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If you love history or just need a gift for that history buff in your life please check out the History Store..

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Book cover of When Main Street Was a Path Among the Stumps


When Main Street Was a Path Among the Stumps. Compiled, edited and written by Sally Eustice Humphrey, 240 pages, 8.5"x11", hardcover. Published by The Historical Society of Cheboygan County, Inc. First volume of The Cheboygan County History Series.  

This book covers the early history of Cheboygan. Chapters include histories of Cheboygan's founding families, Duncan City, the early fishing industry, the lighthouses of Cheboygan County, Cheboygan and the Civil War, the Black River settlement, the Cheboygan Tannery, and early medical care. The book is richly illustrated throughout with some never-before-seen photographs.

Individual chapter authors include Sally Eustice Humphrey, Phil Porter, Ellis Olson, Dale France, Terry Pepper, and Stuart Ross Bell, II. 

$35.00 hardcover only


Book Cover: Aloha and Aloah

Aloha & Aloah: Then and Now. Edited by Audrey Casari, Phyllis Fenton and Lois Olson, approx 245 pages. 8.5"x11", softcover. Published by the Aloha Historical Society, Inc., 2000. 

A story of the early history of Aloha Township, Michigan.  The book describes the area before its organization into a township in 1908.  It included descriptions of the farms, homesteaders and early settlers, its roads, and utilities, schools, and the development of the Aloha State Park. Pictures throughout accompany the text written by descendents of the early families. 

$25.00 paperback

Book Cover: All Aboard the Boat is Leaving

All Aboard The Boat's Leaving: Touring Historic Cheboygan and Northern Michigan's Inland Water Route on the Boats Ida L and Ida L II of 100 Years Ago. By Mary Davis Liebner, 240 pages. 8.5" x 11". Softcover. Privately published in 2008. 

A tour of the famous Inland Waterway from Cheboygan to Alanson.  Told   using contemporary newspaper clippings from Cheboygan newpapers from 1911 to 1916.  Contains many never-before published photographs. 

$30.00 paperback


Book Cover: The Inland Water Route by Friday

Images of America: The Inland Water Route.  By Matthew J. Friday. 128 pages. Approx 6.5" x 9.5". Softcover. Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2010. 

From its humble beginnings as a trading route for Native Americans, the Inland Waterway has become a popular excursion route into the tip of MIchigan's lower penninsula.  The waterway is a series of interconnected rivers and lakes extending from Cheboygan to Alanson.  The book is filled with photographs of the waterways early history.  

$22.00 paperback   Local Author


 Book Cover: Among the Sturdy Pioneers

Among the Sturdy Pioneer: The Birth of the Cheboygan Area as a Lumbering Community, 1789-1935. By Matthew J. Friday, 162 pages, approx 6.5" x 9.5". Paperback, Trafford Publishing, 2006.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the call wen our from a remote northern Michigan settlement to come north an be part of booming industry.  Crafted from the very heart of the majesty of the Straits of Mackinac, a small community of lumbermen sprand up among ideally located natural features.  In the heart of forest of "green gold", Cheboygan and nearby Duncan City quickly grew to be one of the most important lumbering communities in the State of Michigan.

$20.00 paperback — Local Author


 Book Cover: Postcard History of Cheboygan by Friday

Postcard History of America: Cheboygan. By Matthew J. Friday, 128 pages, approx. 6.5" x 9.5". Paperback, Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

This collection of postcard images of Cheboygan and the surrounding area highlights the birth of the city and its growth from boomtown to vacation destination.

 $19.99 paperback — Local Author


Book Cover: Woodbutchers of the North with Cheboygan Logmarks

Wood Butchers of the North with Cheboygan Logmarks. By Ellis Olson. 40 pages.  6"x8". Softcover. Privately published. 1971. Second Edition 1989. 


"The inventive lumberjack seemed to prefer nicknames to proper terms, especially the catchy phrases that he had created.  He called carpenters 'wood butchers', the camp cook, 'cookie' and his duffle bag his 'turkey'". This book is brief look at the lumbering industry of the Cheboygan area in the late 1800s.  Written by one of Cheboygan's local historians, the book also contains illustrations of the many log marks used by the lumbermen. 


$6.00 paperback  Local Author


Book Cover: Ware's Centennial History of Cheboygan County

The Centennial History of Cheboygan County and Village: Organization of the County, Townships and Village, Early History, Settlements, Improvements, Present Business, Valuable Statistical Tables, Advertisements. Supplement. Descriptive of Mackinac Island. By Rev. W.H. Ware.  Approx 158 pages. 5.5"x8.5". Softcover. Published by Northern Trubune Printing, 1876.  This book is reprint of the original re-published by The Historical Society of Cheboygan County Inc. in 1976 and in 1996. 

This book was published originally to celebrate the nation's 100th anniversary of independence in 1876.  It was republished by the Historical Society in 1976 to commemorate the nation's bi-centennial.  The reprint retains all of the typographical errors, spelling odities and advertisements of the original. 

$0.01 paperback



Book Cover: City of Cheboygan Centennial 1889 - 1989

1889 - 1989 Cheboygan Centennial. Edited by Ellis Olson, 73 pages. 8.5"x11", softcover. Published by City of Cheboygan, 1989.

Written as a souvenir program of the City of Cheboygan's 1989 centennial, the book contains demographic material, stories of early industries, historic photographs and short vignettes of area orgaizations, sports teams, businesses and churches.   

$0.01 paperback

Book cover: The Pagent of Tuscarora

The Pageant of Tuscarora. By Robert C. Sager. 220 pages, 8.75"x11.5", hardbound. Private publication, 1975.  Reprinted in 2001 in cooperation with the Burt Lake Christian Church, Helen Boyd Higgins Memorial Library-Historical Section. 

