October 14, 7:00PM, Old School House,
Golf And Other Passions - The History
of Golf In Saugatuck/Douglas Art Lane is the coordinator
for this meeting. Come and learn why golf has been a favorite
summertime activity in our area for almost one hundred years.
Wednesday, November 11,
7:00PM, Old School House,
The Value of Historic Preservation in a Community Our
speaker is Nan Taylor who is the Greater Michigan Field
Representative for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network &
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Sunday, December 6 SAVE THE DATE
Return to Tradition This year we bring back the
traditional potluck from the past plus give you an option if you
don't want to cook.
A New Venue This year's party will have a new look. The
party will be held at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts - a new
feel, easy parking and more space!
New Activities We'll have book signings, Society gift
sales and more.
Look for your invitation and more information
in early November.
2nd ANNUAL SOCIETY VOLUNTEERS "THANK YOU" CHILI SUPPER
Once again this year the
Society Board will be hosting a chili supper to thank the hundreds
of Society members who have volunteered their time and efforts
during the year for the Society's many programs and projects.
Date: Sunday, November 1
Location: Old School House
Look for more information in
an e-mail invitation in early October. If you know you will attend,
please REPLY to this email or contact Fred Schmidt at 269-857-1620.
NEW VOLUNTEER HOURS RECORDER
Sylvia Daple at work at the Tech Center
Hi! I'm Sylvia Daple, a 22
year resident of Saugatuck, a transplant from Chicago. In the last
few years I have become more involved in the community and love
every minute of it. Recently I was asked to do the data entry for
the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society of the many hours
volunteers put in doing various tasks. Some of these include manning
the museum, archiving, fund raising, gardening, running the garage
sale, and moving the contents of the Tech Center to the Old School
House Discovery Center.
I am honored to do this
small task and look forward to working with the many wonderful
volunteers who make this Historical Society unique.
Note: In last month's
newsletter, I asked for someone to take over the task of recording
volunteer hours. I am happy to announce that Sylvia Daple has
graciously volunteered to take over this task, allowing me more time
to work in the Archives.
The new e-mail address to
send in your hours is
email@example.com. Thank you Sylvia for your
willingness to take over this task, and thank you also to all the
wonderful volunteers who faithfully reported their hours to me these
past few years. It was great getting to know you! Mary Voss
The Society thanks David
Lubbers and his crew at Affordable Landscaping for their donation of
tree and landscaping services at the Old School House and Museum.
Call David at 616-886-9399 for estimates.
NEW REVENUE COMMITTEE SEEKS IDEAS & VOLUNTEERS
The New Revenue Committee is
studying new ideas for bringing in additional revenue to the
Society. We are looking at both short and long range ideas including
new retail items to sell over the Holidays and the eventual leasing
of space at the Old School House Discovery Center. If you would like
to work with us or if you can volunteer to help staff at the Old
School House on weekends in November and December, please let us
The committee is meeting
regularly and we welcome ideas from all Society members. Please
contact Jon Helmrich at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.857.3574 if you can help out with this
We are about to embark on
the Society's 2010 membership drive. Start working on your neighbors
and friends to encourage them to "join the fun".
Thanks, Ed Kelly, Membership
IOBG SUMMER MEETING
Friday August 21, at the Old School House, the President of the
International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG) and the Commodore of
the host Tower Harbour Yacht Club rang the schoolhouse bell two
times (2 Bells is the nautical format for 9 am), calling to order
the IOBG Summer Meeting.
Thus began a meaningful full day's work session consisting of
executive committee and district reports, by-law reviews,
organizational job description revisions, and other pertinent
organizational topics. The facilities at the Old School House worked
out extremely well. Of particular interest was watching the various
members scrutinizing in detail the school projects and the
historical banners hanging on the walls. The building truly
functioned as a Discovery Center as many of the IOBG members spent
break times perusing the above projects, reading texts of banners,
poking around at the "lockers" and browsing the books. Several books
were purchased, and a donation was received for the OSH.
It was particularly nice to have multiple rooms available. Everyone
was happy to "protect the floors" by enjoying only white beverages
(water, lemonade and Sprite). The only thing missing for our
organization (and perhaps others in the future) was an American
Flag, but we provided one for this occasion.
Pumpernickels provided very nice box lunches and we added
'hand-picked' Red Haven Peaches for dessert.
Our visitors loudly praised everything they experienced in Douglas
and Saugatuck. Comments included:
"Real America still exists."
"This is by far the best regional meeting we have ever had."
"I could live here but my husband won't leave California."
"We will be back!!!"
We were proud to host them here. On behalf of the Executive
Committee of the IOBG, IOBG members, and Tower Harbour Yacht Club,
we sincerely thank you for allowing us to use such wonderful
facilities for our meeting. We are pleased to give a $200 donation
Sincerely, Bob Sapita , President District 23 IOBG (and Kay Sapita)
Bob and Kay are members of the Society.
STRANGE FISH CAUGHT IN SAUGATUCK WATERS
Robert Woodhull pulled a strange fish from the Kalamazoo River at
Saugatuck in February of 1882. The next week, this event was
reported in the Lake Shore Commercial (today's Commercial Record).
It was written that the unusual creature was "thought to be a carp",
a species introduced to the upper waters of the Kalamazoo in 1880
and 1881 by the Michigan State Fish Association.
Congress had established the U.S. Fish Commission in 1871 to oversee
the nation's fisheries interests. One of its first jobs was to
consider what species to introduce to increase the supply of food
fishes. By 1874, the commission concluded "that no other species,
except the carp, promises so great a return in limited waters". In
1877 they imported 345 scaled, mirror and leather carp from German
fish farms. Starting in 1879, over 6,000 fingerlings were shipped to
recipients in 24 states. One year later, when the Kalamazoo got its
first batch, 31,332 carp were distributed.
By 1886, "carp culture" was a going concern. The front page of the
October 1 Commercial of that year featured a report from a carp
growers convention held in Morrow County, Ohio. Prominent Saugatuck
locals got into the swing of things. By December of that same year,
local businessman and farmer Calvin Whitney had constructed a carp
pond on his farm east of the village. In 1891 William Lindsey of
Hopkins Township drained his carp pond and sold $100 worth of fish
from what had previously been a "profitless mudhole".
Carp is not a favored food fish today, but once upon a time the
restaurants of the Waldorf and Astoria Hotels in New York featured
"Carp in Rhine Wine Sauce".
contributed by Chris Yoder
CALL FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
We are beginning the process of preparing a slate for Board of
Director nominations for the 2010 election. Six of our current board
seats will expire in May 2010. Three of our current board members
have indicated they will not seek re-election. This is an open call
to all members to submit nominations for consideration to join the
Also, we need need two members of the Society to join our Nominating
Committee to prepare for the election next Spring. If you are
interested in serving on the committee or have potential candidates
for the committee to consider, please contact Jon Helmrich, Society
vice-president, as soon as possible at either: