I was born in Long Beach, California to Marjorie Crane and Fred L. Welsh during the last days of WWII. I grew up in the Vassar/Millington, Michigan area where I did a lot of farming in my youth. Then, it was on to Michigan State for a BA in history/pre-law. After graduation, I became an officer in the US navy serving on LST1160 Traverse County and DD931 Forrest Sherman as main propulsion assistant and CIC officer. After leaving the Navy in 1972, I managed a Manpower Inc. office in Flint, Michigan. Then it was on to General Motors for twenty-seven years as an Industrial Engineer. Now, I'm happily retired and very busy with a singing group, Brothers in Song, and with volunteer work at the Bay County Historical Museum.
Vassar, Michigan is finally getting the flood control project that has been in the works for years. It is quite an undertaking. The pictures show just part of the work being done. This is the north bank of the Cass River looking upstream. The work also continues downstream. I believe that the rail trail will continue along at least part of this dike. If so, it will be nice to walk along the river on it. Off the the left and out of the picture behind the trees in the background is a pumping station that has an inlet in the Moore Drain. The idea is to pump water from the Moore Drain into the Cass River. That will help with downtown flooding since the Drain is the problem and floods before the river reaches flood stage. The next flood will be a test of the system.