October 25, 2014

Standish-Sterling grad chronicles “Long Distance Love”

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POTTERSVILLE, NY — Delving into her family’s past led Jodie (Pattan) Sewall down a path to online publishing and the sharing of her great-great-great-great grandfather Oliver Boizard’s conversations with his wife Eleanor Boizard in the mid 1800’s, when they were separated for months on end.

Collecting the letters, 257 in all, took several years for Sewall, a 1984 graduate from Standish-Sterling Central High School.

“In 1974, I was only eight, my mom and dad and us kids, we went up to my great-great grandmother’s house. In the process, my mom and dad and us kids were looking through this house,” Sewall said. “There was just tons and tons of papers dumped out of drawers on the floor.”

Included in the papers discovered in the Empire, Mich., Leelanau County, house, Sewall said, were 100 letters from Oliver to Eleanor retrieved by her mother, Michelle (Jack) Pattan, of Sterling.

Read the whole story in the Sept. 23 edition of the Arenac County Independent.

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