My great grandfather was Earl Dwight Mendenhall (1894-1972). On his WWI draft registeration card, it shows that he was living in Midland, Michigan on June 05, 1917 at the age of 23.
I found Midland's website- www.cityofmidlandmi.gov- they call Midland "The City of Modern Explorers"- not sure exactly why, but it's an interesting name!
By looking at the pictures on Google, Midland is a BEAUTIFUL town! I would love to visit, not only because one of my ancestors were there, but because I've never been to Michigan, (just another check off the bucket list!)
Before the 1850's, Midland was an Indian village- the Chippewa Indiana Wikkiups. Settlers started to form which included Indian hunters, fisherman, farmers and loggers. The city of Midland was incorporated in 1887.
The first industry to come to Midland was in 1890 when a man named Herbert Henry Dow founded Dow Chemical Company- which is still in the works- now named Dow Chemical-- there is also Dow Corning Corporation- two Fortune 500 Companies.
When visiting Midland, what should you do?
There are a lot of historical homes- mid-20th century architecture
Biking and Skating
Dow Diamond Stadium near downtown Midland- Minor league Baseball