26 July 2011

There is More Than Cereal To Battle Creek, Michigan

I believe most people know of Battle Creek's relationship with cereal, specifically Kellogg's, but there is a lot more to Battle Creek's history than cereal. 

Berenice Bryant Lowe wrote a book, "Tales of Battle Creek" in 1976.  This book tells the "who, what, when, where and why of Battle Creek's past." and it is available online here.  Ms. Lowe breaks the book down into the following sections:
  • Now and Then
  • Pioneers
  • Names and Places
  • Industry
  • Health
  • Schools
  • Services
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation
  • Everyday Life
  • They Left Their Mark
The book includes historical photographs of people and places pertaining to Battle Creek, Michigan.  The chapter, "They Left Their Mark" includes biographies of local Battle Creek citizens, including Erastus Hussey and Sojourner Truth and their connection to the Underground Railroad.  In the Appendix section, the author lists other sources for reading about Battle Creek, Michigan. 

If you are researching ancestors in the Battle Creek, Michigan area, I encourage you to check this book out, who knows maybe you will find your ancestor.

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