Archive for Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lansing ladies I remember

January 12, 2012

I’ve decided to write about the women in my life. Now don’t get excited, these go back to when I was a little kid in the late 30s, 40s and 50s. Lansing had an exceptional amount of very special and talented ladies, sort of like any town in the USA and also the whole world for that matter. If it’s OK with you, I would like to mention some of them that I remember, even though most of you have never heard of them. They are in our past and all had a good part of making Lansing a special place to grow up.

I would like to start with Mabel Campbell. She owned and operated to local grocery store on the corner of Highway 7 and Kansas Street. In the depression days Mabel let people charge groceries as there were a few folks that could not pay for their groceries except on a monthly basis. She had a special holder on the wall that held the little receipt books with the name showing bright and clear. She carried many of them over even if they couldn’t pay the whole amount. That way, she kept the people of town in food and household supplies. You could buy chicken feed, kerosene, needles and thread, pots and pans, you name it.

Now I want to mention my teachers. We had four classrooms upstairs in the school building with each teacher having two classes. My first and second grade teacher was Miss Maude Keirns. Third and fourth grade teacher was Miss Sally Zoll. The fifth and sixth grade teacher was Miss Hazel Higley, and the seventh and eighth grade teacher was the Principal Miss Olga Gauger. Each one of these ladies had so much to do with the education and development of most of Lansing’s children that grew up to be good, responsible citizens.

In May of 1946, six years after the water line came to Lansing, Mrs. Thomas Pulley brought together Delaware Township board members and attorney John Murray to focus on organizing the first Delaware Township Fire Department. The first meeting had many Lansing residents involved, and after that good start our Fire Department is still going strong.

Jennie Dickey was a long time teacher at Nine Mile School just south of town, and Mrs. Gladys Carnahan had a lot to do with the 4-H club and also was the town historian keeping pictures and artifacts about our town for years.

This list could go on and on. The period from 1950 to the present day would include so many great ladies, too numerous to mention but you get the general idea of why we are lucky to live in such a great town.

Special congratulations to Caroline Camp on her retirement from being a Beauty Operator in Lansing for nearly seventy years. We thank you and wish you well, Caroline.

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