“Liberty to the fugitive captive and the oppressed over the earth, both male and female of all colors,” read the prominent sign posted on Captain John Lowry’s Lodi property that was said to be “high enough for a hay wagon to pass under.” Lowry lived at what in the 19th century was called Nutting’s Corners, the corner of Ann Arbor Saline Road and Textile. His former homestead is now occupied by Lodi Country Estates. His grave is in Lodi Cemetery.
A visit to the Rentschler farm museum is a treat at any time, but during Christmas season it is especially appealing. The Saline Historical Society decorates the whole house in a way that is appropriate for a German-American family in the 1930s and extra members are on hand to show guests around. Unlike past years when the 1930s Christmas on the Farm was only one weekend in December, this year it will be held on three successive Saturdays. All are invited to come December 13 and 20 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A new Baron and Baroness were installed Nov. 15 as the King of the Middle Kingdom held court at Liberty School. A Grand Day of Tournaments, demonstrating the prowess of fighters in the barony, accompanied the joyous event.
Bob Wittersheim’s collection of antique gadgets and tools often leave people wondering, “What the heck is that?”
He will show objects such as a piece of wood that looks sort of like an eight-inch screw, perhaps an inch in diameter at its widest point. Not a screw, nor a drill. Instead the wood plug was used to patch bullet holes in early military planes. The plug will be among a few dozen pieces from Wittersheim’s collection that he may show during his presentation on October 12, 2 pm in the Brecon Room in the Saline Area Library.
A celebration of the harvest season at Saline’s historic Rentschler Farm Museum featured food, song, wagon rides, theater, barn raising demonstrations, antique farm equipment, animals and more Sunday.