Yale City
St. Clair Co MI



Yale, MI (Central Methodist Church) (1940s) Contributed by Paul Petosky


Yale, MI (Methodist Episcopal Church) (1918) - Contributed by Paul Petosky


Yale MI - Methodist Episcopal Church 1912



Yale, MI (Yale Woolen Mills) (1909) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

The Yale Woolen Mill of Yale, Michigan, one of the largest in its time, and located ideally on a river where easy transport provided raw materials and shipment ease, would fail in 1963.

The Yale Woolen Mill's prime location helped with its initial success, but this was not enough to allow the mill to remain so. At first, the products of the Yale Woolen Mill were diverse, but then in the 1920's to the 1940's they began to standardize and started making only automobile upholstery. This was quite lucrative in the beginning, but with the rise of synthetics, due to their novelty and ease of care, they began to overshadow traditional fibers like wool. This became especially apparent after World War II when these synthetic fibers began being used in the automobile industry for upholstery because they were cheaper. The company tried to shift to making apparel, but unsuccessfully. Diversification had come too late; their focus on a single product was their downfall. They closed down in 1963.

(Excerpt) Pendleton Woolen Mills
A Northwest Success History 469
Washington State University Vancouver
By Rick Thum II



Yale, MI (Auditorium) (1910) - Contributed by Paul Petosky




Yale, MI (The Paisley) (1907) - Contributed by Paul Petosky




Yale, MI (South Main Street) (1911) - Contributed by Paul Petosky




Yale, MI (South Main Street) (1911) - Contributed by Paul Petosky




Yale, MI (Main Street Looking South) (1930s) - Contributed by Paul Petosky


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