The Roggenbuck Family, 1952, Michigan

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The Roggenbuck Family, 1952, Michigan - THE ROGGENBUCKS, IS of them, gather around the...
THE ROGGENBUCKS, IS of them, gather around the big table for dinner together. The children, in order of their ages are, William, 24; Mary June, 20; Robert, 19; Margaret 1 X j$ T FRUIT CELLAR IS WELL STOCKED Mary June (right) and Margaret Ann check jars ' i v , i"" , MICHAEL GETS READY TO GO TO WORK Youngster always eager to get home from school 4 OTHER PERSONS ESCAPE Fireman Rescues 2 Babies from Blaze Sperlsl to the Free Prn FLINT Fireman Russell Riker rescued two babies who were critically burned when a flash fire swept their parents' three-room apartment at 922 E. Witherbee Sunday morning. The children Richard Durhin. I 19 months, and his four-month-old ; ister, Donna Marie were in Huriey Hospital with second-detrree burns. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Durbin, and their two other children Ronald, 4, and Linda, i 3 escaped unhurt ! STRIKER SMASHED a win-FIRE INSPECTOR H a r o 1 d rtow of the first-floor apartment. Chnrwin believed RunalC had JV ' J . "Ws 4.&..,4I Station 4 to turn in the alarm Believing her husband had saved the babies, Mrs. Durbin herded the older children outside. When Durbin returned, it was learned that Richard and Donna : Marie were still inside. Ann, 17; Gerald, 17; Ronald, 15; Evelyn, 13; Michael, 12; John, 8; Joseph, 7, and Jean Marie, 4. They sit at table to workout problems. Bartliol, 23, is in Korea. Family of 14 Wins Catholic Award Parents, 12 Children Operate 485-Acre Farm on Council Plan Special to (be Frw Freet SAGINAW Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Roggenbuck and their 12 children, all of whom co-operate in the council-plan operation of a modern 485-acre farm near Helena in the Thumb, were honored as the Catholic Family of the Year at the Saginaw Civic Auditorium Sunday evening. The Catholic Family Award was presented to the Roggen-bucks by the Most Rev. Stephen S. Woznicki, D.D., bishop of Saginaw, at a civic reception for the 30th National Catholic Rural-Life Conference convention. The Roggenbuck children range in age from 4 to 24. The two older sons, William and Barthol, own farms and are helped in their operation by the family. Barthol's 120 acres are being cared for by the family while he is serving with the Army in Korea. A UNIQUE COUNCIL PLAN features the operation of the Roggenbuck affairs. The father says, "Whenever we have anything big coming up, we feel we should work on it together and decide what to do. There are so many new things coming up that we all have to keep on our toes just to keep up. "The children learn from us the parents but we all learn from one another. And I learn plenty from the children." The whole family gathers around the big, square kitchen table to work out such problems as whether to send a girl to college ; buy feeder cattle, or set up a son with a farm of his own. That the plan works is attested by the results. , THE ROGGENBUCKS LIVE in a comfortable, white, two-story home built seven years ago. Their well stocked fruit cellar is a picture of providence. All of the utility buildings connected with the farm are will kept up as are the seven tractors and other machinery to care for the soil and its products. In addition to diversified crops common to the Thumb area, the Roggenbucks have 180 beef cattle and a dozen cows. Family members are given free choice and assistance in their vocations. The two older girls are in college. Mary June was valedictorian of her Harbor Beach Our Lady of Lake Huron senior class. After staying out of school a year to help her mother with the rare of the family, she entered St Mary of the Woods College, Terre Haute, Ind., where she is now a junior attending on scholarships. MARY JUNE WAS RECENTLY ELECTED president of the De Sales Press Club of the of its newspaper, Fagots. Margaret Ann was salutatorian of her Our Lady graduation class and is now a freshman at the Dominicans' Sienna Heights College in Adrian. The Roggenbucks didn't always have it so good. Both lifelong residents of the Helena area, Mr. and Mrs. Roggenbuck were married in St. Anthony Church June 15, 1927. "When we got married we didn't have much," recalls the father. "I had a little saved up, enough to make a down payment on our first 80 acres. Mrs. Roggenbuck was a school teacher. "With what she earned, and my work, we were able to pay off the 80 acres and get our start." THE PRESENT FAMILY HOLDINGS have been acquired gradually since that time. The Roggenbucks are exemplary Catholics. Every member of the family receives Holy Communion on all Sundays and holy days. The father and older sons are members of the Holy Name Society and the mother belongs to the Altar Society. At least once, often times several, members of the family will be found at daily mass, according to the Rev. Michael Wolf, Helena St. Anthony pastor. The family rosary is said every evening. college and she is copy editor in as by a jby i ! ;a ! of he

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  1. Detroit Free Press,
  2. 20 Oct 1952, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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