This upcoming week is CHS’s prom. Ralph Guenther was hired to take pictures of couples in the 1963 Chelsea High School Prom; take a look at how the hair and dress styles have changed in the past 50 years.
Ralph Guenther, longtime Chelsea photographer, was often hired to take photos at Chelsea weddings. Previously, we featured photographs from some of the weddings he worked in the 1950s; today, we’ll highlight photos from a single wedding.
On April 8, 1961, Donna Noah and Wilfred C. Lane were married at St. Paul’s church on Summit Street. With Mrs. Lane’s permission, here are several photographs from their big day.
The wedding party. From left to right: JoAnne Beerbower, Frederick Belser, Francis Lane, Donna Lane, Wilfred C. Lane, Duane Noah, Charles H. Lane, Lynwood Noah. Front: Jennifer Lane, Charles C. Lane
The couple honeymooned in New York, just missing the spring blizzard that hit Chelsea on April 10.
Source: Samuel Poor; Document Number 12757; United States Bureau of Land Management “General Land Office Records: Land Patents,” digital images, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov: accessed 12 October 2011).
The above record states that” Whereas, Samuel Poor, of Steuben county New York has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Detroit whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Samuel Poor according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820, entitled “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands” for the north east quarter of the south west quarter, and the south east quarter of the north west quarter, of Section thirty three, in township two south, of range three east, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Detroit Michigan, containing Eighty acres according to the official plat of the survey of the said lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Samuel Poor.”
The Archives of Michigan has just published digitized copies of the original survey of Michigan’s township parcels.
To view the maps, visit http://seekingmichigan.org and choose the Advanced Search option (the green button in the upper right corner). Uncheck the box labeled “Death Records, 1897-1920″ and check the box labeled “GLO Plat Maps.” Type the township name in the search box, and you’re good to go!
In 1986, Eastern Michigan University and the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce worked together to create a coloring and sketch book of Chelsea landmarks and historic moments.
Line drawings of local landmarks, such as the Depot, the Jiffy Towers, and the Clock Tower are prepped and ready for coloring.
Want to print your own copy of the full coloring book? Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll send you a pdf.
Rob Coelius of Video Farm Productions has worked with the library to film and produce five local history documentaries, starting with One Room Schoolhouses in 2008 and proceeding on to WWII Veterans and Farmers and completing Village Life and Korean War in 2012.
Rob films each interview and edits it so we can present them on this website individually. He also creates each film, finding a narrative threads that connect each interview and tell a complete story. Rob incorporates the photos, finds archival footage, selects the music and handles all the creative details that come together to create engaging and informative films.
It has been a pleasure to work with Rob and his company, Video Farm Productions and we look forward to completing our next documentary: Local Landmarks, which will trace the route of a walking tour of Chelsea’s historic downtown. We look forward to many more successful projects with Rob and Video Farm to continue to document and share the stories of Chelsea.
We are proud to present our latest documentary, honoring the men who served in the Korean War and sharing their stories through film. The Chelsea Community History Project: Korean War was made possible through a partnership of the American Legion Post #31, Chelsea VFW Post #4076 and the Chelsea District Library. We thank our community sponsors as well. As part of the Chelsea Community History Project, this film was supported by the Chelsea Community Foundation. Thanks to Video Farm Productions for their creativity and hard work that went into this film.
Many thanks to the participants and supporters who made this film possible.
The Chelsea Community History Project: Village Life documentary is a love letter to Chelsea, aimed a telling the story of how life in this community has changed through the years. We focused on the central downtown of Chelsea and collected the stories of longtime residents and business owners, sharing their recollections of how things used to be and how they came to be the way they are.
This film was made possible by the people who were willing to sit down and share their memories and stories with us on camera – thank you to our interview subjects. It was generously supported by the Chelsea Community Foundation. The film was made by the talented and hardworking folks at Video Farm Productions. Chelsea District Library librarians Emily Meloche and Sara Wedell worked hard at making this concept a reality. Thanks to all those involved.
We premiered the Village Life documentary at the Washington Street Education Center on October 21, 2012 before a great crowd of Chelsea residents and supporters. Thanks to everyone who came out to be a part of this event!
This film will be available to borrow from the library or purchase through the Friends of the Chelsea District Library – please check with the library for details.
In January of 1959, Ralph Guenther took photographs of Bill and Mac, members of a band called The Storm. The two really hammed it up for the camera, posing with their guitars.
Does anyone remember The Storm? Do you know who else was in the band? (Surely they were made up of more than two guitarists.) If so, email Emily at email@example.com.
In 1959, Ralph Guenther was hired to take photographs for the Chelsea High School Yearbook. A set of eleven photos seemed to be the results of the senior mock elections, and a little investigating in the 1959 yearbook revealed that to be true. Take a look at the following pictures and try to guess what “awards” they won. The answers are at the bottom of the page!