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History plays a big part in our lives and if we are aware of how it has impacted our lives, we live differently.
If we live without appreciating the way our country started, evolved, and had God's hand involved in our destiny, we lose hope.
We are today - who we are, largely because of those who paved the paths of life before us.
Our nation is now a nation of free men and women, a nation of freedom that was fought for with boldness and blood that our ancestors spilled and died for.
A nation that was here to defend aggression from Germany, Italy and Japan in World War 2.
Here today, because of a hurricane that drove the British out of Washington during the War of 1812 and put out the fires at our capital that the British had set before being driven back to sea.
A Nation of heroes, industry, innovation and hard working men and women, of people who never gave up and never gave in - that is who we are and who we explore on this website.
Over 650,000 soldiers died in the fight to preserve and prevent the enslavement of men, women and children.
My family lost fathers, sons, brothers and farms as a result of the Civil War and it is a truth when I state that the other biological grandfather of the only grandson that carries my last name, is a Black American.
On Images of Michigan, among other things, you will read the writings of Franklin Everett, author of the book "Memorials of The Grand River Valley".
The book was written in 1875 and displays a direct connection to the past as it was at that time.
The author shows a witty, reflective and learned writing style making the book a joy to read.
The History and Images of Michigan in words and pictures offer hints of the way our state was settled and the politics and policies that set the stage for how we live today.
This rare book, if it is available can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon link on the left side of this page.
Visit Faded Footsteps to view some images of Michigan Veterans and Veterans from other States.
The slideshow on the upper left shows many images from Michigan's past.
You will see many other books written by other authors that are in the public domain and no longer hold copywrite.
The first book is out of print and rare, but please be careful when considering the second book as it is still in print and may be still selling for $45 at the Charlevoix Historical Museum.
Call my Dear Cousin - Dave Miles at 231-547-0373 to order a copy of this beautiful book.
Again, The first book is rare and can sometimes be found among the Amazon links to the right.
If you would like to have your Michigan Based History book listed in the Amazon section and have chapters featured on this website, please contact the webmaster using the "Images of Michigan Contact Page" link.
To give you a feel of the times and how the time we are currently in are no different from the past. The article below is from 1836.
GETTING EXTRAVAGANT IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.
In 1836, Jefferson Morrison, having been successful in business, having been elected Judge of Probate, and, more than all, being about to get married – built him a house.
He ever afterwards, with tears of humble penitence, called it "Morrison's Folly."
Everything was high, but he must have a fine house; so a house be built; finished it in style, and seriously embarrassed himself by so doing; run himself in debt $5,000.
This house was near the junction of Monroe and Ottawa streets, where now stands a block of stores.
To show the change in the fancy value of real estate: he sold that house to Mr. Campau for $6,000, and took his pay in lots at $1,500 each; and which, in the crash that followed, He could hardly sell for $150.
This same house, as good as new, was afterwords bought by Capt. Gunnison for $700.
Time did not work a greater change in the valuation of that property, than it did in the other real estate.