Driving along the six-mile straight stretch heading east, you turn right onto Barnes Road. When I was growing up it was the shortest route to The Point from my house so I walked it many times. There was no signage then (in the 60’s and 70’s) and we (I) always called Bonds Road. Probably because the Bond family lived there and their children were around the same age as me. When I came back to visit as an adult I saw the signage said Barnes Road and realized I’d been calling it the wrong name all those years. Listening to my dad (Fred Heddle) tell old stories I came to know that he knew the Barnes, whom the road is named after. Here is a little story he tells.
The old Barnes place was and still is located on the west corner of Lower Six Mile Road and Barnes Road. Fred Heddle remembers his mother Lizzy and her husband Charlie would go down to play cards with Arthur and Annie Barnes. They would hitch up old Toby the Clydsdale, to a sled in the winter and the Democrat in the summer, and bundle Fred and his younger brother Ted in the back. This went on for many years as Fred remembers later on dropping them off and picking them up with his car, The Wizby, which he’d bought off his brother Bill. The Wizby must have been as fast as a bullet because it was nicknamed after ammunition called wizbangs.
Arthur and Annie had only one son, Albert Barnes. Albert married a lady named Louise Palmer. Louise’s brother Gilbert and Albert bought the Willow Point Store together. Gilbert eventually bought out Albert and operated the store with his wife Gladys for many years.
Randi Jensen, 2014
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