Sixteen Will Be Eating Their Art Out
As if Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day won't be
enough to set February on fire, we'll be fanning the flames on
Saturday, February 22 with an unusual evening of art and fine dining
at Water Street Gallery, 98 Center St. in Douglas, as the next
highlight in the Historical Society's fifth annual "Dine Around The
Village Table" series of dinner or cocktail party fun'raisers.
The evening begins at 7pm with cocktails, appetizers and a brief
gallery talk explaining monotypes, presented by gallery director and
event host Maryjo Lemanski, as an introduction to the artwork style
prominent in Water Street's February-March exhibition titled "Little
Guests then will sit down to an "outside the box" dinner planned and
catered by Stephen Mottram, inspired by the exhibition, in which the
food will be served in various rectangular formats. Stephen
anticipates: black bean and spicy sausage soup (in a square bowl, of
course); a salad "tower" of green beans and toasted goat cheese;
individual Chicken Wellingtons with Madeira sauce; roasted carrots
and parsnips; and for dessert a sticky-toffee pudding with vanilla
Water Street's "Little Boxes" exhibit unleashes the creative juices
of around fifty of Water Street's established and emerging gallery
artists who responded to the familiar saying "good things come in
little boxes" in a variety of unique ways. The resulting collection
comprises small paintings, drawings, sculptures and other
three-dimensional objects that transform materials, subject and
message into little gems of art.
Over coffee and dessert, as a special memento, guests will draw
unseen gifts of artwork from a "Big Box" created for the event.
With all food and beverages donated by Water Street Gallery, this
event's guest charge of $100 per person will fully support the
Historical Society's volunteer-based programs and activities
including exhibitions at its Pump House Museum in Saugatuck, Old
School House History Center and "Back-In-Time Garden Pathway" in
For reservations, phone 269.857.5751 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited to sixteen
guests, so early reservations are recommended.
Upcoming Dine Around Events:
Delicious Series of Dinners and Parties
to support the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
From gourmet dinners in exclusive homes to casual cocktail parties,
these culinary events feature great food and great times for a great
A Pleasant Evening
on Pleasant Street
Saturday, May 17 | 7:00 pm
Linda & Dick Riekse and John Cannarsa & Tim
Straker will host twin cocktail parties in their homes. Park once
and visit two wonderful Pleasant Street properties filled with
appetizers, drinks, friends and fun. $50 per person
On the Cusp of Summer
Saturday, June 14 | 7:00 pm
Celebrate the seasonal transition with cocktails and dinner at
the home of Jerry Carpency and Doug Turner. Meander the
grounds and sip drinks on the terrace while taking in sweeping
views of the Kalamazoo River Marshlands below. Meal prepared
by Christine Ferris. $150 per person
Dine around events sell out quickly.
Save yourself from worry or disappointment
by reserving your spot at the table right now.
Call 269-857-5751 or email
Renew Your 2014 Membership On-Line
If you haven't renewed your SDHS
membership for 2014, do it today. It's easy to renew your
membership on-line. Just click
Keep History Alive
John Gottlick, a Life Member
of the Society, passed away on December 31. Click
HERE for more details.
Welcome from Jack Sheridan and Chris Yoder leaders of the Society
Family History Group. Our regular meeting schedule is the first
and third Thursday of every month. Upcoming meetings are:
Thursday January 23
Thursday February 6
Please join us to see what we are all about and most importantly,
share "lessons learned" about the many tools available for family
The Society Family History Group has access to Ancestry.com. You
have no doubt seen the advertising by this organization.
Ancestry.com is a for profit business and like many businesses
advertising adds to their customer base and to their bottom line.
They sell a product that has very real value and as a result –
since 2011 - they have been enormously successful introducing and
refining this revolutionary digital-internet product.
The revolutionary product is aiding their customers research
How do they do this? First, they have assembled billions of
records that can be easily searched by the customer. Second, they
enable customers to create a family tree on their web site. The
tree data can be easily linked to the underlying data in the
Ancestry data base. The resulting trees can be shared - at the
customer's option - with other researchers.
If you would like to know more about this process and how to use
Ancestry.com to build your tree, please come to a meeting!
I must stress that your family history does
not have to have any connection to the Saugatuck-Douglas area !!!
