93 Year Retrospective

Over the past 93 years many things have changed in Dearborn. Businesses have come and gone, the political landscape has changed and neighborhoods have developed and re-developed.

The Rotunda opened to thunderous applause and disappeared in a fiery flash before generations could experience her as a World’s Fair Exhibit and not a softball field.

Tractors migrated west and established roots as Pioneers and Thunderbirds. School districts were re-defined and rivalries were re-born with the passing of each generation.
Greenfield Village became The Henry Ford, Crowley’s turned into Kroger, and Ford Land transformed much of Dearborn’s unused space into new business opportunities.

If the preceding paragraphs have you playing the “You know you’re old if you remember…game,” then consider this – the one constant has been the need for the Dearborn Goodfellows to fulfill the mission of “No Child Without a Christmas.”

Each spring dedicated Goodfellows meet to plan the path for the coming year. Fundraising decisions are made, committees are formed, and budgets are established. In years past the Goodfellows held pancake breakfasts in the roller skating rink of the Civic Center, and today the Smoke on the Grill wraps up the summer season.

The start of the school season represents back to school shopping for parents, and it kicks off the Goodfellow Christmas shopping spree. We make our lists and check them twice. We purchase and package age appropriate gifts, and we organize an army of volunteers to deliver the packages.
The pictures on this page serve as a remembrance and reflection of Goodfellows past and present. Please enjoy this walk though time.

…. Pictures to follow shortly

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