Thursday, April 10, 2008

Park Place Hotel, Traverse City

Originally the Campbell House then became the Park Place Hotel on the State Street by Park Street. The next parallel street over from Front Street the main street of Traverse City just 1/2 block South of the Grand Traverse Bay.

Acme School 1950? Students.

Does anyone recognize these students? Can you tell us if the year of 1950 is correct? The school is about 7 miles from Traverse City. Photograph donated by Tom Ghering, descendant of Pioneer Family of the Penisula.

Walter William Barratt WWI Military Draft Card

Scanned image of Walter William Barratt's
WW I Military Draft Card.

Walter married Grace B. Pence in 1915. Walter William died 7 Feb 1921 and Grace was born
about 1900 in Indiana.

It appears Grace may have married Edward Mox in 1922 but this is a supposition without seeing the records. There is not a death in Grand Traverse County or in the Social Security Records of a Grace Barratt. There is a death record for Grace B. Mox of 27 July 1962.

Corner Drugstore

Garland Drugstore at the corner of Union Street and 7th Street was highly used by many years of students as a 'hangout' for picking up a pop at lunch time. My siblings and I are up to 14 years apart and all three of us visited this drugstore with soda fountain .. and a couple small tables. We used to make Black Cow Rootbeer? does this sound right? hmm

Kingsley Fair 1909

Kingsley Fair 1909 The hill below the Water Tower.

Capt Barratt, Who Am I?

This photograph has the name Capt. Barratt on the back it was found in a collection at the Kingsley Library, I believe. I do not know anything else about him. If someone can assist with naming him I would appreciate it. Thanks - write Brenda at

Ruby is a fantastic fiddler at 16 years old. She is playing at a festival with Ben Wolfgram and Lee backing her. Lee (unknown last name) the fellow sitting down with the guitar is in his 90's. Go Lee!!

I have some video's of Ruby playing Orange Blossom Special. If I can figure out how I will add that for your pleasure. She is awesome. Photograph taken by Tom Ghering.

Ann and Brenda Working the Library~

My cousin and buddy in Quebec research, Ann Stricker Secor. I am most likely not going to be on her top 10 list for placing this photo here. :0

Ann is married to my cousin Arthur Secor and is the daughter of Pioneer Family, Marvin Stricker and Annabell Fashbaugh. Annabell is the daughter of Oliver and Catherine Fashbaugh.

Art is the son of Joseph Secor and Ledora Moyetta Brown. Art and Ann are great people with 2 children. The Grand Traverse county area is filled with the history of all of these families.