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Flashbacks

I grabbed the opportunity to lay my eyes upon my grandchild, faced rush hour traffic south on I75 in the rain. It seemed just weeks ago that my daughter Ruth and I helped move Amulen into his freshman dorm room at Wayne State University. We packed Ruth's Jeep and my...

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George Juhl – Barber and President

George Henry Juhl was born on September 24, 1906 in Juhl, Sanilac, Michigan to Henry (Hans) C. Juhl (1860-1960) and Elizabeth Alice Stevenson Juhl (1878-1975). George joined older brothers Harold James Juhl (1902-1987) and Ralph Juhl (1903-1935). The village of Juhl...

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A personal history of names

In April 1947, my parents named their first child Linda Lois. For two decades, the name Linda, meaning ‘pretty", and Mary, meaning "beloved", dominated the two most popular girl's names in the United States. So, why in February 1949 did my parents break from fashion...

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How to be born again

Why must we be born again? Because Jesus said this was necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. What changes when we are born again? Our sins are forgiven, and we are given a new nature that loves God and others. What is the difference between believing in Jesus and...

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A monument to my ancestors

The first week of April, I surveyed the neglected tree line along our dirt road, stood akimbo, and inhaled a deep breath of reality. "It will take weeks for me to remove the mess with my pruners and your Sawzal," I later reported to Mel. "Let's call James." He agreed....

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“A day in a life of a farm boy”

Charley Farley woke up to the shuffling of his father Mark’s heavy boots across the wooden floor downstairs. He turned over and tried to get back to his dream of running pine logs down the nearby Belle River. Suddenly he realized it was Saturday! No school today, no...

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First fruits of spring

After several teasers of springtime, the scent of sparkling dew on grass greets me. Peepers sing in the marsh down the road. The womb of morning blooms daffodils before my little camper named Happy. And why wouldn't she be, surrounded by all this beauty? Yes, this...

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They’re sunshine for your soul

The other day, on Facebook was a post, from the great beyond, as usual...it said, "Grandchildren just make you feel better. They are sunshine for your soul and medicine for your mind.” Think about this for a minute. I know you’re thinking of all the great things you...

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Gifts for cast down sheep

If you have a beloved lamp (or several) in disrepair, I recommend the Village Lamp Shop just north of downtown Rochester. East of the traffic light by the Dairy Queen on Romeo Road, look left for a yellow house with "139" painted white on a brown awning shading the...

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Scrapbook story catches my eye, “Old Indian Fort”

On January 14, 2023, Janice Weaver Duke donated a scrapbook to the museum. While looking through this scrapbook, (which covers stories from the early 1900s) I came across a story entitled “Old Indian Fort.” This story detailed the reception held by Frank Yoder on his...

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