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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


   The never-ending news accounts of the current Ebola outbreak has raised awareness of it to the level of panic, prompting all kinds of wild ideas on how to prevent it from spreading, some of it absurd or useless.
   However, the current health scare brings to mind stories about a genuine epidemic that swept across the United States and around the globe in the fall and winter of 1918-1919 killing at least 50 million people worldwide.

  That’s right—50 million dead!  That is an epidemic.

   It was known as the Spanish Lady or the Spanish Flu, both because it was thought to have originated in Spain in the early fall of 1918 during World War I.

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  The Spanish influenza of 1918 took away a lot of good people, a number of them were Bay City men who were soldiers engaged in the effort to defeat Germany and its allies.

   Among the most prominent of names was James R. Clements, a young 20-year-old pilot who was finishing his training in France when he was stricken with the disease.

   An item in the Bay City Times-Tribune of Oct. 15, 1918 reported the loss to the community:

 By cable last night, information was received from Paris of the death of Ensign James R. Clements, U.S.N.R.F. of pneumonia on October 8.  He died at a Red Cross hospital and was buried on October 9.  No further information has been received.

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