The Redford Township Historical Commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 4, 2019 with a special event at the Redford History Center, located at 12895 Berwyn. Current Commission members will pay tribute to past members and their important work preserving Redford’s history. Founding Commission members Fred and Aileen DesAutels, in particular, will be honored. … Continue reading Join us May 4 for Heritage Day!
In an interview with the Redford Observer in 2005 on the event of her 90th birthday, Sybil Raeside reflected on many of her life experiences. One was her first trip to Redford in 1929. She visited a drug store and tea room on the corner of 5 Mile and Beech Daly. At the time, Beech … Continue reading Newly opened collection: The Sybil and Jack Raeside Papers
Dr. Sarena Shivers came to Redford in 2015 to lead the Redford Union School District. She’s making history as the first black Superintendent of the district. Shivers has worked in education for over 20 years, including for Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Southfield Public Schools and districts in Indiana, Maryland and the Department of Defense. Thus … Continue reading Dr. Sarena Shivers, Redford Union Schools Superintendent
Linda Jackson joined the Redford Township Board of Trustees last year after receiving more votes than any other candidate. Her election is historically significant because she is Redford’s first black Trustee. Jackson grew up in Detroit with a big family – she was one of five children. Her parents taught them “we could be whatever … Continue reading Redford Trustee Linda Jackson
All you need to know about our Movie in the Cemetery event is right here! On Friday, October 21 we be showing Night of the Living Dead inside the historic Redford Cemetery. This 1968 film is a cult classic and you'll get to see it on a 10ft x 14ft LED screen in the intimate yet spooky … Continue reading Movie in the Cemetery – Friday, October 21!
The Redford Township Historical Commission has been hard at work planning some exciting events for October! On October 8 we will hold our first cemetery walk and on October 21 we will have our first movie night in the cemetery. Join us and get in the Halloween spirit! On October 8 we will lead tours through … Continue reading Upcoming Events
When construction began on Holcomb Elementary School in 1925, it sat within the boundaries of Redford Township. Before it opened in 1926, however, it became part of Detroit Schools. The school was named for Samuel Drayton Holcomb, who was born in North Pelham, Ontario in 1857. Samuel married Annie Winn Lackie in 1880, and around that … Continue reading An Early Redford Doctor and Holcomb Elementary
In the mid-1800s, Redford had 10 school districts. As rail construction attracted more and more residents to the area after the turn of the century, District 9 decided it was time to replace and improve upon its small wooden schoolhouse. The District bought an acre of land from Eugenius and Abigail Hodge for $100. Eugenius Hodge … Continue reading The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School
This is part II on the Annexation of Redford -- see Part I here. Popular sentiment in Redford leaned heavily toward annexation to Detroit by 1925, but only a vote could make it happen. As of March 5, 1925, Redford contained 244 subdivisions and 55,000 individual pieces of property. Detroit architects Verner, Wilhem and Molby created … Continue reading Annexation: A Promise of Paved Streets and Inside Toilets (Part II)
Note: This is Part I of a two-part post on Redford's Annexation. Like many of this blog's readers, I grew up in the Charter Township of Redford, which long before I was born was three times the size it is today. As a kid, I heard people refer to “Old Redford”. My dad went … Continue reading Annexation: A Promise of Paved Streets and Inside Toilets (Part I)