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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.

      The latest Tim Younkman novels published for tablets and other e-readers are available for purchase and downloading through most major distribution sites including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   You also can read the first few chapters for free and I'm sure you'll want to find out what happens next!  Just click on the book cover for a look.

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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


   They came from all lands, all nationalities, all ethnic make-ups, and because they were immigrants skirting the normal rules, they were unwelcome by many Americans.

   They weren’t refugees.  They were in love.

   It was the end of the war, and as often happens when young Americans are sent overseas in all directions, they absorb the local languages, customs, and culture even as they are fighting to the death.

    I was struck with the reality of a subject little noted in the myriad of films and books about the Second World War when sorting through a bunch of my old research files.  My attention was drawn to a small item in The Bay City Times edition of Dec. 2, 1948. 

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   The Independence Day weekend of 1898 was spiced up in Bay City when the world champion baseball Giants came to town.

     The Giants, who beat just about every team lined up against them on the diamond, rode into town in their own rail cars on July 2.

    On Sunday, July 3, the Giants played the Bay City Sugars, short for Sugar Beets (I’m serious), which was the best team in the Michigan State League.  Predictably, the Giants defeated the Sugars 11-5, although Bay City did get 11 hits but fumbled with five errors.

   No, the visitors weren’t the New York Giants—in fact, that year, this visiting team was better.  The team was the Page Fence Giants!

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