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History Column 219 Mason County Views This week we'll take a look at some long past views of scenes from around Mason County. I am asked on occasion why I don't show more scenes from the rural areas of the county. The answer is that the images that I can find to buy or am given the opportunity to copy are the ones that I use each week. There have not been too many pictures of out county villages and scenes that have surfaced. If you have images that you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me. The images we have today came from the collection of Carol Elve. Pic 1 This is a fourth of July parade in Ludington prior to 1905, note the building on your left, this is where the current library is located and the house on the corner is where Justus Stearns lived, currently this is a vacant lot since the gas station and hall were torn down. Pic 2 This is a good view of the bridge over Lincoln Lake from Mount Epworth, note how wide the lake is here. When you see that it's a lot easier to imagine schooners going down Lincoln Lake out to Victory Township. Pic 3 Now this is a view that will be unfamiliar to many of youngsters out there, the building on the corner is where the current National City Bank is located. Next door is the shoe store, then Western Union and Oriole Café. Pic 4 The Peoples State Bank in Scottville circa 1915. Note the Light in the center of the road with lights that have messages to drivers such as keep right. Pic 5 An Early Rural Route Mail Carrier identified as J.A. Barrett from the Custer area. Are any of his family members still in the area? If so please contact me. Pic 6 The Round Lake Pavillion, and featuring the Squire's Resort Band. Dancing was popular and there were several places throughout the County where people could go and Dance to local bands. If you have any stories or photographs you would like to share with our reader please feel free to contact me at 757-3240, davep@blackcreekpress.com or in Care of the Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Michigan 49431

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