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Ghosts on Main Street: January-Marion Michigan

Lake in December 1979. Marion’s gigantic, long time trademark water town was demolished. Riverside Electric employees on he picket line in March of 1971. Marion’s giant fiberglass Santa was purchased…

New Ghosts, Old Ghosts

Emma and Frank White pose in their comfortable store in the 1949’s. Today this is the Senior Meal Site. The Ben Franklin is now home to Brian Hower’s Untamed Archery,…

The Tenacity of Temple- from Dutch’s to Tippy Canoe

The Temple Grocery, 1925 Welcome to the Tippy Canoe Bar and Grill by Julie Traynor Hidden away in the northeast corner of Clare County’s Redding Twp. is the quiet little…

Christmas Talk With Morton and Helfrich

The Morton Hardware Co.’s building as it appeared in 1948. Today this site is home to Layline. This is a 1953 postcard showing three prominent businesses, l to r, White’s…

United States Post Office-Marion Michigan

This is a tinted postcard of the Post Office at Marion, Michigan, taken about 1910. It was then located in the Hall building at Main and Mill Streets, where mail…

Marion Roller Mills-What a Grind

Mark Sherk poses with the mill’s water powered machinery, about 1893. Sherk and Thomson’s Marion Roller Mill and Mark Sherk’s home, about 1892 By Julie Traynor A good many towns…

Ghosts of Main Street: From Howard’s Restaurant to the Flashback Cafe

A postcard featuring businesses at the center of Marion came out in 1957. It featured this iconic photo of the Corner Cafe, then under the ownership of Ox and Kay…

The Deer Season

This grainy newsprint photo is all we have showing one of the famous stovepipe candy canes. This shot is from 1965 and was taken in front of the Riverside Restaurant,…

Doing Public Time

The People’s State Bank Clock was never really happy in Marion and eventually returned to southern Michigan. Don and Esther Sible and an unknown salesman are pictured inside the Sible…

Manufactured Ghosts

Employees and management at the first company Christmas party in December 1948. Strikers on the picket line, March 1971. Riverside closed its doors five years later. By Julie Traynor There…

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