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Article 346 History Column Dave Petersen This week we will continue with the images from the Seymour family album depicting scenes in and around Epworth circa 1910. Pic1 "Wednesday the paint on the motor boat is dry and we go over to Boswell's and bring it home. A run on the lake and up Lincoln River along the base of Mt Epworth with an occasional stop to tinker with the engine--- it's dusk again and another day is gone." Pic2 "Let's pack our lunch and go to Hamlin today says Peggy early Monday morning. Of course Mrs. Merriman is always ready to go to Hamlin and after a lot of persuading Dr. Merriman agrees to go along if no one asks him to fish. So we take the dummy, stop at the first stop Weimer and eat our lunch beneath the shade of the pine trees at Piney Ridge. Of course we fished all day, even the Doctor fished some." Pic3 "Whew what a storm that was on Tuesday. The great white rollers on the lake looked like a field of tents while the cliff dwellers on the south beach had a few new roofs to buy. The ones they once had were found hanging in the tops of the trees after the storm." Pic4 "Wednesay Mrs. Merriman coaxed the crowd to take the climb up Baldy. So up this 300 feet of sand we climbed to the very top. But the view was really worth the climb. Towards Hamlin one looked across the tops of the forests of pine, oak and maple, with now and then a tiny lake edged with pond lilies glistening white in the sunlight." Pic5 "Toward the north was mile upon mile of desolate sand dunes piled in fantastic heaps by the everlasting winds of Lake Michigan. In the opposite direction was Lincoln field with its wagon road running to Epworth Heights, barely seen in the distance." Pic6 "Tuesday we watch the 2,000 soldiers of the Michigan national Guard play at warfare, while Uncle Sam's moving picture machine recorded their doings. Just today they built a bridge of trees and poles, then after crossing the river they blew it up just as the enemy approached."

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