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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

 
                    WAR WITH MEXICO              
 

    The dispute with Mexico over a “great wall” that will keep pesky foreigner out of our country is only the latest in a historical contest between the two.

    Are we ready to cede land to Mexico?  We will if a wall is built because one cannot build such a thing on any land but one we own so the wall will be built on American soil, meaning the land on the other side will belong to Mexico which could do whatever it wants with the land.

   There has been ill-will between the two nations based on the events of 1846 to 1848.  Most of the people listening to the White House chatter probably don’t know how the U.S. stole half of Mexico.

   It started a decade earlier when Americans moved into the sparsely populated land of Texas, a province of Mexico, bringing with them slaves to work the land.  Slavery was illegal in Mexico and therefore Texans were ordered to free them or leave.

   Instead, the Texans declared the province independent and all sorts of provocateurs descended on the land forcing a series of military battles in which the poorly-led Mexican army was defeated.  However, Mexico insisted Texas was part of its nation and not independent.

   Then the U.S., planning on expanding slavery westward, annexed Texas as a state leading to more armed conflict that expanded into a full-fledged war.  Under Generals Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor, the American army overwhelmed Mexican forces in a series of battles and eventually occupied Mexico City itself forcing the Mexican government to sue for peace.

   In the ensuing treaty, Mexico was forced to give up half of its territory including what is now all of California, Nevada, Utah,  and most of Arizona, plus parts of New Mexico and Colorado, along with recognition  that Texas was part of the U.S.

   To make matters worse, the occupying American forces went insane, raping, pillaging, and murdering private citizens, and to such an extent that soldiers like Lt. Ulysses Grant wrote home questioning the morality of the war.


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  An Unnatural Mother
   It’s interesting to see how differently we look at certain crimes today than we did a century or more ago.

   A June 3, 1903 edition of The Evening Times Press newspaper in Bay City displayed a small story on what it called an “unnatural mother,” who had led her young daughter into a life of prostitution.

   While some might thing this was a highly unusual turn of events in a local family’s life, it turns out that there often were stories about parents leading children into lives of crime in order to make enough money to survive.

   While there were millions of dollars to be made in Bay City during the lumbering era, most of that ended up in the hands of what we now call the “one percent.” The thousands of laborers toiling in the lumber camps and sawmills and related industries made low wages and usually not enough alone to support a family.

   When something happened to the husband and father in the family, female members had to find ways to bring income home. Usually the mothers would take in laundry or work outside the home cleaning the houses of the wealthy.

   In this 1903 case, the mother decided to sell her daughter, a crime in any century, but how it was handled when discovered was a different story.


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