In today’s edition of “Old Mission History,” I bring to you a clipping from the Traverse City Record-Eagle dated Wednesday, August 28, 1957. It’s from my mom’s archives. As with every female in our family through several generations, my mom kept everything – and for that, I’m very grateful!
Not only does Mom have a treasure trove of family history in her scrapbooks and boxes, but also a treasure trove of Old Mission Peninsula history. So as I go through all her archives, I’ll be posting some of them here on the Gazette.
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(Side Note: I chuckled quietly to myself when my brother-in-law Steve Lewis posted on his blog the other day about all the clippings, papers, napkins strewn with writing, playbills, appointment books and everything under the sun that my sister kept. Yep, it’s in our DNA, this need to document everything. I do the same thing, and so did our female ancestors dating back generations.)
Anyway, I found this newspaper clipping in Mom’s stuff. As mentioned, it’s from the Record-Eagle dated August 28, 1957. I believe at this time, they were still in the process of building the new Old Mission Peninsula School. Tim recalls starting kindergarten in the fall of 1957, in the lobby of the gym at the new school, because the kindergarten classroom wasn’t ready yet. Read more about that here.
The clipping and photo shows all of the brand new bus drivers getting ready to start the school year, having completed training on how to drive a bus (and deal with all those kids!).
The reason Mom clipped it is because Ed Brown is in the photo. Some of you probably had Ed for a bus driver (my bus driver was Bill Welhusen – he drove the Old Mission route). All the bus drivers from those days, including Bernie Carroll, Norm Crampton and all the rest, are legendary.
And of course, if you’ve been reading the Gazette for a while, you know that Tim and I have a long history with the Brown family, including the fact that we bought our Bluff Road property from Ed and his wife Jo. My friend Marge (Brown) Long was born on the same day as my sister, Carol. Our moms shared a hospital room, and the story goes that Dad was taking a nap in the bed next to Mom’s, and they had to move him out of there to make way for Jo.
Here’s the full newspaper clipping below. You can see where Mom highlighted Ed’s name; he’s third from the right in the front row. And if you can’t read the caption on the photo, here it is:
“New school bus drivers in Grand Traverse county, who will take over their responsibilities within the next few days, have completed a rigid course of schooling under the direction of Sgt. Donald Downer, traffic specialist, Michigan state police and under the supervision of Walter Kinch, chief of the Traverse City school bus driver corps. On the left are Kinch and Sgt. Downer during a session of the class which includes new drivers from all parts of the county. New drivers who will assume their duties for the first time this year are Harold Battenfield, Fife Lake; Mrs. Robert Ramsey, Fife Lake; Leroy Ingersoll, Fife Lake; Raymond Ansorge, Traverse City; Harold Engle, Williamsburg; William Baker, Traverse City; Henry Beagle, Traverse City; Richard Wagner, Cherry Knoll; Ed Brown, Traverse City; Laurel Thompson, Traverse City; and Joseph Duffek, Williamsburg.”
What bus driver did you have? Leave thoughts and memories in the comments section at the bottom of this story.