Happy Holidays

img_20161225_192422348.jpg

Hoping that all my friends and Family had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year.

img_20161225_195206.jpg

img_20161225_195301.jpgimg_20161225_192253886.jpg

img_20161225_183709.jpg

Posted in Christmas, family, holiday celebration, New Year, photos, winter | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Where’s JillO?

The assignment was simple. To find the modern equivalent of 20 iconic locations around Kalamazoo. Those of us participating in the scavenger hunt were given 20 old photos  and to prove that I really found the buildings, I was required to take a photo of myself at each location. The edict came from the social committee of the library where I work. The library  has an awesome local history room with hundreds of old photos of the community. We only had to locate 15 but I was determined to find all 20. Luckily I recognized most of the buildings and knew where they were. I found them all within 2 days of searching and decided to post all the photos here on my blog. Because I chose to work alone and not with a team, the photos took on a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” feel.

1

img_20160830_125227018.jpg

“Cities Service” Gas and Service Station / Today it’s Bells Brewery

2

img_20160830_135831532.jpg

Dragon carriage step – S Burdick Street near the old Kalamazoo Gazette building.

3

img_20160829_142043696.jpg

Kalamazoo City Hall – South Street

4

img_20160829_201913.jpg

Park Building / torn down and the new Miller Canfield Building

5

img_20160829_201424.jpg

Kalamazoo County Courthouse

 

6

img_20160829_184746175.jpg

East Side Branch Library when it used to be located in a storefront.There wasn’t much sidewalk, so my angle wasn’t the greatest.

7

img_20160829_201609.jpg

Across from the Washington Square Library. It used to be a fire station at one time, I think. I don’t know what it is now, but they did a great renovation job, don’t you think?

8

img_20160829_135510699.jpg

First Presbyterian Church right across the street from Bronson Park.

9img_20160829_201458.jpg

Bronson Park Fountain

10

img_20160830_135317493.jpg

J.C Penney’s Store / now it is home to MLive –  the new Kalamazoo Gazette

11

img_20160829_201312.jpg

The Hilton Hotel / Radisson Hotel – please ignore all the squinting in my photos, it was a very sunny day and I was either looking straight into the sun or there was a glare on my phone and I was squinting to see if the building was in the shot. The Hilton had a disco and a live dinner theater in the 70’s.

12

img_20160829_142542860.jpg

The Kalamazoo Public Library, then and now.

13

img_20160829_135225683.jpg

The Ladies’ Library Association Building. Still looking as lovely as when it was first built. One of the first women’s club buildings in the U.S.A.

14

img_20160830_140935277.jpg

NOT the Masonic Temple….Lawrence and Chapin ironworks building . For some reason I thought it was the Masonic Temple, but that  is a few buildings down. Now it is office space.

15

img_20160829_185801288.jpg

The back parking lot of the Saniwax Building – now called the Park Trade Center. Mural painted by Conrad Kaufman, who also painted the storyhour room at the library.

16

img_20160829_201759.jpg

Squinting again….The Oakwood Pharmacy. It’s gone thru a lot a businesses, now I believe, it is a craft beer brewery.

17

img_20160829_180432856.jpg

Originally a one-room schoolhouse on West Main Street, this building was the home of the first incarnation of the Oshtemo  Branch Library. Now it is some kind of sports store

 

 

18

img_20160830_134647121.jpg

Olde Peninsula Brew Pub – This restaurant has been around for quite a while. I understand that the building went through several different uses, a restaurant, a department store, a stove company and a hotel.

19

img_20160830_122806463.jpg

The old Powell Branch Library, now the Senior Ecumenical Center.

20

img_20160829_140510973.jpg

Inside the 5/3rd Bank on Michigan Ave. Still beautiful after all these years.

I had a lot of fun finding all these spots, and would like to do it again sometime.

Posted in community, historical architecture, kalamazoo, Michigan, photos, small town life, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

In Flanders Fields

img_20160528_175052143.jpg

My poppies have begun blooming, just in time for Memorial Day.

I know that my poppies are not the same type that traditionally represent the holiday, but I felt that the symbolism  remains the same. It honors the soldiers who bravely risked their lives in the battlefield.

The symbol of the poppy in memory of fallen soldiers began during the Napoleonic wars where poppies bloomed in the Flanders Field. It was believed that the blood of the soldiers had caused the red poppies to bloom –  a sign that the war was over. Poppies as a symbol of remembrance grew, especially after World War I, with the publishing of the poem, In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~by John McCrae, May 1915~

 

Posted in flowers, gardens, holiday celebration, photos, spring | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments