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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

BAY CITY’S ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
 

   Note to city officials:  A new historical marker might be in order on the corner of Center and Washington avenues where a Hollywood legend gave her debut performance. 

   Her name was Leila Marie Koerber, a little girl from Ontario, Canada who moved to the lumber-boom town of Bay City with her family in the late 1870s.  She is better remembered by her stage name, Marie Dressler.

   Miss Dressler won the Academy Award in 1931 after an extremely long and productive career on the stage and in early motion pictures.  She also held the title as oldest woman to have won the Best Actress award for another 51 years before Katherine Hepburn won in 1982 for “On Golden Pond.”

   Marie was a wonderfully funny, entertaining, and effectively dramatic in both her film and stage careers, launched at the age of 11 in Bay City’s Westover Opera House (where the Phoenix Building stands today). 
   

    
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  NO FOOLING: RIDOTTO BURNS
 

  Some thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank.

   A woman ran through the halls yelling:  “Fire!”

   Then they smelled the smoke and panic set in for some while others began moving in an orderly fashion to the fire escapes.

   On April 1, 1940, exactly 75 years ago, the elegant landmark Ridotto Building on the corner of Madison and Center avenues was consumed by flames.

   The gray brick building, a three-story structure, originally designed as an elegant entertainment venue for Bay City’s elite lumber baron families, began to implode in less than an hour.


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