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History Column 302 Hart Village Dave Petersen I recently purchased a portion of an 1895 plat book for Oceana County and while the sections on the plats for the various townships and villages was pretty much a loss the sections of the residents and businesses were fairly intact allowing me to be able to scan and share some of the images with you. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 The Hart Journal office on Washington Avenue in 1895 was quite a striking building. The editor at the time was John Hanson who was not just the publisher but an attorney as well. His parents were reported as being the first to purchase land in Oceana County and one of the first families to settle in Claybanks in 1856. Pic 2 Shown here is the hardware store of the partnership of Edwin Noret and J.H Colby located that the intersection of Main and State streets. Ed had a keen eye for horses and by 1896 had brought in over 500 to Oceana County. He had lived in many places through the Midwest including Mason County where he married Minnie Nelson. Pic3 The Sandusky Manufacturing Company of Hart employed as many as 40 men and could saw as much as 2 million board feet of hardwood in a year. It was organized in 1892 and also provided contract sawing and provided hardwoods for the manufacture of tools. Shown here is a view of the mill yards and kilns looking south. Pic4 Work was hard and play, well they always found time for play too. Something that we could take a lesson from in the 21st Century. This is a view of the 1895 Hart Base Ball Club. Manager A.D. Rankin is number 8 in the center of the photo. Pic5 The Hart Canning factory was established in 1894 and had an immediate positive impact on the community. The factory employed up to 150 people for five months. The factory was credited with pushing out 60 train car loads of canned goods the first season. Pictured here is an inside view of the factory showing the sorting department. Pic6 This is a great view of the Hart Roller Mills which stood on North State Street. The original mill was established by Corbin and Ford in 1863 and stood at the foot of the old mill pond. The building pictured here was built in 1875 by Wigton and Bosworth and by 1895 was owned by the Guerney Milling Company.

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