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William S. Maynard's elegant estate at Main and William Streets


William S. Maynard's elegant estate at Main and William Streets

Ezra Maynard settled his family on a farm in Pittsfield Township that is now part of Cobblestone Farm. His son William Maynard became a wealthy merchant, served several terms as mayor, and added most of the Old West Side to the city.



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Eugene Power


Eugene Power

Eugene Power, a pioneer in microphotography, established University Microfilms in 1938, initially offering microfilm editions of rare books and then of doctoral dissertations, journals, newspapers, out-of-print books, and much more. In 1971 the UM's Power Center for the Performing Arts was made possible by a gift from Eugene and his family.


People: Eugene Power

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The Star Theater


The Star Theater

The Star was the site of a famous student riot in March 1908. Incensed at alleged mistreatment, more than 1,000 angry students stormed the theater and destroyed its facade. Several arrests were made, but the affair was soon smoothed over. The Star reopened a week later and lasted until 1919.



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Old St. Thomas


Old St. Thomas

In 1835, Roman Catholics began meeting in Northfield Township. Ten years later they built Ann Arbor's first brick church, Old St. Thomas. It stood on the south side of East Kingsley Street between Division and State.



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George Plumer Burns


George Plumer Burns

In 1915 the city purchased the old Fairgrounds on Wells Street and promptly named it for Burns.


People: George Plumer Burns

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Splendid sale of real estate in Ann Arbor, at auction!!


Splendid sale of real estate in Ann Arbor, at auction!!

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Gerald Hoag


Gerald Hoag

Col. Butterfield, whose company controlled most of the movie theaters in town, transferred the entire staff from the Majestic Theater to work at the Michigan. This included manager Gerald Hoag, who soon ran all of Butterfield's theaters in town.


People: Gerald Hoag

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Rice Beal


Rice Beal

Rice Beal, a fellow Republican and Methodist. Finding himself still healthy but poor, Chase then tried to continue publishing his books, but Beal successfully sued to prevent him from doing so.


People: Rice Beal

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Daniel Brown


Daniel Brown

New Yorker Daniel Brown opened a store on Main Street. His brother Anson soon joined him and went on to develop land across the Huron River in an area he called Lower Town. Anson's untimely death in 1832 ended his dream of moving the center of town to his development. Daniel joined four other speculators to form the Ann Arbor Land Company, which doubled the size of the town in 1836 just as Michigan was becoming a state. They persuaded the new Board of Regents to locate the University of Michigan on forty acres of land in the middle of their development on the east side of the original village. This ensured the success not only of their plan, but of the community as a whole.

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People: Daniel Brown

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James & Clarice Foster


James & Clarice Foster

James and Clarice Foster's House of Art was next to their home at 215 South State Street. Look up under the awning to see the gift shop's art glass windows, designed in 1913 by UM architecture dean Emil Lorch. After James's death in 1949, Clarice established a private charitable foundation. Understanding the importance of leveraging funds to attract other contributions, she left the entire principal to help establish the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.


People: Clarice Foster, James Foster

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