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Gladstone Centennial History Book

A parade is shown in what is known as the “greatest day” in the history of Gladstone. A parade was held in June 1931, to celebrate “Ford Day” which was the culmination of “Ford Week” to honor the finalization of Henry Ford’s purchase of property in Gladstone for the expansion of Ford Motor Company. In the parade, a Soo Line locomotive drew a string of cars over the street tracks on Delta Ave while marching bands played and floats followed. According to a story in the Delta Reporter (a newspaper out of Gladstone at the time) the parade was two miles in length, with over 2,000 people involved and was viewed by 20,000 spectators. After the festivities, Ford ended up not going through with the expansion, never explaining his full plans or why he decided to not go through with the project. About 190 acres were cleared, causing many locals to be relocated. Even so, the project was seen as “good medicine” for Gladstone as it was struggling at the time.

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Courtesy photo

These two successful bear hunters show off a large bear – estimated at more than 500 pounds – in this undated photo from Delta County’s past. The bear was taken near Escanaba, but the exact year the photo was taken and who the lucky hunters are is unknown.

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Photo courtesy of Brenda Tibbetts

Featured as the 2016 Hometown Hero for the Garden Peninsula Historical Society, Lynn Chandnois had an exciting career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A first round draft pick in 1950, he played seven seasons with the Steelers, and his 29.6 career kickoff return average is second only to Gale Sayers in the NFL record book. Born at Sac Bay in 1925, he attended grade school at Fairport. Lynn and his father moved to Flint following the death of his mother. He earned All-State honors at Flint Central High School in basketball and football.