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  • Downtown Alpena Fire
    Image       On February 18, 1927, fire destroyed the Reynold's Block located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Chisholm Street. Businesses destroyed included the Owl Cafe, Gavagan and Company Confectionery, and Blackburn and Company Insurance. The intense heat from the fire cracked and broke the windows in all nearby buildings.
    Image     On February 18, 1927, fire destroyed the Reynold's Block located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Chisholm Street. Businesses destroyed included the Owl Cafe, Gavagan and Company Confectionery, ...
  • Boys' Club Model Plane Builders
    Image       Front of Postcard: Constructive Leisure Time at the Boys' Club Model Plane Builders Back of Postcard: Postmark: Alpena, Mich., Apr 20, 1934, 6:30a. To: R.E. Wilson, 3rd Ave. & River, Alpena, Michigan The Boys' Club Keeps Them Busy One hundred and fifty one boys have been given instructions n various ...
    Image     Front of Postcard: Constructive Leisure Time at the Boys' Club Model Plane Builders Back of Postcard: Postmark: Alpena, Mich., Apr 20, 1934, 6:30a. To: R.E. Wilson, 3rd Ave. & River, ...
  • Dunbar Street Home
    Image       This is the living room in the home of Herbert M. Howe, owner of the Howe Music Shop and later, Alpena City Clerk. This home is located at 215 E. Dunbar Street. The first floor was finished with Mission-style oak. Maud Stewart Howe, Herbert's wife, is the woman seated in ...
    Image     This is the living room in the home of Herbert M. Howe, owner of the Howe Music Shop and later, Alpena City Clerk. This home is located at 215 E. ...
  • Downtown Alpena Fire
    Image       Back of photograph, probably written by Fire Chief R. E. Wilson (1874-1951): "lines on top of the Bertrand Building cor Chisholm and Second Ave There are 4 streams o this roof I made a cross where the too you can not see verry well is. We had 9 lines on ...
    Image     Back of photograph, probably written by Fire Chief R. E. Wilson (1874-1951): "lines on top of the Bertrand Building cor Chisholm and Second Ave There are 4 streams o this ...
  • Alpena Fire Department's Fire Engine
    Image       Cecil Morey? (probably refers to engine driver)
    Image     Cecil Morey? (probably refers to engine driver)
  • Fletcher Paper Company
    Image       During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first paper was made on January 7, 1899 and was manila paper. The factory closed in the December 2000.
    Image     During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first ...
  • Alpena Fire Department's Hose House No. 3
    Image       Hose House No. 3 was located on South Ninth Avenue between Fair and McKinley Streets. In 1916, the Captain was Adelore Delisle. The firemen were William T. Ferguson and William Goodrich.
    Image     Hose House No. 3 was located on South Ninth Avenue between Fair and McKinley Streets. In 1916, the Captain was Adelore Delisle. The firemen were William T. Ferguson and William ...
  • Limestone Quarry
    Image       The Michigan Alkali Company, incorporated in 1894, was built in Wyandotte, Michigan to produce soda sh for the manufacture of glass. Salt and limestone were key ingredients. A site was selected at Alpena for the mining of limestone. Land was purchased and a quarry was opened. The first shipment of ...
    Image     The Michigan Alkali Company, incorporated in 1894, was built in Wyandotte, Michigan to produce soda sh for the manufacture of glass. Salt and limestone were key ingredients. A site was ...
  • Peter Luther Shipping Tag
    Image       Peter Luther Shipping Tag. After the pine lumber industry declined, may companies made use of the remaining cedar and hardwoods. Items made included tool handles and spools. Peter H. Luther made cedar gill net floats, buoys, baskets covers, and bottoms - all for the commercial fishing business. Peter was a ...
    Image     Peter Luther Shipping Tag. After the pine lumber industry declined, may companies made use of the remaining cedar and hardwoods. Items made included tool handles and spools. Peter H. Luther ...
  • Rotary Dance Group
    Image       A "chorus line" from a show put on by the Alpena Rotary International Club.
    Image     A "chorus line" from a show put on by the Alpena Rotary International Club.
  • Rotary Dance Team
    Image       Cast members from a show put on by the Alpena Rotary International Club.
    Image     Cast members from a show put on by the Alpena Rotary International Club.
  • Churchill School Students
    Image       A group of elementary school students on the steps of Churchill School. Children were born between 1900 and 1904.
    Image     A group of elementary school students on the steps of Churchill School. Children were born between 1900 and 1904.
  • Churchill School Teachers
    Image       The Churchill School was a two-story brick six-room building erected in 1896 and was first named the Garfield School. It was located on Washington Avenue. The school was destroyed by fire in 1946.
    Image     The Churchill School was a two-story brick six-room building erected in 1896 and was first named the Garfield School. It was located on Washington Avenue. The school was destroyed by ...
  • Alpena Fire Department's Engine House No. 1
    Image       Engine House No. 1 and City Hall. This was constructed in 1880 and fronted River Street and Third Avenue. It burned on October 2, 1910.
    Image     Engine House No. 1 and City Hall. This was constructed in 1880 and fronted River Street and Third Avenue. It burned on October 2, 1910.
  • Fletcher Paper Company
    Image       During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first paper was made on January 7, 1899 and was manila paper. The factory closed in the December 2000.
    Image     During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first ...
  • Fletcher Paper Company
    Image       During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first paper was made on January 7, 1899 and was manila paper. The factory closed in the December 2000.
    Image     During January 1898, George N. Fletcher and Sons commenced the erection of a large paper mill on Fletcher Street near Pine Street opposite their Sulphite Paper Pulp factory. The first ...
  • Hemlock
    Image       Hemlock. These men are peeling bark from a hemlock log. Tannic acid was extracted from the bark and use in the tanning of leather.
    Image     Hemlock. These men are peeling bark from a hemlock log. Tannic acid was extracted from the bark and use in the tanning of leather.
  • Huron Portland Cement Company
    Image       The Huron Portland Cement Company was organized on November 22, 1906. This industry gave a tremendous boost to Alpena's economy after the end of the lumber era. It was once the World's Largest Cement Plant. It is now owned by Lafarge North America.
    Image     The Huron Portland Cement Company was organized on November 22, 1906. This industry gave a tremendous boost to Alpena's economy after the end of the lumber era. It was once ...
  • Dunbar Street Home
    Image       The home of Herbert M. and Maud [nee Stewart] Howe at 215 E. Dunbar Street, Alpena, Michigan.
    Image     The home of Herbert M. and Maud [nee Stewart] Howe at 215 E. Dunbar Street, Alpena, Michigan.
  • Stone Quarry Crusher
    Image       Stone quarry crusher used to prepare limestone for the cement making process. This is probably located at the Huron Portland Cement quarry.
    Image     Stone quarry crusher used to prepare limestone for the cement making process. This is probably located at the Huron Portland Cement quarry.
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