New Leaves


Nov 08, 2017 by Bonnie

1955 - Family Celebrations

Although Mom’s parents had come from New England, she was a Michigan girl, raised in Ferndale on East Woodland Avenue. Dad was originally from Bellaire (“up north”) but came down to the city to find work as an electrician, after taking an electrical course at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. Mom and Dad each had one sister, and we had four cousins. I probably would have had lots more cousins if tragedy hadn’t intervened early in Dad’s life.


Sep 24, 2017 by Bonnie

1954 - Life at Home and at a New School

Garry, Dottie, and I were blessed to live in a kind, loving family, as the majority of children in America did during those years. Mothers mostly stayed at home and concentrated their energies on caring for their children while the dads supported the family financially. 


Sep 15, 2017 by Bonnie

Clawson 1953

I am hoping to share, each week, a little of my personal history of growing up in Clawson, Michigan.

 Our first home was in Berkley, Michigan, where Mom and Dad built a small 2-bedroom house on Ellwood, taking advantage of the new GI loans available to servicemen returning from World War 2.  For some reason, two-bedroom houses were popular then, but in 1953, with their third child on the way, Mom and Dad decided to sell and move to Clawson. I was six and my brother Garry was four.