And A Good Time Was Had By All…

We have another successful Old Fashioned Days on the books. We say it every year, because we consider it is so. And in our opinion, attendance appeared to be higher than in the past couple of years. Every year hundreds of folks come for a variety of reasons and attractions. They all have a good time and go home sure that this was probably the best….until next year.

Back in the glory days of the August 7th celebrations, visitors signed a public guest book. The next week the Marion Press

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist

Julie Traynor
Postcards from the Pine Columnist

would run a list of all who signed. There were hundreds of names and many comments. Area news columns and the Locals gossip were full of the news of visitors home from a far. Traditionally Marion’s children came home for the August 7th Homecoming, Thanksgiving and Christmas. All roads and train rides led to Marion in those days. These days it is harder for folks to get away and return to the old hometown. There can be too many demands upon vacation time and other choices, probably more inviting than our old fashioned fun. Marion always throws a nice party for all.     

Seldom do Marionites thank those who put this shindig together for us each year; in fact we can be quicker to complain than to be thankful. Without the yearly efforts of the folks at Marion Area Chamber of Commerce and those who volunteer hours of their time, efforts and often dollars, for our good time, we would not have this annual party we all enjoy.

I realize that it is not enough to simply say Thank You to the folks at the Chamber and the many volunteers and folks who devote so much time and effort to make Marion’s get-together such a good one, but it’s a start. Thank you. I had a very good time and I’m already looking forward to the next one.    

This month in Local History: Marion’s Founder Christopher Clark 1833-1911, and early entrepreneur and no doubt his acquaintance, Alvin H. Corwin 1855-1911, both died within the same week. This had to have been quite a shock for the Village. Both men believed in and worked hard to make life better for all in the still very young Village of Marion. 

Their wives, Mary (Marion) Clark 1845-1933 and Ellen Corwin 1857-1948, both made of very sturdy stock, lived long lives in their Marion homes, and each very capably handled the business affairs left them by their husbands. 

As we all know, one of the great pleasures of Old Fashioned Days is seeing folks you have not seen in a while. We all head out in the morning with great expectations for whom we may meet. I was not disappointed and had the chance to talk with a number of folks home for the doings. I had the good fortune to have the chance to talk with two of the Baker boys, Roger and Jack. Roger, when he was in high school, was one of the many who answered the ‘ding’ and pumped gas and washed your car windows at Berry’s Sinclair in the 1950’s. His brother Jack opted for summer employment at Riverside Electric.

Back row, l to r: Rudy Salisbury, X, Bus Driver Shirley Randall, X, Neil Pifer, Ralph Kornoely, Bob Pifer, George, De Koku (sorry, this is not a correct spelling, but how it sounds), Jim Storey, Kurt Forsgren, Jack Baker, Don Lloyd, Donna Dunn (Dell), X, Bernard Prielipp, Roger Baker, Beverly Bontekoe (Schwartz), Bill Keehn, Phyllis Hoekwater (Lee), Rose Lloyd (Henson), ____Cooper, Barb Bontekoe (Kirkby), Marian Hoekwater (Owinga), Joyce Hubbard (Kelley), ____Stickler, Shirley Hubbard (Dodds), Donna Baker (Peterson). Front row, l to r: Lee or Larry Schepers (one of the twins), X, X, X, Joyce Schepers (Mayle), Ron Lloyd, X, Larry or Lee Schepers (the other twin), X, Steve Baker, X,X,X. The Baker boys think that these last three small girls are possibly Hubbard sisters. We’re hoping someone will know. If you have any clues, give me a call at 231-743-2743 or drop an email to the Marion Press.

Back row, l to r: Rudy Salisbury, X, Bus Driver Shirley Randall, X, Neil Pifer, Ralph Kornoely, Bob Pifer, George, De Koku (sorry, this is not a correct spelling, but how it sounds), Jim Storey, Kurt Forsgren, Jack Baker, Don Lloyd, Donna Dunn (Dell), X, Bernard Prielipp, Roger Baker, Beverly Bontekoe (Schwartz), Bill Keehn, Phyllis Hoekwater (Lee), Rose Lloyd (Henson), ____Cooper, Barb Bontekoe (Kirkby), Marian Hoekwater (Owinga), Joyce Hubbard (Kelley), ____Stickler, Shirley Hubbard (Dodds), Donna Baker (Peterson). Front row, l to r: Lee or Larry Schepers (one of the twins), X, X, X, Joyce Schepers (Mayle), Ron Lloyd, X, Larry or Lee Schepers (the other twin), X, Steve Baker, X,X,X. The Baker boys think that these last three small girls are possibly Hubbard sisters. We’re hoping someone will know. If you have any clues, give me a call at 231-743-2743 or drop an email to the Marion Press.

In 1953, both boys and their sister Donna, along with other kids from the northeast Marion area, rode the red, white and blue Marion school bus No. 7, driven by Shirley Randall. Jack Baker brought his copy of an 8×10 black and white glossy photograph of these kids and the bus and driver, along to the Marion Museum and made a Digital Donation of this photo. With a Digital Donation the photo is scanned and saved to our computer and photo collection, the owner takes his photo home. It is a win-win for those who wish to share an image. We’ve also recently received email Digital Donations. This is the digital age.

This is a great photo from a nostalgic age, the 1950’s. We reckon that this is not the only photo taken of Marion’s busses, drivers and riders. If you have one from your route and bus riding days we’d sure like to see it and have a Digital Donation if you are willing.

Jack and Roger Baker were able to identify many of their fellow bus riders, but there are gaps. We’ll list them here and hope that someone will be able to name some faces for us. Enjoy this look at Marion school kids from 64 years ago. For the sake of brevity, X denotes unknown student.



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One Response to And A Good Time Was Had By All…

  1. Marian Hoekwater Ouwinga Reply

    August 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    first x is Harry Martin…after the bus driver is George Wonsey, George De Koek Koek stayed with his grandparents (Medendorps on M 66), after Donna Dunn is Betty Christie…Pat Cooper before Barb Bontekoe….Dick Stickler….Front Row….Lee Schepers, Mary Schepers, Joyce Wonsey and ?, after Ron Lloyd is Steve Cooper, Larry Schepers, Doris Lloyd, ….after Steve Baker is Margery Wonsey, ??, and Carol Cooper hope this helps…..Marian..

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