2011-08-03 / Opinion


Free Child ID Program in Croswell

Dear Editor:

On Saturday August 6th, the Croswell Masonic Lodge #469 will be providing a free child identification program. The program will be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Croswell Masonic Temple at Howard Street and Wells Street in Croswell. This is being done as a part of Croswell Swinging Bridge Festival.

Each child that goes through the process will receive a dental impression kit that can be done at home as well as a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and their vital information. Parents or guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child to receive this service. Children who have already received the service are encouraged to repeat the process every two years to keep the information in the completed packets current.

The Michigan Child Identification Program provides the family with everything needed for the Amber Alert System and since 2005 several thousand Michigan families have received this valuable service. The program is also considered one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For questions or more information about the event you may call 989-466-3087 or consult the Michigan Child ID Web Site at www.michiganchildid.org.

Nathan Soule

Croswell Lodge 469

Garden tour well attended

Dear Editor:

Marlette Hospital Auxiliary members most sincerely thank every garden walker who, on Thursday, July 14th, chose to see and admire: Terry and Jo-Ann Haskes’ gorgeous gardens, many with patriotic themes, and including a very special memorial section dedicated to the memory of Jo-Ann’s mother; the wide spread and wonderful gardens of Chuck and Debby Bliss including a bridge over peaceful waters as just one of many highlights;

Richard and Pat Randalls’ huge back yard featuring a nostalgic nudge back to years gone by with hosta gardens and theme gardens galore; and Richard and Bev D’Arcys’ tasteful and expansive displays of plants and flowers so perfectly assembled in splendid raised beds surrounding their fine brick farm home. The Marlette Train Depot was very gracious to provide refreshments throughout the evening.

Nearly one hundred people patronized the 2011 Garden Tour, and seven hundred dollars was raised to help purchase a vital signs monitor for the Marlette Regional Hospital Long-term Care Facility. The Auxiliary sincerely thanks the Foundation and Marketing Department of MRH, the Marlette Train Depot staff, and certainly the four gracious and generous garden owners who worked beyond anyone’s imagination to present four most marvelous gardens!

Pat McLaren

Marlette Hospital Auxiliary

Area used for bombing practice in WW II Dear Editor:

Working in the archive room (at the Sanilac County Historical Museum) , I often get asked by visitors and volunteers if I ever get distracted by the content and end up reading. Not typically; however, one day, recently, I did.

While working on an inventory project in the archive room, I was slightly perplexed when I came across a folder labeled World War II — Aerial Bombing. Prior to opening the file and examining the contents, my initial hunch was, like the museum’s Civil War content, this folder likely contained information about local soldiers who were part of the war; however, in this case, they specifically participated in the bombing of Nazi-occupied countries. I was entirely wrong.

Upon opening the file, I discovered a document dated August 6, 1942, from the War Department based out of Detroit, Michigan, bearing a map of the Thumb area with Harbor Beach and Port Sanilac clearly marked. After closer inspection,

I ascertained that this document was a letter to local mariners warning them of an upcoming “aerial bombing practice” taking place in Lake Huron. The document was signed by H.G. Barrows with the title of “Colonel, Corps of Engineers District Engineer.” (I’ve included a transcript of the document at the end of this article.)

After leaving the archive room that day and attempting to resume course work, I kept returning to the document, in my mind, and began pondering the local history surrounding the event. Naturally, I told my friends and family about my discovery and was excited to see their interest sparked. While gently making a copy of the document, for reference purposes, the Society’s administrator, Joyce, recalled White Rock (insert location), being reduced in size due to the aerial bombing practice. At this particular point in the project, I realized that the purpose of these proposed articles should not be limited to sharing interesting documents in the archive room, but to perhaps serve as an impetus for documenting local history. I invite you to share your stories and memories. If you recall the practice runs in Lake Huron, or, as a child were told stories about them, please contact the Society. I would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you and document your piece of Sanilac County history that can be shared with generations to come.


LAKE HURON - lower end - Port Sanilac to Harbor Beach, Michigan - CAUTION

Commencing on August 10, 1942, aerial bombing practice will take place in an area 10 miles in width, starting a point 5 miles north of Port Sanilac and extending 20 miles north toward Harbor Beach. Provision for patrolling the area by air and safeguarding personnel and material will be the responsibility of the commander of the organization conducting the practice, and no restrictions will be established relative to the movement of commercial or privately owned vessels in this area.

Jill Brown

Sanilac County Historical Society

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