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					Historic Marker Dedication
On Memorial Day, a new historic marker for the Franklin
Cemetery will be dedicated.

Cemetery Association members donated funds to erect the
historic marker at the Scenic Drive entrance.
                                                                  A While Ago
The text highlights the history of the grounds from its
establishment in 1827 to the formation of the Cemetery Society
in 1852.
                                                                   In Franklin
                                                                                                             Franklin Historical Society Newsletter                                           April 2008
The marker is dedicated to the memory of Jim Pikulas who                                                               Those who ignore the history of past mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
was President of the Cemetery Association for fourteen years.    George Congleton lived in the
A Time for Remembrance
                                                                 house next door to his shop.                                                               Congleton Buggy Works
                                                                 The 19th century practice of
                                                                                                                                                 This is the last known picture    wagon repair and leased the front to a blacksmith. The top floor
                  Meet at the flagpole in the cemetery on
                   Monday, May 28th at 11 A.M. Take time out
                                                                 building homes on the same                                                      taken of the Buggy Works          was used for painting buggies. Cummings’ sons owned the
                                                                                                                                                 before the fire. The photo         property until 1940. Here is a business card from their shop.
                    of your day to remember those who fought
                    for our freedom. Keep the meaning of
                                                                 property as the workplace                                                       appeared in the Sunday,
                                                                                                                                                 Oakland Press magazine
                    Memorial Day alive.                          typifies villages like Franklin.                                                 section on January 28, 1979.
     Watch the American flag rise to the top of the flagpole.      Few men could afford to buy                                                     Ironically, the fire that ended
                                                                                                                                                 in the demolition of the
     Sing patriotic songs. Listen to Flanders Fields and wipe
away tears. Meander the nearly 175 year old cemetery grounds     two pieces of land, one for                                                     building occurred at 4 A.M.
                                                                                                                                                 the day before.
noting the flags at veteran grave sites. Discover veterans from
every war since the War of 1812.                                 work and one for home.
                                                                                                             The 130 year old structure on Franklin Road was home to a gift
                                                                                                             shop called the Village Barn. Pat Girard, owner of the building,
Many paid the ultimate sacrifice. We must remind ourselves                                                    lived in an apartment above the shop.
that freedom isn’t free.
                                                                                                             A short circuit in the wiring or in a switch for outside floodlights   The building has housed a variety of retail and specialty stores.
                                                                                                             temporarily interrupted the building’s history.                       The Girards had an antique and patio shop. The Franklin
                                                                                                                                                                                   Greenery sold hanging baskets, oriental plants, terrariums and
                                                                                                             Dillucena Stoughton, Franklin’s first landowner, purchased             azaleas. It also operated a mini hospital where sick plants could
                                                                                                             the property on April 2, 1824. The land deed was signed by            be treated and cured. It was once called Rohl’s Village Buggy
                                                                                                             President John Quincy Adams. In 1849, the land fell into the          Wheel. Antique china, leather work and locally created crafts
                                                                                                             hands of George B. Congleton and remained in his grips until          were sold here. The Village Barn existed at the time of the fire.
                                                                                                             1876. The Congleton name would forever be associated with
                                                                                                             the property.                                                         For nearly 85 years, Congleton and Cummings met the villager’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   needs. The fire in 1979 destroyed a building, but could not
                                                                                                             George Congleton, a blacksmith by trade, immediately opened           erase the history created there. Pat Girard was determined
                                                                                                             a blacksmith shop and carriage business. The shop was actually        to reproduce the landmark. It was rebuilt. Original materials
                                                                                                             a pair of two story buildings in tandem. The second floor of           that were not too badly burned were used in the construction.
                                                                                                             the first building was used for painting buggies. There was a          Grant money helped to defray the cost. The bellows, wheel
                                                                                                             ramp on the outside which helped raise and lower wagons by            rim bender, wheelwright bench and anvil are on display in the
                                                                                                             a pulley system. On the lower floor of the front building was a        Franklin Historical Museum.
                                                                                                             forge where the blacksmith worked. Buggies and wagons were
                                                                                                             built in the rear building.                                           History continued. Sandy Barr reopened the Village Barn. It
                                                                                    Mail by May 10                                                                                 served the community for over 20 years. Annual quilt shows
                                                                                                             A Pontiac Gazette article of the time depicted the blacksmith         were hosted here. Local artists were featured. A purchase from
                                                                                     Is Enclosed             and his work. . .”Through the double wooden doors, Congleton          the establishment was a welcome gift.
                                                                                                             may be seen working on a lightweight buggy. Curved pieces
                                                                                                             of hickory wood hang over his head, drying. Congleton makes           In 2001, Lori Grundy opened a restaurant called the Franklin
                                                                                                             buggies for farmers who can afford to keep a fast trotter in the      Grill. Customers could enjoy a meal on the very grounds where
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                                                                                                             barn next to their team of work horses or oxen used for heavy         the “village smithy” stood!
