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History of Decatur, Michigan, USA

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Decatur, Michigan, USA

Decatur, Van Buren, MI

Decatur Township and the Village of Decatur are named after Stephen Decatur, Jr., celebrated as a hero of the War of 1812.

Decatur was founded in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1861.

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  • 1854 - Decatur
    Decatur, a post-township in the S. part of Van Buren county, Michigan. Population, 380

    Decatur, a thriving post-village in the above township, on ...Read MORE...


  • News 1880 - A novel way of catching a swarm of bees was unintentionally tried at Decatur, Michigan, the other day by a young man, who is not likely to repeat the experiment if he can help it.
    He ran toward the swarm with a green bush in his hand, over which the queen bee poised and then alighted upon his hat. In a twinkling the others...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - Sojourner Truth, who is at least 108 years old, lectured in Decatur, Michigan, the other evening, and devoted the proceeds to aid the woman suffrage campaign in Nebraska.
    Her voice is weak, but her sentences are full of life and vigor.
    The Wellsboro Gazette
    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
    October 17, 1882

  • 1892 - August 19 - James Ellsworth, aged 113, died Tuesday night at Decatur, Michigan. He was probably the oldest man in Michigan.

    The Ottawa Journal
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    August 19, 1892

  • News 1893 - THEIR GREAT MATRIMONIAL SCORE.
    Lysander Morse and Phoebe Macomber, of Decatur, Michigan, were married sixty-five years ago. It was a love match that won the envy of all their...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Decatur
    Decatur, a post-village of Van Buren co., Mich., on the Michigan Central Railroad, 24 miles S.W. of Kalamazoo, and 116 miles E. of Chicago. It has 7...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - Dead Cinch for Men.
    Decatur, Michigan, presents a combination. Its population is 1500. The president of the council is a woman. The leading doctor is a woman. Mrs. Rev....Read MORE...


  • Decatur, Michigan, USA
    Looking North on Main St.
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Decatur, a banking post-village of Van Buren co., Mich., on the Michigan Central R., 24 miles SW. of Kalamazoo. It has novelty-works, lumber-mills,...Read MORE...


  • Decatur, Michigan, USA
    West Delaware Street, Decatur, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Decatur, Michigan, USA
    Phelps St. from St. Mary's St. Looking South
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Looking North on Main St.
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Decatur, Michigan, USA
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West Delaware Street, Decatur, Mich.
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Decatur, Michigan, USA
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Phelps St. from St. Mary's St. Looking South
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  • 1854 - Decatur
    Decatur, a post-township in the S. part of Van Buren county, Michigan. Population, 380

    Decatur, a thriving post-village in the above township, on ... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - A novel way of catching a swarm of bees was unintentionally tried at Decatur, Michigan, the other day by a young man, who is not likely to repeat the experiment if he can help it.
    He ran toward the swarm with a green bush in his hand, over which the queen bee poised and then alighted upon his hat. In a twinkling the others... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - Sojourner Truth, who is at least 108 years old, lectured in Decatur, Michigan, the other evening, and devoted the proceeds to aid the woman suffrage campaign in Nebraska.
    Her voice is weak, but her sentences are full of life and vigor. The Wellsboro Gazette
    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
    October 17, 1882
  • 1892 - August 19 - James Ellsworth, aged 113, died Tuesday night at Decatur, Michigan. He was probably the oldest man in Michigan.
    The Ottawa Journal
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    August 19, 1892
  • News  1893 - THEIR GREAT MATRIMONIAL SCORE.
    Lysander Morse and Phoebe Macomber, of Decatur, Michigan, were married sixty-five years ago. It was a love match that won the envy of all their... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Decatur
    Decatur, a post-village of Van Buren co., Mich., on the Michigan Central Railroad, 24 miles S.W. of Kalamazoo, and 116 miles E. of Chicago. It has 7... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - Dead Cinch for Men.
    Decatur, Michigan, presents a combination. Its population is 1500. The president of the council is a woman. The leading doctor is a woman. Mrs. Rev.... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Decatur, a banking post-village of Van Buren co., Mich., on the Michigan Central R., 24 miles SW. of Kalamazoo. It has novelty-works, lumber-mills,... Read MORE...

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