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Article -349 History Column Dave Petersen Thanks to Jerry Cole for sharing some of his views of the Hamlin area last week. This week we will continue with some of the Mason County Centennial articles and pictures from 1955 courtesy of some newspapers provided by Margaret Baily. 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 June 25th 1955- "Riding a barrel- John Peters, an Indian of the vicinity of Freesoilis shown riding a barrel in Sable River. At one time Mr. Peters held the state championship as a log burler. He learned log burling in the days of the big pine when he took part in log drives on Michigan's swiftest rivers. He met and conquered the best of the state's log burlers and when he was 50 defeated his son Jim who was half his age." Pic2 "Kimball Taxi - The service transportation we have offered Mason Countians we estimate is equivalent to two million miles. Providing you with safe and direct travel to your destination has required constant improvement in our equipment and the use of such wonder devices as radio communication between station and cabs." Pic3 "Shown above is Fred Alkema owner of Fred's Sporting Goods. His store features everything in the sporting line for the fisherman, the hunter or the all around athelete." (Located at 214 W Ludington Avenue in 1955) Does anyone know how many sporting goods stores have operated at that location? Pic4 Caswell Chadwick Memorials was established in 1875 by H.B. Caswell and got its start on Dowland street which at that time was a busy street filled with businesses. Charles Caswell took over for his father and operated the business until 1942. Ruth Chadwick (H.B.'s grand daughter) and her husband took over the operation after 1942. This early 1900's picture is of the location on 401 W Ludington Avenue. Pic5 This advertisement for Gibbs appeared in the centennial edition of the Ludington Daily News and I include it here simply because it is a vanished Mason County Icon that is fondly remembered by many. Pic6 Another business that has vanished from the local scene is Vogel's shoes. We still have one shoe store downtown (Snyder's) just to the east of Vogel's location on Ludington Avenue.

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