A century ago: Christmas in Ann Arbor


On Christmas, 1909, the staff of Fred Hoelzle's butcher shop worked all night cutting fresh meat for their customers' holiday celebrations. (Click on the photo for a larger view.) Read more about the shop and Metzger's restaurant in our digital collection of Then and Now columns from the Ann Arbor Observer.


Some years later, Walter Metzger would attend the annual Christmas show a couple blocks down and around the corner at Schwaben Hall at 215 S. Ashley. “'They filled up the Schwaben Halle, sitting in folding chairs and the benches around the side,' he says. The programs would consist of two or three short, sitcom-like sketches....In between the plays, the audience could buy sandwiches and beer at the bar." (from Grace Shackman's The Story of Schwaben Hall).