July 25, 2007 You've come a long way, Queenie. From oak and pine trees no doubt harvested from wooded land in Section 29 which Jedediah E. Hough took up from the United States and recorded in 1847. Evert Ferguson bought 80 acres in Section 29 in 1884 and 45 acres in Section 33 in 1888. Evert and Ella's only child, Ruth, was born in this home I call Queen in 1896. Ruth Ferguson Bird wrote her memoirs and daughter Lucy Bird Wayco gave me a copy. Naturally, her memories of early childhood days in my home are priceless.
My parents Sam and Anna Park bought the 125 acres from Evert Ferguson in 1927. We moved here in 1928. No electricity, but we were soon electrified and I was first to turn on a switch.
The Fergusons had both a bathroom and furnace, but took the fixtures to their new home on Centennial Ave. in Almont. We did not have either until later. It is interesting to still see a bit of hose protruding from outside my bedroom closet window, which was the bathroom.
My husband and I moved here in 1944, my parents moved to Almont. We bought the farm in 1961.
Very little has changed. The beautiful oak wood-work and pine doors were never painted. A furnace was installed. The old kitchen was made into a utility room and bathroom. The dining room became a kitchen, the living room became a dining room and the parlor with its pocket doors became the living room. Later we moved the dining room to the front and the dining room soon became 'The Gathering Place' so I could be closer to the family while busy in the kitchen.
As a child I chose the front bedroom upstairs with its walk-in closet. It was my dollies' bedroom, although usually all 13 slept with me, rotating so each spent a night beside me. The wallpaper on the walls was chosen when I was 10 years old. The leaky water spots are old. Queen's been roofed, new gutters installed and recently painted.
I hope to find a family who will love and cherish Queen as much as I.
Gertie is an Almont native and historian. She has been writing a local column for us for over 30 years. You'll enjoy her friendly and colorful style of writing.