Midland: The Way We Were

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Midland, Michigan began life as The Forks, where the Tittabwassee and Chippewa Rivers met. By 1858, The Forks became the Village of Midland, and in 1869 it was incorporated and named the Village of Midland City. Lumbering and farmland attracted the first settlers, and in 1897 a brash young man named Herbert Henry Dow persuaded 57 investors to start a new business there named the Dow Chemical Company. Midland, by then a city, was forever changed. Included in Midland: The Way We Were are photographs that span the first 100 years of the city. From Main Street landmarks such as the Frolic Theater, to the churches and schools where Midland's residents worshiped and learned-here are over 200 images detailing Midland's history.
ISBN: 9780738518862
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Virginia Florey and editor Leona Seamster can trace their family trees back to the very beginning of Midland County. Mrs. Florey has taught school, worked at local radio stations, and written for the Midland Daily News for 28 years. Mrs. Seamster went back to work after raising her family and became an executive secretary at the Dow Chemical Company until her retirement. This book is their first written collaboration, although they have presented history slide shows together on Midland for the past decade.
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