Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fun and Games
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.
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
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.
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.
C.S. and Ruth had grown up with horses and loved to ride. All six Mott children learned to ride.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
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. Ruth Mott's Point of View (within shouting 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 FarmGatehouse (about 500 feet away); Renewing an Old Orchard (about 500 feet away); The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek (about 500 feet away); Applewood Estate (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 9 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.