Northville, Michigan (Images of America Series)

Northville, Michigan (Images of America Series)

by Michele M. Fecht
     
 

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Most of the first pioneers came from New York by steamship across Lake Erie, disembarking in Detroit in the 1820s. From Detroit, it would take three days of treacherous travel through dense forests, thick brush, and swampy countryside to reach their destination--a hilly region in the northwest corner of Plymouth Township that would come to be called Northville. In

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Most of the first pioneers came from New York by steamship across Lake Erie, disembarking in Detroit in the 1820s. From Detroit, it would take three days of treacherous travel through dense forests, thick brush, and swampy countryside to reach their destination--a hilly region in the northwest corner of Plymouth Township that would come to be called Northville. In the nearly 200 years since the first pioneers cleared the land and established their homesteads, Northville has distinguished itself as one of southeast Michigan's most desirable communities. Its rich historical heritage and small-town charm are evident in the stately Victorian architecture of the city's vibrant downtown and tree-lined neighborhoods. Surrounded by the rolling hills of adjoining Northville Township, the community has been shaped by generations of stakeholders committed to creating and maintaining Northville's picturesque and prosperous identity. Throughout its storied history, Northville has been home to the world's largest manufacturer of school furniture, the site of aviation pioneer Eddie Stinson's aircraft company, and the location for one of automotive legend Henry Ford's first village industries, the Northville Valve Plant.

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Title: City councilwoman writes book on history of Northville

Author: Pam Fleming

Publisher: hometownlife.com

Date: 9/16/2010

Michele Fecht, former Northville Record reporter and Detroit News reporter and assistant editor, can now add "author" to her resume.

She recently wrote a new book on the history of Northville, titled Northville, published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series.

"They have done 6,700 titles of towns and events all over America," Fecht said. "It allows for organizations like historical societies and libraries to publish local history books at an affordable price. It gives people a chance to showcase their local history, which is wonderful."

Fecht will appear along with Mayor Chris Johnson for a public launch of the book at the Next Chapter Bookstore on E. Main Street immediately after the Victorian Festival Parade about 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

She will also have the book at a Northville Historical Society booth at the festival this weekend.

The book, which sells for $21.99, is also available in the Mill Race Village office in the Cady Inn.

The new book features pages and pages of archival photos of Northville. Arcadia staff actually wrote Johnson a letter in 2009 saying they had had more requests for a Northville Images of America book than anything else.

Johnson then contacted Fecht to see if she would be interested in taking on the project.

"I said, 'I'd love to,'" she said.

Fecht received much help on the project from Heidi Nielsen, curator and archivist of the Northville Historical Society.

"She's the keeper of the treasures," Fecht said. "I stole so many of Heidi's hours delving into the incredible collection that the society has."

LOTS OF RESEARCH

Fecht also used Barbara Louie's book, Northville, Michigan, from the Making of America series published by Arcadia in 2001, as a resource. She also used Jack Hoffman's book, Northville: The First Hundred Years, in her research. Hoffman was a longtime editor of the Northville Record.

Another resource was Bill Sliger's 1969 Centennial Edition of the Northville Record.

Fecht said the project took her about six months. "I had to follow the history of the city from its inception," she said.

There were some generous citizens who provided some photos, including Dick Ambler, Fred Hicks and Mayor Johnson.

"I didn't realize what an industrial giant Northville was from the late 1800s through the 1930s," Fecht said.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738577968
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,094,451
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Using the images from the Northville Historical Society's archives, as well as those from other collections, journalist Michele M. Fecht offers a visual history of the people, places, and events that shaped Northville.

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