Welcome to SCHOCK MCCOY PRODUCTIONS by J.H.McCoy. This website will give you information about a variety of topics: nature, literature, history, and astronomy, as well as additional details about my articles in THE MINDEN CITY HERALD (989-864-3630). The last two pages are a tribute to my mother, Gloria (Schock) McCoy (1923-2013). The journal she wrote on our trip West (1977) can be found in "Writing/GSM." It is my hope that you will always find something interesting and informative on this website and that
you will visit often. Please sign the guest book, and thank you for stopping by.
J.H. (John Herbert) McCoy
THE MINDEN CITY HERALD
SAND BEACH TWP.
9636 Roberts Rd.
Harbor Beach, MI 48441
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THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK **
** With apologies to Washington Irving and THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. (1819-1820).
THE MINDEN CITY HERALD
OCTOBER 26, 2017
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THE "BURN BOSS" IN THE WHITE HELMET
WALNUT GROVE, MINNESOTA
"On the Banks of Plum Creek"
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
(1867 - 1957)
"I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
THEIR OLD FAMILIAR CAROLS PLAY,
AND WILD AND SWEET THE WORDS REPEAT
OF PEACE ON EARTH GOOD WILL TO MEN."
DEC. 5 MARTIN VAN BUREN, 1782, 8TH U.S. PRESIDENT
DEC. 5 GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER, 1839, CALVARY OFFICER
DEC. 6 JOYCE KILMER 1886, AMERICAN POET, "TREES"
DEC. 8 JAMES THURBER, 1894, AMERICAN WRITER, HUMORIST
DEC. 9 JOHN MILTON, 1608, ENGLISH POET, "PARADISE LOST"
DEC. 10 EMILY DICKINSON, 1830, AMERICAN POET
DEC. 11 ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN, 1918, RUSSIAN NOVELIST
DEC. 12 FRANK SINATRA, 1915, SINGER - GLORIA'S FAVORITE
DEC. 16 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, 1770, GERMAN COMPOSER
from THE OLD TEACHER'S ALMANAC
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882)
a replica of Laura's writing desk
Fireplace mantel from the TV show Little House on the Prairie
ONLY "SUPERMOON" IN 2017, FIRST OF THREE IN SUCCESSION - TWO FULL MOONS IN JANUARY. A "BLUE MOON" COMING UP!
LAURA INGALLS WILDER AT 150
A replica of the Ingalls' dugout on the banks of Plum Creek
Farm where dugout site is located - 1.5 miles N. of Walnut Grove
Stop here and pay the $5 per vehicle entrance fee
The sign marks the location of the Ingalls' dugout
Only the depression remains
It was dug into the bank of Plum Creek
A strip of restored prairie surrounds the dugout on Plum Creek
Leaving the Harold and Della Gordon farm
where the Ingalls' dugout was located
A last look at Plum Creek
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BORN 150 YEARS AGO
from ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK by LAURA INGALLS WILDER
"Laura went under those singing flowers into the dugout. It was one room, all white. The earth walls had been smoothed and white-washed. The earth floor was smooth and hard. When Ma and Mary stood in the doorway the light went dim. There was a small greased-paper window beside the door. But the wall was so thick that the light from the window stayed near the window. That front was built of sod. Mr. Hanson had dug out his house, and then he had cut long strips of prairie sod and laid them on top of one another,to make the front wall. It was
a good, thick wall with not one crack in it. No cold could get through that wall....The ceiling was made of hay. Willow boughs had been laid across and their branches woven together, but here and there the hay that had been spread on them showed through....They all went up the path and stood on the roof of that house. No one could have guessed it was a roof Grass grew on it and waved in the wind just like all the grasses along the creek bank."
The Ingalls lived on the banks of Plum Creek from 1874 to 1876. Then they moved to Burr Oak, Iowa.
Laura was seven years old when the Ingalls family arrived in Walnut Grove.
ELK LICENSE PLATES are now available at any Secretary of State Office or online at mi.gov/sos. Celebrate 100 years of elk in Michigan, a conservation success story that begain in 1918 in Wolverine. License plate sales benefit the Michigan Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund.
FROM: WHITEFISH POINT B. O.
This season, Michigan is experiencing another irruption of SNOWY OWLS. Watch for them in the Thumb and around the state. Conventional wisdom says most are juvenile birds.