Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Archives are Open!

Thanks for your patience during our renovations! The Archives are now open normal hours but please see our Hours and Location page for additional information.

Check back often to see the projects we are working on. Visitors will soon have access to a searchable Romeo Observer obituary index, and other digital collections, and research materials about our collections.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Closing for Renovations November and December

The Romeo Community Archives will be 
November 1 through the end of December 2018 

for renovations and there will be no access to the public 
at that time. 

We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to serving your research needs in the new year. Please call ahead to check for availability in January.

Thank you,

Romeo Community Archives

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Weird and Wonderful from the Archives: 1973

Laska, an Alaskan Husky dog, survived three months in an abandoned well before being discovered by a hunter. The reporter likens that her remarkable survival was due to her hardy breed. 

This interesting and wonderful story appeared in the February 1, 1973 issue of The Romeo Observer.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weird and Wonderful from the Archives: 1917

Looking through the newspapers while doing research at the Romeo Community Archives, I have come across some very weird, strange, and often wonderful things. 

The following article is sourced from The Romeo Observer newspaper, November 7, 1917, p. 4.

Mr. Millerd was indeed a lucky man!

The D.U.R. is the acronym for the Detroit United Railway which was an electrified trolley car system. One of its lines ran from Detroit to Romeo, and in later years, further north through Almont and into Imlay City. The "car" mentioned in the article was a trolley car, also called interurbans. An example can be seen in the photo below and is a view of  Main street in Romeo facing north.

More weird and wonderful next week--keep up and follow us by email so you don't miss a thing!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

From the Archives: 50 Years Ago This Week

The Romeo Observer, September 26, 1968:

1969 New Car Models! 

The talk of Romeo this week in The Romeo Observer, September 26, 1968 highlighted the new 1969 car models. 

Strangely absent from the issue is an advertisement from the local Romeo Rambler Sales, an American Motors Corporation (AMC) dealership that was located on Lafayette Street. 

Also, strangely absent, was news of the Vietnam War. However, news and accomplishments of local servicemen were acknowledged and shared. 

Just for kicks, I was interested to see how mighty the U.S. dollar was in 1968. The Inflation Calculator at https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ calculates that the color TV purchased in 1968 for $525.00 
at a cumulative inflation rate of 624.6% would cost a whopping 


Thursday, September 20, 2018

From the Archives: 75 Years Ago; September, 1943

Last week's blog post featured a snapshot look at 1918 and the news of WWI was very much on the mind of Romeo. This week we will look at September, 1943, where once again war is on the mind of Romeoites. 

National news encouraged the buying of bonds to support the war effort for WWII, and Romeo locals took up the task to raise money as well.

The Romeo Observer Press; September 17, 1943

Using the telephone was discouraged--don't you know there's a war going on?

But, pen-pals for the soldiers were encouraged--just make sure to address the envelopes correctly, and don't write about your troubles!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

From the Archives: 100 Years Ago This Week

The Romeo Observer, Wednesday, September 11, 1918

With the end of World War I a month away, the war was still very much in the news. A global headline read, "Stiffer Resistance of Enemy Fails to Stop Haig's Army Advance: German Retreat Has Begun to Show Signs of a Halt--Foe Apparently Means to Defend Every Foot in a Desperate Delaying Combat: British and French Armies Continue to Cut Their Way Into Foe Lines."

Governor Sleeper spoke about the war contributions of Michigan at the State Fair:

Romeo had one its own enlist this week, and also highlighted news about an injured soldier. A local lieutenant serving as a physician aboard a British ship who was home on leave described his experiences. "We look out for submarines when we get into the zone...but one soon gets accustomed to the danger."

Life marched on for Romeo as can be seen in the Picked up at Random section of the newspaper:
"Marshal Mellon cautions all auto drivers to see that tail lights are burning."
Also this week, found items include a license plate bearing the number 98184; and a dog, having a license number of 122,547.