Friday, February 23, 2007

Defoe Shipbuilding Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Defoe Shipbuilding Company was a small ship builder established in 1905 in Bay City, Michigan. It ceased to operate in 1976 after failing to renew its contracts with the United States Navy. The site of the former company is now a scrapyard on the bank on the Saginaw River."

The Defoe Shipbuilding Company was the last of several firms including Davidson and Wheeler who were involved in shipbuilding in Bay City.

Bay County,
Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Bay County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 110,157. The county seat is Bay City. Bay County is included in the Bay City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county was created by Michigan Law as a fully organized county on April 20,1857."

This is a general information site on all of Bay County.

List of Registered Historic Places in Bay County, Michigan information -

List of Registered Historic Places in Bay County, Michigan information - "List of Registered Historic Places in Bay County, Michigan"

This is a list of registered historic places in Bay City

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bay County Death Records

Bay County Death Records: "11April 161869Thomas McGrawMSingle16 Bay CitySmall PoxCanada Patrick McGrawMargaret McGrawBay City
11October141869William McKayMSingle25 Bay CitykilledCanada Angus McKayHarriet McKayBay City
11April 131869MalloryMSingle 8 Bay City John MalloryEliza MalloryBay City
11September 51869Mary MellanyFSingle6 Bay Citytyphoid fever"

Maps of the bay area are always interesting. The map linked here gives railroad layout of 1895 when Bay City was a hub of transportation activity. It also shows the location of towns that no longer exist.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Video History of Sebewaing

This video describes the backgound of migration to the valley area. It also gives a good picture of rivers in the valley today

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Victorian Peeper

The Victorian Peeper

The Victorian age was also the time of greatest growth for Bay City. Fashions and beliefs reflected the practice of the times. The above web site will give background on the era.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Over the last three years, the National Park Service has been restoring the 150 year old Frederick Douglass Historic Site. On February 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., in honor of Frederick Douglass' 189th birthday, the historic home will reopen to the public. Douglass freed himself from slavery and helped to free millions of others. Visit this important historic site in Washington, DC and learn about his lifetime of accomplishments.

Frederick Douglas would have been well know to James G. Birney, who was one of the early Bay City pioneers. Birney was an abolitionist writer and candidate for President from the Liberty Party in 1840 and 1844.