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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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Jabez Sunderland


Jabez Sunderland

The Unitarians, organized in 1865, first used the Methodists' old church before building their own stone church at Huron and State in 1882 under the dynamic leadership of minister Jabez Sunderland. It featured a liberal library for students from the nearby university.


People: Jabez Sunderland

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Dr. Victor Vaughan


Dr. Victor Vaughan

In 1874 Victor Vaughan came to teach and do graduate work in chemistry, receiving after two years one of the first two Ph.D. degrees granted by UM. As dean of the Medical School from 1891 to 1921, Vaughan made Michigan an important center of medical education, assembling an outstanding faculty distinguished for teaching as well as for internationally recognized research.

A national expert in public health and epidemiology, he worked in his laboratory almost to the end of his life.


People: Dr. Victor C. Vaughan

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Ann Arbor Observer building


Ann Arbor Observer building

Agricultural implement dealer Moses Rogers often allowed the large upstairs hall of his building at Catherine and Detroit Streets to be used for Civil War relief meetings. The building is the oldest commercial building remaining downtown, and currently houses the Ann Arbor Observer.


Places: 201 Catherine Street

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Walter S. Perry


Walter S. Perry

The city's first career superintendent of schools, he served from 1871 to 1897.


People: Walter S. Perry

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Governor Lewis Cass


Governor Lewis Cass

Territorial Governor Lewis Cass told Allen and Rumsey if they built a courthouse, a jail, and a bridge over the river, their town would become the seat of government for the newly formed Washtenaw County.

Michigan Territory's strongest promoter.

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People: Lewis Cass

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