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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…

Atomic Ghosts

The transition of the Marion Food Market to Bernies IGA Foodliner was complete by the summer of 1956. On the left is the infamous automatic exit door. The entrance foyer…

Ghosts of Main Street: No Watery Ghosts Here

Seen in this photo are two homes. At center is the home of Ray Watt. To the right is the ample home built by Mark Sherk, next to his Roller…

Ghosts of Main Street: Marion Dairy and the Milkmen

Ghosts of Main Street: Marion Dairy and the Milkmen

By Julie Traynor You can whip our cream, but you can’t beat our milk”. If you are a kid of a certain age, you will likely recall this proclamation in…

Summer Suggestions

Welcome to summer! It actually got hot and we had more than two days without rain. If you are like me, you are enjoying this time by doing much needed…