September 9, 7:00PM, Old School House
Old Cottage Life presented
by some old time summer people. Come and learn what life was like
around here 50 or 60 years ago. You will have many good laughs!
October 14, 7:00 PM, Old School House
Golf And Other Passions - The History
of Golf In Saugatuck-Douglas Art Lane (when he is not
playing golf) is the coordinator for this meeting.
Wednesday, November 11,
7:00 PM, To be announced.
Sunday, December 6, 6:00 PM, Coral Gables
Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday 'Til Noon talks
continue promptly at 11 AM every Tuesday through August at the Old
School House. The 2009 season focuses on "Summertime - A
Century of Leisure at the Lake Michigan Shore".
August 25 - Bill Plium spent much of his 1950s childhood and then
teen and college years at Oval Beach as an observer of the social
life at one of Michigan's most famous beaches. His parents were the
originators of the beach’s concession business, first in a small
trailer built by his Dad and then in a series of beach houses.
In this enterprise they invented a food
and drink menu that today is a virtual food history of the 1950s -
as well witnessed the 'golden age' of Saugatuck's beach life,
complete with all sorts of characters (e.g. Grover Stout, known as
"Mayor of the Beach") as well as the 1950s and 1960s when the Oval
Beach was invaded by teems of young people to make it Michigan's Ft.
Lauderdale. Until recent times his mother carried on the concession
Click on the image above for the story
Pump House Museum
MT. BALDHEAD PICNIC
Upbeat tunes emitting from the electric keyboard of Glenn resident
Al Weener greeted 70 members as they unloaded their picnic baskets
at the Society's annual picnic on Wednesday, August 12.
Jane Underwood's Brown-eyed Susans and Coreopsis brightened food
categories on the groaning tables. All ate well, chatted, caught up
on summer activities and enjoyed the marvelous views of the
It was a perfect evening for a Mt. Baldhead Pavilion gathering and
the invitation to walk across Park Street to visit our museum!
submitted by Jane Osman
1956-57 SHS BASKETBALL TEAM
Thanks to Jodi Goshorn for sharing this photo of the 1956-57
Saugatuck High School Basketball team. Coached by Bud Whipple and
Captained by her late husband Stanley (holding ball), varsity
members included Ralph Birkholtz, Victor Mayer, Frank Lovejoy, Chuck
Schoppe, Bob Brackenridge, Harvey Slotman, Bill Hedglin and Frank
Lamb. Saugatuck was the smallest school in the Allegan-Van Buren
League that year with 84 students in the top four grades.
The April 5, 1957 Commercial Record, covering the annual Rotary
Banquet for Basketball Teams and Coaches, reported that the
Saugatuck team was "District Champion" finishing 5th in
the Al-Van league. Their season record was 11 wins and 10 losses.
Stanley was his SHS senior class Vice-President, and went on to
serve in the U.S. Navy. He retired from both the Saugatuck Fire
Department and the Allegan County Road Commission. A resident of
Saugatuck, he and Jodi had been married for 44 years when he passed
away in 2005.
contributed by Chris Yoder
DIETARY ADVICE FROM THE 1880
Under an ad which says "For a dish of fresh oysters go to R. F.
Kleeman's. He also has them for sale at 40 cents per can.”, the
Commercial Record of Sept. 10, 1880 gives the following dietary
advice: "Eat Oysters in the months that boast an R, and drink
whiskey in the months that hold a Q". Click
HERE to learn more about Reinhold F. Kleeman
IOBG MEETS AT OSH
Article by Jim Hayden, Holland Sentinel, August 13, 2008
You'll know they're in town. The
shoulder epaulets and pocket emblems on the blue blazers will be a
About 35 past yacht club commodores
from the United States and Canada will be in Saugatuck and Douglas
as party of the summer regional meeting of the International Order
of the Blue Gavel August 20-23.
"The IOBG chapter at Tower Harbour
Yacht Club is relatively new, having been founded in 2008, but we
agreed to take it on," said Bob Sapita, president District 23, which
includes upper and western Michigan.
District Director Francis D. Ramsey, a Michigan native
who recently moved to Florida, suggested the West
Michigan area for the meeting. Ramsey, who was born in
Detroit and is past commodore of the Mackinaw Yacht
Club, is familiar with the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
"Being from Michigan, I thought of
Saugatuck-Douglas because it was a new club," he said.
The International Order of the Blue
Gavel was formed more than 50 years ago to unite past commodores to
promote the ideals of yachting and preserve the traditions,
according to the group's
As part of that mission, Sapita
developed an electronic presentation called "Nautical Flag
"The presentation focuses on the
correct way to fly the U.S. flag, foreign nation flags, private
flags, signal flags, etc. on both power and sail boats," he said.
It's available on the
web site of the yacht
club and the Blue Gavel site.
"We try to educate the public to the
proper ways of boating." Ramsey said.
Participants will meet in different
locations in Saugatuck and Douglas, including the
Old School House, Everyday People Cafe, Coral gables,
Mount Baldhead Park and the Star of Saugatuck.
Tower Harbour Yacht Club was founded in
1983 at Tower Marine in Douglas and hosts youth sailing programs and
races. Its clubhouse was once used as a chicken coop before it was
renovated, according to the club's web site.
by Jack Sheridan
(Click on an image for the answer)
HISTORY: The hotel in
the background next to the ferry landing is the Tourist Home.
MYSTERY: It was assembled by moving structures to this
site. What were the structures?
HISTORY: The Mt.
Baldhead Hotel, on Water Street next to the ferry, goes up in
MYSTERY: Do you know the date?
HISTORY: In 1979, it was
a pleasant summer home overlooking the river.
MYSTERY: What is it today?
HISTORY: Ca. 1940, a
fine restaurant overlooking the river.
MYSTERY: Name the restaurant and the location.
HISTORY: Today the
parking is parallel and the Commercial Office
has moved but the building is still there.
MYSTERY: Where in Saugatuck is it located?
ABOUT THE SOCIETY
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MUSEUM AND TECH CENTER
The Saugatuck-Historical Museum is located in the
historic Pump House at the foot of Mt. Baldhead on the west bank of
the Kalamazoo River. The
Museum's 2009 exhibit
"Summertime: A Century of
Leisure at the Lake Michigan
The Museum is open daily from Noon to 4 PM through Labor Day and on weekends in
September and October from Noon to 4 PM.
The Society's Technology Center is open Monday from 1
to 4 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon.
Society Phone: 269 857-5751
Museum Phone: 269 857-7900
Tech Center Phone 269 857-7901