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  •  Yes, indeedy. In Lansing, no less. (3+ / 0-)
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    Or it may have been a Klan offshoot.  Same thing, regardless.  Off course, to this day, a good chunk of the white population there denies that he was murdered, preferring to blame [nonexistent] suicide or drunken accident.

    Here's an odd bit of synchronicity:  My parents had already moved to Lansing when I was born, and I spent the first two years of my life in a house about a half-block up from the Littles' burned-down house.  Most of the neighborhood didn't even know.  (Obviously, I didn't know until years later.)

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    by Aji on Thu May 19, 2011 at 04:20:39 PM PDT

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    •  I did not realize it was Lansing... (2+ / 0-)
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      I have to check the dates.  I'm not sure if my mom's family lived in Lansing proper.  The way she described it, it was on a pretty isolated farm with brutal winters, as you know.  I've visited one time when I was very young.  My mom was born in 53.  They moved to Philly in October of 59.  Well my grandmom left the maternity ward with her sisters and a newborn and her seven kids.  My grandfather stayed behind, you know how that goes.  

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Thu May 19, 2011 at 05:01:36 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I do. (2+ / 0-)
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        Dad moved around a lot.  From "the country" into Lansing, there for a few years, then back out into the country before I turned three.  And we had some brutal winters, although not as bad as those "up north."  But lots of deep snows, ice storms, sub-zero temps.  Every year, the damn pipes would freeze, and there'd be Dad, out there with a teakettle trying to unfreeze them, taking off first one glove to blow on his hand, then the other, yelling the whole time.  Funny - I remembered that a lot this winter with the constant freezing and rupturing of out pipes. :-P

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        by Aji on Thu May 19, 2011 at 05:11:48 PM PDT

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        •  In the winters... (1+ / 0-)
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          my Mom said my grandfather would sometimes leave and go to Chicago for long periods of time.  My mom said there was an old dairy farmer and his wife who lived on the next farm over.  He would bring milk and butter to my grandmother who pretty much was left on her own with my mom and her siblings during the winter.  They were an older white couple.  Very kind of them to look at for my grandmother and her kids during that time.  

          I went to visit my grandfather when I was about three or four.  It was in the summer (August) and all I can remember was how cold it was in the morning and at night.  

          Mind you, because of circumstances, these are very distant relatives.  After leaving Michigan, my mom only saw her Dad one other time when she took me to visit.  But I remember he had a few brothers (my great uncles) and at least one sister up in the area, too.  One brother apparently worked at on of the factories, and from time to time, whenever he needed a new car, he would have an "accident"' at work.  Loose a finger for a settlement so the story goes...

          It saddens me at times that I have so little contact with my extended family.  My folks in Louisiana, we have all but lost contact with and my people who I'm sure are still there in Michigan.  My family is comprised pretty much of my maternal grandmother's descendants.  I know much of my father's side but really we are not close.  

          I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

          by princss6 on Thu May 19, 2011 at 06:16:18 PM PDT

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          •  LOL - I have an uncle . . . (0+ / 0-)

            who supposedly did something similar.  He finally took off back for Mt. Pleasant.

            I know what you mean about having very little contact with branches of the family.  I've lost contact with most of mine on both sides.  Most of my relations discovered a long time ago that life was a lot easier if you passed, and that's how they like it.  And having mostly had to grow up so far from home, it wasn't like I was around them all the time anyway, so there wasn't a close relationship to miss, if you know what I mean.

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            by Aji on Fri May 20, 2011 at 01:15:27 PM PDT

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