Silk City Band, Belding, Michigan 1908


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Silk City Band, Belding, mi

Nice to see this photo. I hadn't been able to come across a good shot of a Belding band. My grandparents, EV and Anna McNally, moved there in 1909, from Pennsylvania silk mills. EV worked in the Mills for years, then after the Mills closed in 33, he was elected Mayor for 2 terms. He and Anna managed the Hotel Belding until it closed in 1943.
My mother, Helen E. McNally Rafferty was born there in 1909. I have a number of photos of the mills and documents.

Posted by David W Rafferty on 13 October 2009 - 10:05pm
Silk City???

Recently my father talked to me about a ghost and a vision he had. The ghost may be Earl Harrison, the vision was while he was in Belding and may be related to a "Silk City" girl. I'm looking for someone with information about the history of the silk industry and the girls who worked there.

Posted by Elnora (not verified) on 5 May 2011 - 5:20pm
belding pic

Do you have any other of the pics online?
I have been trying to get as many as I can...and have you seen the movie that is on facebook about Belding and how it came to be?
If not Ill try to get it for you..

Wendy Ludlow Saenz

Posted by Wendy (not verified) on 7 January 2010 - 8:03am
Belding pics

Hi Wendy, no I haven't heard anything about a movie about Belding. Does Belding have a page on Facebook? I do have a number of photos on line at the Ionia county Genweb site, or I email you some from my hard drive. I am on Facebook also.
Dave Rafferty

Posted by Dave Rafferty (not verified) on 10 January 2010 - 11:36pm
Belding Clock Tower

David, are you aware of the campaign to save the Belding clock tower. They are trying to establish a historic district to protect it. I sure they would be very happy to see the photos you have. They are on Facebook under "Save Belding's Clock Tower"

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on 1 February 2011 - 2:59am
Belding Clock tower

I had heard of the threat to the clock tower. I'll check out their page and see what I can do.

Posted by Dave Rafferty (not verified) on 19 February 2011 - 12:11am