Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 22, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 06/22/2014

Brothers who served honored

WILLIAMSTON— Two of six brothers who served during World War II are returning to their mid-Michigan hometown to be honored during a parade.

Frank and Andrew Engardio served in Europe at the height of the war. Their four brothers — John, Peter, Pedro and Leonard — also served. All six survived and came home.

Their parents, Sam and Mary Engardio, ran a Williamston store that sold fruit, confections, beer and wine.

They since have passed away, as have four of the brothers.

Frank and Andrew remain.

Frank is 95. He’s a former Ford Motor Co. employee who moved to California after retiring.

Andrew is a 91-year-old retired podiatrist who lives in Adrian.

The Lansing State Journal says the brothers plan to appear in Williamston’s Red Cedar Jubilee parade on Saturday.

Flint may close auto history park

FLINT — Flint may get rid of an 8-acre park that had an important role in history of the auto industry.

Oak Park is overgrown, isolated and no longer part of a vibrant neighborhood. A century ago, 1,000 people temporarily lived in tents there when they swarmed the city for auto jobs, The Flint Journal reported Saturday.

Flint’s new master plan calls for closing the park, although it still has restrooms and playground equipment.

“I think it played an important part in (Flint) history. ... It is important to that time period, but people don’t really travel up that way too much” today, said David White, president of the Genesee County Historical Society.

The Durant Dort Carriage Co. set aside land for Oak Park as well as land for churches and a school in the area, said White, who would like to put a piece of playground equipment in a local museum.

City planner Megan Hunter said a plan for the land must be in place before the park is closed.

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