Bruce Township Historical Corner – October 2017

by Shirley Patrick

It has been an unusual summer but a busy one it seems for everyone. Everyone keeps saying where has the time gone – but really we are all just getting older and slower and time seems to be passing us by more quickly. Guess we had better ‘take the time to smell the ROSES’ as the old saying goes.

I have had very little time to spend at our Bruce Township Library Room this summer but have spent hours here at home working on collecting information on our families when I have the time. This winter I hope to get all the information filed in the family books on the cold days ahead. I had quite a few calls from different states and am working on exchanging information with the people.

I do keep encouraging people to stop by and look at the information we have in our Library Room. Thanks to everyone who has dropped off newspapers for me–I appreciate it very much. Also thanks to all who have given us three-ring binders. We have plenty of them now. It sure saves a lot of money as those binders are very expensive.

If you have any information on families that you would like to share with me I would really appreciate it – for example – old family pictures, death records, birth records, marriage licenses, military papers, clippings from the newspapers of accidents, happenings, marriages, anniversaries, family gatherings, births, stories, awards or interviews with people.

I get some nice interviews from the Cloverland Electric Magazine, War Memorial Hospital -Heartbeat Magazine, and the Mackinac Journal. I keep a copy in the family book. When going through your family pictures be sure to write the names of people and date them if you can.

The pictures are priceless when you know who they are as they are passed on to family members. I myself have a whole closet full of family books that I have worked on for years and have shared so much of my information with family members and cousins that have gotten with me from Ohio, Indiana, Florida, and downstate. They have come to my house and we have spent hours on our books sharing and laughing and getting acquainted. My family are the Romano and Amarose people from Hessel area. My Ed’s family are the Patrick and Jaros family from the Stalwart/Goetzville area.

I have made three-ring binders for each of our siblings and it takes hours of work. There were five in my family and 11 in Ed’s family. For me it is a treasure to be able to pass these books onto the families when I die. In July I lost my brother Vern, whom most everyone around here knew. He was 85 yrs old. When we were at the Italian Cementary in Hessel, MI for his burial I took the time to take the teenage siblings over to the stones of our ancestors. They were amazed and did not know much information about our ancestors. I was able to tell them what I knew and who they were and answer some of their questions. Some of them had never been out to the cementery before and did not even know where their grandparents and great-grandparents where buried. You could tell it was an eye opener to them.

Carolyn Person and I worked on the flowers at the Bruce Township Hall as much as we could. We really need to put more hours into them and maybe next summer we can do that. Thanks to Chester Patrick who spent one day with us trimming the grass around the flower beds and trees. It sure made the flowers stand out so much nicer. Here’s hoping we have a good winter and the snow doesn’t get too high for us.

I was scheduled for Rotary Cuff repair – as I had an accident with our big Weed Whip on Wheels in our barnyard I got a rope caught in the machine, but changed my mind and cancelled the operation. It would tie me up too long. Until our next write up – please keep me in mind and share anything you can with me. My phone number is 906-748-0952, E-mail: shirleyap38@yahoo.com. I appreciate any help also if anyone has any time to help me file in our books.