Standing (left to right): Carrie Walker, Herman Chubb, Sam Walker. The lady  second from right is Carrie Chubb.

Standing (left to right): Carrie Walker, Herman Chubb, Sam Walker. The lady  second from right is Carrie Chubb.

A disturbing piece of information has come to my attention. The last retail store in Estey has closed its doors. The building still stands, and someone may yet reopen it in some fashion, but the once-thriving village now consists primarily of a church and township hall, along with a few private homes. That was not always the case. This photo is from one of the several retail stores that once attracted people from surrounding farms, homes, cottages and hunting cabins to supply their needs. With the indulgence of our editor and readers, I will present, over the next few weeks, photos recalling the commercial interests in Estey over the past century. Depicted this week is an interior view of Herman Carrie Chubb’s Store in 1907. Herman and Carrie (Kachele) Chubb had been married less than a year when this photo was taken. This had been previously known as the “Company” or “Camp” store that they bought in 1907. Each morning Herman would call to Pinconning with his fresh meat order, and it would arrive on the afternoon train. Their son, Raymond, recalled going to Detroit with his Dad in 1921 and watching their new Ford Touring Car come off the assembly line. The train dropped them off outside the Ford factory. They drove the car home, but enjoyed only one mile of paved road in the entire distance. The car cost $375.00. This photo will also be posted on the Gladwin Historical Society Facebook page, so people who have stories or other photos to share can do so. We are indebted to Marilyn Friedle for both the photo and the story that was taken from her 1992 “Bentley Township Centennial” book.   

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