Thursday, May 9, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - May 9, 2019

Perhaps this photo is suited more to autumnal days and the Thanksgiving holiday, but I couldn't resist sharing it this week. Published in the May 13, 1987 edition of The Romeo Observer, hostess Tammy Pederson is passing out samples of turkey pastrami in celebration of the grand opening of Alward's Market. 

The unknown young man at right seems to be caught in the cross-hairs--do you know who he is? Send us an email at or leave a comment if you can identify him. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - April 30, 2019

The lucky young man wearing the helmet seems to be all geared up and ready to fly! Students of the Romeo Country School were treated to a tour of a Coast Guard helicopter that landed on the Romeo Lions Field. Manned by  Lt. Mike Hoffner and Petty Officer Bill Krimmel of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Hoffer explained to the students that "the copter is used in drug patrols, law enforcement exercises and rescue missions. 'We will do anything to help the local government agencies,' he said."

The photo appeared in the May 20, 1987 edition of The Romeo Observer. Do you know who any of the students are?

Send us an email at or leave a comment if you can identify any of them.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - April 16, 2019

An out of this world crash landing? Of course not, but this sphere could be seen in Romeo up until it was razed in 1977. Located at Railroad Street on the south side of E. St. Clair, this sphere was a storage tank for natural gas. Built in 1929 by the Detroit Edison Company, the Hortonsphere (named after its inventor) stood 50 feet tall. By 1977 it could no longer hold enough volume to meet needs, and the owner at that time, Southeastern Michigan Gas Company (SEMG) had it dismantled.

From The Romeo Observer, April 13, 1977
Courtesy of the Melvin E. and Joan D. Bleich collection; Romeo Community Archives, Romeo District Library

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week - April 9, 2019

Librarian Julie Dodge looks on as Sid Kreger of Kerner Construction places the cornerstone for the Kezar Library addition that was completed in 1970.

Do you remember what was in the lower level for many years? It was home of the Children's section including books and other materials, and where storytimes and other activities were held. 

From The Romeo Observer, April 15, 1971
Courtesy of the Melvin E. and Joan D. Bleich collection; Romeo Community Archives, Romeo District Library

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

RCA Photo of the Week April 2, 2019

As I've been working with the collections while researching at the Romeo Community Archives, I often come across interesting and sometimes unusual photographs. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share them, and I plan on doing so every week.

Today's photograph depicts Charles Broley and an 11-week old bald eagle. Apparently, the white head and tail feathers that we associate with this magnificent animal do not grow in until the bird matures and reaches 4 to 5 years of age, at which time they also begin nesting. 

This photo is not dated and is part of the Melvin E. and Joan D. Bleich collection, which consists of The Romeo Observer newspapers and associated photographs. Any additional information would be welcome!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Romeo's Own Dillinger Gang

As reported in The Romeo Observer on June 9, 1934, five Romeo men traveling together in a car aroused the suspicions of Detroit police. Suspected of being the infamous gangster John Dillinger and his gang, the possible "stickup" men were surrounded by detectives and detained until the men were able to establish their identities. Criminal profiling in action--circa 1934!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Miss Amanda Moore, a Romeo Legacy

Valentine's Day is a great day to share the story about a longtime Romeo resident who loved and devoted her life to children.

Amanda Moore, photo undated

Amanda Moore was born on March 8, 1868, in Virginia. She was a descendant of slaves and came to Washington, Michigan, in 1882. Around 1900 she moved to Romeo, living on Hollister street, until her death on March 26, 1964 at the age of 96 years.  She adopted seven children and raised them at her own expense but her devotion to children did not end there. She became a "boarding mother" for the Children's Aid Society in 1919, and over the years took care of a staggering number of 169 foster children ranging in ages from 5 weeks to 15 years. 

"The children were taught cooking, sewing, gardening and the fundamentals of good living. They were imbued with a desire to obtain the greatest amount of education possible, but along with it, there was emphasis on the satisfaction that comes in being able to work with one's hands."  (The Romeo Observer, July 9, 1970)

The Romeo school board had solicited suggestions for the naming of the new elementary school located on Dickenson street. Mrs. Mary Lothery sent a letter nominating Amanda Moore because of her strong dedication to children. In her letter, she noted that Miss Moore's "...heart's desire was to help others, especially children. Her philosophy of life was--train up a child in the way he should go--spiritually, intellectually and in the ability to use his hands."

The school was named Amanda Moore in her honor and opened in 1971. It remains a memorial to the woman who cared so dearly for children and the community in which she lived.