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A Step Back in Time


County Centennial Book 1975

County Centennial Newspaper 1975

Gaylord Centennial Newspaper 1981

Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary
Alpenfest:  A silver anniversary 1965-1989

Otsego County Timeline - Chronology of Events
2018 Updated Version

1925 Township Plat Book

1905 Otsego County Herald - Souvenir Edition

Gaylord State Bank - Old Kent Bank Centennial 1993

Ford / Huntley Biography
written by Evelyn Louise (Huntley) Corsaut in 1984
about her mother Hazel (Ford) Huntley and her grandparents Dr. Elmer and Dr. Ruey Ford.  131 pages

Learning A Living:  90 Years of Extension Service in Otsego County

"Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan" 1895

The Impact of Interstate Seventy-Five on Gaylord, Michigan, Otsego County by Joan Glasser 1970

John G. Berry Family History

Biography of Herman Lunden, Lumberman and Conservationist by Herman Lunden Miller. 
Fourth Printing, December 2016.  File size is 9MB

               "My Experience in the Army Air Force,
                                          1943 to 1946"
                            by Herman Lunden Miller

Herman Miller graduated from Gaylord High School in 1942 and is the grandson of Herman Lunden.  This story was written in 2014.

This is the story of Donald H. Parkes' experiences from 1944 to 1946 as told by his letters, newspaper articles, pictures and the document he wrote about his experiences several years later.

Don was the second son and youngest of four children of Elmer and Lucy Parkes. His parents moved their young family from Onaway, Michigan to Gaylord when he was 5 years old.  He grew up in Gaylord along with his older brother, Elmer Jr., and his sisters Irene and Elaine.  He enlisted on March 23, 1944 at the age of 18.

This story was assembled by his daughter Carla L. Parkes.   The letters and the documents he wrote have been re-typed for easier reading.   Any misspelled words or unique grammar are as Don wrote them.   

 Click Here for his story.           116 pages       File size is 11MB




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