Notes From Your President
Greetings! It is beginning to feel as if summer is
coming to a close. The picnic was this past Wednesday night and over
50 persons enjoyed a first as it was held at the Old School House.
After a buffet supper the interns provided entertainment in the form
of a treasure hunt for all who had the energy to participate.
Speaking of the interns, four of them will soon be
leaving - Mary Redford, Jordan Hathaway, Chad Mitchell and Greg
Farrand. We certainly thank them for their participation on our
behalf and they leave us with many jobs done and with a clearer
vision for the months ahead. Dustin Moore will remain until the end
of December and will continue to help with the Old School House and
also with other projects. So, many thank you to all of them!
Only three Tuesday Talks remain. If you have not
attended one of these most interesting events you need to remember -
this coming Tuesday Ken Kutzel will be presenting another of his
art/paintings commentaries. His talks are always fascinating and
well attended so arrive early.
The Douglas Socials are also winding down with one
more to go. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. Don't forget the
historic tours through Douglas on the trolley and remember they are
The last of the Yorktown cruises will be the 17th
and 19th of August. It is amazing to see this large ship in our port
and the walking tours for this event have been wonderfully received.
So, as we prepare to let our summer events slip into
the past - we look forward to new events this fall. The Baseball
Program in September complete with popcorn and hotdogs, the Heritage
Awards in October and the always popular Cemetery Tour featuring
various ghosts will appear in November. Also of importance will be
the Thank You supper for all volunteers the end of October. Watch
for more information and dates on these events as the time nears.
Enjoy the rest of summer - safe travels!
by Marsha Kontio
Society's Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 12
at the Old School House History Center
Take Me Out To the Ballgame
by the Dutcher Baseball Team
Sponsored by Sharon Kelly
Come to dinner at 6 pm to support the
Society and the Barrel Project then stay for the program
which begins at 7 pm
You won't want to miss the fun.
These fun and informal Talks continue at the
Old School House History Center in Douglas when the school bell
rings at 11 AM and run through the end of August.
7. August 14 Art Collection Secrets: Stories from the SDHS Art
Archives by Ken Kutzel sponsored by Judy Oberholtzer
8. August 21 Look. See. Hear. How Does Our Garden Grow?
by Ruth Johnson, Lee Ver Schure, John Migas & Greg Raymond, sponsored by Osman Flowers and Firs
9. August 28 Good Looking? The Art of Looking Good
by Maryjo Lemanski, sponsored by Jim & Janie Flemming
It takes two villages and more to raise a barrel, and that's exactly
what's happening with our historic roadside icon locally known as
the the Root Beer Barrel. A dedicated group of SDHS members has been
working quietly and without much notice repairing and prepping the
125 redwood staves for finishing. Recently, the boards were trucked
to a refinishing barn where more space, light and ventilation were
available for the sealing and varnishing process to take place. This
step is going well as the dull strips of redwood are beginning to
take on a golden brown hue. The interior of the barrel is receiving
a coat of sealer and an initial coat of high grade marine varnish.
The exterior will get a coat of sealer plus four to six coats of
varnish. This will all be done before the barrel is erected.
The "Barrel Crew" encourages anyone with a couple of spare hours to
join in the varnishing fun which needs to be completed within the
next two weeks or so. Contact Al Lyon at
to volunteer. This job is not technical nor strenuous, so fear not.
Give it a shot. The Barrel Crew is presently seeking a contractor
and or builder who would be willing to supervise the reconstruction
process. If you are one or know of one who could help out, contact
Al Lyon or Vic Bella at
The Society is presently working with the City of the Village of
Douglas to determine the placement of the finished barrel. The goal
is to erect it in a prominent location downtown where it will be
used as a mini-museum and information center attracting visitors and
Memorial barrel staves are still available and can be purchased for
$150. Each donor will be recognized with a permanent plaque placed
on the interior of his or her stave. Contact Vic Bella before
they're all spoken for!
SAVE THE BARREL t-shirts are available at the Pump House Museum and
at the Old School House. Support this great project and wear yours
proudly! submitted by Vic Bella
In this section of the
newsletter we will provide volunteer news, recognize exceptional
service, and offer volunteer opportunities. In this first column
we recognize and memorialize a special museum volunteer. Shiloh, a
therapy dog (golden retriever) who with his friend Jerry Hill
volunteer at the museum, passed away recently. He will be missed
by all for whom he provided comfort.
Please be on the lookout for a
volunteer questionnaire which will detail volunteer opportunities
and ask for your interest and availability to serve your Society.
This service greatly increases the value of your membership.
Contact Ed Kelly for volunteer
information at KEL179@aol.com
from Ryan Kilpatrick
Thanks so much for the follow-up
email. I really appreciate your understanding and willingness to
work toward a solution.
I would love to be a liaison and
work with the board in any capacity possible. It's clear now that
many of the board members expected a bit more time from the new
members than I am able to give and I would like to see my position
filled by someone who is able to dedicate themselves as nuch as
the board requires.
