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Van Buren County

Basic Information

County Seat: Paw Paw

Origin of Name: Named for the Hon. Martin Van Buren, then Secretary of State and later President of the United States

Set Off: 1829, attached to Cass County

Organized: 1837

Population in 1990: 70,060

Material Available

For many counties the number of items listed is quite long. Navigational buttons are located only at the end of the list. This list of material represents the library's holdings as of July 1997. Be sure to check with us for any additional items we may now have either by contacting the library or by pressing the " Centra-Libraries Catalog" link to the left.

Bangor Area Centennial, 1877-1977. Bangor, MI: Bangor Centennial Committee, 1977.

Benson, Toni J. The Drake's of Van Buren County, Michigan. Decatur, MI: F-Ami-Lee Pub. Co., 1991.

Bloomingdale Area Centennial. Bloomingdale, MI: The Centennial Committee, 1970.

Bloomingdale Leader. June 24, 1881-May 14, 1882; 1893-1936 (scattered).

Courier-Northern. February 13, 1920-January 7, 1921; January 5, 1923-December 25, 1925; January 14, 1927- December 25, 1964; January 6, 1967-November 15, 1968. (Paw Paw).

Covert Times. April 11, 1952-April 10, 1953.

Cramer, Richard L. A History of Paw Paw, Michigan to 1900. CMU Term Paper, n.d.

Davis, Roy M. Paw Paw River Days and Nights. Hartford, MI: R.M. Davis, 1993.

Davis, Roy M. Paw Paw River Times & People. Hartford, MI: R.M. Davis, 1990.

Decatur Bird's Eye View. Map, 1875.

Decatur Independent. March 29, 1894-December 31, 1896.

Decatur Republican. August 16, 1882-March 2, 1893; January 7, 1897-December 31, 1970; January 7, 1988- December 30, 1993.

Dunbar, Willis F. How it Was in Hartford; An Affectionate Account of a Michigan Small Town in the Early Years of the Twentieth Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1968.

Foster, Dean. History of the Keeler M.E. Church. [Keeler, MI: The Church, 1966].

Free Press and Courier. December 23, 1915-December 28, 1916; January 2-December 25, 1919; February 5, 1920. (Paw Paw).

Haefner, Rolland, comp. A Centennial Souvenir Book of Decatur, Michigan, 1848-1948. Sponsored by the Decatur Agricultural Association, 1948.

Haefner, Rolland. Chris the Builder: A Narrative History and Genealogy of Christian G. Haefner. Decatur, MI: n.d. (Decatur).

Hartford Bird's Eye View. Map, 1875.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties Michigan. With. . . Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, PA: D.W. Ensign, 1880.

A History of Van Buren County, Michigan, 1982. Hartford, MI: Van Buren County Historical Society, 1983.

Howland, Catherine. Scrapbook History of Decatur, Michigan and Vicinity. [Decatur, MI: Bicentennial Committee], 1976. 2 Volumes.

Images of the Past. [South Haven, MI: Baars Print], 1984. (South Haven).

Paw Paw Bird's Eye View. Map, 1875.

Paw Paw Centennial, 1859-1959: A Century of Progress, a Historical and Pictorial Review of the Past Century, August 16 to 22, 1959. [Paw Paw, MI: Paw Paw Centennial Association, 1959].

Paw Paw Free Press. December 31, 1853-September 15, 1856.

Paw Paw Free Press and Courier. January 2, 1913-December 16, 1915.

Pokagon, Simon. Algonquin Legends of South Haven. Hartford, MI: C.H. Engle, [1900].

Portrait and Biographical Album of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. . . Chicago, IL: Chapman Brothers, 1892.

Rowland, O.W. A History of Van Buren County, Michigan. . . Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Co., 1912. 2 Volumes.

Sarno, Pearl. A Look at Covert's Heritage. Covert, MI: Covert Township Bicentennial Committee, 1976.

South Haven Bird's Eye View. Map, 1880.

South Haven Daily Tribune. May 1-December 31, 1970.

Stieve, Jeannette. By the Big Blue Blue Water: Post Cards of the Past from South Haven, Michigan. South Haven, MI: Stieve, 1977.

True-Northerner. January 14-December 30, 1858; January 6, 1871-January 7, 1891; February 21, 1891-February 14, 1902; February 20, 1903-December 16, 1910; February 9, 1912-January 24, 1913; February 5, 1915-January 30, 1920. (Paw Paw).

Van Buren County Historical Society Newsletter. 1958- .

Van Buren County Press. January 7, 1861-January 6, 1863; January 4-December 23, 1864; January 1-December 31, 1866; January 31-December 26, 1870.

Van Buren County Republican. June 5, 1867-August 9, 1882; March 9, 1893-May 17, 1894.‚Äč