To all a Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to drop a note to thank everyone that has followed my journey this year and to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. -J

“Most of all to be remembered with delightful recollections are those family gatherings, the family circle of nine boys and two girls, with father and mother, around the winter’s fire; not the kitchen stove, but the real fire, the brightly blazing hospitable fire in the big, old-fashioned wood fireplace in the farm house of the old homestead.

There is no restriction, no restraint of any sort, and certainly no affectation of style. We told stories, we laughed, we often all sang together. We were serious and gay by turns. We younger members of the family would engage in some games or play while father and mother are discussing some hard point of theology in the minister’s last sermon, or perhaps the great danger coming to sound, Christian morals from the multiplication of card parties and country dances.” ~ Rev. William H. Law, 1927


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John Kotzian was born in Rogers City, Michigan located on the shore of Lake Huron and raised some 30 miles away in Hillman, Michigan. He is the great-great-grandson of the “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes”, Rev. William H. Law.

His passion for the Great Lakes and its history grew from the stories handed down through both sides of his family about Rev. Law’s travels and relatives lost in the sinking of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley.

He currently resides with his wife, Kimberly, in Brooklyn, MI.
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