If you need a really painless jump start - record what you know
about your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents and send
it along for a review by Chris Yoder or myself. The snail mail
address is SDHS Family History Box 617, Douglas, Michigan 49406,
or email a copy to either
Give us time for an initial assessment.
We will soon be back to you with readily found data and with
suggestions on the next steps to take. Further help is always
available from the Family History group. Again, the only
requirement is membership in the SDHS.
Still wondering? Questions/comments/advice/needs - contact
269 857-7144 Chris Yoder
email@example.com 269 857-4327
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More Saugatuck Interurban Happening
Last month we saw the area where the Interurban entered
Saugatuck. After leaving North Street the track edged by what
is now the Peterson Preserve, curved to the west to join Lucy
and then headed south on Water Street.
At the corner of Water and Lucy was a siding including the
area, adjoining Willow Park, which contained two large above
ground fuel storage tanks. Not sure of the date of this
siding, except that it was built after 1913 when heavier
freight and tank cars were used on the line.
On Water Street, the line stopped at the auditorium, now the
location of Wicks Park, on the corner of Mary and then the
Pavilion on the corner of Mason. Last stop, also the start,
was in front of the Butler Hotel. The photo above ca 1915
shows this area. I love the scene, which was no doubt taken
when something special was going on, probably in Cook Park
To the left of the photo location, on the corner of Culver and
Butler was located the Interurban station, later Snug Harbor
gas station. To the left and toward the river, off of the turn
around track curve, began a siding. The track went through the
Saugatuck Lumber Company yard, about thirty yards from and
parallel to the river, today the site of condominiums. It then
crossed Griffith and curved back almost to Culver in the
Coghlin Park area. The siding here was along the west side the
Saugatuck Fruit Exchange building [later the building housing
the pie factory offices].
A Michigan railroad history book is now being written,
including the Holland – Saugatuck Interurban history, by Norm
Krentel and Dave Kindem. It is a most interesting bit of
Michigan. These gentlemen will be making an Interurban history
presentation, including many photos, at the SDHS monthly
meeting on March 12, 2014. Don’t miss it! And I must apologize
for the change in dates of this event. In last month's
newsletter I announced it was scheduled for the February
meeting. That has since been changed to the March meeting.
Plan to come to the February meeting as Marsha Kontio and
yours truly will be doing a Bill Simmons mid century photo
show. We want your help. Read all about it in this newsletter.
Check out the photo below and come to the presentation with
your questions and memories.
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Welcome New Members
We would like to welcome the new members who have joined the
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society since the last newsletter.
l Scott & Vicki Phelps,
l Roger Triplett &
Patrick O'Neil, Birmingham, MI & Saugatuck, MI
l Marcia Perry's Ark
Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
l Robert & Margot
Kilander, Saugatuck, MI
l Catherine Corlett
Frecker, Douglas, MI & Naples, FL
l Mike & Kris Van Loon,
l Jim & Karen Steiger,
l Dr. J. Todd Bolthouse
& Dr. Seamas O'Driscoll, Chicago, IL
l Sheldon & Marilyn
Wettack, Douglas, MI
l William T. Camp &
Paul Butcher, Detroit, MI
l Elizabeth Estes &
Mary Fechtig, Saugatuck, MI
l Bill LeFevere,
Introducing the New Intern in the Archives Office
My name is Christine Nienhuis.
I am from Holland and attended Grand Valley State University. I
graduated in April of 2013 with a general history degree. I hope to
earn a Master's degree in Museum Studies/Historical Administration
within the next year if I am accepted into a graduate program.
I love working in Public
History and have a heart for Collections and the care and management
of them. It is my goal in the future to acquire a position working
within the Collections Management area of a museum. I have a bit of
experience from completing an internship at the Gerald R. Ford
Presidential Museum last winter and cannot wait to get started
working at the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.
We are so thrilled to have
Christine with us. Among her many tasks will be: sorting and
labeling the Carl Hoerman architectural drawings, learning our Past
Perfect Museum software so she can enter new acquisitions into our
collection, and helping re-do the labels in the art gallery.
Thank you Christine for
offering us your time and talents! - Ken Kutzel, SDHS Art Director &
Mary Voss, Collections Manager
History of Historic Structures Tax Credits
Although (unfortunately) the
Michigan Congress eliminated historic tax credits a few years ago,
thirty states have enacted state historic tax credits, which, when
combined with the federal credit, have powerful economic impacts.
