Patricia (Francis) Holmes of
Stephen Morrison Francis was born July 28, 1877, to John and Julia(Morrison) Francis at Saugatuck, Michigan, where he spent his boyhood daysliving the happy life of the small town bay, though when only sixteen he beganto use his spare time out of school working with his beloved grandfather,Stephen A. Morrison, for whom he was named and who at that time after retiringfrom his arduous work at his tanneries was devoting himself to small fruitfarming, owning some twenty-five acres of land on Allegan road in the village.These two Steves were very fond of one another andwere often known as "Old Steveand Little Steve," as day afterday they went to their gardens to work.
Then at the age of 17 young Steve, who was a senior in high school,received word from Chicago cousins offering him a job,and as work was scarce for young men in the village he accepted and for severalyears was an employee in the Walker & Ehrman Co.(now the Chicago Screw corporation). Later he became associated in the FederalFolding Box Co., which for the past 35 years he has owned and operated. Severalof his employees who began there with him are still in the plant; they wouldnever leave Steve though opportunities offered, for they not only served him,they loved him. Throughout his life he was honest, kindly, benevolent, thoughof a retiring, conservative nature, but always a true friend to those who knewhim.
He was married in 1908 to Catherine C. Bartelof Princeton, Wisconsin, and they had two sons, Earl, born 1910 and John, bornin 1915, and seven grandchildren: Catherine, barn 1933; Suzanne, 1936; Stephen,1939, John, 1940; Caroline, 1943, and Michael and Patricia, 1948.
For the past few years he had had a heart ailment but did not heed itswarnings- going to the factory each day until Sept. 22 when he collapsed in hisoffice and was taken to
At the time of his death he still owned 15 acres of land (the old racetrack) in Saugatuck and had looked forward to soon retiring and coming here andbuilding a home under the old elm tree and spending his old age- he waited toolong.
Sometimes a simple letter cangive a wonderful slice of an era. This short letter dated May 13, 1923, wasbrought to the museum recently by Mike and Marcia Raleigh of
Thought I'd try to write youa few lines tonight before going to bed.
I intended to tell you when I saw you last Saturday how you folks wouldfind me when you came down. I'd bevery glad to have you come down next week Thursday night. It isn'
There's nothing much goingon here week nights unless they should happen to begin their movies here dailyas the papers said they were to do later. They have just been open on Sat.nights until now and they have shows Sat and Sunday nights.
Miss Baker and I went to see "Freckles" Barry in "
It seems as if I had been on the go ever since I got up this morning. Iwent to the store for milk, came back and then went down again to church, afterdinner, some friends of Miss Baker'scame down and we went for a long ride out to Jenison and Macatawaand back again. It seemed that everybody was out today. There seemed so manycars on the road. After we got back, Miss Baker and I went for a long walk andby the time I got back I thought I was about dead. I don'
Howdid you like the snow storm? Some snow, wasn't it? Baldhead has sure been popular today. There have been people upon it all day.
Wellthere's nothing else to write of, Ihope to see you folks then a week from Thursday night.
Edna Boyce would have been 20years old when she wrote this letter and apparently was living in the home ofMiss Baker, even in 1923 single women did not simply "
October 19, 1906 "C. E.Bird is planning to get some squirrels
May 19, 1907 "Asquirrel has built her nest in the Floto cottage andwas there happy caring for her family of 3 little ones till she had too manyvisitors and 2 of the young died. She took the other one away. "
Squirrels in the area today are so numerous that many consider them ahealth hazard and a nuisance. These paragraphs describe a time when they hadbeen so seriously hunted that steps were taken to import them so children mightwatch their antics as they cavorted around the school yard. There has alwaysbeen at least two large species of squirrels in the area, the Fox Squirrel withreddish-gray fur and the black phase of the Gray Squirrel. As recently as 20years ago the Fox Squirrel was dominant, but as trees in the villages grow toforest size the more aggressive Gray Squirrel is beginning to outnumber itsslightly larger cousin.
The following information concerning the business achievements of G. T.Arnold, formerly postmaster and
This complimentary article aboutformer Saugatuck postmaster George T. Arnold was reprinted from the MackinacIsland newspaper by the September 1, 1893, issue of the