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Livonia in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A.J. Geer Store

Built 1908 • Moved 1976 • Opened 1982

 
 
A.J. Geer Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
1. A.J. Geer Store Marker
Inscription.  
Allen J. Geer was born February 10, 1882 in Howell Township and came with his parents to Plymouth about 1905. He married Hattie Bassett on September 7, 1905 and they had two sons, Stanley and Irving. The Geer family lived in the Bungalow next door while operating the store.

The A.J. Geer Store opened on December 21, 1912 and sold groceries, dry goods, and hardware. It was operated by Allen Geer until 1916 and then was sold to C.R. Carson. He operated the store until 1922 and then sold it to Charles Trombley who operated the store until 1926.

A unique feature: The dimensions of this building are 20' x 40' x 45' with one side wall being longer than the other. The front of the store faced Ann Arbor Trail, but the building was built parallel to Newburg Road.

This building is part of the Newburg Intersection

The A.J. Geer Store was originally located on Ann Arbor Trail, just west of Newburg in Section 31.
 
Erected by City of Livonia.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is February 10, 1882.
 
Location.
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Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
2. Left image
View of the back of the store circa 1920's
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42° 26.298′ N, 83° 24.982′ W. Marker is in Livonia, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Newburgh Road south of Eight Mile Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Historic Greenmead [park], about 0.1 mile from Newburgh Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia MI 48152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bungalow (a few steps from this marker); The Newburg Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Detroit United Railway Waiting Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Friends Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Newburg School (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander Blue House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shaw House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cranson-Hinbern House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livonia.
 
Also see . . .  Explore the Buildings. (Submitted on June 18, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Middle image image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
3. Middle image
The store was in a state of disrepair when acquired by the Historical Society.
Right image image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
4. Right image
This is the front of a postcard sent January 23, 1922 to Long Beach, CA
A.J. Geer Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
5. A.J. Geer Store and Marker
A.J. Geer Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2010
6. A.J. Geer Store
Historic Greenmead sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2020
7. Historic Greenmead sign
Sign on the west side of Newburgh Road for the historic village.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 18, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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Oct. 7, 2022