Here are two women I know very well. One’s my mom (Mary Johnson, on the left), and the other is a lifelong neighbor and friend (Helen DeVol).
They’ve both lived in the village of Old Mission for a very long time, and have seen a lot of changes during those years. Mom and Dad were married in 1946, and I believe that Helen and Bob DeVol were married in the 1940s, as well.
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Bob owned the Old Mission store all the time I was growing up (oh, that penny candy box and those orange creme-sicles!), and Helen ran the post office next door. It was a long commute to work – they lived just across the road.
Mom and Helen gladly posed for me at a recent meeting of the Old Mission Women’s Club, where Helen was honored for being in the club for 70 years.
I found this clip from the Traverse City Record-Eagle, dated Saturday, March 6, 1948. The story notes that the club meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Marshall Pratt, with Helen as the co-hostess.
Long-time Old Mission residents will notice a few other familiar names in the Record-Eagle story.