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  • Contributors: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
  • Geographic Location: Alpena
  • Collections: Knechtel Collection
  • Linke's Greenhouse
        Young girl standing in Linke's Greenhouse.
      Young girl standing in Linke's Greenhouse.
  • Linke's Antiques
        Antiques owned by Arthur Linke, including clocks, glassware, tools, record players, lamps, and an instrument player from the North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works. Arthur (Art) Linke, 1890-1963, was long identified with Linke's Flower Ship & Greenhouses. He was a great collector of Alpena memorabilia and much of his massive collection ...
      Antiques owned by Arthur Linke, including clocks, glassware, tools, record players, lamps, ...
  • Linke's Greenhouse and Girl on Penny-farthing
        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.
      This girl (Linke?) is riding a penny-farthing next to the Linke's Greenhouse ...
  • Linke's Greenhouse
        Linke's Flower Shop had a long history. Established in 1872 by Charles Sans, father-in-law of Alfred Linke, in formally passed to the Linke family with purchase in 1907 by Alfred Linke, Art Linke's father. The building was on the Mirre and Fifth Streets site for 120 years out of 135 ...
      Linke's Flower Shop had a long history. Established in 1872 by Charles ...
  • Building St. Bernard's Church School
        The cornerstone for the St. Bernard's School was laid in 1962, and dedicated in 1963. The school included eight classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium and library. The project cost $325,000.
      The cornerstone for the St. Bernard's School was laid in 1962, and ...
  • Arthur Linke in "historic vehicle"
        Arthur Linke and friend riding in a circa 1910 vehicle in July 1962.
      Arthur Linke and friend riding in a circa 1910 vehicle in July ...
  • Razing First Baptist Church
        On December 25, 1892, the Baptists dedicated their new brick church at the southeast corner of Third and Lockwood Street. The church cost the Baptist Society $23,000. Here it is being razed in January and February 1962.
      On December 25, 1892, the Baptists dedicated their new brick church at ...
  • Independence Day Parade 1962
        Independence Day Parade 1962 #282 French's Machine Shop: William "Bill" French was Alpena's "Mr. Fix-it." Bill started work with his father. Both of them worked on assembling the Alpena Flyer, an automobile built in Alpena between 1910 and 1913. He later opened his own shop. He loved steam engines and ...
      Independence Day Parade 1962 #282 French's Machine Shop: William "Bill" French was ...
  • Grace Lutheran Church
        The organization of Grace Lutheran Church began as early as 1869 when the first Norwegians settled in the Alpena area. Occasional services were held in the Union School. The church first built a parsonage in 1872, then a wooden church, shown to the rear of the brick church. Construction of ...
      The organization of Grace Lutheran Church began as early as 1869 when ...
  • Roadside
        Roadside, probably along Thunder Bay River, October 1961.
      Roadside, probably along Thunder Bay River, October 1961.
  • Thunder Bay River, May 1961
        During the 1930s, the old Second Avenue Swing Bridge became inadequate and occasionally inoperative. On August 20, 1938, the Public Works Administration agreed to finance a new bridge. There was an outright grant of $157,909 to supplement $190,000, which the Municipal Church desired to raise though a bond issue. The ...
      During the 1930s, the old Second Avenue Swing Bridge became inadequate and ...
  • Family at Beach
        A family at what looks to be Starlite Beach on Lake Huron. Huron Portland Cement is in the far distance of left.
      A family at what looks to be Starlite Beach on Lake Huron. ...
  • First Baptist Church
        On December 25, 1892, the Baptists dedicated their new brick church at the southeast corner of Third and Lockwood Street. The church cost the Baptist Society $23,000. It was razed in 1962.
      On December 25, 1892, the Baptists dedicated their new brick church at ...
  • Thunder Bay River, June 1960
        Thunder Bay River, June 1960
      Thunder Bay River, June 1960
  • Thunder Bay River, April 1960
        Thunder Bay River, April 1960
      Thunder Bay River, April 1960
  • Carter Home
        Daniel, Sarah, and Mary Carter were Alpena's pioneer family arriving in 1856. Daniel helped organize the county and served as the first postmaster. Sarah was familiar with medicines and the treatment of the sick. She treated many people until the first doctor arrived in 1862. Daughter Mary taught the first ...
      Daniel, Sarah, and Mary Carter were Alpena's pioneer family arriving in 1856. ...
  • Flower Wreath
        Believed to be a funeral flower wreath with musical notes and the letter "B" done by Linke Florist.
      Believed to be a funeral flower wreath with musical notes and the ...
  • Children at Beach
        Group of children at probably Thomson Beach in Alpena. Boy in forefront is believed to be Dennis Knechtel.
      Group of children at probably Thomson Beach in Alpena. Boy in forefront ...
  • USS MAINE Cannon in front of City Hall
        Most of the following was taken directly from an article published in the July 2008 issue of Michigan History Magazine titled “A Historic Cannon Comes to Alpena” written by Raymond Herek. The battleship MAINE became famous when an explosion destroyed her in the harbor at Havana, Cuba, on February 15, ...
      Most of the following was taken directly from an article published in ...
  • Arthur Linke at Tractor Show
        Arthur Linke at Tractor Show, Alpena County.
      Arthur Linke at Tractor Show, Alpena County.
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