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Riding the Rails – 1912

For me there are a lot of things that just can’t be duplicated. Many of them are from my childhood, my Great Aunt Katie is one. Around her, my brother and I definitely sat up straight, elbows off the table and knew what every utensil was for – right down to the condiment fork. And apparently I can’t duplicate the beautiful books she gave us either – classics like Wind In the Willows. Treasure Island and Arabian Nights. Hardcovers with dust jackets and engraved illustrations. Books like that you just don’t see in the stores anymore.

Sheriff “Big Jake” Theut

On New Year’s Eve, Jan. 1, 1941, a crowd of nearly 300 supporters thronged the streets and walkways of downtown Mount Clemens to help celebrate the induction of Jacob Frank Theut into the office of sheriff. Amidst the sounds of the crowd, noise makers and city police sirens, Theut led his parade from the County Building to the old jail on Front Street, followed by newly appointed Undersheriff Harley Ensign, process server Edward S. Calahill, Matron Gladys Burr and Edward W. Kunath, instructor of deputies.

The Interurban Rail – 1901

As a very young boy growing up in the 1950s, I was close to my grandparents. They lived in the flat above my parents and my older brother and I in our two-story house on Balfour Street in Detroit. When my mother got tired of minding me, she would send me upstairs to visit with my grandmother and grandfather. Fired up by my grandparents’ stories, I dreamt of growing up to be a railroad engineer. My grandparents told tales of my great-grandfather, who had been a conductor on the Wabash Railroad. They also told of traveling on the Interurban Rail, referring to it as the Rapid Railway System. As a child I imagined that it was a real railroad running through the heart of Detroit and out into Macomb County and beyond.

John C. Charbeneau: The Christmas Tree Man

John Charles Charbeneau, born Dec. 31, 1856, was a lifelong resident of Mount Clemens. Known by many as “The Christmas Tree Man,” he sold Christmas trees on his property for over 40 years that he grew on his Black River, Alpena property.

Sun and Sand: Memories of Metro Beach – 1950

Under a brilliant summer sun, girls in swimsuits and handsome lifeguards pose on a golden sandy beach. This could be a scene from a Hollywood movie, but it is in fact our very own metro Beach.” A Haven for eastsiders seeking to escape the hot pavement and unairconditioned houses of metro Detroit, Metro Beach has invited generations of summer visitors to swim, walk the shoreline and feel the cool breath of the lake on their skin as seagulls lazily circle overhead.

Judge George Caram Steeh Sr.

Born in Mount Clemens in 1919, George Caram Steeh was the son of Caram and Dora (Lappin) Steeh. George’s immigrant parents played a major role in the shaping of his remarkable career. Their values regarding hard work and the importance of a good education greatly contributed to his success.

The Upton House – 1866

This Victorian Italianate style house sits right at the corner of Utica Road and Dodge Park and is one of only a few buildings in the county on the National Registry of Historical Places. Had it not been for the original owners of the house, William and Sarah Upton, Dodge Park may have never come to fruition.

Born into slavery – in Macomb County

Elizabeth “Lisette” Denison was born into slavery circa 1787 near the banks of the Huron River, now called the Clinton, in the area known today as Harrison Township. Her parents, Peter and Hannah, were owned by William Tucker, the first English-speaking landowner in Macomb County.

Who was Macomb County named after

On Jan. 15, 1818, Gov. Lewis Cass issued a proclamation naming the third and largest county in the territory of Michigan after his good friend, Alexander Macomb. At that time, Macomb County included all of Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties, as well as parts of Sanilac, Shiawassee, Ingham and Tuscola counties.

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