Historic Dates of Coldwater

Sauk Trail-Detroit to Chicago
Potawatomi Indians in this area

1813 Chief Tecumseh Died
1821 Chief Topinabee Sold Area
1822 First Trading Post: Joe Godfrey
1828 Settler Bronson established home
1829 Area named for John Branch, Secretary of Navy, Jackson's Administration
1830 First log house built on present site of Masonic Temple by Hugh Campbell
1831 County seat established at Branch
1832 Village laid our; named "Lyons"
1836 Methodist Episcopal Church established First building.
1865 Second building
Population: 50 Whites
First School; Cynthia Gloyd, teacher-nine pupils enrolled.
1833 Branch County organized
Village name changed to Coldwater
1834 Baptist Church established
Brick edifice built
"Red School House" built at corner of Pearl & Hudson St.
1835 "Masonville" platted; east side of Coldwater River
1837 Coldwater incorporated as a village; population 140
Malaria scourge; Clay Street milldam thought to be cause
First newspaper, The Observer
Presbyterian Church organized
1840 County seat moved to Coldwater
1841 Coldwater Sentinel founded by Albert Chandler
1847 First "pig iron" manufactured
1848 First courthouse built
Population of County; 9,070
Morse Street Cemetery (1835-1857)
St. Marks Episcopal Church established
1849 Telegraph lines reached here
Roman Catholic Church instituted
First railroad arrive
1851 379 houses in village 
Fire destroyed 8 Stores
Green Mountain Black Hawk Stallion purchased by A.C. Fiske
1856 First fire company organized; Clinton B. Flank, foreman
"Excelsior hand pump purchased
1860 Barrel staved, wheelbarrows, sleds, grain mills major businesses to about 1890
1861 Civil War declared April 12,  Fort Sumpter attacked;
Abraham Lincoln, President
Coldwater Light Artillery (Loomis Battery)
Coldwater Incorporated as City
St. Paul's Lutheran Church organized
1862 Episcopal Church building completed
1865 Coldwater National Bank opened
S.M. Siely made $1 Million in oil speculations
1870 County population 27,227
Cigar Makers Union organized
Lewis Art Gallery opened (to 1895)
1874 State Public School opened
1880 First bicycle brought to Coldwater
1881 Armory and other fires
1882 Tibbits Opera House built (September  21)
The Courier established (Formerly The Republican-1866)
1886 E.R. Clarke Library dedicated
1887 Cyrus C. Luce of Gilead became Governor
It was a 2-Day trip to the Capitol
$1,000 yearly salary for Governor
1888 Horse breeding and horse auctions at peak
Electric Street Lighting installed by private company
1890 Central School burned
Water Works system built
1891 City buys light company
1892 Free mail delivery started
1893 Chicago World Fair
4 Cement companies in area
1895 Coldwater Daily Reporter started
1898 First Street Paving
1900 County Population 27,811
1905 Present City Charter became law
1910 Post Office Built
82 days of sleighing this year
1912 Park & Recreation Board established
1913 New electric lights in business district turned on
1917 Cornerstone laid for new armory
Cost of building $45,000
Company A. mustered: WWI
1920 Homer Foundry started
Destructive Cyclone
1927 Coldwater Brass Company started
1929 Shoe Company bought by M.T. Shaw
1934 Quality Spring Company started
1946 Federal-Mogul Service builds
1949 W.T.V.B. Radio programming initiated
1951 Gamble-Skogmo warehouse built
New Anderson Dairy
1954 Eaton Manufacturing opens (makes pressed metal parts)
1957 Putnam Pattern Shop started, Jay Street
1958 Climax Molybdenum of Michigan built
New Detention Headquarters opened
1959 Methodist and Presbyterian Churches expand
1960 C.H. Rumpf truck dock built, Jay Street
New Lutheran Church building dedicated
Coldwater votes expansion of Power Plant
1961 Centennial celebrated. Coldwater-100th birthday
Compiled by Charles N. Hill, Coldwater Chamber of Commerce, from materials of Brown-Facklam; Conover; Luedders Directory; "Mich. in 4 Centuries", Blad; etc.

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