Family History

The Pink Brick House on the Hill

March 17, 2015

I vividly remember my Grandma and Grandpa Stone’s pink brick home on Eden Hill. Their home was perched atop a hill, overlooking their sweet cherry orchard, with a near panoramic view that opened to the west and the north. During my early years, I knew these Grandparents the least, because of their annual departure south to Bradenton, Florida. But what I DID know, was because of my Grandmother’s  letters.  She …Read the Rest

Wallaker Creek Fun

Wallaker Creek Fun
May 7, 2014

What did kids do during their free time in the 1950’s? There were no video games, or hundreds of channels on TV if you had one, nor computers. Kids had to create their own entertainment with the blessing of parents …Read the Rest

Twin Orr-chards Once a Traditional Farm, Now a CSA Farm

Twin Orr-chards Once a Traditional Farm, Now a CSA Farm
June 10, 2011

Last week I popped in at my cousin’s estate sale. She was selling items that belonged to her family that she reluctantly needed to let go, due to lack of space. She surprised me with our Grandma’s red Pyrex applesauce …Read the Rest

Not an Ordinary Tree By Any Means

Not an Ordinary Tree By Any Means
May 20, 2011

So why do I say this is no ordinary tree? It is a century apricot. This tree was planted by my Great Grandparents, John Jacob Lipp and Ada Thalman Lipp. Apricot trees typically mark the first sign of spring in an orchard. It is …Read the Rest

My Centenarian Grandmother

My Centenarian Grandmother
December 21, 2010

Happy 118th birthday, Grandma Orr. My grandma spent a lot of her youth living with  grandparents while her mother did laundry in the lumber camps around Honor in the NW Lower Peninsula of Michigan. She attended a one room country …Read the Rest

‘Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season
November 25, 2010

  Bells ringing in front of stores and malls toll in the Christmas season. Christmas tree sales popping up in front of store parking lots. Wreaths and garland gaily topped with red ribbon, hang on display racks in front of grocery stores. Cold weather finally …Read the Rest

NW Michigan Orchard Farmlife in the 50’s & 60’s

NW Michigan Orchard Farmlife in the 50’s & 60’s
November 11, 2010

Horticulturist. That is what I said my father was. I discovered this fancy term for farmer from my guidance counselor after a secondary education assessment, a test to see what vocation would best suit my interests, talents, abilities. As an aside, …Read the Rest

Scottish, Irish, or Both?? Roots Part 2

Scottish, Irish, or Both?? Roots Part 2
October 15, 2010

Image via Wikipedia With Marc Gunn‘s Irish & Celtic Podcast running in my iPod, I begin another story of  tracing my roots. I grew up always believing I was solidly Scottish on my mother’s side of the family. Then as my  peer …Read the Rest

Tracing My Roots From Appleton,WI Part 1

Tracing My Roots From Appleton,WI Part 1
September 16, 2010

“Who are these people and how are we related?”!!  Being the next to the youngest child on both my mother and my father’s side of the family caused me to ask this question often as a young child and later …Read the Rest

The Good Ol’ Summertime

The Good Ol’ Summertime
August 29, 2010

It is Sunday afternoon as I write this and it is VERY HOT! I am in northwestern Michigan, without air-conditioning, and trying to remember what I did before I was fortunate enough to have a home with air. I remember, many …Read the Rest

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