The following terms, references, people and other contents of The Durand Heritage Encyclopedia are based on information collected from various sources. This list is more meant to spur memories than serve as the definitive authority on historical accuracy. However, if you see something that is not correct, please alert us immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
517 - Former Durand phone area code, put into service January 1, 1947. The 517 area code served Durand until April 7, 2001 when the area code was split and Durand became served by area code 989. The 517 area code still serves cities west of Durand, including Lansing.
989 - Durand phone area code since April 7, 2001. The area code was previously 517. The 517 area code still serves cities west of Durand, including Lansing.
Arthur Lucas Junior High - Former Durand junior high school located in the former high school building. The building is now known as Sycamore House, a retirement apartment facility.
Barney - Former Durand police officer. Well-regarded by the 1980s and 90s youth of Durand.
Bay - Former Durand gas station. Current site of Veterans Memorial Park.
Bertha Neal - Former Durand educator and namesake for Bertha Neal Elementary School, located on west Main street.
Chow Nest - Located in the old high school, upper level of gymnasium, circa 1957.
Cloyse Lundie - Longtime hunter safety instructor, former owner of Western Auto Store and Lundie's Sports Depot from 1966 to 1994, when he retired, later running for Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, 5th District. Lundie is a former chairman of the Durand Downtown Merchants Association, former Durand Chamber of Commerce President and former Durand Rotary President and Durand Optimists President.
- A fundraising game played on the backs of real, live donkeys. The event used to take place in Durand. More at www.donkeyball.com
Durand Community Hospital - A hospital located in Durand, founded by the Durand Circle of the King's Daughters and Sons in 1925. The hospital was first located in the former Ernest MacLachlan home, a wood structure. In 1953 a new brick structure was built. On December 15th, 1966, the hospital closed its doors after the state revoked its maternity license the month prior. due to deteriorating facilities Despite major fundraising efforts to build a new facility, the 35-bed facility ended service and no new facility was ever built. In November 1970, the former brick structure became the Durand Schools Administration building. The original hospital was located immediately south of that building.
Durand-Vernon Area Ambulance - (See also "D.V.A.") Former Durand volunteer emergency medical transportation organization. Founded in 1967, the organization ended service in 2007 after a long dispute with the city.
Durling Dairy - Former Durand business; milk delivery.
D.V.A. - (See also "Durand-Vernon Area Ambulance.") Former Durand volunteer emergency medical transportation organization. Founded in 1967, the organization ended service in 2007 after a long dispute with the city.
Gandy Dancer - Railroad employees that were called in to repair track problems that were often larger than local section crews could handle.
George H. Durand - Former congressman whom the city of Durand is named for.
George's Jewelry Store - Former Durand business located on Saginaw street.
Golden Spike - Former Durand restaurant/bar located at the corner of Main and Oak streets. Formerly called Mark's Lounge and Coat of Arms.
Harold H. Mack Chevrolet - Former Durand dealership, located in the Tucker Chrysler Jeep Dodge building, around 1950.
Hi-Vue Drive-In - Family Movie Theater opened on April 4th 1956. Later sold to Harry Mohney who transformed it into The Sceen XXX Theater in 1966. The theater closed in the mid-1980s.
Honky Town - (See also "Hunky Town.") An area of Durand with a high concentration of persons of Hungarian descent. Originally called "Hunky Town," the terminology changed over time to become "Honky." Spring street.
Hunky Town - (See also "Honky Town.") An area of Durand with a high concentration of persons of Hungarian descent. The area eventually became known as "Honky Town." Spring street.
Indian Trails - Owosso-based motor coach company, originally known as "Phillips-Taylor Livery Service," founded to transport people and freight from Durand Union Station to points throughout Shiawassee County. (See also "Phillips-Taylor Livery Service.")
Miss Neal - (See also "Bertha Neal.") Former Durand educator and namesake for Bertha Neal Elementary School.
Mr. Dorey - Former Durand Choir teacher.
Mr. Malaska - Craftsman whose creations appeared in numerous places throughout the city, including classrooms and at the library.
Mr. Smith - Former Durand junior high gym teacher.