                                                                                      Plant Sale             hauling.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   In 2007, Jim and Ruth Kochensparger became the new
                                                                                                             Besides making wagons for the common folk, Congleton                  proprietors. The building received a fresh coat of paint and the
                                                                                                             produced nails, chains, bullet molds, yokes, rings, axles, traps,     Franklin Grill opened under their management. Rub elbows
                                                                           hoes, augers, bells, shears and locks.                                with history. Grab a bite at the Grill and “taste” a bit of the

                                                                                                             Richard C. Cummings, an Englishman, was the next long term
  U.S. POSTAGE                                                    P.O. Box 250007 Franklin, Michigan 48025   tenant on Franklin Road. He manufactured carriages, wagons
   NON-PROFIT                                                     FRANKLIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY                and sleighs. He used the rear building for cabinet and general
The House Next Door                                                                                                                             Franklin Historical                                                             1,127 Children Served
George B. Congleton and his wife Martha were married in 1837 in Sussex County, New
Jersey. George brought his wife, their four daughters and his mother-in-law, Susan Morris,
                                                                                                                                                Museum Update
to Michigan. They moved into the house next door to the Buggy Works. Congleton bought                                                           In 2002, the Franklin Historical Society opened a local history           Since 2002, children have sampled history through field
the shop in 1849, the same year that his son Harold was born.                                                                                   museum at the former home of Jenny and Stanley Derwich on                 trips to the Franklin Historical museum.
                                                                                                                                                the southwest corner of 13 Mile and Kirk Lane. In addition to
The one and one half story, side gabled house with its wide frieze band windows, central            Kite & Key is a publication of the          exhibits about Franklin’s early history, the museum contains
chimney and lean to addition stands as a typical example of Greek Revival architecture                                                                                                                                    Two programs, geared to elementary children, are offered.
                                                                                                    Franklin Historical Society. The            many documents related to buildings, people, Franklin School,
that the Congletons were familiar with back east. It was one of the first frame buildings            Franklin Historical Society seeks to        archeological digs and much more. The museum is generally
built in Franklin circa 1840.                                                                                                                   open on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, but it’s best to call           “Hats Off to Ben” highlights the life and times of Benjamin
                                                                                                    preserve such material, structures
                                                                                                                                                ahead to be sure that a volunteer is on duty (248-538-0565).              Franklin. Joining the bucket brigade, playing musical
The imperfect window panes still have an occasional air and sand bubble characteristic              and artifacts that help to establish the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          glasses, deciphering proverbs, finding a “John Hancock,”
of glass panes over a century ago. An enclosed stairway leads to the second floor. The               history of the Village of Franklin and      The Society has also developed two programs for elementary                using a printing press and discovering inventions introduce
basement has original log beams with bark attached and fieldstone walls. A trap door in              to provide for accessibility for those      children – one relates to the life of early Franklin settlers and the     children to the many “hats” that Franklin wore.
the floor leads to the basement.                                                                     who wish to study it. The Society           other is about Ben Franklin’s life. Students from West Maple
                                                                                                    maintains a museum and archival             and Detroit Country Day have attended these programs for
The school-age Congleton girls, Susan, Sarah and Jane, would have walked up the hill                                                            several years.                                                            Through hands-on activities, they learn the role of the
                                                                                                    area at the Derwich House, 26165 13
to attend classes at the red schoolhouse on the east side of Franklin Road. Today, the                                                                                                                                    cobbler, tanner, cooper, whitesmith and farrier.
                                                                                                    Mile Road (at Kirk). Volunteers and
“school” is a private residence.                                                                                                                Over the past two years, residents and the Franklin Foundation
                                                                                                    donations are most welcome.
                                                                                                                                                have contributed nearly $25,000 to pay for much needed                    “What’s My Line” focuses on early Franklin settlers. By
Congleton was a contributing member in the community. He served as one of the first                  The Kite & Key and the Society              improvements to the 50 year old building. A new roof and furnace          stepping into the shoes of the miller, school master, post
trustees as secretary of the Cemetery Society in 1852. He also met with the new minister,           welcome mail at P.O. Box 250007,            have been installed. An old underground fuel storage tank has
Reverend Pitts C. Lanning, and other villagers to work out an agreement to build a church.                                                                                                                                master, doctor, homemaker, merchant, tinsmith and
                                                                                                    Franklin, MI 48025.                         been removed. Many landscaping improvements have been
Previously, the services were held in homes or in the school.                                                                                                                                                             blacksmith, children understand how people contributed
                                                                                                    Our phone is 248-538-0565.                  accomplished. Upgrades in the electrical system and installation
                                                                                                                                                of new gutters are planned for this spring. There is more to              to the village. Grinding wheat, reciting a lesson, folding a
                                                                                                    Contributors: Bill & Ann Lamott
The Congletons lived in the home until he sold the Buggy Works in 1876. Then, they                                                              be done when funds are available such as upgrading museum                 letter, reading remedies, churning butter, visiting the store,
moved to Genesee County. George Congleton is buried in the Franklin Cemetery near his                                                           exhibits about the Fire Department and the archeological dig.             doing a tinsmith project and solving a horseshoe puzzle
mother-in-law. Her marker reads “Grandma.”                                                                                                                                                                                gives children a life experience of the pioneers.