The federal Historic Tax Credit
("HTC") was created in 1981 as a tool to drive economic development
through the restoration/reuse of America's historic buildings. The
HTC is administered by the National Park Service and the Internal
Revenue Service in conjunction with the State Historic Preservation
The 20 percent credit applies
to certified historic structures listed individually on the National
Register of Historic Places, or contributes to the character of a
National Register-listed Historic District. The 10 percent credit is
for the rehabilitation of non-historic, non-residential buildings
built before 1936.
Since its inception, the HTC
has rehabilitated more than 38,000 buildings, created 2.3 million
jobs and leveraged $106 billion in private investment nationwide.
The US Congress is currently
considering a proposal to increase and expand historic tax
credits-including extending the 1936 limit to later years. Click
HERE for further information. Submitted by Jim Schmiechen
Fun with the "BLOG" is the Topic for the SDHS
February 12 Program
What the heck is the Blog?
The Blog is a Historical Society web-based collection of "folders"
that hold several thousand images of Saugatuck & Douglas area life.
The images make up a small part of the SDHS photography collection -
a sampler gathered together by photo archivist Dick Haight to give
public/research access to it. When you go to the Blog you will see
the folders contain images, some with organizational sense, others
because they came from a common source. Each image has a file name
designation beneath it.
and your browser will take you to the blog page. Scroll down to the
folders named SimmonsCollection and
SimmonsSCAphotos. Click on a folder to see thumbnails of the
individual images it contains.
These photos were taken by Bill Simmons between 1940 and 1962. Many
of them appear in the SDHS book Off the Record. Some
appeared in a 2012 SCA exhibit Small Towns Big Picture.
Click on a thumbnail to see the image. Click the back arrow on the
upper left of your browser window to return to the folder. Select
another image to view etc.
How many mysteries can you uncover? Can you possibly confound the
experts – Jack Sheridan and Marsha Kontio – with new information or a
question on any image you find here?
Join us at the February 12 SDHS monthly meeting to have fun as
historical photo sleuths. This is a chance to learn and perhaps add
information to our collective past. All you need is a historical
eye. Why did Bill Simmons choose this subject? When and where was it
taken? If you can, come up with facts and questions for discussion.
If you have any questions about the process contact Jim Schmiechen -
or Jack Sheridan –
NOTE: if you can’t make the program meeting on the 12th
and are interested in doing some photo detective/organization work
with the collection, please contact Jim Schmiechen at
2014 Monthly Programs and Tuesday Talks Line-Up
If you would like
to sponsor one of the Monthly Programs or Tuesday Talks, please
REPLY to this email and we'll be in touch. Sponsorships are $150
as of January 14, 2014
l February 12,
Every Picture Tells a Story with Jack Sheridan and Marsha
Our Community Photo Blog - Audience Participation Night
l March 12, Last
Stop Saugatuck with Norm Krentel
The History of the West Michigan's Interurban Train
l April 9,
Extreme Yachts and Classic Boat Restoration with Jonathon
Inside Saugatuck's Macatawa Bay Boat Works
l May 14,
Dunelands Diary with April Scholtz
A Naturalist Takes Us Behind the Scenes at the Saugatuck Harbor
l June 11, To the
Dunes with The Hiking Group
Photos & Stories from the State Park Hiking Group
l July 9, From
Branch to Basket: At the Pleasant Hill Farm with Joan
l August 13, Picnic
+ Gallinipper Talk + Beer with Jim Schmiechen
l September10, Country
Life: The Felt Estate on the Midwest Riviera with Patty
l October 8, Tales
from the Cemeteries with Kit Lane and Marsha Kontio
l November 12,
Michigan's Hottest Town Revised with Mike Sweeney
l December 14, Holiday
Party at the SCA
Look for the post card in your mail to put on your fridge.
as of January 14, 2014
l July 1, Bee Garden
Buzz ("MisBeeHiving") with Ruth Johnson & others
l July 8, (Title to be
determined) with Maryjo Lemanski
l July 15, The River
and Harbor: A Status Update with Bob Sapita
l July 22, Houses on
the Move: Four Historic Restoration Stories (Presenters to
l July 29, Birds of
the Dunelands with Rick Brigham
l August 5, Tales of
the Silver Screen with Mike Sweeney and Mary Ann Curtis
l August 12,
Tentative title - Car History (Presenter to be determined)
l August 19, What
Did You Do Last Summer? with Ruth Johnson Ruth, Kids
Summer Camp Review
l August 26,
Gangster Stories: Fact or Fiction with Jim Schmiechen, Kit
Lane and the Audience
"The things we did last summer, I'll remember all winter long."
