“My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come from — my island.”
— Oscar de la Renta
This latest interview gives us an insight into the life of 82-year-old Grosse Ile resident, Pete Coan.
How long have you been a resident of Grosse Ile?
I have lived on Grosse Ile since 1937. My parents built a house on Parke Lane at the north end of the Island, and we moved here from Wyandotte when I was 2 years old.
What is your first memory of living on the Island?
The thing I remember most is how sublimely quiet it is on Grosse Ile. At the time I moved to the Island, there were not more than 1,500-2,000 people living here. I am still cognizant of it today — once you cross one of the bridges to the Island you hear the sounds of nature, and not much else. Read More here