1871 to 1940
News was reported from Fenton to Chelsea, and from Lansing to Detroit. The Huron Valley area was the “playground” of Detroit and many scions, such as the Fords, Dodges, and Labadies had homes in the area.
Special Features or Unique Aspects of this Paper
The Milford Times was the premiere newspaper in the Huron Valley area. It also had
the distinction to be owned, operated and edited by a female journalist who is now
in the Michigan Journalist Hall of Fame -
“Carrie Jackson Rowe (1866-
Throughout her life Rowe was known for her involvement in the community and dedication
to a better way of life. She helped organize the Monday Literary Club in the 1890′s
and campaigned for a reading room library, heat for the railroad depot, a warning
bell at a railroad crossing, college scholarships for local youth and the clean-
The newspaper recorded the rise and fall of businesses, the railroad, industries and the people. A unique chronicle of a small town growing into a world business power. The Milford Times also made a point of chronicling the history of the beginnings of the community and continued to add feature stories of the founding families, their ways of life and their accomplishments. This information is now the chief research tool for genealogists and history in the Huron Valley area.
Reason Why the Nominator Believes This Paper Should Be Online:
One of the earliest newspapers in the State of Michigan… The Milford Times began in the same year the railroad came to Milford. The newspaper chronicled the changes from a farming community with local commerce to a thriving industrial sector that traded goods throughout the world. Milford, Highland, White Lake and parts of Commerce were the “up north” for the scions of Detroit. The estates of Edsel Ford, hunting lodge of Henry Ford, the Dodge estate and more were noted and remarked upon in the newspaper – the Milford Times. The Detroit News referred to the Huron Valley area as the “Up north playgrounds of the Detroit wealthy.”
Unique items would have included the eighty years the Oakland County Fair was held in Milford – the fairgrounds and entertainment from 1860 to 1940. The Casino in Commerce, which featured name entertainment such as Frank Sinatra. The development of Milford as one of Henry Ford’s cottage industries, the development of the General Motors Proving Grounds – the first safety testing in automobile industry; and the efforts of the community to salvage the Albert Kahn Powerhouse that still stands as a reminder of those times.
Throughout the years, the Milford Times has documented the people, industries and
way of life in Milford and surrounding communities. To preserve the history of Milford,
Highland, White Lake and Commerce, the Milford Times is the only continuous chronicle
of the area. This newspaper should be made available to all whose past has crossed
that of the area. Until now, residents have had to come to the libraries or historical
records and search through microfilm archives. Out-
The Milford Times should be available online as a unique chronicle of a time in Michigan under the leadership of a unique and talented female publisher.
The back story on the Milford Times that was submitted with the grant request by the Huron Valley History Initiative group. This write up explains the historic value of the back issues of the Milford times that the project is aimed at digitizing and making available for research.