-- Sammy Cahn
Oh Boy! we are in the dead of it . . . winter! All we can do
is travel, dream and plan and that is what the garden committee is
doing, planning. The year 2014 is going to be a great one for our
garden. We are continuing to brainstorm and design, graphics being
one of the big things on our list. Kristi and Jim are diligently
working on them for our peach orchard with the rhododendron garden
following quickly behind. Thanks to both of you.
Other things are in the works for the summer too. Janet Schmidt has
booked another wedding in July. A summer camp is also being planned. A
committee of six volunteers has formed to create and execute the
camp. Our mission is to teach kids about our local history and
environmental conservation. We will have 2 one week sessions . . .
one week in June and one week in July, for kids entering first and
exiting fifth grade.
More information will be provided in the upcoming months. Extremely
exciting! Thanks to Renee Zita, one of our board members, for being
our liaison for this adventure. If you have any questions please
contact Ruth Johnson
Volunteers Wanted: We are still looking
for someone to help us type plant names for our tags. These tags
will provide information to our many visitors who are constantly
asking anyone they can . . ."What is this plant?"
Also Mike Economos would like some help this growing season at the
museum. It really is too much work for one person. Please contact
Ruth Johnson or Mike
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Everyone please stay warm and be careful of the ice.
See you next month.
The Garden Committee
of the 7 Gables" is on the move
The well-known "House of the 7
Gables" on Pleasant Street in Saugatuck was built for Reverend Rice,
founder of All Saints' Church - as pictured in the early American
plan book by Andrew Jackson Downing from which the plan was taken.
Downing is regarded as
one of foremost proponents of "Carpenter Gothic " architecture, a
style that mimicked (in wood) the popular Gothic Revival style (in
stone and brick) that swept England and America in the decade before
the Civil War.
The house is being move by Pat
Murphy for its new owner, John Regis, to a lot on the corner of Main
and Randolph streets, Douglas, and joins the earlier Gerber house
that was moved nearby last year - and together give the village of
Douglas a spectacular reminder of American architectural style as
well as examples of excellent historic restoration work.
Both projects will be the
subject of a SDHS monthly program later in 2014.
Anyone interested in joining
the Society's "Heritage Group" which studies and plans heritage
events should contact Robin Bauer at
email@example.com or by phone at (312) 961-7722.
to Saugatuck, 1864
From the "Life Story" of John W. Green As written
down in 1938
Contributed by John Flanders and Bruce W. Wexelberg
John W. Green (1856-1950
John W. Green was born January
1, 1856 at Byron Center, Kent Co. Michigan. The son of John Green of
Grandville, Kent Co. and Annie Morris of Saugatuck, MI. His mother
died six weeks after he was born. He was raised by his father's
sister Lucy and her husband Eli P. Crossett who farmed in Byron,
Kent Co., MI Farm prices went up and Crossett sold his place to an
Englishman. John writes:
"Well then we commenced to look for a new home for we had
to vacate in 6 months or so. This was in the Fall so after the
crops was all in & slaying was pretty good. Mother (sic- Lucy)
took the driving poney & me and we went to Saugatuck which was
on lake Michigan to my aunt Matilda Snider who lived there. We
went through Holland, a small town then, a short Main Street
very narrow & the few buildings was tall & made it look like a
lane & was all Holander.
Aunt Matilda Delia Green Snyder (1825-1899)
Who is Buried in Riverside Cemetery Saugatuck
We stayed there a week & I can remember my staying all
night with Grandfather and sleeping with his son who wasn’t
but a year or two older than me & while we was there we went
over to the Sand Dunes a mile or so from town & it was a sight
and on the East side of them away from the Lake was trees
growed up small trees the sand dunes must have been 6 or 700
ft tall cone shaped affel Pretty. People that climbed them had
to pull by the trees. There was one that was just forming.
