Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Kit Bag

Kit Bag It's back down on the farm again awakening to the sounds of a new day. The crow of a rooster, actually many roosters of varying varieties, from down near the hen-house  were relentless. One awakening was somewhat more alarming than [...]

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Army Navy

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Army Navy

Army Navy: At first I hadn’t paid much attention, as I began poking through our old photo albums from seven decades ago. A very odd thing surfaced when checking out our kids in uniform series, which were taken over a period of several years when [...]

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The Dove

The Dove: My early exposure to the sights, sounds, and smells of a small rural farm, at such a young age, couldn’t be bad. In fact, it was to be very enlightening for a little city kid. To awaken in the mornings to the sounds of farm animals, and [...]

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The Jett family, Ronnie and Danny

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The Farm

The Ronnie and Danny show made its first appearance down on the farm in the spring of 1942. It became an annual trek to the southern-most part of Indiana, where we got to spend a good part of the summer. The little town of Maysville was just a few [...]

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The Ronnie and Danny show

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The Stage

The stage is set. The babies are in place, a variety of people are behind the curtain arranging the scenery. Someone is out front putting up a new marquee. The “Ronnie and Dannie Show” is about to open, starring little Ronnie Hart and littler [...]

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Roy's geneology from birds to fish

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The Genie

The Genie: My good friend Roy, perhaps my only friend, went to Redford High School and lived in a neighborhood near where I grew up in Michigan. Roy has become a first rate genealogist, not by trade or education, but by experience. A Finn, extended [...]

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The Grandparents

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The Grands

The Grands: My paternal grandparents on the Hart side, were immigrants for the most part,  and weren't really Harts to begin. They were from Poland and had settled in the Johnstown, Pa. vicinity in the late 19th century. Their family name was [...]

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The Postcard

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The Postcard

Unknown to me the postcard arrived at 5217 32nd Street in late October or early November, 1942. Addressed to Mr & Mrs Hart on 32nd Street, It Read: “Hello all, Having a swell trip. Will write when I reach destination. Give Ronnie my [...]

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Ronnie and Danny with Grandma Amann

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The Find

The Find: Years ago while occasionally looking through our family photo albums, I never took note there were no photos of me as an infant? The earliest dated pictures I have are dated January of 1942, sitting in a bathtub, which would make me 13 [...]

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The Sheeny Man, Detroit, Mi. circa 1940

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The Sheeny Man

The Sheeny Man Our last horse drawn attraction of that era, was the sheeny man. We could hear him calling from the next block up… “Sheeny Man Coming” and then toot his little tin horn. His wagon would be seen often enough, but his collections [...]

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