This is the Audra Francis home in Saginaw, Michigan. She was the first woman to be elected to City Council in 1953 serving for twelve years. She was the first female chair of the Saginaw County Commission.
One of my classmates, Sue Siers, moved into the home with her family while we were attending St. Mary Cathedral. It is on Thompson Street right next to the Cathedral. I used to love going over to her house. The wallpaper had been handpainted, the staircase was magnificent, their was an impressive circular opening at the top of the stairs that looked down into the foyer. Thanks to Sam Basham who posted this picture on Facebook from the book Saginaw Historic Homes.
The Forney's, characters in the book New Beginnings, live in the Audra Francis home. I love bringing an historic home alive in a book written about today. Thankfully, unlike the Webber House from my first book, this house is still standing. A former Mayor of the City of Saginaw, Wilmer Ham-McZee, currently resides there.
My book, New Beginnings, will be published in 2016. To read reviews of my ten other books about families living in Saginaw, Michigan, click here!
Oh how I miss Jacobson's. Of course the store made it into my books. We loved walking through the store after school. We only went once a week because we were worried we would get kicked out. We never ever bought anything.
When my Mom died my best friend came from Chicago for the funeral. She could only stay a few hours before driving back. She told me after the luncheon that we would honor my Mom with a shopping trip to Jacobson's. I found a set of placemats I had seen in Ireland on the trip I took with my Mom and Patsy and Fran. I told Janet they were more than I wanted to spend. She said, "If you don't buy these today when will you? Never..."
She found a vest that was beautiful and expensive. She laughed & told me to go get the placemats. We both splurged on ourselves that day. At first I felt funny shopping on the afternoon of my Mom's funeral, but I have thought about that trip so many times over the years. It's been 21 years and my friend also has died. I treasure her spontaneity and her friendly urging to buy those items that day. It was one of the best days ever and I know it truly was a great way to honor my Mom.
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