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       This is the place for readers to find the stories about both Jonathan Raines, a tough detective in Detroit during the 1930s, and equally rugged West Texas lawman Johnny Madrid, plus other memorable  characters in novels featuring a variety of historical settings. 

This also is the place for Just Yesterday, a column devoted to interesting local historical tales, and little known facts about the people who settled Bay City and the State of Michigan.  There also is My Times, a column with comments on current news events with a historical perspectives.    You can stop at the Writer's Desk for helpful tips on writing that paper, newsletter, article, or even the great American novel.

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Pecos Moon By Tim Younkman
If I Die Again By Tim Younkman
Detroit 32 By Tim Younkman

My Times

Just Yesterday


   This proposed new President Trump administration is quite breathtaking in its ignorance of history.

   It seems doomed to repeat certain historical paths making the stories of “Brave New World” and “Fahrenheit 451” seem sunshiny in their foretelling.

   Take for example the Trump-backing moron who suggested this week that rounding up Muslims and make them register their identities should be allowed based on the precedence of the U.S. rounding up Japanese-Americans in 1942 and placing them in concentration camps.

   It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.  Step one, register today, you American Muslims, and , step two, be thrown in a camp in order to “protect America.”

   Quite a few of those in the Trump entourage, including Trump himself, have claimed his administration will be an “America First” advocate.  They go glibly on to babble about doing whatever it takes to protect America above all else, so “America First.”

   Using the “America First” label tells me one of two things.  Either they don’t know what that tag has meant in our history, or they do know and want to emulate it.

   “America First” was a front for the Nazis in the U.S.  It advocated keeping the U.S. out of the European War.  They didn’t really care much about Japan, but concentrated on letting the Nazis have their way with Europe without American intervention.

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   There was a time when people did not clog the highways bumper-to-bumper on the 4th of July Holidays.

    That was all before the automobile and if a family wanted to go on an outing for the day, preferably somewhere cool and fun, there was the beach.

   Wenona Beach, on the Saginaw Bay just north of West Bay City, was the destination of many, although it promised to be crowded.  One could get there by horse-drawn buggy, but then there was the problem of keeping the horse tied up, fed, and watered. 

   The best thing was the street railway which brought people to the park on regular runs throughout the holiday.

   But how about for those folks who wanted to avoid that huge crowd?  Well, there was Linwood Park.  Since promoters didn’t want to compete with Wenona Beach on the Fourth, the Linwood Park celebration would be on the Fifth.

    Wenona Beach Casino advertised two stage play renditions of “Wanted A Wife” and “A Trip on the Races,”  performed by the Morris-Thurston Stock Company.  The ad also advised folks that there would be motorboat races and 4th of July fireworks.

    Linwood Beach promotions pointed out  that the real enjoyment, minus the hubbub of all the rides and games at the big park could be had at Linwood Park.

   Special railroad trains would make runs from the Pere Marquette station in Bay City at 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. and trains would return at 10:58 a.m., 4:25 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.

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