One hundred twenty-five years ago today Howard Wiest (MSC 1921-1943) married Cora Newman of Pontiac, Michigan.

The couple settled in Lansing but also maintained property in Williamston, Michigan, about 20 miles from the Capitol. Justice Wiest entertained his associates here, playing softball and horseshoes, shucking corn, and lowering the American flag at sundown. The memory is not unlike that of summer camp.

This photo, recently found by the Court Clerk and given to the Society, is not labeled. However, it looks like there were MANY justices in attendance. Wiest is in the center right, wearing a bow tie, jacket unbuttoned, and hat at his side. Trying to figure out the rest of those who were in attendance will be my winter puzzle.

Shagbark still stands–although without connection to the Court–at 2905 Rowley Road.

shagbark-justices Click on the photo to enlarge it.

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  1. Lee Schaffert November 21, 2017

    Grew up there from 1966 to 1979. It was a great place to spend my youth.

    • Carrie Sampson November 27, 2017

      Hi Lee, Thanks so much! We would love to learn more about your time growing up at Shagbark. Please send me an email at carriesampson at micourthistory dot org (spelling it out to avoid spam). I look forward to hearing from you!

  2. Lee Schaffert November 21, 2017

    I have more vintage views of Shagbark.


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