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History Column 253 Dave Petersen This week we have an assortment of vintage photographs that were from the photo album of Sylvia Nickelson. There are some places that you are sure to recognize and some that you won't. If you have photographs or stories that you would like to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, davep@blackcreekpess.com or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi. 49431. PIC1 Looks like the seating at Culvers Park might be a little uncomfortable but this crowd out to see a Mariner's Baseball game in the summer sun doesn't seem to mind at all. In May of 1932 a parade and filed day was planned for Culver Park and Mayor William Mcguire was going to pitch the first ball. PIC2 This early view of James and Ludington Avenue look a bit unusual without the familiar Elks lodge on the east corner and the building that housed Montgomery Wards. If there is any doubt you can see the library to the far right of the picture. PIC3 Get ready, get set, say BRRRRR!! These workmen look like they are a bit frosty as they put away the ice harvest in this circa 1915 picture. There was a time when the only way you could have an ice cube in your summer lemonade was if you went out and cut it out of the Pere Marquette Lake in January. PIC4 Talk about your changing cityscapes. As you look over the skyline here you can make out the Courthouse that is still standing, but the Star Watchcase factory and St. Simon's twin towers from the church have been gone for a number of years now. There was an effort to save the towers and now they exist only in memories and old photographs. PIC5 It was built for Warren Cartier but has been known as the Schoenberger House since 1950. Abbie Schoenberger was a Scottville merchant having bought his building there in 1944 from Harry Rigel. Rigel's had a Dry Goods Store there since 1923. Schoenberger's Market was an anchor business in Scottville until it finally closed a few years back. PIC6 This group of Foster School students from 1928 are all bundled up for what must have been a cold morning in September for taking a school picture.

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