I met Virgil Peters at a canteen dance in Redford, MI during World War II. He was in the service and it was love at first site. We dated for a short time and were married. We had to live with his parents for a while till we found out what plans the army had for him. When he came home we had a daughter named Cynthia and bought our first house at 9209 Patton St. in Detroit. I had to pawn my mothers diamond ring and got $250.00 to put down at Sears on all the furniture we needed. The first thing Virge picked up was a kitchen clock with a red roof and a blue bird and flowers all around it. It was hung in our kitchen over the door. We later moved to Southfield on Golfview and stayed there one and a half years and all the while the clock hung in the kitchen. Virge was still in the army and was being sent all over the place. I read an ad in the Detroit Free Press about a house in Highland, MI that was a long way from Southfield and at the time my father said it was “God’s country.” The next sunday we went to look at the house. It was the house I wanted but was old and needed a lot of tender love and care. I put a $500.00 down payment on it. At that time Virge was over seas and when he came back I was surprised to find out that he was assigned to state side duty becuase of our two daughters. He was the one surprised though because somehow our letters got crossed and he wasn’t aware that we had a new residence. He came home to an empty house, luckily the neighbors told him where to find us. When he arrived he was indeed surprised and he was very happy with the house. The same Hull clock hung over the kitchen door. On December 2, 1963 he was killed by a drunk driver. At that time we had four daughters and two sons. Some how the clock stopped working and was packed away and could not ever be found again. I saw one advertised in the Auction Exchange and David Helmer acquired it for me. I felt it had finally came back home to all of us thanks to David Helmer and the living estate of Betty Harper.

Thank you all, June Peters