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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

   Now that the election cycle truly is underway for 2016 based on the vitriol the candidates are spewing, I am going to be commenting in the next few weeks on today’s politics as viewed through the lens of history.

   Some of you won’t like it.

   I’ve already heard some disparaging remarks when I suggested television news was show biz not journalism.
   So here’s another one:  we say we live in a democracy, but history shows us otherwise.

   Just going back to the foundation of the “United States” of America when there were 13 colonies lashed together in a common cause, freedom from English rule.  Through grit and determination, and more than a little help from our friends French King Louis XVI and others of the French nobility, we broke free from the tyranny of the English throne.

   In fact, when the Revolutionary War ended and a new government was contemplated, it was assumed there would be a monarchy established here.  But after a decade-long debate under a loosely governed conglomerate of “sovereign” states, it was decided that there would be a parliamentary government minus the noble titles.

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   Living in an era with so many automobile traffic deaths each year—32,719 in 2013—one might believe that if there were no cars, no horrific transportation deaths would occur.

   In the lumbering era, when there were no automobiles, there still were ways for people to suffer and die from mishaps.

   For example, 38-year-old John Braun, a shoemaker by trade, stood on the platform of the Pinconning train station. At about 8:30 a.m. on July 12, 1895 Braun was chatting with Louis Landsberg about issues in the Knights of the Maccabees fraternal organization in which Braun was the local tent’s Record Keeper.

   Braun, married and the father of three, had lived in Pinconning for about five years.

    After his conversation with Landsberg, according to official reports, Braun started to walk across the Michigan Central Railroad tracks.  However, the Gladwin train was backing up at the moment Braun stepped onto the rail and, without warning, he was struck on the shoulder by the reversing passenger coach.

   The impact knocked him down and wheels of the car ran over his neck, severing his head, and death was instantaneous.  All this occurred as his friend watched from the platform.

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