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Heroes, Rogues and Just Plain Folks

The 1998 museumexhibit, "Heroes, Rogues and Just Plain Folks " featured biographicalmaterial on 73 personalities who had lived in the Saugatuck- Douglas- Pier Covearea. Each individual display included a small notebook where museum visitorscould record their own recollections, observations, or family stories thatpertained to the person being honored The first of the notebook texts appearedin the ,January issue. .Below, and in future newsletters, addition comments areprinted Some are signed others are not. Together the interesting detail thatthey provide helps to bring into more vivid view the picture of life in thearea at various points in history.

James C. Webster

Several of us young men helped remodel thefirst. "barn" on Lawn Street in Douglas.It was his vision. -- Jim Clough

Webster had fragilehealth for years. He would begin the season OK but by September he would bethin from overwork and often had a hive-like rash.

When Jim Websterfirst came to town and presented his proposal for a summer theater to theVillage Board, most members were skeptical and didn't think something like thatwould be popular. My father, William Sorenson, who was on the board at thetime, talked the rest of the board into letting him try it for a season and theRed Barn has been here ever since.

 

Cora Bliss Taylor

Cora was my first art teacher, not a daygoes by I don't think of her.

I took art classesfrom Mrs. Taylor for many years and I still can't paint, but I loved theclasses and especially the costume parties. -- Nicki Gallas

Mrs. Taylor's classwas a haven far the summer-weary kid. On Saturday and rainy days we'd paint inher studio in the back yard. On Wednesdays we'd paint "on location."I especially liked working on the murals. The Saugatuck-Douglas Library has oneof the village. All the kids worked on painting "The Village" or thecircus as a group effort. At the end of the summer Mrs. Taylor would choose afew of our best works to mat and hang at a clothesline art show downtown. Mrs.Taylor seemed to love all of us.

Mrs. Taylor was myart teacher for many years. She taught me a lot about art and life. One of mymost treasured possessions is one of her paintings. -- Dawn SchreckengustBurrington

Enclosed are someof the photos of daughter Heather's "art work" when she was small andtook classes in Saugatuck.-Bonnie Verwys

Mrs. Taylor washard to gather history from. She'd always say, "But that's alreadyhappened. It's past. I need to get ready for what's going to be next." --Kit Lane

My mother andgrandmother took some summer lessons from Cora Bliss Taylor and my first "format"lessons were with her. I am now carrying on her tradition of teaching summerclasses outside, in and around Saugatuck -- including the straw hat! I hope Ican be as inspiring as shed -- Peggy Boyce

Very nice displayof my mother. I'm sure she would have really appreciated it. She lovedSaugatuck and the people here.-Jane Taylor Dieter

Cora Bliss Taylor was the bestteacher I have ever had. (This includes many classes after my M.Ed.) She wasable to get her students interested in art, color, design and style. After Iwas teaching in ChicagoI would ask Cora questions, especially haw to get kids interested in a topic.-- Jane F. Underwood

 

George E. Gallas

I took dancing lessons from George Gallasand his wife and still can dance pretty well!

I took BallroomDancing lessons in the 70s from the Gallases but I must admit I still can'tdance well. I remember their poodle sitting on a small table next to the LPrecord player watching the record rotate. Mr. Bekken and his wife, SylviaRandolph Bekken also took lessons with a group of us. I must admit he did worsethan me, but his excuse was he was in his eighties.- Ted Reyda

I got to watchJoAnn and George dance at the Red Barn. I loved it and from that day on Iwanted to be a dancer. -- Linda Kinnaman.

I took ballet, tapand ballroom dancing from the Gallases. Mostly I remember George teachingballet in his black wingtip shoes while the rest of us tried to copy hisform. At the end of the summer we'd have a recital at the Pavilion. Ourcostumes made it very exciting. I recall my grandmother sewing rues into a redskirt for my "cancan" number. In the ballroom dancing class, we'ddress up in our best dresses and meet guys wearing summer sport coats and whitebucks. The Gallases taught me how to do the "Stroll."

My brother, Bud,and I took dance lessons from JoAnn and Georges in the 50s. How we enjoyedthem! Bus, who is 6 feet, 4 inches, and weighs 220, moves like a dream and todance with him is like dancing on a cloud. I still love to dance. -- KaySchreckengust Spencer.

George "danced his way into peoples'hearts." He surely loved his COFFEE! -- Elaine E.

 

Gustaf W. Reiser

We were camping at west Wind when one of my sons got his hand stuck inthe pool table trying to retrieve a ball. Gus was called and surveyed thesituation, "Let go the ball, Sonny," he commanded. The kid did andthere was no further problem.

D. K. Ludwig

Keith seemed alittle embarrassed about his humble beginnings. When the Krueger daughter movedout east and they belonged to the same country club, she reported that he wasquite abrupt when they met, although they had been good friends (or at leastfriends) in Saugatuck.

When the CommercialRecord published a story about Ludwig using the YMCA picture, his office sentus a check for $15 and requested 10 copies. His secretary said Mrs. Ludwig wasespecially delighted with this window into her husband's past.

D. K. Ludwig; was part of a group of 12 persons on the yacht GreenDevil with Captain Henry Perkins which was the first boat to pass through thenew channel on May 25, 1906. -- James A. Schmiechen

 

Bobbi McCray

When I was .a teenI spent many nights at the Maplewood Hotel. Bobbi was like a second mom to manyteens. She always welcomed us in her home. Bobbi's daughter, Tame, was one ofmy good friends. I'll always cherish her wild and wonderful personality and hertelling me, "I don't see a `No U-turn' sign here," when I was givingus all a ride back to her Maplewoodhome once. -- Boletta Kay Clemens Phelps VanHorn

Bobby truly was the 1st Lady of Saugatuck.

Attending a reunionof the 1957-59 Saugatuck police officers I was pleased to see Bobbi "anthe wall" and the tribute to her. Often on those cold winter nights, as ayoung policeman, it was Bobbi and I guarding the "village." Out thereby yourself was often perilous but having Bobbi at the other end of the radiowas most comforting. -- Russ C., Chief of Police,1958-59

I was a policeofficer in Saugatuck in the summer of 1959. Bobbi kept track of us and I wasalways amazed at the background she would glee when she dispatched us to a call.The "problem" was that her husband was mayor so he knew everythingabout our work.- Cliff Van Meter, Grand Haven

I was also a police officer the summer of 1959. Bobbi was veryefficient as a police dispatcher and provided us with valuable information thatwas very important to us is doing our jobs, Most important- she was a"friend." to all of us officers. -- Bob Pratt, Ann Arbor

 

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at theMaplewood Hotel in 1948. -- Jack and Elaine Gallup, Harvey, Illinois

 

Robert B. Wolbrink

Bob was the only other Historical Society member to help me on the daywe cleared the hill for the museum ramp construction. -- Ted Reyda

Bob hand his wife Janet and family) was a neighbor and friend on 12th Street in Holland. His folks and myhusband, Bill Lamb's folks, were best friends in Gangesin 1932 to 1937. He placed a monument in TaylorCemetery in Gangesrecognizing his grandfather's gift of the land for the cemetery. Bob Wolbrinkand Bill Lamb, Harold Bartholomew and Bud Wightman spent November deerhuntingin the Upper Peninsula for 47 years. -- JimDewey

 

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