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Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fun and Games

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
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Inscription.  
Applewood included special places for recreation, which this competitive and athletic family greatly enjoyed. C.S. Mott often invited colleagues and community leaders over to play tennis, squash, and other games. A former physical education and dance teacher, Ruth Mott taught her children to play tennis.

Tennis
If you stood in this spot a few decades ago you'd have been standing next to a clay tennis court under this bur oak tree. Today, the court is gone but a horseshoe-shaped shrub bed marks its border.

Competition and Pride
Ruth Mott was an excellent tennis player, and won many trophies in her competition days. Maryanne Mott once asked her father how he felt about her mother beating him at tennis. "I expected him to be a little grumpy . . . and instead he said 'Oh, I am very proud of her,' which was really lovely. So there was competition, but there was also pride."

Work and Play
It was during a tennis match in 1935 that C.S. and Frank Manley first discussed a partnership between the Flint Board of Education and the C.S. Mott Foundation to develop Flint's Community
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C.S. and Ruth, about 1934
Education program, which became an international model for expanding the role of schools as community hubs.

Swimming
The pool behind the house, now a decorative fountain, was once a real swimming pool five feet deep. Many Mott children and grandchildren learned to swim there.

Lawn Games
A flat expanse of lawn near the house was ideal for badminton and croquet. It includes a law bowling lane of short, neatly-trimmed grass.

Horseback Riding
C.S. and Ruth had grown up with horses and loved to ride. All six Mott children learned to ride.
 
Location. 43° 1.397′ N, 83° 40.422′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from East Kearsley Street south of Walnut Street. Marker is on the Applewood Estate about 600 feet southeast of the East Kearsley Street (west) gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Terrace Reconstruction Project (within shouting distance of this marker); The Demonstration Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heart of the Farm (about 400 feet away); Gatehouse (about 500 feet away); Renewing an Old Orchard (about 500
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C.S. Mott, June Pitt, Frances Pierce, and Frank Manley, 1941
feet away); The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek (about 500 feet away); Applewood Estate (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Applewood Estate (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
Categories. Sports
 
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Boys sail boats in the pool, about 1917.
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Playing in the pool, about 1919
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Playing on the tennis court, about 1919.
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Ruth Mott and her sister play badminton, 1934.
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Lawn bowling, about 1930.
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Susan, Maryanne, and Stewart horseback riding, 1944.
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
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View looking at what once was the tennis court.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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