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The Croswell Swinging Bridge is the only pedestrian suspension bridge in Michigan. It was built in 1905 at an original cost of $300. It spans 139 feet. The original bridge had just two cables which were provided by Michigan Sugar Company and were used to support the planks. To provide a handhold, two more cables were added at a cost of $150....The Bridge originally had a sign at the west end that admonished people to "Love Ye One Another." A sign at the east entrance (Maple Street) still reads, "Be Good To Your Mother-in-law."

--Text from Pure Michigan

Francis H. [maiden name] Wilcox
(c. 1887- )

Unfortunately, we do not know Francis' maiden name. She was born in either 1887 or 1888.1 We know that she was able to read and write. About 1905, Francis married Harry Wilcox.2

By 1910, Francis and her family lived in Sanilac, Michigan but by 1918 the family had relocated to 389 Magnolia, Detroit. In 1920, they were renting a home but by 1930 had purchased a $7,500 home in Detroit.

In 1930, Francis and Harry shared their home with their daughter Myrtle and a Greek boarder named George Koutras.

On 9 May 1947, Francis and her husband traveled about 100 miles to attend the funeral of Oma Mudge Wilcox; a distance that was considered significant.

1The 1910 census suggests the 1887 date while the 1888 date is suggested by the 1920 and 1930 census.

2According to the 1910 census, Harry and Francis Wilcox had been married for five years.




Harry Wilcox


Floyd Wilcox
Myrtle E. Wilcox
Susan Wilcox
Mary Wilcox
Stephanie Wilcox

Census Records


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