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Postcard from the Pines

Postcard from the Pines

Today is Arbor Day, April 24, 2015. In theory, it is a day set aside to get out and enjoy the forest and plant a tree or two. After all, trees…

Devoted

Devoted

I’ve spent part of the winter digitizing the photographic collection of the Marion Area Historical Museum. It is a great pleasure and somewhat of a formidable task. I am so…

Lest we forget…

Lest we forget…

One hundred and fifty years ago, in mid April of 1865, this country saw the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth.…

Bernie the Easter Bunny

Bernie the Easter Bunny

Will it be a springy Easter or a wintry Easter? Only the good Lord, Mom Nature and the Easter Bunny know for sure. It’s been a rocky road to spring…

Little birds and big trees

Little birds and big trees

We all know that the logging industry here is nothing new. It drove Michigan’s first boom time. Like much of the rest of the state, our area was cleared and…

A tie that binds

A tie that binds

Not so long ago I was digging into the archives of the Marion Dispatch/Press for some specific info on an old settler. What I found, square in the middle of…

Don Sible – a timely man

Don Sible – a timely man

Most weeks are full of Old News on the Marion, Michigan Facebook page. Everyone enjoys a look at the Marion that used to be, and a glimpse of lost memories.…

Cards and notes from Carrie Ward

Cards and notes from Carrie Ward

February 27th was the 132nd birthday of my maternal grandmother, Carrie Vowles Ward, 1883-1961. She was born on a homestead in Iowa, which to my mind was very Laura Ingalls Wilder…

58 Candles on the Flemming’s Clothing cake

58 Candles on the  Flemming’s Clothing cake

As long as I can remember, Flemming’s Clothing has been right there; a stable thing on our shrinking Main Street. In fact, the store has been there, looking much the…

Bringing the past into the future

Bringing the past  into the future

It’s been a long haul for the Marion Area Historical Museum. By that I mean several things, but primarily the journey from its origin in a no-tech time, to its…