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Article 308 Early Ludington Businesses and views Dave Petersen I was sorting through some things this week and came across some old letterheads from long past businesses in Ludington and some early 1890 views of Ludington and thought they would make a good column for this week. One thing is certain and that is change, even in the past 30 years we have seen a lot of changes and many many businesses come and go, surprisingly though, new business keeps on opening. Up and coming entrprenuers keep chasing those dreams of owning their own business, their success however depends on each of us to do a little business locally lest these concerns become a topic of the history column. 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 Bennett.J Goodsell Hardware Company was a Ludington anchor business at the turn of the 20th century, Bennett also served as mayor and was heavily involved in local affairs. This letterhead illustrates the Industrial Iron Works which was established by R.B Patterson in 1882 at 502 S James street. The business operated until 1916. Pic2 In this 1890 view looking south west from the Central (High) School you have a good view of the grain elevator and the docks down at the Pere Marquette Lake. Looking across the lake in the original picture one can make out structures out on Buttersville peninsula which was thriving in the 1890's. Pic3 The Big Store was built across from the City Park and had been established by James Ludington. After he lost the lawsuit brought against him by Eber Ward his remaining assets were folded into the Pere Marquette Lumber Company. This 1878 letterhead advertises a wide variety of available goods only a few years after Ludington was incorporated (1873) Pic4 The Ludington Appeal was established by Will Cole in 1873, the same year as the Ludington Record, by 1901 both papers were owned by Charles Sawyer and merged into the Ludington Record Appeal. The Ludington Daily Sun came into existence in 1901 renamed the Ludington Daily News and by 1911 came under the ownership of Charles Sawyer and again merged the papers. This 1890 view of the Appeal is the corner where the library was built in 1905. Pic5 The Ludington Woodenware Factory on South Washington Street (NE side of bridge) started out as a sawmill in 1873. About 1885 Woodenware Company was organized by Stray and Smith and wooden bowls, butter stamps, and clothes pins became their most popular products. In 1916 the business was sold and converted to the manufacture of fruit baskets, it operated as the Ludington Basket Company until 1927 and it burned to the ground in 1928.

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