Browsing through my “old local photos” email folder, I found this gem sent to me in 2002 by Mike McGlaughlin. His mother Phyllis McGlaughlin (left) sits with her cousins Hazel (middle) and Edna Normandeau on the running board of a jalopy somewhere in Windsor in 1928.
Being the mom of a 16-year old daughter who, like all girls her age, loves clothes and music, I was curious about what songs Phyllis and her cousins might have been listening to that year. A quick Google search revealed that “I Wanna Be Loved By You” by Helen Kane was a top hit that year. (Didn’t Ginger sing this song to the Professor on Gilligan’s Isle?)
Mike’s mom did find love shortly after this photo was taken. She met his dad and they dated from 1929 to 1930. Part of their courting occurred during many boat rides to Detroit and back on warm Saturday evenings. (Doesn’t that sound lovely? Once again I bemoan the fact that the ferry boat service was phased out between Windsor and Detroit after the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit/Windsor Tunnel were built in 1929.)
On his mom’s side of the family, Mike’s great grandparents, going back several ‘greats’, were one of the founding members of what is now Detroit. Phyllis’s maiden name was Loranger. One of her great grand uncles founded a flour grist mill in Monroe Michigan in the early 1800s and it’s now part of the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn. Today, a sign hangs out side the mill that reads, “Loranger”.
What a great family history.