“Saline: Our City, The Beginning to 2016" Chronicles Community's History

 09/19/2016 - 00:43

It’s out.  The first comprehensive book about Saline history since the Centennial in 1966.

The new book is part of the celebration as Saline has its 150th birthday.

What happened 150 years ago?  It’s all in the book, titled Saline: Our City, The Beginning to 2016.

“We did it,” says Jim Roth, who put the book together. “We even did it ahead of schedule.”

Roth is proud of all the places, people, and events from Saline included in the book. “We tried to include churches, all sorts of civic organizations, that make Saline the community that it is.”

Roth points to the authors, artists, and others who helped with the book. “I’m proud that we were able to put something together so people in the community can be proud of where we have come from and who we are.”

Agnes Dikeman of the Saline Area Historical Society was thrilled to see the book available for sale. “I’ve read the whole book. I proof-read it. Jim did an excellent job on this,” she remarked.

“He contacted every organization in Saline and every church in Saline and asked them to write about their history. Those that did, got into the book.”

Dikeman describes the book as a labor of love. “McNaughton & Gunn did an excellent job printing it,” she observed.

“This book is going to be handed down from generation to generation,” she added.

Taylor Jacobsen’s name appears in the book as one of the artists. He remembers using his talents as an artist for a book in 1966 for the Centennial; some of his artwork appears in the new book. “I’m looking forward to getting a copy of it,” he stated. “It’s great to have this book around Saline.”

Jim Peters contributed materials to the book, especially the early history. “It’s a good read,” he said.

“I contributed the wooly mammoth,” he explained. “I like early history. We have 10,000 years of history as the glaciers receded. We had ancient Indians here. We had the French here.”

Peters says he especially admires the color illustrations in the book showing the American Indians.

Saline historian Bob Lane was excited to see the book available for sale. “It’s excellent,” he said.

“My favorite thing about this book, is Jim gathered so much material from various places, and it’s all put together, so we can read it.

“There are a lot of new people in Saline who don’t know what it was like here, in the past,” Lane commented.

Susan Kosky wrote a book about Saline history in 2003. She is one of the authors who contributed to the new book.

Saline Mayor Brian Marl said he was surprised when the long-awaited Saline book suddenly appeared in City Hall last week, ready to sell. “It’s comprehensive and in-depth,” he declared. “People interested in preserving this community’s history, will really cherish and enjoy this book.”

The book can be purchased at Saline City Hall. The book is $20.

You can also order the book online by clicking here.

Martha A. Churchill
BA in Journalism and Anthropology at UM in 1973. Law degree at Cooley Law School in 1979. Member of Milan City Council since 2004. Practicing attorney. Genealogist since 2001; local historian since 2006. Free-lance writer.