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The Launch of the William Carey

There is a boat, let down theshore,

A one, as no one's seen before,

on the Grand River stream.

It's fifty feet inlength we know,

A hundredpassengers can go,

And this is not a dream.

 

William Carey is the name,

And well built, built by men offame,

Someone, we all do know.

Who's called the Jesiek Company,

And fifty feet in length you see,

So there is now a show.

 

For us all to take a ride,

(As least so says George C.Wright)

The owner of thesame.

He feels proud, no wander why,

Because no boat will pass him by,

To lay on him ashame.

 

It is a four thousand one,

So you see this is no fun,

(or Joke)what we do say.

The first ones, as I understand,

It's Mayor Comstock with his man,

To show thisboat his way.

Yea, everyone will sure adore

To dedicate, t'leftJesiek's shore

(The ninths) The month of June,

The Mayor first of Saugatuck

Also his council, they struckluck,

The band did play a tune.

 

The Mayor, I think had the say,

Where she should go on her first

day,

Muskegon number one.

From there to Holland they did roam,

Then Saugatuck their own good

home,

Believe they have some fun.

 

But fancy this, this boat willmake,

A daily trip without mistake,

To Holland every day.

The fare how much, I do not know,

Whole Saugatuck will surely go,

And those thatlive that way.

 

Hear! Zeeland, Holland, Saugatuck

And all you farmers, here is luck,

Pick out your picture day.

Take out you autos to this boat,

She takes one hundred to a load,

And takes youeither way.

-S.PRAKKEN

Theexcursion boat William Carey was built in 1914 by the JesiekCompany of Grand Rapidsfor George C. Wright of Saugatuck. The boat was brought down the Grand River toGrand Haven and taken to Muskegon to show it offbefore traveling under its own power down the lakeshore to Holland and then Saugatuck

 

The vesselwas 48 feet long, with an 11 foot beam and was equipped with a 40 horsepowerMonarch engine.

 

The plan wasto carry passengers between Saugatuck and the mouth of the river during theday. Then to take one trip a day to LakeMacatawa tobring Holland-area passengers to Saugatuck to catch the United States, the Indiana TransportationCompany boat to Chicago.

 

In the offseason the vessel towed gravel scows and did other odd jobs. Business was sogood that Wright bought the Wolverine in 1915 to run in connection with theCarey.

 

In 1919Wright moved his family to Saugatuck and in 1923 built Wright's Pavilion on Lake Street. Thebuilding (now Handled with Care) housed an ice creamparlor, a small dance floor and a waiting room and docks for the boats whichdeparted every 20 minutes. The structure had a rounded roof outlined in lightsthat mimicked the Big Pavilion. Wright continued to run both boats until theearly 1930s and then sold them to local interests.

 

Otto andSam Jesiek moved to Holland in 1919 and started a"motorboat livery and repair shop" on Black Lake near Macatawa Park more recently known as Eldean's..

 

This framed poem and picture ofthe Carey is a recent gift to the Historical Society by Genevieve (Wright) Coatoam.

Introduction of Mrs. Lybarger

 

by May Francis Heathin 1915

 

We hear agreat deal from our summer resorters like this -"Why, what do you do in Saugatuck all winter? We don't see how youlive." Well, we do manage to live and we have pretty good times. I knowyou'll all agree. We have one in our club who has come from a busy hustlingcity and I do not believe she has a chance to get lonely. She told me some timeago that if she ever feels lonely at all she went to the school and became sointerested in the school work that she could not be homesick. Now what a fine thing it would be if we would follow her example.

 

Her first insightin the Saugatuck Woman's Club was at our picnic at Slumber Bluff where weforgot everything but Youth and had a rollicking good time and enjoyed theglorious sunset.

 

But we aresorry that Saugatuck is not more widely known. One of our young ladies oncoming home a Christmas asked a school friend to write her. "Where do youlive? Oh, yes, Saugatuck. I know where it is." "Shan't I write myaddress for you." "Oh nothank you." Well, when the letter came it was addressed to "Sawgituck." I do hope that some day we may be on everymap. We who live here do not appreciate our blessings. One dear old lady whohad spent two weeks at the Forward Movement last summer cried several daysafter returning to the city because she missed the trees so much.

 

Several manuscriptsof speeches given by May Francis Heath, Saugatuck historian and club woman,have recently been given to the Society. This is an excerpt from a 1915introduction of Mrs. E. J. Lybarker at a SaugatuckWoman's Club banquet.

 

Slumber Bluff was located on theriver near Pine Trails Camp. The ForwardMovement Parkwas the original name of what was later called Camp Gray,and still later Presbyterian Camp.