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Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen


Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen

Following Indian trails west along the Huron River, Allen and Rumsey chose a large hill covered with big oaks and not much underbrush. A creek nearby would furnish power for their new community's saw and flour mills. They laid out a village and hurried back to Detroit to register their claim, naming it in honor of Allen's wife, Ann.

Other Reading:
Ann Arbor's First Lady: Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen,
by Russell E. Bidlack, 1998

Bentley Image Bank: BL000030

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People: Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen

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Dr. Alvin Chase


Dr. Alvin Chase

Dr. Alvin Chase collected recipes for household remedies and published them as Dr. Chase's Recipes; or, Information for Everybody. His hugely popular books, which sold all over the world, were printed in his large steam printing house at Main and Miller along with a newspaper, the Peninsular Courier. Wealthy and successful by 1869, he became worried about his own health, so he sold everything—business, patents, even his horse and buggy—to publisher 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.

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People: Dr. Alvin W. Chase

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Bishop Edward D. Kelly


Bishop Edward D. Kelly

Rev. Kelly led St. Thomas Parish from 1891 to 1919, built the new stone church, the convent and rectory, and founded St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital. A man of boundless energy, he also served as auxiliary bishop of Detroit from 1910 to 1919, when he became bishop of Grand Rapids.


People: Edward D. Kelly

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Dr. David Murray Cowie


Dr. David Murray Cowie

Dr. David Murray Cowie, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, was well known in Ann Arbor. In the 1920s and 1930s, his plush private hospital at 320 South Division boasted an elevator and nurses in pink uniforms. Cowie led the campaign that eliminated the serious problem of goiter in Michigan children through his successful effort to have iodine added to ordinary table salt.

He initiated the specialty of pediatrics at UM Medical School


People: Dr. David M. Cowie

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Mary Bartron Henderson


Mary Bartron Henderson

As the culmination of her successful fund-raising campaign for the new Women's League building in 1929, Mary Bartron Henderson persuaded financier Gordon Mendelssohn to contribute $50,000 for a theater. He asked that the theater be named after his mother, Lydia. Ever since, this jewel of a theater has been the most cherished theatrical performance space on campus.


People: Mary Bartron Henderson

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Rev. Guy Beckley House, 1425 Pontiac Trail


Rev. Guy Beckley House, 1425 Pontiac Trail

Beckley's home on Pontiac Trail was a "station" on the Underground Railroad.


Places: 1425 Pontiac Trail

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Levi "Daddy" Wines


Levi "Daddy" Wines

Beloved mathematics professor at the high school, he was also a local builder, a founder of the University Musical Society, and of the Ann Arbor Parks Commission.


People: Levi D. Wines

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Angelo Poulos


Angelo Poulos

In 1927, local businessman Angelo Poulos announced he would add a movie theater to the new retail and office building he was planning on Liberty Street near campus. A "Shrine of Entertainment," the theater would be operated by W. S. Butterfield's Michigan Circuit of 75 movie theaters. Butterfield and Poulos hired architect Maurice Finkel to design what would become Ann Arbor's first and only "movie palace."


People: Angelo Poulos

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John Allen


John Allen

When Virginian John Allen and New Yorker Elisha Walker Rumsey met in Detroit in February 1824, they shared a strong sense of adventure as well as a history of questionable financial deals. Seeking to improve their fortunes, the two men set out to found a new town. Their timing was good--Michigan Territory was just opening up, and government land was selling for $1.25 an acre.

Other Reading:
John Allen and the Founding of Ann Arbor,
by Russell E. Bidlack, 1962

Bentley Image Bank: BL000117


People: John Allen

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Horace King (left) and H. H. Seeley(right)


Horace King (left) and H. H. Seeley(right)

Auto products sales manager Horace King and UM School of Engineering professor H. H. Seeley were the first to invent a dashboard-mounted gasoline gauge for cars. With another UM faculty member, John Airey, as manager, the company started up in 1922.


People: H. H. Seeley, Horace King

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