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Margaret Malvina Meeks Thompson 1828-1896. The 2nd great grandmother of my brother-in-law.

When Margaret Malvina Meeks was born on February 16, 1828, in Conecuh, Alabama, her father, Wiley, was 34, and her mother, Sarah Carroll, was 31.

Margaret Malvina married Robert King Thompson on December 6, 1846, in Mississippi. They had 13 children in 22 years. She died on March 5, 1896, in New Hebron, Mississippi, at the age of 68, and was buried there.

Here is a link to family information on find-a-grave:

This photo was shared on Ancestry website:

Photo caption: Robert King Thompson Family. Robert King and Margaret Malvina Meeks are on the front row center. I think Sarah Ann Frances is the one on the back row with something over her eye. I’ll add the other names when I find the original

Margaret Malvina’s husband was Robert King Thompson (the 2nd great grandfather of my brother-in-law). Here is information that I found on line about the farm that Robert owned. (In all of the US census records I could find, he listed his occupation as farmer.)

Robert King Thompson “Born August 23, 1818 – Died March 28, 1898” Burial: Bethel Church Cemetery, rural Lawrence County, Mississippi. Bethel Church was the family’s “home church” for several decades. The church is still standing in excellent condition and is the gathering place for the annual Thompson family reunion.

“Pursuant to the Act of Congress on the 20th day of May, 1862, To secure Homesteads to actual letters on the Public Domain,” and the acts supplemental thereto, the claim of Robert King Thompson has been established and duly consummated in conformity to law, for the West half of the South East quarter of Section two, in Township eight North of Range twenty West, the the District of Lands, subject to sale at Jackson, Mississippi containing one hundred and fifty Acres and Sixty hundredths of an acre. (Excess paid as per receipt No. 2620 1/2) according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said Land, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General: according to the official plat of the Survey of the said Land, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General: Now knew ye, That there is, therefore, granted by the United States unto the said Robert K. Thompson the tract of Land above described: To have and to hold the said tract of land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Robert King Thompson and to his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony where whereof, I, Ulysses S. Grant, president of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five, and the Independance of the United States the one hundredth. BY THE PRESIDENT: U. S. Grant

Recorded, Vol. 1, Page 427

Some interesting dates:

Margaret was only 18 years old when she got married.

Margaret would have been 32 years old and living in Mississippi during the Civil War.

Joseph Francis Fenton (or Finton) 1761-1851. My 4th great grandfather.

Joseph Francis Fenton was my 4th great grandfather.

Here is how I relate:

I wanted to write about this ancestor partly because he has been so carefully researched by many other folk on Ancestry and they have shared valuable photos and other documents about Joseph. I wanted to pool all of these resources into one spot in order to share them easily with my family.

Joseph’s surname was Finton and this is how his first grave marker was inscribed, but later, when a new plaque was made the surname was changed to Fenton.

When Joseph Francis Finton was born on February 28, 1761, in Dutchess, New York, his father, William, was 29 and his mother, Mary George Fenton, was 29. He married Margaret Swegals in 1781 in New York. They had 11 children in 24 years. Joseph’s wife Margaret Swegals (my 4th great grandmother) died of measles on 30 March 1822.

Later, in 1825, he married Thankful Gillett and he had no children with this second wife.

He died on October 23, 1851, in Barrington, New York, at the impressive age of 90, and was buried in Penn Yan, New York.

He had a military background:

Source is DAR Lineage Book NSDAR Volume 166:1921

This is what is inscribed on a tablet:
Dedication of Joseph F. Finton Tablet in Penn Yan Cemetery, Nov. 27, 1934

Enlisted June 1778 for 3 years, under Capt. Craig, went recruiting for 3 months. Joined 3rd Pa. Regt. in the fall under Col. Craig (brother of Capt. Craig) Lt. Col. Wiliams & Major Biles.

He was in the assault and taking of Stoney Point in 1779, and in an engagement at Bargains Point, at the time of Arnold’s defection, soldier went to West Point and remained there some time. He was also in New Jersey a long time.

This photo of his tombstone also shows military associations:

Lived from 1761 to 1851

The burying ground of the Finton family was located on the family farm until most of the burials were removed to Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan, where they are today.


The source (Page 145-148-The Fintons and Crosbys) gives us the following information about the farm.

“Joseph Finton was a revolutionary soldier, and came with his family into Barrington, (then Wayne) from New Jersey in the Spring of 1806, and settled on land in the northwest part of the town, which, for some unexplained reason, was not run into lots and numbered wih the original survey. There was enough of this land for about five lots, and it was marked on an early map as “very poor.” Mr. Finton chose this location rather than land more heavily timbered in Milo, because in the open, less wooded land, there seemed a prospect of sooner getting food for stock, which was an object of great importance to pioneer settler. The Bath road at that time was a crooked way through the woods, and Mr. Joseph S. Finton, who lives now on the spot where his after settled, thinks it was not opened as a highway till after the lake road. Their first school for that neighborhood, was in a log house, north of the Barrington line, near the present residence of Job. L. Babcock, on land long owned by Jonathan Bailey. The house was warmed by a hugh old fashioned fireplace, capable of holding almost a cord of wood. School was principally attended to in the winter; and Mr. Finton says that on all the pleasant days they had to stay at home and break flax. Cotton was not king then, and flax wrought by home industry, was the most important element for clothing the family.”

The photo below of the Fenton farm was as pictured after the 1851 death of Joseph.

Finton Farm 1876

The next photograph was not taken until 1925 (Joseph had died in 1851)

1926 photo of the Finton Farm

Where did our European ancestors live?

Relatives born in the 1400’s

My 12th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born about 1480 in
Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 26 May 1535 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, Bucks, England.

My 14th great grandfather, Col. Hugh Sprague was born about 1480 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died there in 1540.

My 14th great grandmother, Mary Smith Sprague, was born in 1482 in Upway, Dorset, England. She died there in 1538.

My 12th great grandmother, Juliana Higbed, was born about 1484 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. She died about 1540.

Relatives born in the 1500’s

My 13th great grandfather, Johan Sprague, was born in 1501 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died there in 1526.

My 11th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born about 1505 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, England. He died on 18 April 1548 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 13th great grandmother, Marie Sprague, was born 1505 in Upway, Dorset, England. She died there in 1540.

