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Monk Watson Goes Home

‘Monk” Goes Home   From “The Colon Express”, December 1963, By Monk Watson: “Really, my home is right here in Colon, and how glad I am that we live here and not in the city of Detroit. Getting in and … Continue reading

Hill Opera House

  From The Colon Express newspaper, August 11, 1981: “Hill Opera House is no longer in use, but on center stage are the memories of many performers. Located on State Street on the second and third floor above Citizens State … Continue reading

Pete Bouton by George Johnstone 1968

From the ‘TOPS” Magazine, June 1968. By George Johnstone: “Golly, it’s hard t realize that ole Pete is gone. He was the fun-type character that you thought would always be around. Pete Bouton used to be my “grandpa” image when … Continue reading

Percy Abbott

Percy Abbott lived an illusion most of his life. It wasn’t discovered until after his death. In 1960. From a page clipped out of an Australian Magazine; no date or identification: “Marjorie Abbott and her mother, Rose, strolled along the … Continue reading

Monk Watson

Donald (Monk) Watson was born in Jackson Michigan in 1894. When his mother became terminally ill, he was sent to live with his grandmother here in Colon. It was through magic that he got into show business as a boy. … Continue reading

Blackstone and Colon

Harry Blackstone’s wife, Inez, drove her car south (by chance) from Kalamazoo through Leonidas and into Colon. At the western edge of the village she noticed an Island on Sturgeon Lake. Upon investigation, she found that the island was for … Continue reading