In 1977 Fred and Alice went to Wanborough, England and saw the 1418 gra ve of Thomas and Edith Polton in the village church. The have a bras rubb ing of the grave marker located on the church floor. Fred's father died w hen was eight and his mother raised the family alone. She opened a count ry store and was the first telephone operator in Robinson Township. Fred h ad a good sense of humor, was a good dancer and popular with the local peo ple. He went to a rural country grade school and graduated in 1927 from G rand Haven High School. He was one of the only students that had a car wh ich made him popular with the high school students. He also dated sever al of the high school teachers who at the time were in their early 20' s. Fred was the owner and operator of a DX service station, and later ope rated a Phillips 66 station located on highway 31 in Grand Haven, M I. He remained occupied in service station work for thirty-five year s. At 51 he opened a lawn mower and bicycle repair shop in Grand Have n, He continued this work until he retired at age 69 He and Alice bui lt a home on the Grand River in Robinson township where they lived until h is death. He loved to feed the wild ducks and Canadian geese that ca me to the area during the summer months. The geese and ducks became so fa miliar with him that he could pet them and they would flock around him f or the feed when he called. The would come right up to the house to get h im. At times he would have some 60-90 ducks and geese with their famili es waiting to be fed. His ashes were spread in the Grand River in fro nt of their home on Stearns Bayou.