Turkey Trail is a mile and a half stretch of county road between Roosevelt and Miller Roads on the south side of South Bend. It has a mix of modest homes built decades ago, farmland, and expensive newer homes on large lots – the result of a St. Joseph County zoning rule which requires a minimum lot size of 20 acres for residential use on agricultural land.
It’s a manifestation of development trends of the last 50 years with ranch homes on small lots, estates with private ponds and gates, and cornfields all in a row.
Couple that with the fact it’s the only street in the area named after a Thanksgiving Day meal and it’s appropriate enough for a quick holiday article on our blog. But I have a greater, personal reason to profile Turkey Trail today. Seven years ago my stepbrother, Eric Henry, died in an auto accident on this road.
Eric was a senior in high school and shortly before the accident had made a commitment to “be more giving.” That intention, fostered by Eric’s family and friends has grown into “Eric’s Promise,” a seasonal donation drive for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. It collects clothing, food and cash donations for people in need each Spring.
Writing about Eric makes me consciously thankful for my sisters, my brothers, and all the sibling-like people in my life. Angie, David, Jeannie, Brad, TJ, Eric, Kristine, Lisa, Dave, Alex, AJ, Melissa, Brian, Eric, Vicki, Joe, Linda, Terry, Todd, Mary Anne, Kim, Jeff, Misty, and Dan – I’m grateful you are a part of my life.