In early 1902, it was announced that a new daily soap opera written by an unidentified local writer was going to be published in the Manistee Daily News. Originally titled “Nell Evans: The Romance of a Salt Well”, but changed a few days later to “Nell Evans: A Story of Manistee”, this series was first published on January 13, 1902 with installments daily for several weeks after. .
While many of the characters in the series are fictional, like the lead character of Dr Frank Randolph, a man returning to Manistee after several years away – their interactions with the surroundings of Manistee from 1902 – not to mention any local references. – make for interesting reading almost 120 years later.