Read The Plaque http://read-the-plaque.appspot.com Always read the plaque en-us The Crash of Flight 307 http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-crash-of-flight-307 http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-crash-of-flight-307 2017-04-27 16:15:14.892490 The Crash of Flight 307 The Crash of Flight 307

The Crash of Flight 307 
March 7, 1950 at 9:02PM

During its approach through a blinding snowstorm, NWA Flight 307 
clipped its left wing on a flagpole at Ft. Snelling Cemetery. Captain Donald 
Jones struggled to maintain altitude as he circled around for another attempt. 
The wing detached completely above the Washburn Water Tower, causing the 
plate to crash into the Doughty family home directly across from this spot. 
The resulting explosion and fire destroyed the house and severely damaged two 
adjacent dwellings. Children Janet and Tommy DOughty, upstairs in bed, 
were killed along with ten passengers and three crew members. This memorial 
is dedicated to the 15 people who lost their lives on that snowy evening. 

Joseph B. Breitweiser
Robert C. Buhmann 
Mathilda Debeck 
Janet Doughty 
Tommy Doughty 
Donald B. Eberhart 
Helen Overlien Hott 
Donald B. Jones 
Mary Alice Kennedy 
William B. Lampert 
Robert N. Lohn 
William T. McGinn 
Dana Nolder 
Emery E. Oliver 
Charles H. Pafford

Submitted by gkatz

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Herman W. Cox, Jr. http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/herman-w-cox-jr http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/herman-w-cox-jr 2017-04-27 16:09:49.304140 Herman W. Cox, Jr. Herman W. Cox, Jr.

Herman W. Cox, Jr., life long resident of Collierville, was a 1939 graduate of Collierville High School. He served as an elected leader of Collierville, first as alderman in 1959 and Mayor in 1975, retiring in 1999 after serving for 40 years. Mayor Cox, a man of deeply committed faith in God, was a member of the Collierville Methodist Church for 70 years, singing in the choir for over 55 years. He began working for his grandfather at McGinnis Oil Company on the Town Square when he was 16. He operated the business and served the community from his office there until his death in 2003. He fought in World War II with the Army 81st infantry, Wildcat division, in the Pacific Theatre and was awarded the bronze star. Under his leadership many quality of life improvements also became a reality: outstanding schools, recreation facilities, the Greenbelt, Harrell Theatre, Johnson and Suggs Park, and award winning fire and police departments. During his tenure as Mayor, Collierville was the first town in Tennessee to man fire trucks with paramedics. He understood the need for excellent schools, businesses, recreation and safety to our future and his visionary leadership helped our "small town" become one of the nation's most desirable places to live. He had a deep connection and appreciation of the importance of the Town Square and championed a major renovation transforming the Square into the family destination that it is today. He believed in an open door policy and loved helping people day or night, he was a friend to all. He was quick to give credit to all of those who served for the betterment of the town. A close friend said of him, "Herman was a man of great vision. He wanted everyone involved."

Submitted from the Shelby County Register's Office.

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Bryant Terrace 1906 http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/bryant-terrace-1906 http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/bryant-terrace-1906 2017-04-27 16:02:18.674000 Bryant Terrace 1906 Bryant Terrace 1906

Spotted walking down Bryant Street, near the eastern edge of San Francisco's Mission District, after work. It's a non-official-type plaque, devised by someone devoted to the history of this one property -- a monumental 24-unit apartment complex that presents to the street with a certain utilitarian elegance. (Here's the Google Street View image.) 
 
In San Francisco, the date "1906" commands attention. On April 18 of that year, a powerful earthquake struck the region and destroyed much of the city. Then a fire (and misguided demolition efforts) swept through both wrecked neighborhoods and areas that had survived the quake intact. Photos of the district surrounding this location, Bryant between 20th and 21st streets, show the fire spared this neighborhood though many buildings were badly damaged.
 
A couple of interesting points about the plaque: City records suggest that the buildings here were actually built in 1905, not 1906. If that's true, they went through the earthquake. Impressive. 
 
