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Eli Gallup


Eli Gallup

Hired as parks superintendent in 1919, he devoted the next 38 years to expanding and improving the city'ss park system. The city bought Barton, Argo, Dixboro, and Superior dams, along with their ponds and adjacent river banks—more than 945 acres—from Detroit Edison. Much of the Huron River corridor has since been developed into parkland, including the large park named for Eli Gallup.

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People: Eli A. Gallup

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Walter Scott Butterfield


Walter Scott Butterfield

In 1927, local businessman Angelo Poulos announced he would add a movie theater to the new retail and office building he was planning on Liberty Street near campus. A "Shrine of Entertainment," the theater would be operated by W. S. Butterfield's Michigan Circuit of 75 movie theaters. Butterfield and Poulos hired architect Maurice Finkel to design what would become Ann Arbor's first and only "movie palace."


People: Walter Scott Butterfield

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Hangsterfer's Hall


Hangsterfer's Hall

Hangsterfer's Hall, on the southwest corner of Main and Washington, was torn down in 1926 for a new Kresge Dollar Store building. Mongolian Barbecue is there today.

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Article Keywords: Ann Arbor Businesses, Business, Hangsterfer's Hall, The Mongolian Barbecue
People: Jacob Hangsterfer
Places: 200 S Main St

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George D. Gillespie


George D. Gillespie

Rev. Gillespie served as pastor of St. Andrew's from 1861 to 1875, when he became bishop of western Michigan. Under his leadership, the Episcopalians replaced their original frame church with the city's first stone church.


People: George D. Gillespie

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Silas Douglass


Silas Douglass

Professor Douglass also founded the gas company and served as mayor. His home still stands next to the First Baptist Church on East Huron Street.


People: Silas Hamilton Douglas

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Moses Rogers


Moses Rogers

Agricultural implement dealer Moses Rogers often allowed the large upstairs hall of his building at Catherine and Detroit Streets to be used for Civil War relief meetings. The building is the oldest commercial building remaining downtown, and currently houses the Ann Arbor Observer.


People: Moses Rogers

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Riverside Park


Riverside Park

It took Eli Gallup eight years to acquire from sixteen different owners the eight acres that would become Riverside Park. He developed the park for very little money, using WPA workers to clear away rubbish and old shacks.


Article Keywords: Ann Arbor Parks, Riverside Park
Places: Riverside Park

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Maurice Finkel


Maurice Finkel

In 1927, local businessman Angelo Poulos announced he would add a movie theater to the new retail and office building he was planning on Liberty Street near campus. A "Shrine of Entertainment," the theater would be operated by W. S. Butterfield's Michigan Circuit of 75 movie theaters. Butterfield and Poulos hired architect Maurice Finkel to design what would become Ann ArborÂ’s first and only "movie palace."


People: Maurice Finkel

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Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen


Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen

Following Indian trails west along the Huron River, Allen and Rumsey chose a large hill covered with big oaks and not much underbrush. A creek nearby would furnish power for their new community's saw and flour mills. They laid out a village and hurried back to Detroit to register their claim, naming it in honor of Allen's wife, Ann.

Other Reading:
Ann Arbor's First Lady: Events in the Life of Ann I. Allen,
by Russell E. Bidlack, 1998

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People: Ann Allen, Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen

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Dr. Alvin Chase


Dr. Alvin Chase

Dr. Alvin Chase collected recipes for household remedies and published them as Dr. Chase's Recipes; or, Information for Everybody. His hugely popular books, which sold all over the world, were printed in his large steam printing house at Main and Miller along with a newspaper, the Peninsular Courier. Wealthy and successful by 1869, he became worried about his own health, so he sold everything—business, patents, even his horse and buggy—to publisher Rice Beal, a fellow Republican and Methodist. Finding himself still healthy but poor, Chase then tried to continue publishing his books, but Beal successfully sued to prevent him from doing so.

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People: Alvin Wood Chase

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