The cover shown here represents B & H Appliance Repair which was once located at 838 Gull Road in Kalamazoo. B & H is no longer at this address, although it may be that they moved to Delton where there is another business by that same name. The Gull Road address is apparently now part of a series of commercial sites that are available for sale according to listings found on the web.
With this starting point, one could begin putting together a history of the property or of the business using city & telephone directories. Directories from the Local History Collection show the following different addresses for B & H Appliance Repair over time:
- (1997) - 8973 N. 28th, Richland Township
- (1985-86) - 5400 Meredith, Kalamazoo
- (1964) - 134 N. Pitcher, Kalamazoo
Of course, one would need to do additional research to determine if these listings were all the same business under the same name, but this illustrates how using a variety of different resources that tie an address to a business or person can connect things together nicely.
|Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Watson resided in Lawrence in 1964|
It can be difficult to track family residences for those that may have moved often, did not own the dwelling, and may have been boarders, renters or just plain live-ins. Correspondence can be a key element in tracking those individuals over time.
Okay, it's no longer a secret that it takes a bit of a pack rat to hang on to these things, but God bless them. They are the ones that just can't seem to bring themselves to throw away these paper items knowing in the back of their minds that they play a role in history - and, once they are destroyed, they are gone forever.
If you are one of these wonderful people who has hung on to things like these, reluctant to toss them and would like to make a home for them, you might consider placing them in a local history collection. In the case of the Van Buren District Library, we are collecting anything of this nature pertaining to Southwest Michigan historic sites & people (Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren & St. Joseph Counties). All are being integrated into the Historic Sites Inventory (HSI) project, indexed and archived. For more information about the HSI or how to donate materials, please contact us.
Next time, we'll talk about a couple of more types of sources that tie people to places...
Nameless Picture of the Day
Photographer - H. L. Morgan, Front Street, Dowagiac
From the private collection of Sarah (Adams) Jackson
Can you identify the young woman in this cabinet card? Do you have knowledge of the photographer? Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog. Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.