And second: The same city records -- the Planning Department database -- show that this is not, as the plaque says, the first residential building on Bryant between 19th and 22nd. There's an 1895-vintage Queen Anne, for instance, on the next block to the south. 
 
(Why does the plaque disagree with the documentary history? Well, maybe it's a case of the collective memory of past tenants and owners colliding with what got wound up in more official maps and files over the years.)
 
In any case -- here's the text:
 
BRYANT TERRACE 1906
 
2230-40 Bryant St. was constructed in 1906 and was the first residential building on Bryant St. between 19th and 22nd. The buildings were constructed by German born owner Johanna Getz (1836-1918), widow of pioneer merchant Joseph Getz, founder of the business which has become the Getz Corporation. The building architect was German born Joseph Cahen (1877-161); this is his first known building. The courtyard used to be listed as a city street, Bryant Terrace, then Bryce Terrace. This is probably San Francisco's only pair of 4, six-apartment staircase buildings facing each other. 
 
Owners: 
Ophir Ore Schroeder of Stockton 1919-1936
John (a local butcher) & Elizabeth Herrmann 1936-1963
George & Lilly Hills 1963-1972
Alice Howat 1972-1977
 
In Memory of Angelo Gaggero, Tenant, 1953-1983. 
 
Submitted by Dan Brekke
 

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Interprovincial Bridge http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/interprovincial-bridge http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/interprovincial-bridge 2017-04-27 02:52:49.402970 Interprovincial Bridge Interprovincial Bridge

1900 
INTERPROVINCIAL 
BRIDGE 
BUILT BY 
DOMINION BRIDGE C L 
LACHINE P O 
PONTIAC PACIFIC JR 
OTTAWA GATINUAU R 
H. J BEEMER CONTRACTOR 
GUY C. DUNN ENGINEER

 

Submitted by @bthubbard

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Akin Hall http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/akin-hall http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/akin-hall 2017-04-26 20:50:39.678320 Akin Hall Akin Hall

AKIN HALL 

BUILT AND DEDICATED IN 1881 
BY A. J. AKIN. USED BY CHRIST 
CHURCH SINCE 1895. MOVED TO 
FORMER SITE OF MIZZENTOP 
HOTEL BY LOWELL THOMAS 1936. 

AKIN HALL 
ASSOCIATION 1986

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Tanks Skole http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/tanks-skole http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/tanks-skole 2017-04-26 20:48:15.302110 Tanks Skole Tanks Skole

TANKS SKOLE

"Skoleivet var meg dypt usympatisk, 
dets materialisme, barshel og kulde 
var min natur sa imot at jeg utponsket 
det utroligste for a bli det kvitt 
- om bar for en liten stund."

Edvard Grieg, elev ved Tanks Skole 1853 to 1858



Submitted by @caddickbrown

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Between Downtown and the Railroad http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/between-downtown-and-the-railroad http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/between-downtown-and-the-railroad 2017-04-26 20:46:11.854830 Between Downtown and the Railroad Between Downtown and the Railroad

Triangular block bounded by Detroit, Fifth, and Kingsley, 1897

 

In 1845 the first St. Thomas Catholic Church, built on Kingsley Street east of Division, was Ann Arbor’s first brick church and its largest.  In 1868 the parish opened its first school in a former public school building that still stands at 324-326 East Kingsley.

 

The Fourth Ward School, later named for school superintendent Elisha Jones, was built on Division Street in 1867.  It was replaced in 1922 by the building that eventually became Community High School.

 

Between Downtown and the Railroad

 

Hurd-Holmes’s farm implement business was one of many industries between downtown and the railroad.  David Henning erected the brick building to your right in 1864 to expand his barrel factory and apple-packing business.  It was later Moses Rogers’s farm implement shop, then a creamery, a lumber warehouse, a machine shop, and, as the neighborhood changed, an art gallery, and the first home of the Ecology Center.

 

On this block in 1835, Ann Arbor’s first Catholic mass was said by Father Patrick O’Kelly in James Horrigan’s home.  Irish and German Catholics settled nearby and in 1845 build the first St. Thomas church.  On the corner to your right in 1899, church member Francis Stofflet build row houses for his married children.  On the opposite corner in 1902, Italian immigrant Rocco Disderide moved his house to make way for his new grocery store.