My 11th great grandmother, Agnes Higbed, was born about 1509 in
Dagnall, Edlesborough, England. She died about 1550.

My 11th great grandfather, Thomas Gildersleeve, was born about 1513 in Witnesham, Suffolk, , England. He died there in 1572.

My 12th great grandfather, Enos Sprague, was born in 1525 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died in 1554 in Fordington, St George, Dorset, England.

My 10th great grandfather, Thomas Higbed, was born about 1535 in   Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died there on 26 February 1607.

My 10th great grandmother, Alice Higbed, was born about 1535 in
Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. She died in 1610.

My 11th great grandmother, Julian Clodde Gildersleeve, was born about 1538 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. She died about 1570 in Witnesham, Suffolk, England.

My 11th great grandfather, Edward Love, was born about 1548 in North Hampton, Hertfordshire, England. He died on 7 March 1607 in North Hampton, Hertfordshire, England.

My 11th great grandmother, Alice Pope Love, was born about 1549 in Dodington, Oxfordshire, England. She died in 1577.

My 11th great grandfather, Tristram Sprague, was born in 1550 in St. George, Dorset, England. He died on 26 June 1575 in Puddletown, Dorset, England.

My 9th great grandfather, John Knapp II, was born about 1550 in  Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He died there on 2 May 1604.

My 11th great grandmother, Elizabeth Colt Sprague, was born in 1554 in Dorset, England. She died there in March of 1630.

My 10th great grandmother, Mary Love Gildersleeve, was born about 1560 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. She died on 27 April 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

My 10th great grandfather, Thomas Gildersleeve, was born on 25 December 1561 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. He died in 1625 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

My 9th great grandmother, Martha Blois Knapp, was born about 1565 in Grunisbough, Suffolk, England. She died in 1612 in Ipswich, Suffolk, , England.

My 10th great grandfather, Barnard Smith, was born about 1571 in Whitford, Devon, England. He died about 1596 in Penryn, Devonshire, England.

My 10th great grandfather, Edward Sprague, was born on 5 January 1576 in Upwey, Dorset, England. He died on 6 June 1614 having lived in Upwey, Weymouth and Portland Borough, Dorset, England.

My 9th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born on 30 November 1585 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 27 March 1642 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 9th great grandfather, Richard Gildersleeve, was born about 1585 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk,England. He died on 26 September 1681 in Hempstead, Nassau, New York, Colonial America.

My 9th great grandmother, Ursula Blacknell Higbed, was born about 1589 in  Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. She died on 31 October 1684 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 8th great grandfather, Nicholas Knapp, was born on 16 May 1592 in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England. He died on 16 April 1670 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

My 9th great grandfather, Pieter Clement Brouwer, was born in 1596  in Katwijk In Kew, South Holland, Netherlands. He died on 21 March 1692 in New York.

My 11th great grandfather, William John Smith, was born on 25 September 1598 in Whitford, Devon, England. He died in 1663  in Jamaica, Long Island, New York.

Relatives born in the 1600’s

The 9th great grandmother of my ex-husband, Sarah Ann Yates Meador, was born about 1600 in Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1655 in  Rappahannock, Virginia, United States.

My 9th great grandmother, Helena Caatje Mey Brouwer, was born on 18 January 1600 in Katwijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. She died in  1641 in Hoorn, Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

My 9th great grandmother, Joanna Appleton Gildersleeve, was born about 1601 in Little Waldringfield, Sussex, England. She died in 1677 in Hempstead, Nassau, New York.

My 9th great grandfather, William Sprague, Sr. was born on 26 October 1609 in Upwey, Dorset, England. He died on 26 October 1675 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The 9th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Thomas “The Elder” Meador, was born on  24 December 1612 in Bristol, Suffolk, England. He died on 6 June 1655 in Lancaster, Virginia, United States.

My 8th great grandfather, Edward Higbie, was born on 2 February 1616 in  Ivinghoe, Aylesbury Vale District, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 21 September 1699 in  Jamaica, Queens County, New York.

My 8th great grandfather, Edward Bishop, was born about 1620 in  Kingston, Surrey, England. He died on 3 March 1705 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

My 7th great grandfather, Hans Caspar Waldhauer, was born about 1620 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Deutschland. He died about 1737.

My 7th great grandmother, Margaretha Decken Waldhauer, was born about 1620 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

My 8th great grandfather, Adam Berchoven Brouwer, was born on 18 January 1621 in Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. He died on 21 March 1692 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York.

My 8th great grandfather, Richard Gildersleeve, was born in June 1625 in  Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. He died on  21 May 1691 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

My 6th great grandfather, Johann Casper Waldhauer, was born about 1653 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He died there in 1730.

My 6th great grandmother, Salome Jung Waldhauer, was born about 1670 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. She died there in 1742.

My 6th great grandmother, Elizabeth Pearson Fenton, was born in 1674 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. She died in 1723.

My 6th great grandfather, Richard Fenton Sr., was born on 19 March 1684 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England. He died on 31 July 1766 in Sturton le Steeple, Notts.

The 6th great grandmother of my ex-husband, Mary Esther Howe Shipman, was born 1 January, 1685  near, Hamburg, Germany. She died in Wales, British Isle, England.

My 5th great grandfather, Johann Caspar Walthauer was born about 1690 in Salzburg, Austria. He died on 3 December 1766 in Ebenezer Colony, Savannah Georgia.

The 6th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Daniel Edward Schiffmann (Shipman) was born about 1694 in Hamburg, Germany. He died at sea on a ship from Germany to Wales in 1718.

Relatives born in the 1700’s

My 6th great grandmother, Jane Ranby Fenton, was born in 1700 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire England. She died on 17 July 1782 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England.

The 5th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Daniel Schiffmann (Shipman) was born about 1715 in Lower Saxony, Prussia. He died on  8 November 1798 in Warren County, Kentucky.

My 4th great grandfather, George Jacob Stephanus Walthour, was born on 18 June 1729 in Broetzingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He died on 12 November 1794 in Fort Walthour, Brush Creek, Pennsylvania.

My 5th great grandfather, Alexander Jackson, was born on 12 June 1729 in Longford, Ireland. He died on 14 March 1818 in Florinda, Orange, New York.

My 5th great grandfather, William Fenton, was born on 19 September 1731 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England. He died in Salem, New Jersey.

My 5th great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth George Fenton, was born on 25 February in 1732 in Staunton, Nottinghamshire, England.

