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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Second Marriage, Second Coat By Ed McCullough

August 29, 2012
Filed in: Mackinaw Memories

In 1954, I was working in N.W. Montana. I was a city kid from Chicago and this was my first time away from home living in Montana for the year. Working for the US Forest Service, it got cold and I needed a warm coat, so I asked around (loggers, muleskinners) and everyone said get a Filson Cruiser.  Just that, Filson Cruiser. Period.

I bought it at a little store in Troy, Montana near the Idaho border. It’s still in use, but not by me. My first wife still has it and wears it in winter months. She wouldn’t give it up! So that was that.

Years later I bought another one just like it. There’s no moral to this story, at least none that I can think of. My second wife and I’ve been married for thirty some years. And yes, she likes to put on my Filson Cruiser when it’s cold here in Illinois. I don’t mind. It’s okay. And maybe I’ll get her a Cruiser for her very own. I think I just might this year before the cold winds blow here in Illinois. Nice surprise, huh? What a gal. What a coat


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