Cross Village Legs Inn

By Helen Hermes

The statement “a picture is worth a thousand words” is very true when talking about “Legs Inn” in Cross Village. It is a Michigan historical site that is filled with very unique artwork. There are antler chandeliers, carvings of Indian busts, taxidermy, totem poles and more to see. There are many unusual pieces of carvings.

The builder, Stanley Smolak, immigrated to America from Poland in 1912. His love for Cross Village area and the Odawa Indians was the reason he settled in the area in1921 and built the Inn in the 1930s. Since his death in 1968 at the age 81 the family has continued to operate the Inn. We enjoyed the oddities of the building along with the food. Although I am not sure what the servers were doing with a broom and dustpan on the patio. Looking from the inside out to the patio my guess is an unwelcome visitors entered the patio. Our waitress was not sure – toad or snake? A clue one might consider would be a few diners standing on their seats.

Outside at the intersection, the road south would have taken us through the tunnel of trees which is a lovely drive. But we opted to take the road east and forego the lovely scenery as we have been through the tunnel of trees. Also, we had to consider our dear Annie Rose back at our home on wheels. We arrived home knowing exploring surrounding areas when traveling leads to learning, fun, appreciation of blessings and renewal of the mind and soul.

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I leave it to you to count your blessings and renew your mind and soul before going a thousand words, enjoy the pictures.

Helen is retired from a career involving mostly in data processing. She started in data entry and advanced to data entry supervisor and then into computer operations, programming, system analyst and middle management. She owned her own data services company that provided service to Ford Motor Company, Blue Cross, Chrysler, ASI, School Districts and many other businesses. After five and a half years, Helen sold to her partner. She and her husband moved to the Rose City, MI area to farm. After ten years of commuting back and forth to Detroit, a final move back to Farmington Hills was made.

During her life, Helen attended various college classes that included computer programming, business law, English composition, accounting, and other courses. She taught enrichment classes at Kirkland Community College, tutored reading classes in Port Huron for six years, was chairperson of the St Clair County Master Gardener’s Club for four years, was head trustee at Immanuel Lutheran Church for eight years, Chairperson of the Women’s Group at Holy Redeemer Church for four years, past secretary, vice chair, and chair of other various committees for the St Clair County GOP (member since 2008).

Helen and her husband, Jack have lived in Clyde Township for thirty years where they build their home. While living in Clyde they have traveled in every state of the United States. After visiting all the states, they journeyed to other countries in Europe, Eastern Europe (before EU), China, Thailand, Mexico, Columbia, Panama Canal, and others.

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