My 4th great grandfather, Anton SCHÄFFLER, was born about  1748 in Sanktmartin Kreis Arad Rumänien. He died there on 27 NOV 1828.

My 3rd great grandfather, Martin Ponto, was born on 08 November 1792 in Sanmartin, Arad, Romania. He died there on 13 June 1858.

My 3rd great grandmother, Rosalia Schäffler Ponto, was born on  02 August 1792 in Sanmartin, Arad, Romania. She died there on 23 August 1849.

Relatives born in the 1800’s

My 2nd great grandfather, Johann Christoph (John Grayer) Krueger, was born on 17 November 1806 in Pösen, Saale-Holzland-Kreis, Thueringen, Germany. He died in 1875 in Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

My 3rd great grandfather, Michael Wisthoff, was born about 1804 in Prussia. He died on 9 March 1895 in Antrim Co., Michigan.

The 2nd great grandfather of my son-in-law, Engebret Nilsen Viste (Rudi), was born on 25 August 1818 in Ostre Slidre, Oppland, Norway. He died on 11 September 1898 in Claybanks, Door, Wisconsin, United States.

My 2nd great grandfather, John Jacob Baur, was born on 29 July 1824 in Zürich, Switzerland. He died on a visit back to Switzerland on 30 April 1886 in Rueochlikon, Zürich, Switzerland.

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Stuber Baur, was born on 12 July 1835 in
Mecklenburg , Germany. She died on 30 December 1865 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA.

My 2nd great grandmother, Wilhelmina “Minnie” Ponto Grayer, was born on 1 January 1827 in Posen Province, Prussia. She died on 24 April 1898 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan.

The 2nd great grandfather of my son-in-law, Joachim Johann ” Joseph” Christian Bork, was born on 26 August 1848 in Grevesmühlen, Nordwestmecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. He died on 19 March 1922 in Forestville, Door, Wisconsin.

The great grandfather of my ex-husband, Andrea (Andrew) Melosso, was born on 24 August 1855 in Meduno, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He died there on 31 March 1934.

The great grandmother of my son-in-law, Emma Wilhelmine Caroline Bork Wiesner, was born on 14 November 1880 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Deutschland. She died on  27 May 1940 in Nasewaupee Township, Door County, Wisconsin.

My 2nd great grandfather, William Wisthoff, was born about 1832 in Germany. He died on  15 May 1897 • Scio, Washtenaw, Michigan.

My 2nd great grandmother, Ernestine Nevroth Wisthoff, was born 29 January 1837 in Germany. She died on 25 July 1917 • Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA.

My great grandfather, August Friedrick Kruger Grayer, was born on 5 January 1849 in Hammer-Sandkrug, Posen Province, Prussia. He died on 13 August 1917 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA.

My great grandmother, Emilie “Amelia” Louise Wisthoff Grayer, was born on 29 July 1861 in Prussia. She died on 1 May 1955 • Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.

The great grandfather of my son-in-law, Ole Engebretsen Viste, was born on 22 October 1869 in Viste, Røn, V. Slidre, Oppland, Norway. He died on 1 April 1936 in Forestville, Door, Wisconsin, United States.

The maternal grandfather of my ex-husband, Anibale Bravin, was born on 13 February 1891 in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He died on 14 December 1969 in Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania, USA.

The application of a USDOT Crash-Like Computer Program Crash/Trajectory in Forensic Engineering by Robert L. Hess, Ph.D. and Joel T. Hicks, P.E.

In 1987, my young daughter was painting on office paper in her grandparent’s home. Her grandmother gave her the paper to use for this purpose. Together my daughter and her grandmother used the unprinted side of that paper to create water color pictures.

Imagine how delighted I was to find that the back side of the paper they had used contained part of a paper co-authored by my father. I have retyped what I found so that is legible for the reader of this blog. Sadly, not all of the pages are here . I found that you can download this full paper on-line at a cost of $25.00. I did not pay the fee, so this is only a sampling of the full document. Here is the link for the retrieval of the full document…

The Application of a USDOT CRASH-LIKE Computer Program CRASH / TRAJECTORY in Forensic Engineering

Part A: Mathematical Basis and General Capabilities by

Robert L. Hess, PhD

Joel T. Hicks,P.E.

(N.A.F.E. #049 Member)

Automotive accident reconstruction can be dramatically assisted and improved by the use of microcomputers which are programmed to utilize the vehicle damage and accident scene data. CRASH /TRAJECTORY is such a program and is based upon a main-frame computer program developed by the U. S. Department of Transportation. The federal program has been personalized and improved for use by legal and engineering offices faced with the task of interpreting actual accident cases. Where the federal program did not allow the user full access to the internal data tables and the output of the program’ s equations, these new programs do, through the use of user friendly menus and tables.

Introduction to the Underlying Mathematical Principles.

The laws of physics which underlie CRASH/TRAJECTORY are those which relate FORCE to changes in MOMENTUM and to changes in KINETIC and POTENTIAL ENERGY. These are based upon Newton’ s Laws, universally accepted as governing mechanical phenomena involving forces, mass and motion. To use these laws knowingly it would be good to review a few definitions and ideas of the physics of motion. This will be done in the next few paragraphs after which we shall turn to discussion of the program.

A body of mass (mass is the expression of the weight of a body in the gravitational unit named ‘slugs’) which is moving is said to have a VELOCITY and a LINEAR MOMENTUM. First note that there is a subtle difference between the two words SPEED and VELOCITY. Speed i s a measure of the magnitude of the rate of change of position of a body with time. Speed is measured in miles per hour or feet per second (MPH or ft./sec.).Speed does not in itself provide any information as to the direction of motion of a body, the word ‘velocity’ does. Combining the ideas of a body’s speed and direction of motion creates a VECTOR quantity, the VELOCITY VECTOR, or for shortness, the ‘velocity’. Velocity is a vector, i.e., an arrow-like quantity, with both magnitude and direction properties and would be described in writing as say, 45 MPH southward. A vehicle weighing 3220 pounds has



(“Blueberry” was a favorite stuffed animal)

Robert L. Hess’s History of Research, Service and Teaching Contributions to the University of Michigan



November 20, 1984


FROM: Prof. Walter Debler

SUBJECT: Robert L. Hess’s History of Research, Service and Teaching Contributions to the University of Michigan.

