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Kalamazoo (City), Michigan

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  • Marjorie Andrina Thomasma (1901 - 1993)
    Residence : 1910 - Crete, Will, Illinois, United States* Residence : 1930 - Chicago (Districts 0501-0750), Cook, Illinois, United States* Residence : 1935 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana* Residence : 1...
  • Antko Kristiaan Hensens (1902 - 1969)
    Name Antko Christian Hensens Sex Male Age 66 Death or Burial Date 9 Jan 1969 Death or Burial Place Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States Death Date 6 Jan 1969 Death Place Ayer, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bi...
  • LeRoy Byrd (1886 - 1954)
  • George Franklin Lull (1848 - 1901)
    Son of George & Julia Ann (Kilmer) Lull.
  • Derk Van Der Klok (1871 - 1960)
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History

Kalamazoo is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. Originally known as Bronson (after founder Titus Bronson) in the township of Arcadia, the names of both the city and the township were changed to "Kalamazoo" in 1836 and 1837, respectively. The Kalamazoo name comes from a Potawatomi word, first found in a British report in 1772. However, the Kalamazoo River, which passes through the modern city of Kalamazoo, was located on the route between Detroit and Fort Saint-Joseph (nowadays Niles, Michigan). French-Canadian traders, missionaries, and military personnel were quite familiar with this area during the French era and thereafter. The name for the Kalamazoo River was then known by Canadians and French as La rivière Kikanamaso. The name "Kikanamaso" was also recorded by Father Pierre Potier, a Jesuit missionary for the Huron-Wendats at the Assumption mission (south shore of Detroit), while en route to Fort Saint-Joseph during the fall of 1760. Legend has it that "Ki-ka-ma-sung," meaning "boiling water," referring to a footrace held each fall by local Native Americans, who had to run to the river and back before the pot boiled. Another theory is that it means "the mirage or reflecting river". Another legend is that the image of "boiling water" referred to fog on the river as seen from the hills above the current downtown. The name was also given to the river that flows almost all the way across the state.

During the War of 1812, the British established a smithy and a prison camp in the area.

In the past, Kalamazoo was known for its production of windmills, mandolins, buggies, automobiles, cigars, stoves, paper, and paper products. Agriculturally, it once was noted for celery. Although much of it has become suburbanized, the surrounding area still produces farm crops, primarily corn and soybeans.

Kalamazoo was the original home of Gibson Guitar Corporation, which spawned the still-local Heritage Guitars. The company was incorporated as "Gibson Mandolin - Guitar Co., Ltd" on October 11, 1902, by the craftsman Orville Gibson. One budget model was named the Gibson Kalamazoo "Melody Maker" Electric Guitar. Operations were moved gradually from Kalamazoo to Memphis, Tennessee, (Electric Division) and Bozeman, Montana, (Acoustic Division) in the 1980s. Some workers from the original factory stayed in Kalamazoo to create the Heritage Guitar company.

Kalamazoo was once known as the "Paper City" because of the paper mills in and near the city. The Allied Paper Corporation operated several mills and employed 1,300 people in Kalamazoo during the late 1960s. As the forests of West Michigan were logged out, paper mills closed.

Early in the 20th century, Kalamazoo was home to the brass era automobile company Barley.

Kalamazoo was also headquarters of the Checker Motors Company, the former manufacturer of the Checker Cab, which also stamped sheet metal parts for other auto manufacturers. Checker closed on June 25, 2009, a victim of the Late-2000s recession.

Links

Wikipedia

Treaty of Chicago

Treaty of St. Joseph

Heritage Guitars

Gibson Kalamazoo

Allied Paper Corp.

Checker Motor Cars