The Gateway to the North
Thank you to Kathleen Dorcey Sabala for this great essay!
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A little birdie tells us that the authors of this book are putting out another book of Hale History and will soon be available! Keep checking back for updates!

Do you have pictures of  Hale ? We are interested in putting up photo's from Hale's beginnings and possibly comparing them to some photo's of  Hale today! Or any type of  hale history ! Please contact us at: webmaster@halemichigan.net
We have had new photos contributed for the Hale History. Photos and information were submitted by:
Patricia Josephine (Patty-Jo) Nunn Marty. Thank You!

Shows the building on the corner of the main street - Nunn's Hardware.

< Behind the hardware store, on the side street, is a building with H.E. Nunn on the side. I don't know what this is, but my grandfathers name was Henry Eugene Nunn. 

Shows the same Nunn's Hardware from the side street.

A post card with "School, Hale, Mich." Sent to my aunt in 1930. That is all I know about this picture. 

The other picture is completely unknown to me, but is quite possible from the Hale area.


^ This photo was contributed by site visitor Becky Reinhardt! It is of
Hutch's Hut now known as The Long Lake Bar!
We would like to thank the Otto Shellenbarger family for donating some of their family album photos for our history pages!


Chief Sodney
Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Emmons


This photo was found on the internet! Click on photo for a larger view!
If anyone has any information regarding this photo please send us an E-mail by clicking here.


Photo Courtesy of Kathleen Dorcey Sabala
This is a picture of  Sodney Muh-Kah-Kush Adams, The Hale Indian Chief.
If anyone has a story or information on him please Email us!


This photo was sent to us courtesy of Nancy Shellenbarger Letourneau
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Information regarding this photo came from Kathleen Sabala.
I have quoted her words below!

This building served a dual purpose. The right side of the building was the Hale Drug Store, where prescriptions could be filled by a kindly old druggist, who also had another drug store in Lincoln, MI.
It also boasted a complete soda fountain with a counter and stools and a couple of booths beside it. During the 1950's and 1960's it was a very popular spot with the local young people. We spent many happy hours and most of our allowances there eating ice cream sundaes, malts, and sodas. I remember that cherry cokes were .05 each. Alwards side was always grocery store, and was owned by a family named Wyatt.


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This photo was sent to us courtesy of Greg and Anna Buresh!Click on photo for a larger view!
This photo is of what is now known as the Buresh Bennett Funeral Home. It looks like at the time this photo was taken it was a furniture store in one side and Forshee & Son's Funeral Parlor occupied the other side. This is the only info we have on the photo for now.

Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Emmons


Hale General Store
Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Emmons


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This photo is from Hale 1936 it is looking west, this is all the info we have on this photo, the best we can tell since it says looking west, this must be Esmond Rd. If you have any info or ideas on what the buildings are etc, please contact us.

We have received some info regarding this photo from Kathleen Sabala. I have quoted her words below.
"The photo "Looking West" was probably taken from roughly across the street from the Post Office on Esmond looking West. Originally, that was the main part of town as the Railroad Depot was down there past the Post Office on the right. That first building was the Barber Shop. If you look closely in the photo you can see the barber's pole on the right front corner. Also the dime store had a public telephone, which is indicated by the sign hanging from the left side of the building. The next building was Kocher's grocery store. Across on the opposite corner is Pearsall's Hardware (at least that is what it was in the early 1960's), The building behind Pearsall's was the fire department when I was a child, but I do not know what it was at this point in time. and looking farther west is the old Methodist Church. My parents lived in one of the houses behind the church when they first got married in 1934, so they were probably living there when this photo was taken. The opposite side of the street (across from the Barber shop had a Pool Hall, the Baptist Church, and a restaurant and gas station."


Here is a picture we found of the old Gem Theater! We recently had a visitor contact us about this and we have posted her memories of the Gem Theater here with her permission for you to enjoy! Below is her quote!
"I grew up across the street from this theater. My grandparents had a farm house directly across the street from the store, and when they passed on my father inherited the lot next door and we built a house. The house was finished early in 1959, when I was 11 years old and I used to go to the movies (usually double feature grade B) on Friday nights for .25. It was .15 to buy a ticket and .10 for popcorn with real butter. It was not too long before they changed the price to .25 for a ticket, but popcorn was still a dime. I remember that they bought the butter for the popcorn from McIllmurray's feed store. I even worked there for a short time selling popcorn, which I did not like, as I missed most of the movies. All the kids in town hung out here on Friday nights. It was the "in" thing to do. I beleive that it closed sometime in the early-mid 1960's, and was sorely missed by the kids. "

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