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175th Anniversary

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Join us in the Celebration
of our 175th year !

In 1834, Clark Dibble settled at the Mill pond and built a sawmill and small home. In 1837, William Fenton and Robert LeRoy bought Dibbleville from Clark Dibble and renamed it Fentonville. They built a hotel and general store and Fentonville grew and grew.
The Civil War started in 1861. William Fenton was a Colonel in the Michigan 8th. Aetna Cement Plant located on Silver Lake Road made the cement to pave Woodward Avenue in Detroit. A.J. Phillips built his factory that made screen windows and doors. The first wooden screen windows and doors on the WhiteHouse came from the Phillips factory. Mr. O.E. Williams started the first Flying School in Michigan in 1914. He flew his planes off  Dauner Field and Lake Fenton. The Koeppin Car was manufactured in Fenton for one year, until the factory burned down in 1914.
Fenton has a very rich history and we are very proud of our town. Come to the musuem and see Fenton's past.. help us celebrate Fenton's 175th Birthday, these events are for you.


February 21, 2009
The kick off dinner is being held at the Community Center. Featuring entertainment and the crowning of the 175th Anniversary Queen. Four of the past Queens will also be there. Cocktails at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm. Tickets are $ 35.00 each and sold at City Hall.
April 25, 2009
Fashion Show of Vintage Clothing and Skits of 4 prominent Fenton Women from the past to be held at the Community Center.on Saturday at 2:00 PM. All past and present Queens will be in attendence. Dessert will be served and Fenton 175th Memoriabilia will be sold. Tickets are $8.00 and are being sold at Little Professor's Book Store and Gerychs. 
June 28, 2009
Sunday from l to 4 PM - Walking tour of the Historic Churches in Dibbleville and Historic Walking tour of 10 points of interest. Museum will be open and serving refreshments. Admission is free.
June 30, 2009
Tuesday - City wide picnic at Bush Park, featuring a 175 ft. long banana split compliments of Uncle Ray's Dairyland. Free entertainment and memoriabilia will be sold. Starting at 5PM. Admission is free.
July 2, .2009
Reception for the Grand Marshall, Jan Rynearson, for the 4th of July Parade .This will be held at the Fenton Hotel in the evening. Admission is free.
July 3, 2009
Alumni Banquet held at AGS Middle School at 6PM. The hospitality room will be open from 1PM to 6PM for sellling of Fentons 175th Souvenir book for $3.50 and other memoriabilia. Ken Seger will have his Fenton Sports Book on display. Tickets will be sold.
July 4, 2009 
The Parade theme  will be Fenton's 175 years. All past Queens, the present Queen and her court will be in the parade. Also in the parade will be descendents of William Fenton and Clark Dibble, founders of our town. Admission is free.

Special Items For Sale

S & H

"Fenton Postcard Book"
By Ken & Donna Seger

$ 22.00

$ 3.00

175th Souvenir Book
History, pictures, queens and
advertisements of businesses in Fenton

$ 3.00

$ 1.00

T-shirts with Fenton Gazebo Logo
Sizes S / M / L / XL

$ 10.00

$ 3.00

Packet # 1
Historic Scenes of Fenton
(contains 11 photos, size 4 x 6)
$ 5.00
$ 2.00

Packet # 2
Historic Scenes of Fenton
(contains 11 photos, size 4 x 6)

$ 5.00

$ 2.00

Packet of 10 Historic Drawings
by the Art Class of Fenton High School
(size 4 x 6)

$ 5.00

$ 2.00

"Reflections of a ByGone Era"
By Alice Van Atta
$ 10.00
$ 2.00

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