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The Onofrey Family & Lola Valley Drugs (Part I)

In 1941, 2 entire blocks of houses were built (with the exception of 3 houses, built in 1926, 1944, and 1966) neighboring Glenhurst Golf Course to the west and 6 Mile Rd to the north. It was only a matter of time before the need for nearby shopping would arise. Just across 6 Mile, a small brick … Continue reading The Onofrey Family & Lola Valley Drugs (Part I)

Making History at Redford Cemetery

It was a dark and stormy night... Just kidding! It was our first Movie in the Cemetery! It was a chilly day but we had an awesome crowd that braved the cold to watch Night of the Living Dead. Just before movie-goers arrived we spotted some cemetery regulars supervising during set-up: Hello. Is that popcorn??? The ghost … Continue reading Making History at Redford Cemetery

The Smith Family Legacy & Volney Smith School

One afternoon, while on the hunt for some of our Centennial Homes, I drove past this house. I actually had to pull over to admire it. From amazing architectural detail to a lawn so well-manicured that it could be in a magazine, it reminded me of the homes in Detroit's Indian Village neighborhood (just scaled down in … Continue reading The Smith Family Legacy & Volney Smith School

An Early Redford Doctor and Holcomb Elementary

Holcomb students 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 … Continue reading An Early Redford Doctor and Holcomb Elementary

The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School

 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. Fisher family properties The District bought an acre of land from Eugenius and Abigail Hodge for … Continue reading The Fisher Family and Fisher Elementary School