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Village of Brooklyn Michigan

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The Village of Brooklyn was founded in June 1832 when Calvin Swain filed a land claim for a forty acre plot of land. Calvin Swain was a reverend who was born in New York State in 1778. He purchased the land in Brooklyn because he saw the need for a sawmill. Not only did he established a sawmill but he also became the founder of Baptist churches of Brooklyn, Napoleon Twp. and Woodstock Twp. Brooklyn was originally called Swainsville until August 5, 1836 when a document was filed with the Jackson County office after a vote of the people to officially change it to Brooklyn.

History of the Village of Brooklyn Michigan

Village of Brooklyn Michigan

History of the Village of Brooklyn Michigan

The Village grew to encompass a one square mile. All the streets in the Village are either named for local stakeholders (land owners, surveyors, business men) or national figures like Chief Justice Marshall of the Supreme Court the name sake of Marshall Street.

Through the years many events have molded the Village of Brooklyn along with surrounding areas. As Brooklyn grew in the late 1800ís a post office was established within the Village limits. The location of the post office has moved several times but it has always been housed within the Village. Due to this occurrence (besides the Columbia/Johnson Post office in the late 1800ís and early 1900ís) the many surrounding townships have a Brooklyn zip code even though they do not border the Village.

The Village has had several influential land owners and residents through the years. In 1938 Henry Ford of Ford Automotive Company began construction of a small factory in Brooklyn to produce small parts for his vehicles. Mr. Ford built several of these plants in small towns by small bodies of water in order to utilize water-power mills.

History of the Village of Brooklyn Michigan

Vivian Kellogg, a resident of Brooklyn, played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940ís for the Minneapolis Millerettes and the Fort Wayne Daises. Vivianís high performance during her years on the baseball diamond earned her induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Village has served as the commercial center for area attractions. The Brooklyn zip code encompasses several lakes but four large lakes; Columbia, Clark, Vineyard and Wamplers Lake are all within a 5 mile radius. These lakes along with Michigan International Speedway (established in 1968) have provided Brooklyn numerous visitors since the early 1900ís.

Information provided by: Round the Square, The Exponent Press, Brooklyn, MI 1981,
The Best of the Brooklyn Exponent Attic, The Brooklyn Exponent, Brooklyn, MI 2006

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121 N. Main St., PO Box 90, Brooklyn, MI 49230-0090
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