We are at the half-way point of the year and activity in the downtown “D” is in high gear. Schools are almost out for summer recess and graduation day are upon us. What the future holds for these countless bright young people is anyone’s guess. Only God alone knows the answer. I think they will find as the years go by, that the work-a-day world is altogether different than what they may have thought. Experience is really the best teacher.
Our June brides, from what I have learned, now seem to think getting married later in the year is a better idea. I think our Michigan weather is part of it. One minute it’s hot next it’s cold. If it’s 85-90 degrees and the church has no AC there is a big problem. Especially for the bride in her heavy satin wedding gown or the groom in a hot suit with a tight shirt collar! I would like to share briefly a true wedding from Hades story. A couple I knew wanted to get married in their special park where he proposed. There was a barn-like structure with open doorways, big open windows (no screens) and plain wooden benches. No AC. It was 85 degrees and 7 o’clock in the evening. Among other nighttime bugs buzzing around were mosquitos the size of small pigeons with needles six inches long. Needless to say the minister had a short service and when the couple said “I do” the guests said “I don’t” and there was a mass exit! It was the quickest wedding I’ve been to.
June 18th, Father’s Day. Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. It requires a lifetime of learning with smiles, frowns and a whole lot of ups & downs in between. The nations first Father’s Day was celebrated in the state of Spokane Washington on June 19, 1910. However, it was not until 1972 (58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official) that the day honoring Father’s became a nationwide holiday in the United States. The third Sunday in June. The amount spent on Father’s Day is still less than what American’s spend on Mother’s Day - $21 billion. A note to all dad’s – anytime you hear, “Oh Dad!......” be prepared for anything.
April 2017. Another Detroit Historic landmark is sold. Busy Bee Hardware put up a sign that advertised something new for the 100-year old store – Going Out of Business. The undisclosed new owner(s) future plans for the site include retail, office and residential. Some of the most interesting and colorful history of old Detroit can be found at Eastern Market. A lot of it is centered around the old hardware store during the Prohibition era in the 1920’s when the Purple Gang operated out of the Hastings Street neighborhood know as Paradise Valley. In the store was a rope-operated elevator. At the bottom of the shaft there was a tunnel connected to the basement of the building next store which was a maze of dead end hallways and doors that opened on to brick walls. It was speculated that there was a distillery down there and the tunnel had a secret walk-way over the alley connecting the two buildings allowing bootleggers to escape into the store and pretend to be shoppers if there was a police raid. There was even a hidden fourth floor over the key shop next to the hardware store. It could not be seen from outside.
There are so very many more stories connected with Eastern Market but I cannot write them all here. Check your internet for more information.
For the summer season check events at Campus Martius. The Tigers will be here to play the White Sox at the beginning of June. For other things to do check the internet.
Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dad’s from “Daddy’s Little Girl”.