A history of Tuscarora Township, Michigan. covering settlers and landowners, transportaion history, settlements and industry, post offices, schools, churches, hotels, newspapers and more.  Liberal use of historic photographs.

$40.00 Hardcover


Book Cover: Second Choice

Second Choice. By Shirley Bergstrom. 212 pages, softcover, pricate publication, 2011.

Second Chance is a novel baseed on historical facts involving the lives of real people, Swedish people who emigrated from Sweden to the United States of America where they settled three miles east of Cheboygan.  They cut brush, built homes, tilled the soil and soon a community was established. a small community known as "Swede Town".  This is their story, they were brave, stalwart, strong-minded men and women who stood the test of time as they faced the strong winds of adversity and overcame them by banding together, fanning the winds with courage and faith in the nre land. This was the land where the dreams they dreamed has a chance of being fulfilled.

$15.00 paperback



 Since our Sheriff's Residence was build during the Victorial Era, we offer these books that pertain to that era.

Book Cover--Manners and Morals of Victorian America

Manners and Morals of Victorian America. By Wayne Erbsen. 180 pages, 7" x 10", softcover, Native Ground Music, Inc., 2009.

If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love this book. Manners & Morals of Victorian America is a highly entertaining and funny book about the fashionable world of yesteryear. Drawing  on the wealth of late 19th and early 20th century etiquette books, it has almost 500 historic illustrations. The book details virtually every aspect of Victorian life, including the proper conduct for courtship and wooing, spinsterhood, duties of husbands and wives, how to deal with a rejected suitor, manners while a passenger on coaches, carriages, motor cars, steamships and street cars, woman suffrage, and much more!

$14.95 paperback


Book Cover: Lost Art of Pie Making

The Lost Art of Pie Making. By Barbara Swell. 72 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", softcover. Native Ground Music, Inc., 2004.

Come home to pie! This witty and fun cookbook shows you how to make a darn good pie in a jiffy. You’ll feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen as she shows you how she rolls out her flaky, tender pie crust. Recipes date from 1831, many from 19th century handwritten cooking journals. Make pies like Rum Bittersweet Chocolate, Vanilla crumb, Apple/Pear Mince, Sour Cherry Amaretto, Fresh Raspberry, Louisiana Peanut, as well as quick flip pies, dumplings and crisps.

$5.95 paperback


Book Cover: Aunt Barb's Bread Book

Aunt Barb's Bread Book: Yesterday's Breads for Today's Kitchens. By Barbara Swell, 72 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", softcover. Native Ground Music, Inc., 2011.

Bake up your great grandmother’s wholesome, tasty hearth-baked breads in your own kitchen today! You’ll be amazed by the stunning loaves and rolls you pluck from new or vintage cast ironware, baking stones, or everyday gizmos that produce yesterday’s radiant cooking environments for your modern oven, wood fireplace, or campfire. Recipes from 1820 through 1920 include harvest apple bread, whole-grain little gem breads, oat sandwich loaf, buttermilk rolls, and lots more.

$5.95 paperback


Book Cover: mama's In the Kitchen

Mama's In the Kitchen: Weird & Wonderful Home Cooking 1900-1950. By Barbara Swell, 72 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", softcover. Native Ground Music, Inc., 2011.

Here are the stories and recipes of our mothers and grandmothers as they cooked their way through two world wars, food shortages, and the Great Depression. This lively and witty book chronicles how household gadgets dramatically changed the lives of women forever. It takes you into the kitchens of young housewives who whipped up cherry chiffon pies and weird little sandwiches to the beat of big band swing tunes playing on the radio. Lured by glossy product advertisements, these women were seduced into thinking that a green wiggly dessert would add glamour and romance to their lives.

$5.95 paperback


Book Cover: Garden Supper Tonight

A Garden Supper Tonight: Historic Seasonal Receipes & Home Lore. By Barbara Swell, 152 pages,5.5" x 8.5", softcover. Native Ground Music, Inc., 2009.

Have a seat on the old front porch glider and let’s string this mess of pole beans for our garden feast tonight. We’ll have the same in-season supper our great grandmothers fixed back in 1895 when food was food, raised close to home and made from scratch for family and friends every day. A Garden Supper Tonight contains vintage economical seasonal recipes, food curiosities, and timeless advice on all things home and gardening Recipes include: Cherry Cordial, Limoncello, Crackly Cheese Sticks, Garlic Scape Pesto, Dandelion Flower Salad,  Manly-Man Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits, Ember Broiled Trout, Lemon Cornmeal Plum Cake, Pork with Apple Onion Jam, Cottager’s Pie, Sour Cherry Amaretto Pie and more!

$12.95 paperback


Book Cover; First American Cookie Lady

The 1st American Cookie Lady: Receipies from a 1917 Cookie Diary. By Barbara Swell, 152 pages,5.5" x 8.5", softcover. Native Ground Music, Inc., 2009.

The 1st American Cookie Lady is based on a fascinating mystery. In 1917, Anna “Cookie” Covington set out to record all her favorite cookie recipes as a gift to her daughter because no published cookie recipe books existed at that time. Strangely, her 76 page handwritten personal cooking diary was never delivered to her daughter as planned. 88 years later, the unused diary fell into the hands of food historian Barbara Swell, who recognized it as perhaps the earliest collection of American cookie recipes, dating from the mid 1880s up through World War I. The 1st American Cookie Lady includes Anna’s 221 recipes recorded  from 1917-1920 along with adaptations for the modern kitchen, vintage graphics and photos, World War I food shortage recipes, plus curiosities of cookie baking history.

$12.95 paperback