By Pamela A. Frucci
There’s an interesting sight as you drive down West River Road…a dozen colorful Adirondack chairs all in a row in the side yard. It’s a collection that belongs to Charla Mason who moved them from her pool side in Wyandotte when she married Bob Mason in 2014. The couple is surprised that their chairs get more attention from passers-by than their historic home at 20839 West River.
Bob is related to not only the first “boy” governor of Michigan, Stevens T. Mason, but also George Mason IV, one of our founding fathers and drafter of the Bill of Rights. Stevens Mason is known as the “boy” governor since he was only 23 years old when he became governor and was instrumental in the deal that exchanged the western portion of the Upper Peninsula for a strip of land to the south which includes Toledo, Ohio.
The energetic couple has restored the family home inside and out so it’s in top shape. Bob is retired as an automotive service writer for MOPAC magazine but Charla teaches at a middle school. Bob, who adds “Captain to his name since he served in the Merchant Marines,” grew up in the historic home and graduated from Grosse Ile High School in 1986. A portion of the 143-year-old home goes back to 1860. Charla credits her mother for giving her the idea to collect Adirondack chairs and plans to add to her colorful collection…she’s looking for a canary yellow.