The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Chesterfield Township from local author Alan Naldrett, for the Chesterfield Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
The first French explorers and missionaries came to the area that would later be known as Chsterfield Township around 1611, naming the dominant waterway Luc Sainte Claire. The first purchase of government land was made by Fabian Robertjean on August 20, 1820, in Section 11, near New Baltimore's Washington Street. In 1842, via Public Act 57, the Michigan State Legislature officially created the charter township of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield is nestled between two old Michigan cities, New Baltimore and Mt. Clemens. The history of the township is closely aligned with these two cities, especially New Baltimore, with whom it has shared a post office from the time the New Baltimore Post Office was established in 1851 as Ashleyville (named for founder Alfred Ashley) and given its current name in 1855. New Baltimore was a part of Chesterfield until 1931, when it "seceded" from the township.
Join the Author for a Book Signing!
When: Thursday, July 7th at 6:30pm
Where: Chesterfield Public Library
5056 Patricia Avenue, Chesterfield, MI
Highlights of Chesterfield Township:
• The earliest inhabitants
• Defunct settlements, villages and the interurban railroad
• Streets and street corners of Chesterfield
• Businesses of chesterfield
• The tornado of 1964
• Growth of community and government
• People and families of Chesterfield Township
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