Professor Hess received his B.S.E. in Engineering Mathematics and B.S.E. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan, after which he served as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Upon release from active world war II service he returned to Ann Arbor, the home of his wife, Gretchen R. (Ream) Hess and on a visit to the Engineering Mechanics office was hired as a full-time instructor and was asked to undertake a research project by Prof. J. Ormondroyd. The project became the basis of his Doctorial Thesis, “The Dynamics of Ship’s Structures, including Shear Deformations”.

This work was directed by Professor· Ormondroyd and became one of the first major engineering works to be programmed for the ENIAC (that being done by the David Taylor Model Basin, Dept. of the Navy).

During the three years of full time teaching, (Dr.) Hess served in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserve and spent his training periods at the Model Basin. He was honored by being requested to provide, along with his brother, 40 hours of lectures on mathematics and advanced dynamics for the scientific staff of the Navy at the Model Basin.

Professor Hess was recruited by the Bell Telephone Laboratories and joined BTL as a Member of the Technical Staff in the fall of 1949, being assigned to a ‘heavy-tube’ Development Group. The many research projects he participated in included the assignment to undertake the development of a pilot line for the production of both the material for and the devices known as ‘point-contact’, type A transistors. (This was before the courts orderd BTL to place the technology on the market and was thus a unique endeavor for Dr. Hess.) It was typical of him to have the breadth of both interest and scientific knowledge that brought him such a coveted assignment and also success in it. He developed new techniques of crystal growing and zone-purifying as well as a novel method of doping the contact area to created photo-sensitive transistors.

In his third year at BTL Dean G.G. Brown called him with an unsolicited offer to return to the U. of M. as an Assistant Prof. of Chemical and Metallurgical Eng. and Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics and to also take on a Phoenix Project dealing with the atomic structure of glass. Dean Brown gave Prof. Hess the challenge of creating a new course in structure of glass and ceramics. At the end of his third year Hess was promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics and left the Chem. Met. Dept. He undertook the reactivation of the Dept.’s Photo-Elasticity Lab. and generated a course for it as well as teaching. in the areas of elasticity and dynamics.

In about 1957, Vice President and Dean of Faculties, Prof. M. Niehus asked Prof. Hess to join an elete committee of engineers and scientists to oversee the work of the Willow Run Laboratories which at that time was experiencing troubled relationships with the Department of the Army, its prime source of support. In Jan. 1958 Dean Niehuss requested that Hess take leave of his teaching and consulting practice and join a new management team, headed by Prof. J.A. Boyd {now Chairman of Harris Corp.) to salvage and redirect the Willow Run Laboratories. Hess was given the specific assignment of Technical Director of Project Michigan as well as an Assistant Directorship of WRL. In addition Hess became the Head of the Applied Research Group of the Labs. In March of 1958 Dean Attwood informed Hess of the approval of his promotion to full Professorship. (A promotion which was said to make Hess the youngest full professor in the College’s history.)

Prof. Hess soon developed a keen ability to manage multiple teams of researchers on topics varying from information processing, semiconductor development, infrared scanning and synthetic antenna radar. He was able to apply his knowledge of basic physics and mathematics to the tasks as a member of the teams involved and to also represent them to the top military officers and, upon the creation of a Department of Defense to the scientific part of that community. In his unique fashion and with unusual modesty his term of management, which after three years included the project directorship as well as it technical direction, Hess always put his staff in the foreground and sacrificed personal fame in the process. Never-the-less upon his decision to return to teaching, the Department of the Army awarded Prof. Hess with THE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL the inscription of which read in part ‘Hess succeeded in establishing and maintaining the University of Michigan as the leading free world authority in surveillance technology’.

His own proven scientific talent and professional imagination contributed additionally to the accomplishments of a broad team of scientists and technicians. The rare combination of skill, foresight and devotion to country…’. During the years of 1964 and 1965·, Hess served as the personal representative of the U.S. Army’s Assist Chief of Staff for Intelligence and led teams of scientists through a comprehensive field review of the Army’s Combat Surveillance capabilities in Europe and in Korea. As a token of the regard that the Army had for Hess’s abilities, over 70% of his recommendations from the Korean area were implemented. In 1965 Professor Hess visited with President H. Hatcher with the view of leaving the Project Michigan assignment and returning to full-time teaching. By that time, the I.S.T. had been created and W.R.L. was part of it and Hess was one of its directors. President Hatcher, through Prof. Norman, Vice President for Research offered Hess the challenge of using the $10 million original gift from the automobile industry to create the Highway Safety Research Institute. A counter offer on Hess’ part allowed him to hire a top level ‘internal administrator’ for H.S.R.I. and thus to be able to devote his attention to building the staff and its research programs and to also return to teaching, which was his first love. With a regentially appointed Executive Committee and with the cooperation of dozens of the University’s faculty Hess was able in a few years to build a building, hire internationally known figures and to build a program of research spanning fields from Law to Medicine and from Engineering to Psychology. His untiring drive established the Institute as the world’s premiere institution of its kind and brought not only many millions of research dollars to our campus for the support of researchers, faculty and graduate students but also continued to enhance the reputation of the University of Michigan.

During a long period of the H.S.R.I. years, Hess also served the University as a Consultant to the Army’ Science Board where he both chaired and participated in the study of many of the nation’s outstanding technical problems and challanges.

During the last five years Professor Hess undertook two major research studies while teaching a nearly full load and directing the H.S.R.I. These were first the review of the complete research findings in the scientific, engineering and medical communities of the experimentation protocols and the knowledge in the area of blunt trauma to the human head and second, the same for the area of blunt trauma to the thorax. In each case an annotated history of the development of the government’s use of the knowledge in its regulation was developed and recommendations were put forward for the future of research in the field. The second of these studies was selected for publication in the S.A.E.’s transactions. Hess served the University by membership on President Nixon’s Highway Safety Advisory Committee and also undertook service as a Consultant to the World Health Organization.

Prof Hess resigned his position as Director of U.M.T.R.I. (the succesor to H.S.R.I.) and returned to a full time faculty teaching role in January of 1984. In keeping with his reputation, he has undertaken the teaching of the Control Systems course, ME461, a new course for him, with vigor and has provided new leadership in its laboratory and course work with several software packages he has written to enhance the depth and breath of the educational experience of the students He also accepted an assignment as the Mechanical Engineering Program Adviser and has written software packages now in use by that office to materially enhance the efficiency of the process and to allow the Adviser to take a proactive rather than a reactive role in counseling. He is also supervising the trial use of a professional in this office.

