July 28, 2010 Back to Almont's famous every five-year Homecomings. Homecoming 1975 was postponed until 1976 to coincide with our Nation's Bicentennial.
The Almont Bicentennial Homecoming was an especially memorable celebration. Many dear friends and classmates came home to reunite with relatives, to congregate at the registration table on the four corners, and to attend the school reunions at the High School, watch the Parade and take in the various activities.
The weekend celebration began on Friday with Flag Raising at Burley Park, followed by a Quilt Display, Book Sale at the library, Registration of Visitors, Children's Games at the football field, Walking Tour of older homes and in the evening a 1776 Cotillion at the Legion Hall. The hall was new and Legionnaire Red Hammond said it was a good opportunity for Almonters to look over the new facility and renew acquaintances. The Almont Historical Society had a collection of memorabilia of yesteryear in the Money Mart meeting room. As of this minute, neither Margaret Farley or myself can remember what the Money Mart was.
Saturday morning was the Children's Parade, Craft Show and Sale and Little League games. Saturday afternoon was the Grand Parade with over 170 entries. and Ed Thompson as Chairman. Dr. G. C. Bishop was Grand Marshal and Mrs. Jean Farley-Hipp was Homecoming Queen. Mother Nature chose not to cooperate and sent a deluge of rain about parade time. Some of my memories are of the Lapeer County Sheriff's Posse (now the Lapeer County Mounted Posse) parading and doing their drills in the pouring rain, as did Earl Halsey, our Postmaster and Rose Bishop, our Postmistress riding in a horse and buggy with a sign RFD (Rural Free Delivery) 1896 on the side of the buggy.
At 4 p.m. was the Water Ball Fight with nine Fire Departments competing. It was followed by the School Reunions at the High School. Fireworks rounded out the evening.
Sunday morning a Community Church Service was held at the ball field followed by a Community Potluck at the park. An Old Fashioned Hymn Sing was held at the Congregational Church and Lowering of the Flag at dusk.
My column from July 14 was misleading. I was quoting from Homecoming 1970
and told of Class Reunions and Community Potluck in the school cafeteria. Sorry. I
haven't heard full details.
Many thanks to Kaye and Lucy from our great Henry Stephens Library for running off copies of The Almont Times Herald from their microfilms to be used for the memories I have been sharing with you.
.....And to whet your appetite for the upcoming Homecoming August 13-15, Gloria Howe shared with me that the Homecoming Celebration will begin Friday evening with Homecoming Committee President Paul Bowman giving the Welcoming Address, Katie Whitis singing our National Anthem and other songs, Baby Contest winners announced and an Ice Cream and Pie Social. See you there!
— Country Cousin
Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.