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Scene In TimeBY ELIZABETH NEUMEYERWhenever I have a question about the south end of Battle Creek, I call my favorite local expert, Frances (Minges Delmerico) Isaac. I was re- searching the nameBrickyard Creek and hoped that Fran knew something about it. She surprised me by informing me that the source of the name, Brickyard Creek, was from her maternal grandparents, Jasper and Ella Adams. They owned the brickyard and farm where St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is now (see Scene 40-01, p. 35). Not only that but Brickyard Creek flows out of Pearl Lake, her maternal grand- mother Ella’s maiden name.This February 17, 2018 the commu- nity celebrated her 100th birthday in an open house at the First Congregational Church organized by her sons’ Bruce and Dan. Fran credits her longevity to travel- ing and keeping active. Her friends and family say it is also her interest in music. Fran indeed has had great community involvement especially through music. She majored in music at Michigan Ag- ricultural College (now MSU), playing both violin and piano. She offered pri- vate piano lessons but also taught music at Lakeview, Harper Creek, and Battle Creek Public Schools. A founding mem- ber of Battle Creek Community Chorus, she also played in the Battle Creek Sym- phony Orchestra. Fran is a member of the Battle Creek Morning Musical Club. For more detail, see the Battle Creek Shopper, February 15, 2018 and read Shelly Sulser’s excellent tribute to Fran: Centenarian’s Secret to Longevity: Stay Active: pp. 24-25, 32.The Minges name appears often on the south side of Battle Creek in a brook, a school, streets, and a lane. Fortunately Frances wrote an article explaining the family history for Her- itage Battle Creek magazine back in the fall of 1996, Volume 7, called “An Enduring Legacy: The Minges Family of Battle Creek Township.”Frances’s grandfather, Abram Minges, was born in Pennsylvania (1818-1908- buried in DuBois Cemetery.) He came to Michigan somewhere between 1836 and 1840. He learned the trade of shoemaking but then became a millwright. On March 5, 1849 he went on the Gold Rush with a company of 12 men from the surrounding area. In September of 1851 he came back with more than enough to buy a farm in Lakeview Township. The land originally belonged to Asa Langley and is located at the intersection of Minges Brook and South Minges Road. He built the house, 156 S. Minges Road, where it still is today, a Centennial home having been owned by the Minges family for 110 years.Abram’s first wife Elsie Ann Cowlan (m1852) died in 1856. He remarried in 1862 to Eugenia Amidon and they had four children, Erwin, Cora, Orlow, and Frank. Frank was the father of Frances and he purchased the family farm. FrankWhat’s in A Name – MingesPHOTOSAbove: 1873 Lakeview Township Plat Map.Below: Frances (left) with her sister Rachael, stand in front of the Minges farmhouse (1921).Right: A 1982 photo of the Minges home.22 SCENE 4304 I WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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