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By Frank Passic

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ARBOR DAY, 1955

Morning Star, April 20, 2014, Pg. 8

Be sure and mark your calendar to come and help place flags on the graves of veterans in Riverside Cemetery on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 8 am. The American Legion coordinates the event, and they have it all mapped out by sections. Meet at the cemetery office, and you’ll be assigned to a group. Each group is assigned an area to cover.

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Frances (Face) Costianes. She was a "go-getter" in our community and a respected leader, having served on the Albion City Council. She was actively involved in the Camp Fire Girls for many years, and will be greatly missed.

This is the month for Arbor Day, which occurs on the last Friday in April. This national observance encourages the planting and care of trees. Locally, the Camp Fire Girls observed this event for many years. It was on Friday, April 29, 1955 that the local Camp Fire Girls observed Arbor Day at their new Camp Fire day campgrounds near Homer. Area groups participated in the events at the campground that day. Each group planted a pine tree, furnished by Michigan State College.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph from that event. Left to right: Ola Kay Wright, Sue McAuliffe, Carol Bieske, and Diane Stone. Specifically, Ola Wright (standing) looks on as Sue McAuliffe places a "white pine" sign labeling the tree while Carol Bieske holds the tree that is about to be planted. On the far right, Diane Stone holds the watering pail. The girls were members of the Ikochiya group, led by Mrs. Kenneth Stone.

After the trees were planted by the various groups that day, they joined together in a program in which the girls recited the Woodgather’s Desire, and closed with the song "America." How many of our readers have participated in Arbor Day?


April 30, 1955; Camp Fire Girls Ola Kay Wright, Sue McAuliffe, Carol Bieske, and Diane Stone

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