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Born: N/A

Location: Escanaba

I was born in Escanaba, Michigan. My parents are Paul and Florence. My sister Cora and I lived with our parents and our uncle and aunt, Fred and Louise Bennett. In the 1930’s, I lived in Chicago with my parents for awhile. I had more brothers and sisters: Jeanette, Mary, Paul, and Fred. My aunt and uncle made the move too. I came back to Upper Michigan. I worked as a Chef on the dining car laid-over on the depot siding while the flyer went through to Calumet. I had attended two years of college and worked as a millwright. I know equations, downshaft speeds, and gear ratios. I love sports. I have sponsored ski tournaments on the hills north of the railroad tracks. No trees, then. I gave out prizes for the tournaments and treats for all the children in attendance. I worked hard getting the ski jump built. I worked on it as time permitted. I never missed a baseball game in the summer. As you can see, I am in my Michigamme Baseball Uniform. I played on the local team. I also organized teams for children. When I joined the army in 1942, I had no family of my own. I signed up for the duration of the war. ©Valerie Bradley-Holliday, Ph.D. Information from the book Northern Roots: African-Descended Pioneers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Contributed by: Valerie Bradley-Holliday