Mary Beth Writes

I have some great pictures!  Please click "Read More," then click on the pdf icon to open the story and photos of Franc's front yard. 

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This is awesome.

My grandmother had almost no front yard, but her back yard was spacious. There were trees, paths, a grapevine, flowers of types too numerous to count, berries, vegetables, and even a chicken coop with chickens who would bite my ankles when I was sent to collect the eggs. This was all within the city of Muskegon, MI -- I wish I had photos but alas. I do not. Oh and her house was one of those houses that one ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalog. She was also very frugal.

Muskegon was an hour south from Ludington, where I grew up. My parents would occasionally drive us there on Friday nights - stopping for dinner at the Goody-Goody in Whitehall for supper. Then we would shop downtown Muskegon. I always bought new pencils at Kresge's. I remember the pet department at Kresge's - all those poor birds and turtles jammed in cages. And yes to the Sears catalog houses ... I live in one now! Still a sturdy, logically-laid-out house. I think most of the houses on my street were Sears houses, and at 1400 square feet - we have one of the biggest!

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