 

By the 1980s the neighborhood had changed.  The row houses became condominiums and the grocery the popular Zingerman’s Delicastessen.

 

The Buchoz Block, built in in 1851, stood behind you on Detroit Street.  It supplied the neighborhood’s everyday needs with a grocery, bakery, and meat market.  Carpenters, cobblers, tailors , cigar makers, barbers, and dressmakers ran businesses here – some lived upstairs, the name of one saloon, the “Half Way,” reflected its location on the streetcar line between the railroad depot and downtown.  The location of the tracks is still apparent in the brick paving on Detroit Street.

 

Behind the 1895 parade float (right) are the Buchoz Block and houses, including Disderide’s on the far left.  The block was demolished in 1922 for the new Jones School playground.

 

Sponsored by Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

 

Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library

 

Submitted by

Bryan Arnold

@nanowhiskers

 

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Industry on Detroit Street http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/industry-on-detroit-street http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/industry-on-detroit-street 2017-04-26 20:46:10.785870 Industry on Detroit Street Industry on Detroit Street

Miller’s Planing Mill, 529 Detroit Street, 1874 (Later the Treasure Mart)

 

Used cars were sold at 514 Detroit Streetin the last part of Andrew Schmidt’s carriage factory buildings, before it was demolished in 1933. Schmidt and his wife had lived upstairs.

 

Ferguson’s at Detroit and Division Street manufactured road wagons, fine carriages, and horse racing carts.

 

Industry on Detroit Street

 

In 1869 John G. Miller built this large steam-powered planning mill, which specialized in windows, doors, shutters, and gingerbread trim for the growing city.  Detroit Street hummed with industrial activity that took advantage of the nearby railroad and lumberyards.  Herman Krapf bought the mill in 1878 and ran it until 1905.  Like Miller before him, he lived in the house on the left.  E.J. Knowlton briefly rented space from Krapf to manufacture his nationally advertised collapsible “Universal Bath.”

 

The automobile changed the neighborhood.  A gas station replaced Schmidt’s carriage factory at Detroit and Kingsley streets.  At the Division Street end of the block, an auto dealership opened next to what had been the Ferguson Cart Company.  In 1960 the Treasure Mart opened a consignment shop in the old mill.  It was the first of many businesses that would become the Kerrytown shopping district.

 

The Ann Arbor Gas Company, established in 1858, built a plant (left) to manufacture gas from coal at a site bounded by Beakes, Summit, and Depot near the foot of Detroit Street.  An explosion in 1895 destroyed part of the plant (right).  In 1900 a larger gas works was built on the other side of the railroad tracks.

 

Sponsored by The Treasure Mart

Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library

 

Submitted by

Bryan Arnold

@nanowhiskers

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Purgatory Hill http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/purgatory-hill http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/purgatory-hill 2017-04-26 02:57:48.823730 Purgatory Hill Purgatory Hill

Purgatory Hill 

Named by the Continental  
Army encamped here fall of  
1778. Site of great barbecue 
celebrating anniversary of 
Burgoyne's defeat - Saratoga

 

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Colfax Riot http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/colfax-riot http://readtheplaque.com/plaque/colfax-riot 2017-04-25 16:54:14.618530 Colfax Riot Colfax Riot

This plaque marks what it calls the "Colfax Riot," what is now called the "Colfax Massacre." In the midst of political turmoil in 1873, White Supremacist paramilitaries killed over 100 blacks -- the bloodiest single instance of racial carnage in the Reconstruction era. This sign skips that part, though. It instead celebrates how this massacre drove "carpetbaggers" out of power. The sign is said to have been put up in the 1950's, and reflects their understanding of the massacre at the time.

Text:

"Colfax Riot

On this site occurred the Colfax Riot in which three white men and 150 negroes were slain. This event on April 13, 1873 marked the end of carpetbag misrule in the South."

CC BY-SA 3.0 - Billy Hathorn

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