History of Saline

Early 20th Century General Store in Downtown Saline Sold a Little Bit of Everything

 06/14/2016 - 01:36

This postcard of the G. C. Howard store in Saline shows two young men standing in the door. The one on the left is dressed up in a suit and bowler hat; the fella on the right is more casual, his pants held up by suspenders.

Saline Presbyterian Church was Founded in New York

 02/08/2016 - 14:16

Peter Cook and his wife Rachel were such devout Presbyterians, they were willing to take their church from New York to the frontiers of Michigan. The couple joined forces with several other families, with last names including Kanouse and Hathaway, and established a church on May 22, 1831. Then they all boarded a boat on the Erie Canal with their children and a few belongings, then took another boat to Detroit, like a floating church headed for Saline.

Cornelius Parsons Owned General Store, Likely at Site of Benny's Bakery

 08/02/2015 - 18:03

Cornelius was born in 1833 and grew up on a farm a couple miles south of the Village of Saline. His father and uncle were operating a saw mill and flour mill, so the Parsons family was well-off. In his early 20s, he went into town and worked as a clerk in William Davenport’s store. It was easy to get that job, since his sister Zylpha was married to Davenport. Parsons worked for some other retailers in Saline, then he took the big leap into self employment, probably in 1866.