All in all, Professor Hess’ academic and service accomplishments are outstanding and the respect that he has rightfully gained from his peers is only reflective of the credit he has always given to them over 32 years of devoted service to the University. In the classroom, the laboratory and the office he has represented the best the University of Michigan could offer its students and country.

Willow Run Labs Project Michigan article from The Michigan Daily


(I transcribed this article I found on the web

Willow Run (Continued from Page 1)
Several times a year military brass will fly in on special transports to inspect the entire  Willow Run installation. The atmosphere is described as frequently tense by some insiders. Competition for military research contracts is high. Project Michigan, the mainstay of the operation is down to $2.5 million this year from $3.5 several years ago.
Like any office the facility has its in-group jokes. “One of our favorite jokes is to talk about the non-military uses of the new observatory in Hawaii,” says a Willow Run staffer. “Publicly the officials talk about the peaceful uses of the observatory. But everyone knows its there for tracking IC-BM’s and satellites.” Although WRL officials plead ignorance on the matter; there is informed speculation that the $4.3 million dollar observatory the University is staffing in Maui, Hawaii will play a role in satellite warfare.
The defense department sponsored observatory may be used in the highly secretive spy satellite business. Currently the Air-Force is developing a top secret anti-satellite system to knock enemy satellites out of action undetected. The idea is to use sophisticated electronic devices to “bump” an enemy satellite (equipped with cameras and eavesdropping gear) out of action. The new observatory will “track the mid-course flights of . . . orbiting satellites with advanced infrared sensing, measuring and recording devices,” according to President Hatcher’s 1963-64 Annual Report. Tracking the satellites would be an integral part of the anti-satellite system. And trade publications suggest that the new Hawaiian observatory could well be used, in that manner.

Work at the Willow Run center started in 1946 when the facility was known as the Michigan Aeronautical Research Center. The original work was done on adapting ballistic missiles for defense purposes under Project Wizard. In 1950 WRL worked in cooperation with Boeing aircraft on a new missile system to knock out bomber aircraft called BOM-ARC: Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center.’

In 1953, the giant of all past and present research, Project Michigan was born and is still carried on under their auspices. Willis E. Groves, current head of Project Michigan says the basic purpose of Project Michigan was to “build better spectacles for our military” and that it is primarily concerned with radar and infrared research.

According to Robert L. Hess who was director of Project Michigan from 1962-65 when he became director of the Highway Research Institute, “Project Michigan was the best investment ($70 million over the past 13 years) the army ever made.

The army was similarly impressed with Hess’s work and in 1964 awarded him the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his contributions as director of Project Michigan, noting that he had “succeeded in establishing and maintaining the University of Michigan as the leading free world authority in surveillance technology.” Hess says he was shocked when he received the award: “I had no idea they were going to give me this, it was a wonderful surprise.”

The Willow Run center also maintains three national clearing-houses. One is the Ballistic Missiles Radiation Center (BAMI-RAC) which collects, analyzes and disseminates information relative to ballistic missile radiation, a subject important in developing a defense against such missiles. BAMIRAC does significant technical research in this area.

An Infrared Information and Analysis center (IRIA) is now in its 13th year and disseminates information on infrared science and technology. A third center now in its seventh year disseminates information on “seismic detection of underground nuclear explosions.”

Although WRL is a nationwide information center, it proves reticent about disclosing the extent of its own activities.

The University makes a “Quarterly Compilation” of all research contracts on campus. But director Evaldson declines to release the information on WRL in the compilation because “I believe this goes into greater detail on our affairs than I could properly make public.”  He will release his own “compilation of the projects,” contained in the quarterly compilation.

Some of the project names tend to be euphemistic. For example a $48,731 Navy sponsored project described as “Passive Lopair Support Studies” with Donald S. Lowe a physicist in the Infrared and Optical Sensor Lab, is actually concerned with “The detection of chemical warfare agents using passive Lopair techniques.” In this project, which expires in January 1969, Lowe is studying the ability of a certain optical system (LOPAIR) to detect chemical warfare agents.

Scientists at the Willow Run center are actively involved in conducting classified symposiums. The Willow Run center continues to conduct the semi-annual meetings of the Anti-Missle Research Advisory Council (AMRAC) under sponsorship of the Defense Departments’ ARPA.

Willow Run scientists have also taken an active role in the ARPA sponsored “Counterinsurgency Research and Development Symposium (CIRADS). Among those who have attended the symposium are Evaldson, James T. Wilson, head of IST, and Marvin Holter, head of the infrared and optical sensor lab at WRL.

This year the University helped plan and sponsor the second annual CIRADS conference held in Houston in June. George Zissis, head of the infared physics lab at WRL was program chairman.

Zissis says that the conference “was an interdisciplinary effort to find out what causes insurgency. We had political scientists deliver papers on the difficult problem of how you handle indigenous forces in friendly contries.”

“This was an effort to give people who have been doing classified work in this field a chance to get together and share their information.”

Zissis says about 300 to 400 persons attended the conference. “There were people from British Intelligence, Thailand, Australia, Hughes Aircraft, the Rand Corporation, George Washington University, and the Royal Canadian Dragoons.”

I tried to get someone to deliver a paper on how we could end the conflict in Vietnam but no one would do it.”

My family timeline (a work in progress)


5 Jan 1849: birth of August Grayer in Posen Province, Prussia (my paternal great grandfather)


20 March 1875: Carl Schmiling is born (maternal great grandfather of Drew)


19 April 1877: Charles Emmett Whitmer (paternal grandfather of Tim Whitmer) is born in Kentucky


20 July 1881: Alma Runke Schmiling is born (maternal great grandmother of Drew


14 Sept 1885: Emilie “Amelia” Angelina Grayer is born in Scio, MI (Grandma Pet- Amelia Grayer Ream, my maternal grandmother)

16 Sept 1885 Grover Cleveland Ream (father of Gretchen Ream Hess and my paternal grandfather) is born in Denver, Miami County, IN