Didn’t have any trees or bushes on it yet. Was tall as a 7 or
8 story building. It could be seen a long ways the white sand
shining one would wonder where the sand came from but some
said the action of the water worked it up from the bottom or
some where the wind blew across a open space for quite a ways
or quite wide & back inland so They had to build the light
house up on iron posts. It was about 4 ft up off the groun so
the sand would blow through under it. The old light house was
there, all buried up, only just about a foot of the peak stuck
out & some other houses was about all under.
didn’t have any Kodaks them days or we could a took some
pictures of it. The wind kept the snow blows off of them cone
shaped Hills till they looked very odd. We went up inside of
the light house & stood by the big lamp & oh boy what a lamp
as big again as a wash tub & tall as a man & when we stood &
looked over the railing a big man looked like a peanut walking
around. Well we was there a week & found 3 or 4 places but
none of them really suited so we got a letter from uncle that
he had found a place in Grand Rap. & to come on back there so
Added notes by John Flanders:
I think John W. was actually
visiting his mother's brother Dr. Sylvester Morris thinking he was
his Grandfather. John W states his Grandfather had a son his age,
Sylvester had two sons the same age as John W. according to the 1860
census. Also John W's visit to Saugatuck was in 1864 on his ninth
birthday, he was born on Jan 1, 1856.
The entire family moved from
Michigan to Bledsoe, Co. Tennessee, twelve miles from Pikeville,
when John was 12. It is here that John married Mary Davidson,
daughter of Thomas and Susan Davidson. In 1876 the entire family
moved to Norris City, White Co. Illinois. After several years had
passed he decided to return to Grand Rapids. At this time he had
three children, John Thomas, Bonnie-Annie Laura, and Alby. On the
trip back to Grand Rapids the family stopped for the winter in
Newton, Jasper Co. IL, Lucy Susan was born there. After a flood on
the Genesse River Mary contracted Spinal Meningitis and died nine
months after Lucy was born. John and his family returned to Grand
Rapids where he married Ida May Shulfetz. After a period of time the
family moved to Sparta, Christian Co. MO,. It is here that Ester was
born in 1885. John had three children with his second wife, Ester,
Sarah, and Albert (Alby).
The family moved around in
Missouri for a number of years. John Thomas died in Polar Bluff from
drinking contaminated well water. Lucy Susan met and married Erwin
Bixby Flanders while the family was living at Bonnots Mill, which is
10 miles south of Jefferson City, MO. Erwin was raising chickens
near the Green's cabin.
John Green eventually ended up
in Rochester, New York where his second wife died. He married for
the third time to Mattie Dowden and lived to the age of 94, dying
January 14, 1950, of complications from a broken hip. He is buried
in Pittsford, New York, outside of Rochester.
(Note: If you have family
diaries or letters which tell of early day Saugatuck-Douglas, the
Historical Society would love to have a copy. Contact Chris Yoder,
submitted by Chris Yoder
modern Santa Claus
really born in Douglas, Michigan?
[This is a slightly revised version of the SDHS Holiday
Party talk by Jim Schmiechen. Heroes, Rogues, and Just Plain
Folks. Jim is looking for additional information about Mr.
Sundblom - if you can provide any recollections or other information
relevant to this story, contact him at
Good evening Historical Society members. Here we are
once again. Another splendid holiday gathering of friends - together
for good cheer and united in our love for our local history.
For all of us, this is the season of multiple
traditions, historical wonders, and a good number of mysteries.
Oh we all have many of the same childhood stories.
Decorating the household tree, being part of a Christmas pageant,
perhaps a lovely Christmas eve candlelight service, baking cookies,
caroling, Christmas parties at the office or home with families and
friends . . . and having to put up with silly Christmas songs like
"Frosty the Snowman," or "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by the
Chipmunks, and all that.
It is a season of gift giving. Behind all of this,
of course, in the historical perspective, the season celebrates the
transition from the Old to the New Testament - with the birth of the
baby Jesus, the gift of the Christ child, being undoubtedly the most
important event in the history of Western Civilization, two thousand
and thirteen years ago. The great Christmas narrative began,
surrounded in all sorts of mysteries - and music.
But Christmas marks another great historical
narrative - a newer one: the arrival of very important historical
figure, Santa Claus. Yes, this too has mystery surrounding it.
Tonight I ask, what is the origin of the great gift giver, Santa
Claus, the guy who takes the orders and delivers gifts we find under
our trees on Christmas morning.
