By Richard Karns Special to the Herald Review Have you ever been to Avondale? Avondale is located North of Evart at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and 70th Avenue. In talking with Ron Babb, Avondale is where both sets of his grandparents lived. Bill and Alice Babb had four children, Ross, Vera, Roy and Virginia; and Dan and Elizabeth Booher had four children, Bernice, Olive, Kenneth and Leota. The children of these two families attended and graduated from Evart Public Schools. Ross and Leota were in the same grade and graduated in 1933.\u00a0After graduation, Ross had a variety of jobs until he went into the service. He\u00a0drove a truck for the highway department when they were building the 115 highway. He\u00a0worked in the iron foundry in Saginaw and drove cab in Lansing. In 1934, Leota graduated from Country Normal with a teaching certificate.\u00a0Classes were held in Evart. With the teaching certificate, Leota started teaching school\u00a0north of Reed City (I believe Byman School) for two years. While there she stayed with the\u00a0Anderson family, whose daughter Selma was Leota\u2019s age. To add to her education, for\u00a0two summers she attended school at Western Michigan School for teachers (now\u00a0Western Michigan University). She then taught at Highland No. 8 North on 80th Avenue. She taught for two years at\u00a0the Bennett School; the building is still standing at the intersection of 90 Avenue and 15\u00a0Mile Road. Ron told me that during his mother\u2019s teaching career, she was paid $80 a\u00a0month, and because she also was responsible for the janitorial work and building the fire\u00a0in the stove, she was paid an extra $5 a month. In 1938, Ross and Leota were married and they had three children, Kenneth, Ronald\u00a0and Marianne. Ross went into the Army in 1941 and was stationed in Orlando, Fla.\u00a0Ron said his mother told him when they were living there, Orlando wasn\u2019t much\u00a0bigger than Clare, and she could walk the entire distance of the town pushing\u00a0his brother Kenneth in a buggy without any difficulty. Ron shared about an opportunity\u00a0his folks had to buy some land, but because they didn\u2019t plan to stay in Florida after the\u00a0service, and the lack of money, and not to mention the humidity and bugs, they didn\u2019t\u00a0buy it. A land salesman while swimming at Titus Beach approached them, offering to\u00a0sell water frontage property for $5 an acre. That area today is where Cape\u00a0Kennedy\/Canaveral is at. After being discharged from the service, Ross and Leota came back to Evart to raise\u00a0their family. Ross had worked for Bill Anderson and had several other jobs before he\u00a0started Babb Ford Motor Sales with the help of his father. Ross had first wanted to\u00a0sell Studaebaker cars, but decided on selling Fords instead. In April 1954, he\u00a0opened Ford Motor Sales in Evart, and in August of 1966, moved to Reed City at its\u00a0present location. The company Ross built, with a strong influence from Leota, is still\u00a0going strong. What is truly grand, is that Leota is still here to appreciate the legacy she\u00a0and Ross started; Leota turned 100 years old March 22 of this year. Ronald is the second generation, and his and Zoe\u2019s son, Jeff, is the third generation to be at Babb Ford. Both Ross and Leota had a good work ethic. Ron told me his dad worked hard to make Babb Ford a trusted business and \u201cmom was a good wife, and a great mother.\u201d Customer service was important back in 1974 when I bought my first new car from Ross Babb, and it still is today. Customers want to be treated with respect, and have the knowledge that the company will stand by the work being done on their cars; that is why they keep coming back.