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Two weekends ago, I finally made it back to Spokane to visit my family. While there, we met with Rory Vinson and his wife, Victoria. Rory grew up in the house that once belonged to my great grandmother, and had previously sent photos of some of the items he had found in the house while growing up.

103_0352The house on Miles St.

During the visit, Rory brought quite a few items from the house, including a collection of old postcards, a couple of textbooks, an 1856 penny, a pocket Farmer’s Almanac, and a little coal oil lamp once used to light someone’s way to bed at night. Below is a gallery of a few of those items. Click any picture for a larger view.



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Can be found here and here. Which prompted me to do a bit of digging, and I also came across this little page about Ypsilanti’s role in the Underground railroad, and the following quote:

“..Harwood became a supporter of the abolitionist movement and offered sanctuary to escaping slaves. In this endeavor, he was joined by Asher Aray, a man of mixed race whose family farmed east of the Harwoods on the Chicago Road (now US-12). Aray sheltered a group of 28 slaves whose flight to freedom was documented nationwide. The Arays and their relatives, the Days, are both buried here in an unusual show of tolerance for the time.”

Do read that second linked article, though – it has a great photo of Asher, as well.

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