922 record high. The Chisholm Street and Ninth Street bridges collapsed. Homes near Ninth Street and Washington Avenue were surrounded by water, and residents evacuated.
    Image     In 1923, the Thunder Bay River crested 18 inches over the 1922 record high. The Chisholm Street and Ninth Street bridges collapsed. Homes near Ninth Street and Washington Avenue were ...
  • City Flood Sewer Pipe
    Imagecomment       Installation of the city's flood sewer pipes. Dennis Knechtel, about 5, is standing in the center.
    Imagecomment     Installation of the city's flood sewer pipes. Dennis Knechtel, about 5, is standing in the center.
  • 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 ...
  • Lemon and Orange
    Image       Clowns, Lemon and Orange, on a 1900 style bicycle.
    Image     Clowns, Lemon and Orange, on a 1900 style bicycle.
  • 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 ...
  • Franklin School Students
    Image       Construction of the Franklin School began on July 28, 1880. Located on Lockwood Street, the building was later used as St. Anne's Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Image     Construction of the Franklin School began on July 28, 1880. Located on Lockwood Street, the building was later used as St. Anne's Catholic Church Parish Hall.
  • 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 ...
  • Linke's Greenhouse and Girl on Penny-farthing
    Image       This girl (Linke?) is riding a penny-farthing next to the Linke's Greenhouse on Lincoln Street. The bicycle was donated by Arthur Linke to the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, where it can be seen today.
    Image     This girl (Linke?) is riding a penny-farthing next to the Linke's Greenhouse on Lincoln Street. The bicycle was donated by Arthur Linke to the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, where ...
  • Arthur Linke with Calf
    Image       Arthur Linke with calf.
    Image     Arthur Linke with calf.
  • Building on Thunder Bay River
    Image       Believed to be the Thunder Bay River and vicinity. The location is unknown. Pictures taken in January 1963.
    Image     Believed to be the Thunder Bay River and vicinity. The location is unknown. Pictures taken in January 1963.
  • Linke's Greenhouse
    Image       Young girl standing in Linke's Greenhouse.
    Image     Young girl standing in Linke's Greenhouse.
  • Infant Portrait
    Image       Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 9 months of ago, c 1890.
    Image     Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 9 months of ago, c 1890.
  • 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.
  • Young Boy Portrait
    Image       Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 11 years of age, c 1900.
    Image     Believed to be Arthur Linke at about 11 years of age, c 1900.
  • Children Outside in Summer
    Image       Children sitting outside in summertime. Believed to be Leo and Margaret Linke.
    Image     Children sitting outside in summertime. Believed to be Leo and Margaret Linke.
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