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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

   It is only about 50 years late.

   The conversation that Greeks need to go was initiated in the Sixties on campuses across the country. 

   No, not the nationality, but the social clubs.  After all, that’s what fraternities and sororities are—social clubs.

   They are places where rich people’s kids get to meet other rich people’s kids, party together, strut around the campus with their Greek-lettered insignia to show everyone else that they are socially superior.

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  Bay City marksmen once won the national shooting championship, and one of them held a record that stood for over 25 years.

  I often run across stories, little slices of local history long forgotten, which appeared in passing on the pages of the Bay City Times or its predecessors.  This was one of them.

   One picture accompanying a story caught my eye—a group of men in uniform under the title of “Bay City’s Championship Rifle Team.”

   These were local militia men from the unit known as the Peninsulars.

   It was a story printed sometime around 1907, reminiscing about the time when the city could boast of a top rifle team, one that had swept the awards in competition at the state level for years.

The Michigan champions attracted the attention of the state’s military department, forerunner of the National Guard, in the 1880s.
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