15 June 2016

Hattie Fenn Glover Lived in Battle Creek, Michigan

Why is it that a record right here in my hometown took me years to look up? My dad talks about how he would go to see his Aunt Addie and Grandma Glover in Battle Creek, Michigan when he was a child, but he doesn't remember where in Battle Creek they lived, other than they lived on Gougac Lake.

Aunt Addie is Adeline Elizabeth Glover, the daughter of Hattie Fenn Glover and Frank H. Glover. Grandma Glover is Hattie Fenn Glover.  Hattie Fenn Glover lived with her daughter for a number of years at Addie's, and her husband's, Victor Tyson, home on Gougac Lake.

I decided to turn to Battle Creek City Directories to find where they lived.  Victor and Addie Tyson's address was 103 Lakefront Drive.  Currently, there is no Lakefront Drive in Battle Creek, Michigan. This led me to using the maps that are available at the Helen Warner Branch of Willard Library in Battle Creek.

I found Lakefront Drive on the Sanborn maps and on a 1956 Battle Creek map.  It was located on the North side of Goguac Lake in Lakeview Township.  The rectangle box at the top of the lake is where Lakefront Drive was located.  The red star is where I live now.  They weren't living there when I moved here, unfortunately.

The above image is from the Sanborn maps.  The heavy black horizontal line is Columbia Avenue and the heavy black vertical line is Capital Ave. SW.; two major streets in Battle Creek today. The streets that curves into Lakefront Dr. is Waweenork Dr.  Waweenork Dr. has been reconfigured and now goes up to Columbia Ave.  Hulbert Lane is still located in Battle Creek.

This is a current map of the area. The area that was Lakefront Dr. is now condominiums.  The arrow denotes the area that Lakefront Dr. use to be located.

According to Battle Creek City Directories, located at Helen Warner Branch of Willard Library, Hattie Fenn Glover lived at 103 Lakefront Dr. in 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1935.  Hattie Fenn Glover went to live with her son, Claude Glover, in Munising, Michigan.
Next time my dad visits I will be able to show him the area where his aunt and grandma lived.  I wonder if he will remember any of it.


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