Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Seventh Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge

Bill West has just announced the Seventh Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge!  

Recently I ran across this poem in  a 1910 promotional item that was once given away by the Jarecki Chemical Company in Sandusky. 

A transcription of the poem reads:

Let other cities boast their iron,
Their steel and earthenware,
Rubber goods, tile, pottery, shoes,
Or glass in ample share;
But famed Sandusky leads the van,
For all that man can wish,
To lumber, grain - in lime, in stone -

In the  the early twentieth century, Sandusky was a leading fish market on the Great Lakes. The Jarecki Chemical Company (no longer in business), made fertilizer from fish byproducts, from the 1880s to the 1930s. This little poem reminds me of a time when  the people who lived in my town lived a much simpler life, times my parents and grandparents spoke of often.

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