I want to go back to Michigan – [vintage pics from Michigan farmland and song

I Want to Go Back to Michigan is a song by Irving Berlin composed in 1914. It was a moderate commercial success when it was first released and afterward became a staple on vaudeville. Billy Murray, a popular singer during the period when the song was first composed, recorded it for Edison Records in 1914.  Its most famous performance was by Judy Garland in the film Easter Parade.

Farmworker in beer parlor on Sunday afternoon with pipe Bruce Crossing, Michigan Aug. 1941 photographer John Vachon

Michigan farm worker with pipe

Jackson, Michigan. Fixing a belt on farm machinery – photographer Arthur Siegel September 1940

Michigan farmer fixing a belt 1940

Woman on a tractor – Like many other farm wives whose husbands were engaged in war work, Mrs. William Wood manages a 120-acre farm in Coloma, Michigan, with little male assistance. With a crop of corn, tomatoes, and raspberries to harvest, she still found time to care of her own Victory garden and to attend a first-aid class. And for the scrap drive, Mrs. Wood salvaged 1,600 pounds of outworn metal and rubber articles from the farm and contributed them to her local collection agency – photographer Ann Rosener – 1942-1943michigan woman on tractor2
An old lady hoeing her garden on her small farm near Gibbs City, Michigan – Photographer was Lee Russell, May 1937

Michigan old lady hoeing

A young child feeding calf on a farm near Gibbs City, Michigan by Photographer Lee Russell May 1937Michigan, child feeding calf
Husband and wife weed strawberries in this three-acre field near Mansfield, Michigan – photographer Lee Russell 1937

Michigan Husband and wife pick strawberries

Abandoned farmhouse on the Allegan Project. Allegan, Michigan -Photographer Lee Russell 1937

Michigan, abandoned farmhouse

Inkster (vicinity?), Michigan. Farmer using a cultivator on a farm. Typical farm truck 1942Michigan, farmer and truck 1942
Lon Allen and daughter sawing a log on a farm near Iron River. It is a common practice for both sexes to work together in operations on the farm – Lee Russell 1937

Michigan - husband and wife saw

Detroit (vicinity), Michigan. Horses on a breeding farm Photographer Arthur Siegel July 1943

Michigan breeding farm 1943

Photograph of a haystack at a Michigan farm photograph taken by Arthur Siegel September 1942.michigan farm
Shocks of corn on a farm at Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph taken by Arthur Siegel September 1942.Michigan farm 1942 shocks of corn
Some Guernsey cows on a farm in Detroit (vicinity), Michigan, photographer Arthur Siegel September 1942.Michigan, guernsey cows siegel
This is a barn on Sando Evanoff’s farm in Iron County, Michigan – Lee Russell photographer May 1937.

Michigan, barn on sando's farm 1942

Here is a wheat field in Birmingham, Michigan. Photograph was taken July 1942, Arthur Siegel.
Michigan, Birmingham -wheat field
This is a soldier who was granted a furlough from the war in Jackson, Michigan so he could help with the harvesting on this farm with another farmer watching the threshing – photographer Arthur Siegel 1942Michigan- soldier farmer granted furlough
Plowing a field of a cut-over farm near Mansfield, Michigan – Lee Russell photographer May 1937Michigan farmer plowing field - lee russell
This privy on Lon Allen’s farm near Iron River, Michigan has seen better days. – 1937 photographer Lee Russell.michigan privey lou allen farm
Farm boys in front of beer parlor in Finnish community of Bruce Crossing, Michigan relax on a Sunday afternoon in Aug. 1941 by photographer John Vachon.

Michigan farm boys

 Tapestry of Love Historical Series 2nd edition 2015 – Court records dating back to the 1630s create historical accuracy as the reader is taken back to the primitive days of colonial Virginia and Maryland where the Pattendens encounter life-changing difficulties with Indians, ducking stools, illness, massacres, death, loneliness, love, and greed.

READER REVIEW OF RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America  Book one: The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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