The house next door was residential for about 130 years, then it became commercial.             The Dash                                        The Society has also developed new tours of the Historic District
                                                                                                                                                and Franklin Cemetery that are offered in the spring and fall.            Both programs illustrate a different period in history from
In 1972, Donald and Pauline Cronin opened a bookstore called The Horse’s Head. The
name of the store, in keeping with horses and buggies, connected it to the original Buggy
                                                                                                by Linda Ellis                                  Monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          colonial to pioneer times. If you’re interested in a blast to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          past, please consider volunteering with the school groups.
                                                                                                                                                of the month at the museum. Any Villager is encouraged to
Works. It featured hard and soft-covered books, cards, wrappings and an old-fashion ice                                                         attend and get involved in museum programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Museum Donations
cream parlor.                                                                                   I read of a man who stood to speak
                                                                                                At the funeral of a friend.
                                                                                                He referred to the dates on her tombstone       The Historical Society also encourages residents to support
The following year, Judy Geller and Helaine Tarnopol, both of Southfield, started a retail                                                       the effort by becoming a member at a $35 annual cost or by
shop named The Rocking Horse. It was directed to the young carriage trade and located           From the beginning to the end.                                                                                            Thank you for respecting the past and preserving it for the
                                                                                                                                                contributing to the capital fund campaign. Contributions are              future.
in the front of the house. In the back of the house was the Ranier Pastry and Ice Cream
                                                                                                But he said what mattered most of all           tax deductible and should be sent to the Franklin Historical
Shop. Sweets were delivered daily from the Ranier Pastry Shop on Livernois and Seven
                                                                                                Was the dash between those years.               Society, P. O. Box 250007, Franklin, MI 48025.
Mile in Detroit. In warm weather, guests sat outside at tables with red checked cloths and                                                                                                                                Jan Faulkner – Franklin directories and files from Helen Faulkner
a red geranium as a center piece.                                                               He noted that first came the date of her birth                                                                             Whit and Anne Jones – miscellaneous historical files
                                                                                                And spoke of the following date with tears.     With continuing Villager support, the efforts to preserve
                                                                                                                                                Franklin’s history and offer historic education can continue.             McQueen family – antique wooden desk calendar
Local residents, Jane Roberts, Rose Galley and Sandra Voiken opened the Village Tea                                                                                                                                       Polan family – metal bucket, washboard, Ben Franklin calendar
                                                                                                For that dash represents all the time           More information is available at
Room. The lumber drying shed in the backyard was transformed into a stainless steel
kitchen. Besides serving tea, soups, salads, sandwiches and sundaes were on the menu.           That she spent alive on Earth                                                                                             Amie Saltzman – Franklin Fare cookbook
The date nut sundae (chunks of dates and walnuts, suspended in a warm, gooey brown              And now only those who loved her
sugar sauce and poured over French vanilla ice cream) must have kept customers coming           Know what that little line is worth.
back for more! In the summer, the backyard was used as a tea garden with lunches served
under the shade of trees. In the shop were hand-crafted items and antiques for sale.            For it matters not how much we own
                                                                                                The cars. . .the house. . .the cash
The next tenant was Doris Lovill. Mrs. Lovill’s Tea Kozy offered a choice of ten different      What matters is how we live and love            2008 new membership dues paid through March amount to $6600 versus $7500 for 2007. If you haven’t renewed your
teas served in a china pot complete with a tea cozy. A silver try laden with Victorian sponge   And how we spend our dash.                      membership, please do so soon. Thanks for all 2008 members who have generously supported the Historical Society.
                                                 cake, nut breads, watercress sandwiches
                                                  and crumpets was sure to please.
                                                                                                          Their lives were more than            It’s not too late to be a 2008 Franklin Historical Society Member. My dues are enclosed.
                                                 Other establishments in the Congleton                     Just dates and places. . .
                                                 house included Staufer’s baseball                                                              (   ) Family / Individual $35         (   ) Business $50          (     ) Life $400
                                                 card shop, Karen Shayes Handbag                            Franklin Cemetery Tour
                                                 Extraordinaire, Paige Stanton’s Handmade                      Sunday, June 1st                 Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                 Gifts, clothing and antiques and Judy                               2 P.M.
                                                 Shagena’s Town Crier Antiques.                                    Cost: $10                    Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                 The current business, Deja Vu, is operated                To hear their stories and            Phone: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                 by Ruth Kochensparger and Lisa Dunn.                        to reserve a spot. . .
                                                 The upscale resale shop is in a building                  Call Bill and Ann Lamott             Please mail this form and your tax deductible contribution to the Franklin Historical Society, P.O. Box 250007, Franklin, MI
                                                 that is almost 170 years old. Deja Vu!                          248-538-0273                   48025. Thank You.

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