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AACHM Oral History: Don Simons

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Don Simons

Donald L. Simons was born in 1943 and he grew up on Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. He attended Jones School, Ann Arbor High, and Eastern Michigan University. He was a starting football halfback and basketball co-captain in high school, and was recognized as athlete of the month. Mr. Simons recalls segregation and several incidents of discrimination in Ann Arbor. He is proud of his family, his work coaching at the Maxey Boys' Training School and Boysville, and co-hosting the annual neighborhood picnic for 25 years.

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Angell School Friends Carry Marianna Hoad Up The Steps, January 1951

Angell School Friends Carry Marianna Hoad Up The Steps, January 1951 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 6, 1951
Caption
A friendly lift from her schoolmates is the safest and fastest way up the steps of Angell School when she is wearing roller skates, Maryanna Hoad has found. Giving her a helping hand are (left to right) Dorothy Morley, Lynn Wiederhaft, Karen Wenk, William Canton, and Molly McLennen. Maryanna put on her skates for a fast spin on the school sidewalk during the recess period.

Richard Brenen dons a pair of skates as a few neighborhood dogs look on, February 1955

Richard Brenen dons a pair of skates as a few neighborhood dogs look on, February 1955 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 25, 1955
Caption
SIGN OF SPRING: Yesterday's spring-like weather caused this Ann Arbor lad, Richard Brenen of 705 Gott St., to don his roller skates for an early-season spin along the city's sidewalks. But "spring in February" proved short-lived as colder temperatures arrived last night with indications that winter is still here to stay for awhile.

Roller Skating Girls, March 1949

Roller Skating Girls, March 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 28, 1949
Caption
Spring must be here. Roller-skating youngsters on Ann Arbor streets comprise one of the surest signs. Here six-year-old Janet West of 1707 Pontiac St., a first grade pupil at Northside School, gets a helping hand with her skates from Betty Ann Dibble, seven and one-half, a second grader at St. Thomas School, before hitting the pavement. Scenes like this will increase in direct proportion to the rise of thermometers.

Girls Roller Skating With Ski Poles, January 1957

Girls Roller Skating With Ski Poles, January 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 4, 1957
Caption
READY FOR ANYTHING: With Michigan's changeable weather, a girl has to be ready for most anything. So yesterday when a swirling snowstorm broke across the city Patty McWilliams, 5, of 2402 Brockman Blvd. (left) and Cynthia Cairnes, 5, of 2108 Shadford Rd., went roller skating with the aid of ski poles.

Ready For Anything

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