In the last several weeks the Almont community has lost two of the grand ladies of “old” Almont.
On September 8, June Ella Wilson Hough passed away at the age of 91. The Wilson family came to the Almont area in 1837. June married her high school sweetheart, Chuck Hough, in 1946. The Hough families came to Almont in 1834.
June was an upbeat, positive person. She always had a smile on her face. She was the last person that still called me “Jimmie” whenever we met.
She was also courageous. She hosted the graduation party for the class of 1968.
Ruth Marion Farley passed away on September 17, the day after her 99th birthday. She often said she did not want to live to be 100. Her family came to Almont in 1839.
Ruth was a lifelong family friend. She and sister, Margaret, would come to family dinners at Easter, Christmas, and family birthday parties.
She was an immense treasure trove of historical information about Almont and Imlay City. As president of the Almont Community Historical Society, I often sought her out to fill in gaps in the historical record or to verify what someone else had told me.
My wife, Cindie, and I would go over to Oxford to see Ruth and her sister, Margaret, when she was alive. On many occasions we would come back with items for the museum—a photo album of Homecoming photos, a pin from the 1914 celebration.
These ladies will be missed.

—Jim and Cindie Wade