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Jan 11

Thanks, Dad!

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 7:57 PM by Judy Davids

Joseph Sage
I thank my Dad often for having the vision to move out of Detroit (the only one of both his and my Mom's families) to the wilds of Royal Oak in August of 1949. I was only 4 months old. 

My Dad bought a brand new $9,900 house on N. Wilson, a block and a half south of 13 Mile Road. He told me later on that he often wondered, at the time, how he was going to make the $50 per month mortgage payment.

 The house was on the east side of the street (not paved yet) with fields and a couple of farms beyond the back yard. 

Growing up there, with all that open space, were some of the most joyous memories of my life. Building tree houses, pheasants in the back yard every morning, catching pollywogs in the numerous little ponds, and playing with the ton of neighboring kids made my childhood very special and memorable. 

Six siblings, two parents and one bathroom made it, "memorable" too! 

I drive by the neighborhood from time to time and relentlessly bore my wife with, "Yeah, that used to be here and that used to be there" memories. 

I'm 71 now, and still live in MY town of Wonderful Royal Oak, and will never move away......"Thanks, Dad".

Richard Philip Sage


Judy Davids
January 12, 2021 at 10:02 AM
Your dad seems like a great guy, just like you!

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