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May 24, 2013
Vernie Nethercut , The Alpena News

Alpena Savings Bank mural ??

Q. Reader Dottye Carnahan remembers the large mural that was in the former Alpena Savings Bank. She would like information about the mural and the artist. ?

A. Special Collections at the Alpena County Library has an article from the Sept. 10, 1947, Alpena News that gives a lot of information. With a headline of "Mural Depicts Saga of Alpena Lumbering Era," the 10 panels were set together to make a continuous historical picture. ??

The article notes that the artist is Barbara Wilson, daughter of Mrs. Stanley (Myssel) Wilson and sister of Philena Wilson Ferguson. The news article continues "Miss (Barbara)Wilson is the granddaughter of the late D.D. Hanover, one of the founders of the Bank It seems fitting that this mural should be set in the Savings bank which was founded by pioneer Alpena citizens. It is the logical successor of the first bank in Alpena, the National bank, which it absorbed."

The news article has many descriptions of the mural, such as the following:

Q. A reader, noting the nesting swans in the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, asks if both parent swans sit on the nest, and how long it takes for the cygnets to hatch. ?

A. Both parents share in sitting on the eggs. The following information is from the Kalamazoo and Sarett Nature Centers (1994) "The Birds of Michigan."

Shakespeare sayings

Q. Where does the phrase "love is blind" come from? ?

A. Garrison Keillor quotes The Oxford English Dictionary as crediting William Shakespeare "with coining 3,000 new words and contributing more phrases and sayings to the English language than any other individual. His idioms have woven themselves so snugly into daily conversations that we aren't even aware of them most of the time, phrases such as "a fool's paradise," "a sorry sight," "dead as a doornail," "Greek to me," "come what may," "eaten out of house and home," forever and a day," "heart's content," "slept a wink," "love is blind,""night owl," "wild goose chase," and "into thin air."

Please send questions and comments to or to "Questions, Anyone?" The Alpena News, 130 Park Place, Alpena, MI 49707. ????



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