100 Years From the Old Mission: A Century in Grand Traverse County, by Al Barnes
|The Traverse region gave birth to at least two classic tales. One was the Indian legend of the sleeping mother bear and her two lost cubs. The other was the true story of the region’s first settlement in 1839 by Indian Missionary Peter Doughterty and his wife Martha. That tale is told beautifully by Al Barnes in this, his first book.
But “100 Years” is only a part of the book. Barnes goes on to tell the early history of Traverse City – about Perry Hannah, the “Father of Traverse City” who bought the land on which the city now stands. Barnes spins his yarns with lucid simplicity, appealing equally to both children and adults.
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