Tradition has it that Santa Claus goes back in time
to various places and various names: is he Kris Kringel the German
guy? St Nicolas the Greek guy? Old Father Christmas the English guy?
Then there was Sinterklaas from the Netherlands. Most of these guys,
by the way, did not look much like our modern Santa.
Our American version of Santa is more recent, Thomas
Nast, the illustrator, gave him a sturdy frame and bushy hair toward
the close of the 19th century, and in a 1902, L. Frank
Baum (you know him as the author of the Wizard of Oz) who lived just
up the road in nearby Castle Park, created a children's book that
became the popular legend of Santa the toy-maker-gift-giver.
But today's Santa reflects a different world, one
wherein pop-culture icons are a mirror of a highly materialistic
culture, and for many a replacement of traditional ways of
celebrating the season. So we ask, when exactly did Santa become a
department store icon that for many carries greater seasonal
importance than the baby Jesus?
Sunny Haddon Sundblom
I was reminded of an important moment in this
story a number of weeks ago while waiting for a bus in Chicago
near the Michigan Avenue Bridge. It was my first 2013 sighting
of Mr. Santa Claus as an advertising gimmick (it was on an on
the side of a bus). Something clicked in my brain and my head
jerked upward, as I realized I was standing in front of that big
white skyscraper known as the Wrigley Building. This is the
building in which Mr. Sunny Haddon Sundblom, a summertime
Douglas, Michigan resident, had his famous advertising firm in
which he practiced his brilliant art-illustrating skills to
create a line of ad characters - that included Aunt Jemima to
sell pancake mix, the Quaker Oats man to sell oat cereal, the
Sprite Boy to sell Sprite - and most important, a new and modern
Santa who was designed to sell Coca-Cola, the summertime
soft-drink that needed a wintertime theme!
And here is the remarkable but seldom told part.
In truth it was not in the Wrigley office that Mr. Sunny Haddon
Sundblom painted this modern Santa, but at his cottage on the
Douglas lakeshore, just a short walk from us tonight.
That was the summer of 1931. In short, the dear
old lovable guy Santa was born (or reborn) right here in Douglas
How did it happen? The story has it that working
at his Douglas lakeshore cottage on that summer day, artist
Sunny Sundblom needed someone to model as his Santa Coca-Cola
ad, and so he went next door and pulled out the appropriately
heavy set and chubby cheeked neighbor, Lou Prentice, into his
cottage studio to sit as Santa. This occurred then again for
the1932 Coca-Cola Santa, and a good many more - until Lou
Prentice died, at which point Sunny looked in the mirror and
decided he was looking pretty much the part himself.
So, year after year for 40 years - and with
almost as many illustrations, Sundblom told the story of Santa,
but always with a bottle of Coke in hand or nearby: once as an
American GI during the WW2 war years, another with Santa playing
with an electric train, or opening a bright and shiny new
With the exception of a 1972 Playboy magazine cover of Santa as
a Playboy bunny, Sundblom's Santa was always our overweight and
jolly man, with fat rosy red cheeks, brilliant white bushy hair
and white beard down to his waist, dressed in bright red from
head to toe, with a big black belt and black boots. He knew
what every kid -"naughty or nice" - really wanted, and, most
important, encouraged every kid to ask for it. Brilliant
salesmanship, I would say. Mysteries upon mysteries played out
by the great director of gift giving. The sled was on the roof,
packed with stuff, and somehow he made the delivery down the
chimney without getting black.
Christmas narrative was in the making. Sunny Haddon Sundblom
helped push Christmas itself to where is was fast going: a great
commercial circus and with Santa the world's greatest salesman,
selling just about everything from cars to vacation packages. A
lot of stuff but also a lot of good cheer. Friendly old Santa
became the friendly old Chairman of the Board, of sorts, of
So let us celebrate tonight, our Douglas
Lakeshore neighbor, Sunny Sundblom, known in some circles as
"the greatest advertising illustrator of them all." Born in
Muskegon in 1899, trained as an art illustrator at the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago, a giant in the world of
advertising, but as his granddaughter tells us, he loved to be
in Douglas at Christmas time, to ring the bell at the Lakeshore
Chapel, and to go caroling through the snow covered-town on a
He was, she notes, a "real holiday joy."
Happy holidays to all. And remember, Santa
was born in Douglas, Michigan.