Friday, October 30, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday - A Halloween Yarn

Reprinted with kind permission of
Another Halloween wish postcard! This one promises the name of the man that the yarn caster will marry.

As always, be careful of what you wish for.
(Is it just me or does this guy look like Charles Starkweather?)

The card is postmarked Lenox, Michigan, October 30, 1912


It reads:


Dear friend, Nice and dark tonight, isn't it? We were to Lenox today. Are you through with the beans now? Did you go and celebrate Monday? Nothing doing to go to Adair Sat, evening. Better intend to go to church and then go to Rahns. Ok we got you caught anyway. As ever.

Nothing doing in Adair??? I can't believe it. If you're in the area, be sure and pronounce the name "a-deer".

Ojibwa Indian


Here is an accurate map of Michigan. The arrow points to the base of the thumb.

Lenox Township and the village of New Haven are in Macomb County, at the base of Michigan's thumb.

The Ojibwa lived in the area centuries before European contact. The first European explorers arrived in the area during the 17th century. A Moravian colony was established in the county in the late 18th century. They included French fur trappers and missionaries.


Ojibwa Medicine Wheel


Marovian Spice Cookies

Moravian's are known for producing the thinnest spice cookies in the world. These are a traditional kind of cookie that originated in the Colonial American communities of the Moravian Church. The blend of spices and molasses, rolled paper thin, are related to German Lebkuchen. Original recipes can be traced back to the 1700's.

In addition to the original French and English, later settlers included Germans, Belgians (waffles!) and others who came directly from Europe. In the 19th century the county received many American migrants from New York and New England who were attracted to the area for land and booming jobs.

Macomb County was formally organized on January 15, 1818 as the third county in the Michigan territory. At that time, it covered a much larger area than it does today. In 1819 and 1820, large portions of the county were removed to form the counties of Oakland, Lapeer, Genesee and St. Clair . The county was named in honor of General Alexander Macomb, a highly decorated veteran of the War of 1812.

General Alexander Macomb


Macomb, a Detroit native, won acclaim during the War of 1812 as brigadier general in command of the frontier of northern New York. At the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814, with only 1,500 regular troops and some detachments of militia, he was opposed by a British force of 10,531 men under Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost.


Macomb's heavily outnumbered troops fell back before the British columns in a series of skirmishes as Prevost advanced towards the American defensive works. In the weeks leading up to the battle, Macomb, knowing full well he would be outnumbered heavily, worked with his men to move trees and create fake roads in order to obscure the genuine roads and lead the British into dead-end traps far from the three nearby American forts.


The British attack was diffused. Long narrow lines of marching soldiers were unable to easily stop and about-face. They became entangled in the narrow false road maze, and were sitting targets for the waiting Americans.

Tch! tch! tch!

On August 5th, 2007, the entire New Haven village council, including Village Council Chairman Suzie Romero and Village President Brett Harris, were recalled and arraigned on multiple charges, ranging from corruption to money laundering.

A vintage shot of downtown Lenox, Michigan

Have a Boo-tiful Halloween!

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Bob of Holland said...

What a wonderful vintage card and again a funny story. Here in the Netherlands, Halloween is not 'big', but we do like pumpkin soup. And those spice cookies, you mentioned, look delicious too.

Sherrie said...

Great postcard and info. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!


Sheila said...

Great postcard. We don't really celebrate Halloween so much in the UK either, more Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night on 5 November.

Christine said...

I'm going to bake some cookies and then go to Adair...uh church...

Julie Chamberlain said...

I love the history! And that General has better looking hair than I do! Happy Halloween!!
The pumpkins are smiling :)

Debs said...

it's just you...charles starkweather?! looks like buddy holly to me!

AnitaNH said...

Happy PPF! My former home town was right next door to Salem, Mass. Halloween was (and continues to be) a very big event there!

MrCachet said...

You really mix and match when you get rolling! This is a fine bunch of images. Especially like the Ojibwa Indian.

Snap said...

Great card and another wonderful story. We get Moravian ginger snaps every Christmas from my cousin-in-law. Yummmmmmm

Beth Niquette said...

What a fascinating read! I enjoyed every word--and a happy PFF to you!

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