Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gladwin Parade of Lights 2012

2012 Gladwin County Festival of Lights Christmas Parade
"Northern Lights...Light Up the Night"

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012 AT 6:00 P.M. 

Kehoe Realty changes hands with retirement...

Kehoe Realty changes hands with retirement 
(Click link to go to the Gladwin County Record Article)

Many of you might already know, but Mike and Don Kehoe have decided that they are going to retire from real estate on Dec. 31. Jim and Ivie Baker will be taking over as the new broker/owners of the company. Of course, they say, they’d love Don to stay on indefinitely, but he’s decided that he would like to do some traveling. He has been talking about it for years, and finally he will get his chance.

“As Mike and I were talking of selling, we were approached by Jim and Ivie. We both felt this would be an excellent fit,” said Don. “Jim and Ivie have the experience, as they have been with Kehoe Realty since 1999, and are both Associate Brokers. Their dedication, hard work, and integrity, will continue the path we have worked to establish and maintain.”

Jim and Ivie started working for Don and Mike in April of 1999. “It was one of the best career decisions we had ever made,” Jim and Ivie said. “We can’t say enough wonderful things about our relationship with Don and Mike Kehoe. They have been extremely supportive of us – and all of the Kehoe staff – over the years,” they added. “They have always been there for us when we needed help and guidance. Don has always said, ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question,’ and we never felt that we couldn't go to them for anything. They have always treated us with the utmost respect and we can truly say, that even though we are not related, we feel like they are family.”

The Bakers describe Don the way many people know him – sincere and always honest. He is a wonderful pillar of this community, they added, nothing that he has started several major projects in Gladwin County over the years. He has also served on several boards including the Clare/Gladwin Board of Realtors, Gladwin City Board, Mid Michigan Community Action Center, Knights of Columbus, and many others. Don has donated to several local charities and supported our local schools and businesses. According to Jim and Ivie, Don has always believed that we need to support the people and community, and his record has shown that he has lived by that philosophy.

“We are going to sincerely miss Don when the day finally comes and he is officially retired. However, we know that he will be frequently dropping into the office to check in on all of us and to tend his beautiful gardens around the building,” said Ivie.

“We are looking forward to our new adventure and will proudly pick up where Don leaves off.” said Jim. “We feel that Don has more than prepared us for the future with his shared knowledge and experience. We also have a wonderful staff of Realtors who will be continuing that adventure with us. They are Christine Gallagher, Melissa Castillo, Mary Moore, Lynn Bloomfield, Candi DeFore, and our new Corporate Office Assistant Kim Sturgis.”

Don and Mike Kehoe have been Kehoe Realty Inc. owners and brokers since it’s inception. “Don and I offer our congratulations to Jim and Ivie as they continue serving the Real Estate needs of Gladwin and Clare,” said Don. Jim said that he looks forward to Kehoe Realty offering the same commitment to the community as Don did.

“We at Kehoe Realty look forward to serving the community that Don loved so much. I imagine it is why Don chose the heart as our logo,” Jim said. “We will always strive to be known as the agency with a heart. And Don will be forever in ours.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Gladwin Family Story

I just recently got an email from a past resident of Gladwin, telling me the story of this photo. I thought it was a very interesting story of a small piece of Gladwin History. Enjoy!

As a young boy growing up nearby on Sugar River Rd, I spent a lot of time on this family property on the Meredith Grade. My Great Grandparents, Josef and Helena Slabic, along with my Grandparents, James and Theresa Slabic, settled on this property. They actually cleared the trees and farmed this land. There is a large cleared field North of the house. The area around the house and on the South side of the road was also farmed. There was a barn next to the house. When I lived in the area there was a hand water pump in the front yard. Someone stole that pump years later.

My Great Grandfather, Josef, was born in Austria Hungary in 1866, and died in 1930. My Great Grandmother, Helena, was also born there in 1857, and died in 1944. I vaguely remember Helena. My Grandfather, James, was born in Austria Hungary in 1891, and died in 1951. My Grandmother, Theresa, was born there as well in 1887, and died in 1974. Josef and Helena were married in Trieste Italy in 1895. These people migrated to Cleveland Ohio and then on up to Sherman Township. Exactly when they came to the Meredith Grade property, I am not sure. It would have had to be sometime after 1895 and by 1914 as my mother, Elizabeth Slabic Soehnel, was born in this home in 1914.

Elizabeth Slabic Soehnel, was born in this home in 1914

You mentioned the home where the peacocks were. That is where my Grandma and Grandpa Slabic lived. They moved there from the Grade property. We lived across the road from them. Our home burned down years ago. The owner, Gus Keding, died in the fire. There is some old lumber on that site that is left from our small barn. Our homes basement walls are still there. In fact the laundry tubs, that we sometimes bathed in, is still in that basement. It is sad to see what has happened to my grandparents home. Their barn burned down when I was a young boy going to the country school at the corner of Sugar River Road and Chappel Dam. I went to that school from the first grade through the sixth grade. At that time my parents moved into town. I graduated from GHS in 1959.

Josef and Helena are buried in the Highland Cemetery in the City of Gladwin. Theresa and James are buried in Santa Barbara California.

John Kastellec married a daughter of Josef and Helena’s. Currently that home and the 160 acres belong to John Kastellec’s son, Joseph (deceased), and his wife, Stephanie. Stephanie lives in Ohio. Joseph Kastellec’s ashes are buried by the apple tree next to the house. My family looks after this property and has for many years.

When I lived on our farm, on Sugar River Rd, the Meredith Grade was a private two track road. There were locked gates on both ends and only owners of the property had keys to the locks. In the Spring the road was impassable as it was all mud and flooded in the low areas. Elmo Hoy owned Blue Lake back then. There were no homes on the lake. My dad would take us kids there to swim and fish. He always stopped at Elmo’s home and asked permission to go swimming or fishing. He always gave us permission. There was never anyone there.

My mother died in 2004 at 90 years old. My dad died in 2006 at 95 years old. My dad’s sister is still alive at 96. She lives in the Detroit area.

My Grandparents Adolph and Mary Koshatski owned the home and barn on the corner of Chappel Dam Rd and Sugar River Rd. They both still stand there today. The small white home and red barn were built by my father, Joseph Soehnel. My fathers mothers maiden name was Soehnel. My father changed his last name from Koshatski to Soehnel before I was born.

The man that lived in my grandparents home, and had the peacocks, was Bill Adams. He was born and raised on a farm in the back of our 40 acres, which was at the end of Chappel Dam Rd. As a young boy I worked for Bill and his dad Mike.

My grandparents home, where the peacocks were, originally belonged to a man named Sharkey. That is why our country school was called the Sharkeyville School. I believe he furnished the lumber to build that school. I know the man that owns the school at this time.

Growing up in that area was great, but it also was tough going.

By the way I see you are with Kehoe Realty. I knew Don and Jack Kehoe. They were members of our church. They also were customers at Al Rau’s Shell station, where I worked during my high school years and two years after. If they are still around, tell them I said hello. If they don’t remember me they should remember my family. I had five sisters and three brothers that grew up in Gladwin. I am the oldest boy.

I know I told you way more than I needed to, but once I get going on this I can’t seem to stop. You have my permission to use any of this material that you choose. Thanks for your interest.

Francis Soehnel

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What a Wonderful World...

Okay... this isn't a Gladwin Thing, but a friend of mine sent this and I just had to share it. This si so cute!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gladwin County Traffic Jam

This is the kind of traffic jam we get in Gladwin County!