Newberry Road Bridge - Wooden bridge over railroad tracks.
New York Racket - Former Durand business located on Saginaw street in the early 1900s.
Nina's In & Out - Former Durand party store located in the former Warner's, also former Spagnuolo's Grocery (or "Spag's") on Saginaw street. Nina's was popular for its arcade games, including Wrestlemania.
Noon Whistle - Up until the late 80s/early 90s, a siren sounded each day at 12:00pm. At noon each day the siren sounded once. The same siren was, and is still, used to alert residents in the event a Tornado Warning is issued. In the case of a warning, the siren sounds continuously for an extended period of time. In the late 80s/early 90s, an electronic version of Westminster Chimes was played in place of the noon whistle.
Phillips-Taylor Livery Service - Owosso-based motor coach company, known today as "Indian Trails," founded to transport people and freight from Durand Union Station to points throughout Shiawassee County. (See also "Indian Trails.")
Railroad Days - Annual celebration of Durand heritage, held the weekend after Mother's Day. The first event was held in 1975 and has been held in numerous places throughout the years, including Durand High School, Trumble Park and along Saginaw street downtown. The fair is currently held on Main street.
Roundhouse Restaurant - Former Durand restaurant located on Saginaw street. Previously known as Virginia's Restaurant and Herrick's.
Schmelzer's - Former Durand business.
Shenk's Gravel Pit - Dump on Goodall Road, now Leisure Lake.
Simplicity - Long-time Durand business located on Oak street.
Smith Buick Sales & Service - Former Durand dealership, in business for more than 40 years, from the early 1930s until 1976. Owned by the Smith family until its sale to Ken Canfield.
Spagnuolo's Grocery - Former Durand business located on Saginaw street. Also known as "Spag's."
Taste Freeze - Former Durand restaurant, located at the end of the high school access road.
The Durand Express - Durand newspaper from 1888 until 2003, when it ceased operation after being absorbed by the Argus-Press. It was located on Saginaw street for many years. Originally published by T.R. (Theodore) Chapin, purchased by M.L. Izor in 1898 and remained within the family until 1941 after the death of M.L.'s son, Harry. M.B. Gallagher, Lui Ring, Cleland Wylie and James K. Ellis all served as editors for a time, until Ellis and his wife Thelma bought it in 1947. In 1952 they sold the paper to Owen and Arlene Rood. In 1988 the Roods sold the paper to Mark and Ellen Zale.
The Durand Signal - Durand newspaper from 1866 until ?. Originally published by Fred J. Cross.
The Sceen - XXX Drive-In Movie Theater owned by Harry Mohney. The flicks and eventually the city garnered the nick name "Durand Dirties." After opening the theater in 1966, Mohney went on to star in and direct porn films and to eventually operate the Deja Vu stable of gentlemens clubs, based in Seattle. Formerly the Hi-Vue Drive-In. The theater closed in the mid-1980s.
Thompson's Drug Store - Former pharmacy located on Saginaw street, popular for its' soda fountain.
Virginia's Restaurant - Former Durand restaurant located on Saginaw street. Previously known as Herrick's.
Warner's - Former Durand party store located in the former Spagnulo's Grocery on Saginaw street. Nina's In & Out was later in the space.
WMZX 103.9 FM - FM radio station based in Owosso that aired local programming, including live broadcasts of Durand high school concert and symphonic band performances until the late-1990s. Formerly WOAP-FM, the station was associated with WOAP 1080 AM for a period of time. Both radio stations were founded by the Argus-Press in 1948. They were sold in 1987. (See also "WOAP 1080 AM.")
WOAP 1080 AM - Daytime AM radio station based in Owosso that aired local programming, including live broadcasts of Durand high school concert and symphonic band performances until the late-1990s. Associated with WMZX 103.9 FM, formerly WOAP-FM, for a period of time. Both radio stations were founded by the Argus-Press in 1948. They were sold in 1987. (See also "WMZX 103.9 FM.")
WWCK 105FM - "Flint's Best Rock;" legendary rock radio station, once considered one of the best rock radio stations in the nation. A documentary produced about the station's history is now lodge in the library and archives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.