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Detroit Devil’s Night 2014

MLive Detroit crime reporter Gus Burns reported, “Detroit officials have reported 66 fires since Midnight Tuesday, 31 of which have been deemed suspicious, likely arson. The heaviest night of fires is traditionally Oct. 30, known as Devil’s night to arsonists and Angels’ Night to the public-private coordinated effort attempting to thwart the efforts of firebugs. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office reports 38 fires on Thursday though midnight, 24 of which were labeled suspicious. That’s’ a reduction by one fire compared to the same period in 2013.”

Flames shoot high into the air as Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St., between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side, just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

Flames shoot high into the air as Detroit Firefighters took a defensive stance at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St., between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side, just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. The fire spread to the abandon house next door as DFD tried to stop it from spreading further to an occupied dwelling beside that. At the same time less than a mile away DFD fought two vacant dwelling fires.

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Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Detroit Firefighters use fire 3 hoses to fight two fully-engulfed abandon dwelling fires at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

The grass burns at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

The grass burns at an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

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Detroit Firefighters stand in nearly knee-deep water as they fought an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit's near east side just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014.

Detroit Firefighters stand in nearly knee-deep water as they fought an abandon dwelling fire at 3140 E. Kirby St. between Elmwood and McDougall St. on Detroit’s near east side just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

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Two Detroit Firefighters control a tower ladder from atop their engine at two abandon dwelling fires at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the )

Two Detroit Firefighters control a tower ladder from atop their engine at two abandon dwelling fires at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires.

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the )

Trees and remnants of a house stand in the embers of an abandon dwelling fire at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014.

A Detroit Firefighters prepares to use the hose on a fire that spread into abandon third structure at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil's Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the )

A Detroit Firefighters prepares to use the hose on a fire that spread into abandon third structure at Mt. Elliot and E Warren just after midnight on Devil’s Night Oct. 31, 2014. At the same time and less than a mile away DFD fought two other vacant dwelling fires.

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The Filhart’s: a lot of love to give (color)

Ed Filhart raised 12 kids with his wife of 46 years, Mary, on their farm in Shepherd. Now they have 24 grandchildren who come to visit frequently. Most days Ed spends his time maintaining the farm and training his Belgian horses to pull wagons and carts for yard work.

Ed plays around with his grandson putting his old hat on his grandson's small head, at Stan's cider mill in Rosebush, MI. The large family meet up at Stan's to take the apples from the old apple tree behind the Filhart's house and make cider for the whole family to share.

Emma, 7, would rather eat the raspberries straight off the plant than collect them in her carton for later. "If you keep eating them all, you're going to get a stomach ache again'" warned Ed.

The grandchildren competed to see who could fill their carton of raspberries the fastest. Emma, 7, decided she'd rather eat them right off the plant then collect them for later.

The Filhart's grandchildren play in the yard that their parents played in when they were growing up on the farm. The grandchildren planted corn in their sandbox and climb the old apple tree looking for the best apples to munch on

Emma, 7, and her older sister Molly munch on rhubarb despite the foul taste. Emma follows her sisters lead in chewing on the plant. Emma, a Notre Dame fan, and Molly, a Michigan State University football fan, were competing all day as their respective teams played on against each other on TV. The girls would run back inside to check the score in between playing with their cousins.

Ed and Mary Filhart play tri-dominos on a Tuesday night at their kitchen table. "And then it gets quiet again," said Ed after their children and grandchildren say their goodbyes. The family is always coming together at the Filhart farm. The house seems to expand and contract with the arrival and departure of the grandchildren. Ed and Mary, who have been married for 54 years. spend their evenings together playing card games and winding down from the day.

The Filhart’s: A Lot of Love to Give

On a back country road a white house sits adjacent to a green pasture where horses graze. A swing set, sandbox, small garden and an old apple tree lay behind the house. In the early morning the farm is quiet except for the 2 dogs, Louie and Willie, who loyally follow their master around the yard. In the late afternoon the yard comes to life.

Ed and Mary Filhart have raised twelve children of their own in this home, and now twenty-four grandchildren. Most of their kids have stayed near the Shepherd, MI farm to be close to their siblings, nieces and nephews. Members of this large family are always coming by the farm, bringing the grandchildren together to play in the yard that they grew up in.

In addition to taking care of the farm, Ed raises and trains colts and horses.  Currently he has two colts and four Belgian horses, which he broke to ride in teams and pull wagons for yard work. “The horses used to do everything on the farm,” said Ed, “now we use tractors.” Ed’s sons and son-in-laws come to help him with the heavy labor of farm work.

When it comes to the fun tasks around the farm, the whole family lends a hand- even 3-year-old grandson, Maverick. On a warm sunny September afternoon, Ed spends time with his daughters and grandchildren picking raspberries from the patch behind the house. The grandchildren race to see who will fill up their carton first. Emma, 7, would rather eat the raspberries straight off the plant than fill up her carton. Her older sister Molly, a competitive sport, filled her’s up first. Toads, bumble bees and crickets distract the kids, and soon they’re off to playing in the sandbox.

When the family leaves to go back to their respectful homes, Ed and Mary are left in their front yard waving goodbye as the kids scream farewells from the car windows. “And then it gets quiet again,” said Ed. Although only Ed and Mary reside here, it is home to the whole family, and a home that has a lot of love to give.

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Farm Family: The Filhart’s.

Ed Filhart works on his farm in Shepard, MI. Mary and Ed had 12 kids, but they have all grown up and left their childhood home. Ed does all the work around the farm, his kids who have stayed in the area come to help him out with the tough work.

Ed Filhart closes the barn doors, revealing a painting of Belgian work-horses. The Filharts have belgian horses that they use to hall wood and carry passengers.

 

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