For ten years, Jack R. Westbrook has been furnishing local Mt. Pleasant publications with local historical photo articles ranging from the significant to the whimsical. Westbrook has assembled those articles, with relevant pages borrowed from his eight local photo history books and some never before published pages in his photo reviews of the area’s past entitled “Mid-Michigan History 1 & 2”. From extensive histories of Mt. Pleasant’s own first radio station (WCEN), Mt. Pleasant schools, funeral homes, movie houses, Mission Road history and the Alma Springs Sanitarium’s emergence as Masonic Pathway. Mid-Michigan Counties oil history and the 1931 worst oilfield disaster in history. retired Michigan Oil & Gas News Managing Editor Jack R. Westbrook brings another kaleidoscope of glimpses into the rich heritage of mid-Michigan history and lore in Mid-Michigan History 3. Now he is back with a third volume of entertaining and educational snapshots of center-of-Michigan’s past guaranteed to furnish hours of nostalgic pleasure.
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JACK R. WESTBROOK is a Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, resident, retired Managing Editor of the Michigan Oil & Gas News weekly magazine and author of four previous historical photo review books for Arcadia Publishing Company: MICHIGAN OIL & GAS (2006); MT. PLEASANT THEN and NOW (2006); CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (2007); and ISABELLA COUNTY (Michigan) 1859-2009 (2008). He has self-published: YESTERDAY’S SCHOOL KIDS OF ISABELLA COUNTY, with co-author historian/genealogist Sherry Sponseller (2009); ANOINTED WITH OIL: MY JOURNEY WITH FAITH FROM THE OILFIELDS OF MICHIGAN TO THE LEGISLATIVE HALLS OF WASHINGTON DC and BACK AGAIN, by C. John Miller as told to Jack R. Westbrook (2010); THE BIG PICTURE BOOK OF MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN: Yesteryears to 2010 (2010); MICHIGAN NATURAL RE-SOURCES TRUST FUND (2011); AT HOME IN EARLIER MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN (2012); MID-MICHIGAN HISTORY: THE MT.PLEASANT AREA’S PAST AS SEEN IN THE MORNING SUN & MT. PLEASANT MONTHLY MAGAZINE PHOTO FEATURES (2013); THE WEBER FAMILY OF BEAL CITY MICHIGAN (2014) and MICHIGAN PUBLIC LANDS BILLION DOL-LAR BONANZA – A HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOUCRCES TRUST FUND 1976-2015.; MID-MICHIGAN HISTORY (2013); MID-MICHIGAN HISTORY 2 (2015) and MID-MICHIGAN HISTORY 3 (2016). Westbrook’s first work of fiction, KAISA: A NOVEL OF MICHIGAN’S COPPER MINING & OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INDUSTRIES; CALUMET; HOLLAND; MT. PLEASANT; MACKINAC ISLAND AND JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA was published in Au-gust of 2013 and he is now working on a second novel “MURDER IN THE MICHIGAN OIL-PATCH.”
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