20 May 1890: Aunt Babe (Helen Grayer Mayer, my maternal Great Aunt) is born


6 Sept 1891: George Kellogg Hess, Sr. (my paternal grandfather)  is born in Benton Harbor, MI


31 Jan 1894: Henrietta Spruhan is born in IL (mother of Robert L. Hess and my paternal grandfather)


21 April 1896: Cora Noffsinger Whitmer (paternal grandmother of Tim Whitmer) is born in Kentucky


28 Jun 1911: Henrietta Spruhan graduates from Austin High School in Chicago (mother of Robert Hess and my paternal grandmother)


21 Jan 1912: Elbert Emil Schmiling is born (maternal grandfather of Drew Wiesner)


15 Mar 1915: Olive Viste Schmiling is born (maternal grandmother of Drew Wiesner)


13 Aug 1917:  August Grayer dies (maternal great grandfather of Hess girls)

4 Dec 1917:  Robert Emerson Ream is born (Uncle Bob, my mother’s brother)


14 Nov 1923:  Tim Whitmer’s father Charles Emmett Whitmer, Jr. is born in Kentucky


29 Sep 1924: Robert Hess is born in Orange, Essex. NJ


4 Oct 1925 Gretchen Ream is born in Ann Arbor, MI


14 April 1926: Robert Jack Groshans is born in Arkansas (paternal grandfather of my children)

20 Dec 1926:  Madeline Bravin Groshans  is born in PA (paternal grandmother of my grandchildren)


1930 Census – Robert Hess, his parents and brother are living in Cook County, Chicago, IL (N. Neva Ave.)


20 Jan 1931: Samuel Henry Barnes (father of Chris Barnes) is born in Mississippi

26 March 1931: Grover Ream dies in Ann Arbor, MI (maternal grandfather of Hess girls)


24 Feb 1933:  Annabelle Bivona (mother of Chris Barnes) is born in New York, NY


10 Aug 1940: Robert Hess is saved from electrical shock fence (16 years old)

1940 Census – Robert Hess, his parents and brother are living in Benton Harbor, MI (Benton Center Road)


Gretchen is a sophomore at Ann Arbor High 16 years old


Gretchen Ream is a junior at Ann Arbor High 17 years old

Robert Hess graduates from Benton Harbor High School and enters University of Michigan

25 Aug 1942: Robert L. Hess’ date of enlistment


Gretchen Hess graduates from Ann Arbor High School

1 July 1943: Date of Entry into Active Service for Robert L. Hess


26 March 1944: Eugene Norbert Wiesner is born in WI (father of Drew Wiesner)

8 Jun 1944: Joann Emma Schmiling is born in Algoma, WI (mother of Drew Wiesner)


14 Feb 1945: Robert Hess is in V-12 program at University of Michigan

Robert Hess BSE – Engineering-Math BSE- Engineering-Mechanical while in the Navy V-12 program

2 Nov 1945: Robert Hess is appointed as an Ensign, US Navy (graduates from Midshipman school in New York)- this is date of commission

15 Dec 1945: Gretchen and Robert Hess wedding

1945 Gretchen and Robert honeymoon at Niagara Falls

1945 Gretchen lives on N. Main Street and Robert reports to New Port, RI


April – Bob is on a naval shakedown at Guantanamo Bay

Robert Hess in an Instructor or Engineering Mechanics at the University of Michigan 1946-1949

7 July 1946: Robert Hess date of separation from US Naval Service


Gretchen is a stenographer living with Robert at 719 Oakland Street, AA, MI

Robert Hess in an Instructor or Engineering Mechanics at the University of Michigan 1946-1949


Robert Hess in an Instructor or Engineering Mechanics at the University of Michigan 1946-1949


Robert Hess in an Instructor or Engineering Mechanics at the University of Michigan 1946-1949

Robert Hess is employed by Bell Laboratories from 1949 to 1952


Robert Hess is employed by Bell Laboratories from 1949 to 1952

Robert Hess receives Ph.D. from the University of Michigan


Robert Hess is employed by Bell Laboratories from 1949 to 1952


Robert Hess is employed by Bell Laboratories from 1949 to 1952

18 Mar 1952: Mary Ann Hess is born in Bethlehem, PA

14 April 1952: Tim Whitmer is born

19 March 1952: Robert Jack Groshans marries Madeline Bravin in Washington, D.C.


18 Feb 1953: Jack Francis Groshans is born in Ypsilanti, MI


11 Feb 1954: Linda Claire Hess is born in Ann Arbor, MI

31 March 1954: Mark Andrew Groshans is born

6 Nov 1954:  Robert Ream marries Mary Virginia Meredith in San Diego, CA


11 Feb 1955: Linda Claire turns 1 year old

1 May 1955: Grandma Grayer dies (Amelia Wistoff Grayer- maternal great grandmother of Hess girls)


11 Feb 1956: Linda Claire turns 2 years old

4 Dec 1956: Marie Groshans is born


11 Feb 1957: Linda Claire turns 3 years old

February – Hess girls visit paternal grandparents in Benton Harbor, MI

23 April 1957: Christopher Franklin Eugene Barnes is born

27 Nov 1957: Kathryn Sue Hess is born in Ann Arbor

Robert Hess was asked to oversee the work of the Willow Run Laboratories


11 Feb 1958: Linda Claire turns 4 years old

8 Mar 1958: Carol Renee Groshans is born

March 1948: Robert Hess receives full professorship


11 Feb 1959: Linda Claire turns 5 years old

9 Oct 1959: Glenn Robert Groshans is born


11 Feb 1960: Linda Claire turns 6 years old

November- Robert Hess takes the black and white popular portrait photos of everyone in his family and the extended family


11 Feb 1961: Linda Claire turns 7 years old

Hess family and Aunt Babe take big trip out west


11 Feb 1962: Linda Claire turns 8 years old

31 Jan 1962: Paul Stephen Groshans is born

Joann Schmiling (Drew Wiesner’s mother) graduates from Algoma High School

13 Dec 1962: Alma Runke Schmiling dies (maternal great grandmother of Drew)


11 Feb 1963: Linda Claire turns 9 years old

21 Apr 1963: Daniel Robert Groshans is born


Gretchen does Christmas Program at Bethlehem

1964 and 1965: Robert Hess served as the personal representative of the U.S. Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and led teams of scientists though a field review of the Army’s Combat Surveillance capabilities in Europe and in Korea.


