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Festival of Lights, view of the old depot along the Battle Creek.

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Festival of Lights in Battle Creek, MI. View along the linear parkway.

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roseheather

Thank you for your kind words, Michelle.

You have every bit as much a reason to be proud of your family. Impressive.

There were older students in our one room schools, as well, and many boys missed a good deal of school when they stayed home to help on the farms. One of my grandmothers went to 8th grade two years, not because she hadn't passed, but because she could not go to high school, and this was a way to continue learning. We have come a long way with education in our two countries, but I see too many in this country, young parents, who haven't taught their children to value school. That part is disheartening.

puzzaddled

Rose, I am sorry that it has taken me this long to respond. My heart has been overwhelmed today.

It was lovely to read about your family history with WMU and I am impressed with the educational achievements of your and your husband's families. WMU seems to be your family's alma mater, in every sense of the word. I am particularly impressed with your mother-in-law's academic achievements. It was hard enough for a man to get post-secondary education in those days (witness your father) but it was even harder for a woman. (Societal expectations being what they were.)

My (teacher/department head/principal) grandfather graduated from Queen's University, Kingston (ON) with his BSc. He was the man who influenced my avid interest in science and the physical world. He was an excellent teacher and a very caring one. He also spend many years as the agricultural representative in his area too. My grandmother was a teacher prior to her marriage to my grandfather but, being one of many children on the farm, did not have the opportunity to go to University. Her older sister helped support her so that she could attend a year of "Normal School". She was a brilliant woman, a gifted writer and had good artistic talent. I am proud to say that she was the first teacher in Ontario to bring a 13 year old gifted student through to University entrance...in a one room classroom. In this same classroom, she had 20 year old farm boys in Grade 2; they only attended school on the few days during the year when they weren't busy on the farm. Her goal with them was teaching them how to read. She taught me how to read when I was but one year old. What an inheritance!

I have been please to meet a girl with Kalamazoo in her heart. (I'll have to think about how to change the lyrics when I sing it.)

I read your thoughtful and thought provoking comments on the other sites today. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated them, and you. Bless you for being you. I am proud to have met you.

roseheather

When my children were little we went to a tour at one of the cereal factories, which were being offered before that museum was built. I don't recall which company it was, whether Kelloggs or Post, but the lasting memory for me was the aroma of toasted grain and the incredible noise of the machines.

Kalamazoo holds a special place in my heart. My father went to the college, at what is today WMU, in the Twenties, but was not able to get a degree. He received no help from his father with the expenses. My husband's mother received, first, a two year teaching certificate at Western, in the Twenties, then in a summer completed work for her BA in the 1950's. She had also taken some classes in the evenings near where they lived before that one summer stint. When she attended that one summer she was in a dorm that our daughter was in when she earned her BA in the 1980's. Our son went to WMU for a second Bachelor's degree in the beginning of this century. His first Bachelor's was in International Relations, and his second, from WMU, was in geography. He does GIS work now at a University in NC. I updated my teaching credentials in the 1980's at WMU, and took classes there up through 2006, since MI teachers must earn 6 credit hours every few years to maintain their certification. It was a requirement which came about sometime in the 1980's. The older campus, had landscaping done by Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed Central Park in NYC.

puzzaddled

Yes it was. I just did a google search and found out that it "closed for good" in 2007. Too bad. Although a bit over the top rah rah, it still was interesting to see how the cereal was made. The kids who were there seemed to love it. Even my much older teens and early twenties enjoyed it.

We worked in Windsor for a while and my hubby did a lot of business trips in Michigan so became quite familiar with a number of different areas in lower MI. (I've only been as far north as Bay City.) I can't start singing "I've got a girl in Kalamazoo", can I? LOL

roseheather

Cereal City?

Was that the museum that focused on the cereal industry? I don't live in Battle Creek, but I go to that area occasionally.

I am using pictures which were in the Battle Creek Enquirer, yesterday.

puzzaddled

Lovely picture, Rose! Do they light up Cereal City too? My husband has been to Battle Creek a number of times on business in years past and he took us (the family) there to visit the sights and to go to Cereal City. He was impressed with your pretty town and wanted to share it with us.

Thanks for posting this series! (Michelle)

roseheather

The Battle Creek River, in Battle Creek, MI runs through the downtown area, and the old depot is located along that river.

The Kalamazoo River also runs through Battle Creek, MI, and the Battle Creek River is a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.