“Home is where one starts from” – T.S. Elliot

“Home is where one starts from” – T.S. Elliot

1707 N. Michigan Avenue - side view
1707 N. Michigan Avenue - side view

Even though I have no memory of living there,  I recognized the house almost immediately as we drove down Michigan Avenue in August 2010.  The overgrown yard and faded, peeling paint presented quite a different picture than the one in my mind, which was a composite of old family photos and stories related by my parents.   I envisioned a gray clapboard house surrounded by a well kept yard, and I was disappointed to see “our house” abandoned and neglected.  1707 Michigan Avenue was the address I came home to after being born in Saginaw General Hospital on Mothers’ Day – 9 May 1954.

We were sad to see the neglect - August, 2010
We were sad to see the neglect - August, 2010

Of that house my mom writes in her history:  “We moved to Saginaw, Michigan in the early spring of 1954, into an old house at 707 N. Michigan Avenue which was quite nice.  We had 3 bedrooms and a bath on the second floor with a good sized living room, dining room and kitchen down, along with a big old basement with a huge coal furnace.  It was so much more room than we had been used to having that we felt very lucky.”

Memories for Dad - August, 2010
Memories for Dad - August, 2010

My dad remembers that the rent was $75/month which was 20% of his salary of $375/month or $4500 annually.

David - Lynnette - Yvonne -- Christmas, 1954
David, Lynnette, Yvonne -- Christmas, 1954

And I don’t remember anything, because I was so young.

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