11 Feb 1965: Linda Claire turns 11 years old

7 Feb 1965: Thomas Michael Groshans is born

13 Feb 1965: Grandma Pet (Amelia Grayer Ream) dies

18 June 1965: Eugene Norbert Wiesner marries Joann Schmiling (Drew’s parents)


11 Feb 1966: Linda Claire turns 12 years old

17 Jun 1966: Paul Stephen Groshans dies

18 Jun 1966: Wedding of Joann Schmiling to Eugene Wiesner

1 Jul 1966: Robert Hess receives 2nd highest Army award

Robert starts with HSRI

Robert is Chairman of the building committee at BUCC and the new Addition is completed


11 Feb 1967: Linda Claire turns 13 years old

16 Oct 1967: Donna Susan Groshans is born


7 April 1968: Linda Claire’s confirmation


11 Feb 1969: Linda Claire turns 15 years old

10 Jan 1969: George Kellogg Hess, Sr. dies in Saint Cloud, FL

2 Oct 1969: Highway Safety Research Institute is dedicated


11 Feb 1970: Linda Claire turns 16 years old

President Nixon names Robert Hess to National Highway Safety Advisory Committee for 3 years

31 May 1970: Robert Hess takes Linda Hess on European trip

28 Jun 1970: Jack Groshans graduates from St. John’s in Ypsilanti, MI

July 1970 to June 1973 Jack Groshans works at Ford Motor Company in Saline, as a decorating technician

4 Nov 1970: Kara Lynn Wiesner is born (sister of Drew Wiesner)


02.11 Linda Claire turns 18 years old

07.06 Tim Whitmer’s father Charles Emmett Whitmer, Jr. dies

Linda Claire Hess graduates from Pioneer H.S. in Ann Arbor


11 Feb 1973: Linda Claire turns 19 years old

Mary Ann is living in France. Tour d’Aygosi 7, Aix-en-Provence 13100, France

Robert Hess Consultant of the Secretary of the Army’s Scientific Advisory Panel 

April – Mary Ann is getting ready to return to America after a year abroad

Jack is at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX (August 24th)

Jack is at the Defense Language Institute in Washington DC

Briarwood Mall opens in October


11 Feb 1974: Linda Claire turns 20 years old

March 1974: Linda visits Jack in DC for spring break

April 1974: Khaki takes trip to Germany

May 4 1974: Mary Ann graduates from the University of Michigan

1 Sept 1974: Andrew Jacob Wiesner is born in WI

Claire and Hillsdale friends spend spring break in Washington DC

18 Nov 1974: Jack Groshans has honorable discharge from the US Air Force


Jack was living at Aunt Rita’s house, 2225 Midvale, Ypsilanti, MI


11 Feb 1976: Linda Claire turns 22 years old

15 May 1976: Linda Claire Hess graduates from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI


11 Feb 1977: Linda Claire turns 23 years old

February 1977 to April 1982: Jack Groshans works for the US Postal Service

13 Aug 1977: Groshans Wedding in Ann Arbor, MI


11 Feb 1978: Linda Claire turns 24 years old

July 1978 Linda is Sales and Catering Manager for Weber’s Inn until March of 1980


11 Feb 1979: Linda Claire turns 25 years old

Linda is Sales and Catering Manager for Weber’s Inn


11 Feb 1980: Linda Claire turns 26 years old

Linda is Sales and Catering Manager for Weber’s Inn until March of 1980

September 1980: Drew enters 1st grade in Port Washington Public Schools. Teacher is Linda Schmidt.


11 Feb 1981: Linda Claire turns 27 years old

3 July 1981: Amy Heather Groshans is born

September 1981: Drew enters 2nd grade in Port Washington Public Schools. His teacher was Mrs. Schubert.

13 Dec 1981: Amy baptized at BUCC


11 Feb 1982: Linda Claire turns 28 years old

3 July 1982: Amy turns 1 year old


11 Feb 1983: Linda Claire turns 29 years old

3 July 1983: Amy turns 2 years old

September 1983- December 1984 Jack Groshans attends Washtenaw Community College


11 Feb 1984: Linda Claire turns 30 years old

Linda Claire works at Chi Systems as Fulfillment Manager for Hospital Purchasing Management publication.

17 Mar 1984: Robert Jack Groshans dies (paternal grandfather of my children)

8 April 1984: Kristina Marie Whitmer is born

3 July 1984: Amy turns 3 years old

20 Sept 1984: Henrietta Spruhan Hess dies in Kissimmee, FL (mother of Robert Hess)

Robert Hess retires from HSRI


11 Feb 1985: Linda Claire turns 31 years old

3 July 1985: Amy turns 4 years old


11 Feb 1986: Linda Claire turns 32 years old

19 April 1986: Jack Groshans graduates from Eastern Michigan University

3 July 1986: Amy turns 5 years old

11 Oct 1986: Dan Groshans marries Elizabeth Gianakaris

Amy goes to Kindergarten at Jack and Jill

February – Amy and I go to Disney with Grandma and Grandpa


Sept 1987 : Amy starts 1st grade at St. Thomas the Apostle


Sept 1988: Amy starts 2nd grade at St. Thomas the Apostle


Sept 1989: Amy starts 3rd grade at St. Thomas the Apostle

8 Jan 1989: Charles Robert Whitmer is born

30 Jan 1989: Amy scalds her chest

11 Feb 1989: Linda Claire turns 35 years old

1 April 1989: Kathryn Sue Hess marries Christopher Barnes

3 July 1989: Amy turns 8 years old

28 July 1989: Radisson grand opening


3 July 1990: Amy’s pirate birthday party

Sep 1990: Amy starts 4th grade at St. Thomas the Apostle- her homeroom teacher is Mrs. V. Frank

Jack, Linda Claire (pregnant) and Amy go on vacation to Jamaica


11 Feb 1991: Linda Claire turns 37 years old

03.29–04.05 in Florida before going to Jamaica (I think)

5 April 1991: arrive in Montego Bay – Jamaica (Claire is pregnant on this trip)

2 May 1991: Blake Andrew Barnes is born

3 July 1991: Amy turns 10 years old

August 1991: Amy and Claire go to Valley View condos at Grand Traverse Resort with Grandma and Grandpa. Jack joins us for the last weekend. The Whitmers also joined us. 16th floor brunch at the Grand Traverse.

