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MICHAEL E. DOWNING REALTOR• ASSOCIATE BROKER • HALL OF FAME AWARD WINNER• 42 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE • OVER 2,800 CLOSED TRANSACTIONS • RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD• MEMBER OF THE RE/MAX 100% CLUB FROM 1983 thru 2008, 2010-2017Main Office: 269-968-6101 269-441-5564 • Fax 269-441-5235 H 269-963-2433 • C e-mail: DowningMik@aol.comRE/MAX Perrett Assoc.Inc.,317 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek, MI 490158 TIME PLATINUM AWARD WINNERmarried Laura Theodosia Adams, daugh- ter of Ella and Jasper Adams. They had three children: Philip Adams, Rachael Merriam, and Frances Eugenia who was born on February 17, 1918. Frances said growing up on the farm was a great time, swimming in Minges Brook, sledding in the winter, and riding horseback but there were always chores to do too. The Historical Society has done several in- terviews with Frances on her history and that of the Minges family.Abram was a Highway Commis- sioner, Justice of the Peace, Township Supervisor, School Director, and served on the County Board of Supervisors. He was a charter member of the Battle Creek Grange. As a millwright, he built a grist mill over Minges Brook at Capital Avenue SW. He also built the Hart mill downtown.Frank was a Road Commissioner, a school district board member, township treasurer, and delegate to several Repub- lican conventions. He and wife Laura were active in Grange. Laura supported music and annual Chautauqua programs. She was in the Women’s League, Wom- en’s Club, Garden Club, and a club that supported the orchestra.In Lakeview Township, Minges Brook and Abram Street are named for Abram. Minges Road and Minges Brook School are named for Frank. Frank planted the trees that line the Minges Brook School grounds. Frank also named Minges Lane in memory of his father. When the fam- ily sold the land, it was platted into the Minges Farm subdivision.When I first met Fran, she asked me to transcribe her grandfather Abram’s Gold Rush Diary. The handwriting was familiar to me because I had read so many documents from the early 1800s to the 1860s. Much of the diary is printed and annotated in Volume 6 and Volume 7 of Heritage Battle Creek magazine (1994 and 1996). These are out of print but stay tuned as I will have a summary of Abram’s Gold Rush adventure from those articles in Scene’s Back-to-School Issue in August, 2018.Thank you to Fran for her time and her photographs of the farm that you see accompanying this article.269-963-7910 • 466 Main St. Battle Creek, MI • License # Electrical – 6112007 • License # Mechanical – 7103902THE YELLOW TRUCK PEOPLECALL USfor all your electrical, heating & cooling needsWe install Eaton/Generac GeneratorsWe arean authorized Generac Sales & Service DealerWOMEN IN BUSINESS I SCENE 4304 23

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