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Post Office Safe Blown Up – Robbers use Nitroglycerine

The Marion Post Office as it appeared on a tinted George Blesch postcard, circa 1910. By Julie Traynor I came up empty when searching for some interesting Valentine’s Day ghosts…

Ghosts on Main Street: 100 Ghosts and 100 Years

Three of Marion’s Centurions. Ollie Vincent celebrated her 100th in 1982. Ruby Johnson, 100 in 1999, chats with her old friend Susan Hall at her 100th birthday fete in 2000.…

Gas-tly Ghost

Looking West, fuel oil depot on North Mill is coated in ice from the February 22, 1922 ice storm. by Julie Traynor   If you were paying attention and knew…

From Slaughterhouse to the Village Glen – The Ghosts of First Street

by Julie Traynor  The Marion, Michigan of 1920 was a very different place than it is in 2020.  As much as we like to think there has not been much change to our comfortable…

Johnny Alberts – Blacksmith Extraordinaire

John Alberts Sr., Taken in 1937. This is a 1956 photo of local smithy John Alberts Jr., fitting new shoes to Flash Direct, well-known pacer owned, by Leonard Charette of…

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…

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