In her own words: A poem by Hazel B. Thompson

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Then came the day

The day we started our trip,

Our trip to Niagara Falls.

niagara falls from above

Niagara Falls from above

We made it in a Studebaker,

1920-30 Goodenow fixing car

Goodenow changing a tire


1920-30 WST family in front of car

Ellsworth, Blanche, Hazel and Walter

A seven passenger touring car

With tires and suitcases strapped all ’round.

At night we slept on the ground near the car.

When it rained we asked

To sleep in the hay

Under the cover of a friendly farmer’s barn.

We made trips this way

over mud and dirt roads

Two or three days at a stretch,

Back to the “home-town,”

The Thompson’s In front of Stacy Thompson’s home 1919

The Thompson’s In front of Stacy Thompson’s home 1919

Adventurous camping trips.

We had real fun.

We did things together.

We were a family – a father, a mother,

Two sons, and a daughter.

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  1. Michaeleen McKinley Laney says:

    I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures from the past. Brought back memories of seeing our extended families.

  2. Michelle Grenier says:

    I was just looking for some historic photos of Manistee and came across this incredible tribute to your family’s history. What a treasure. I was absolutely transported by every verse written by Hazel Thompson.

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