Sept 1991: Amy starts 5th grade at St. Thomas the Apostle

31 Oct 1991: Michael Robert Groshans is born


02.11 Linda Claire turns 38 years old

March- Amy broken wrist

14 Jun 1992: – Drew graduates from Port Washington H.S.

June – Kara graduates from La Crosse U.W, system

3 July 1992: Amy turns 11 years old

August – Groshans family reunion in Vancouver

31 Oct 1991: Mike turns 1 year old

Amy wearing braces


Amy broke her left arm (radius) at the first basketball game of the season

11 Feb 1993: Linda Claire turns 39 years old

3 July 1993: Amy turns 12 years old

July trip to Wonderland in Toronto.

3 Sept 1993: Grant Hayes Groshans is born (son of Glenn Groshans)

4 Sept 1993: Donna Groshans marries Todd Michael Gorsuch

31 Oct 1993: Mike turns 2 years old


3 July 1994: Family trip to Disneyworld (celebrated Amy’s 13th bday at MGM studios)

Amy takes a trip to California to spend time with Groshans relatives.

Summer Amy in Camp Talahi

1 Sept. 1994: Drew (junior at U of W Madison) spends a semester at the University of London living in the Bloomsbury District of London until 15 Dec. 1994.

26 Sept 1994: Jack tells me that he has plans to leave.

Amy is in grade 8 (1994-1995) at St. Thomas.


24 Jan 1995: Alexander Ryan Groshans is born (son of Dan and Beth Groshans)

11 Feb 1995: Linda Claire turns 41 years old

May – Amy confirmation from BUCC

08 Jun 1995: Amy graduates from St Thomas School

3 July 1995: Amy turns 14 years old

31 Oct 1995: Mike turns 4 years old and is in preschool

Linda Claire Hess Groshans and Jack Groshans are divorced


Mike starts Kindergarten at Jack and Jill

May 1996: Drew graduates from University of Wisconsin-Madison


Mike starts 1st Grade at Abbott Elementary School

1 June 1997: Laura Groshans is born (daughter of Dan and Beth Groshans)

15 August 1997: Kevin Matthew Barnes is born


Mike starts 2nd grade at Pittsfield Elementary School in 1997

2 July 1998: trip to Belle Isle with Bob Shafe

1 Apr 1998: Linda Claire Groshans purchases 2725 Yost Blvd


10 Jun 1999: Amy Groshans graduates from Pioneer H.S. in Ann Arbor

3 Nov 1999: Thomas Groshans marries Teresa Francis Steszewski

Mike starts 3rd grade at Pittsfield Elementary School


Summer & Winter Amy works at Pfizer Global Research and Development 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI and Summer 2001

Mike starts 4th grade at Pittsfield Elementary School

Amy and Mike have trip to Hawaii


Summer – Amy works at Pfizer Global Research and Development 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Amy works from August to Dec 2001 State of Michigan House of Representatives, State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909 517-373-0846 Representative James L. Koetje, 74th District of Michigan

Amy lives at 211 E. 53rd St., Apartment 9B, New York, New York, USA

Mike starts 5th grade at Pittsfield Elementary School

Amy and Mike have cruise to Alaska


03.15 bad winter storm on Yost

05.02 Elbert Emil Schmiling dies (maternal grandfather of Drew Wiesner)

08.23 Catherine Elizabeth Groshans is born (daughter of Tom and Teresa Groshans)

Mike starts 6th grade at Scarlett Middle School

Amy and Mike have a trip to St. Thomas


August 11 we were in Oscoda

May – Amy graduates from Michigan State University


Mike finishes 7th grade

03.17 Benjamin Michael Groshans is born (son of Tom and Teresa Groshans)

12.09 Robert Ream dies

Mike goes to boy scout jamboree


15 May 2005: Drew graduates from Cornell

1 Jan 2005: Amy’s visit to Connecticut to visit Tom, Teresa, Cate and Ben

18 June 2005: Amy marries Bill Hasler

Bill Hasler accepts a job in Los Angeles

14 June 2005: Mike Groshans has 8th grade graduation from Mill Creek School in Dexter, MI

Claire starts at Bethlehem Church


15 May 2006: Journey to Jerusalem room

26 April 2006: Mike confirmation April 26-29

01 Nov 2006: Gretchen Lois Ream Hess dies

Mike is 15 years old on 10-31-91 and finishes 9th grade at Huron High School

Mike takes a summer trip to the Boundary Waters with Boy Scouts

Mike does a Habitat trip in Alpena and then comes directly to Oscoda

Amy and Bill living in Los Angeles, but also then move into NYC apartment

Kristy graduates from MSU – Bachelor of Science, Zoology


Mike is 16 years old on 10-31-91 and finishes 10th grade at Huron H.S.

31 Aug 2007: Mark Groshans dies

9 Oct 2007: Took lots of pics of Amy and Mike at at wedding


Mike is 17 years old on 10-31-91 and finishes 11th grade at Huron H.S.

10.20 Ann marries Jon


April – Amy and Drew trip to Cancun

06.03 – Mike Groshans and Blake Barnes graduate from Huron High School

06.25 Amy in Marathon

July – Drew hunts in Nambia with his father


Fall- Mike starts at the University of Michigan as a freshman


Mike starts work at CITI in the school year and summer of 2010

Hawaiian shirt photos at Mike’s work 12-7

11.21 Amy in Philadelphia Marathon

05.07 Kristy graduates from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine


February 2011: Drew and Amy get engaged

February 2011: Amy and Drew go to San Francisco and Napa Valley with Wiesner family

Mike works at CITI in the school year and summer of 2011

30 July 2011: wedding shower

10 Sept 2011: Amy Heather marries Andrew Jacob Wiesner in New York

Claire’s Arm surgery


Mike starts work at Arbor Networks as an intern in the summer of 2012

14 Jan 2012: Eugene Norbert Wiesner dies (father of Drew Wiesner)

12 Feb 2012: Amy and Drew move to Addison Street

11.13 Eugene Jack Wiesner is born in WI

Mike graduates in the winter of 2012 from the U of M


19 April 2013: Kara Wiesner marries Tom Martin

Mike starts full time at Arbor Networks in January


Mike starts at Twilio in April 2014 and moves to San Francisco


sale of house on Yost Blvd.


July 3rd – Claire moves to Seattle Washington


05.19 Robert Lawrence Hess dies

October – Claire leaves job at Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle after 14 months employment


Claire buys condo in Ann Arbor in April 2018

Amy and Drew sell Portland OR home

Amy, Drew and EJ move to Germany