Feb 23, 2005

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Pine Grove School ca 1995

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Powell Club 1913


Some time ago we showed you some photographs of old school houses of Saugatuck and Douglas. This week we pass on a bit of the story about the old Saugatuck school known as the Pine Grove Schoo - which was actually the first school in Saugatuck proper and was located in what is now the charming house at 246 Mary Street (at the end of block of Mary Street as one walks east from Butler Street). Up until this time the children of Saugatuck hiked out to a school on the road to the Singapore mill settlement. The Pine Grove school was opened in 1855 - and continued as the village schoolhouse until the new ‘Union’ School was opened in 1866 (the image we showed you in the January 5th "Our History" edition - currently not available on the web). The name comes from the grove of pine trees that graced the neighborhood (May Heath described the building as being a "long building facing east"). Frederick Fursman, the well-known American artist and the director of the Ox-Bow school purchased the building in the 1920s and had his friend, Thomas Tallmadge, an equally well-known Chicago architect, remodel it in about 1927 in the fashionable style of the day, called Colonial Revival. Subsequent to Fursman, it became the home of a number of artists (there is a nice little painting studio in the rear), including Elsa Ulbricht and Emily Faucett. Today it is well preserved by its owners, Korry and Doug Hoeksema.

The Powell Club was organized in 1889 and was made up of Pine Grove School graduates. In the photo of 1913 shown above, several of the ‘girls’ here are graduates from the class of 1862. The woman, second from the right, is May Francis Heath - the person who wrote the early history of the Saugatuck area and who was featured in this past year’s museum exhibition as the woman who saved Saugatuck’s "treaty tree." Can anyone tell us what game they are playing? We also don’t know why none of the male graduates of the school are present. The scene appears to be in the neighborhood of the school itself.

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