Please let me know how I can
continue to help.
Ryan Kilpatrick, AICP
Director of Community Development
City of Douglas
A Lakeshore Family
Information provided by S. Scott Sykora
Dr. Frederick Steele Hartmann was born in Chicago
on 8 Jun 1862 and died on 17 Mar 1933. He married Maggie Lovina
(nee Baker) in Bellevue, OH on 21 Nov1888. Dr. Hartmann earned his
medical degree at Rush Medical School and was an associate of
world renowned surgeon, Dr. J. B. Murphy, who invented the "Murphy
Button", a device used for intestinal suturing. A memorial stands
today at Wabash and Erie Streets in recognition of Dr. Murphy. Dr
Hartmann is mentioned in the book, J. B. Murphy, by Dr. Loyal
Davis (1938) who was an associate of Drs. Murphy and Hartmann and
later chairman of the department of surgery at Northwestern
University from 1932 to 1963 (and step-father of First Lady
Nancy Reagan). Upon his passing Dr. Davis was waked in the
J. B. Murphy auditorium. In his book, Dr. Davis made reference to
rumors of the day, that while called the Murphy Button, "Hartmann
did all of his work" (p. 163).
Dr. Frederick Hartmann & Maggie Lovina Baker Hartmann
We don't know the first time the family came to
Saugatuck, but we do know that in August 1901 the family was
staying at the Riverside Hotel (the old Shriver Hotel at Ox-Bow
Lagoon) and had been to the lake to bathe when a tragedy struck.
They walked along the pier. Herbert, age 6, strayed from the care
of his nurse, and was missing from the group when it arrived at
the hotel. His body was pulled from the water some days later, and
returned to Chicago for burial.
This tragedy did not end the family attraction for
Saugatuck, and in 1915 they were to buy a farm here. Based on the
1915 tax records, Aaron Sheridan was able to identify the property
as being the plot of land just north of the washout on Lakeshore
Road now referred to as the "Tranquility Plot", extending on
either side of "Tranquil Road". The original farmhouse seems to
still be standing.
From the 1915 Hartmann Christmas letter:
"In April Fred purchased a fruit farm across the
lake in Michigan. The family went there for the first time during
the spring vacation the later part of April, and some of us were
there until nearly the middle of November. I spent about six
months there at the farm, in four installments. That the life
agreed with my health was proved by a gain of sixteen pounds of
"Our farm consists of twenty acres of land. We
have about 550 feet of lake frontage and a half mile stretch to
the rear end of the place. We have about eighteen hundred fruit
trees - apples, peaches, pears, cherries, plums and quinces,
beside small fruit and a garden. The peach predominates - we
packed 1,500 bushels of peaches for the market in one-fifth bushel
"Our livestock consists of two horses, a cow, pig,
chickens, two hives of bees and a dog, not to mention two
canaries. We have a small house of seven rooms and a fair sizes
screen porch. It is built on a slight elevation, the lawn sloping
down to the edge of the buff overlooking Lake Michigan.
"Fred turned the management of the place over to
the children. Bertha being the general manager: they to pay all
expenses but insurance, taxes and house furnishings, out of the
proceeds and to pocket the balance. Said balance was not very
heavy this year, on account of there being a super-abundance of
fruit throughout the country and partly due, probably, to our
inexperience in handling the situation.
" --- There are ten big maple trees around the
house, five in a row to the west and five more to the south. --- A
public driveway runs between our lawn and the bluff.
"The heavy work of the farm was done by a man whom
we engaged by the year; the remaining part was done by the family.
We have become expert in packing all kinds of fruit, pruning berry
bushes and transplanting and weeding strawberries.
"Fred spent a month or less at the farm - the time
being spread over week ends and occasionally and extra day or two.
As a monument of his part of the summer's work there, is a natural
stairs down the bluff to the beach, (bluff about 75 ft. high), and
many ornamental shade trees and shrubs planted.
"We love the farm and it's surroundings, the
lovely view of the lake and the gorgeous sunsets over it, the fine
air and the free untrammeled life. --- Maggie"
The 1917 Christmas letter tells of some
disillusionment with agricultural life:
"We regret that some of the rest of you may not
have visited us at the farm for we may not spend another season
there, as we have put it on the market for sale, and have a
prospective buyer in sight. The country around Saugatuck surpasses
any other part of Michigan in its beauty. Cooper selected this
portion of the West as a setting for his interesting, and what was
still in our youth, a most popular novel --- The Pathfinder.
The disadvantages of the farm seem to overbalance the advantages,
much as we enjoy the beautiful location, the lake and attractive
people. It is, however, too inaccessible for week end trips. The
difficulty in securing help, the high cost of feed, and all the
farm equipment. Have made fruit growing and expensive proposition.
For example: To pay $100 for a horse one year, and to be offered
$200 for him the next, and then the third year he would not bring
$50 because of the scarcity of feed, [hay at $22 a ton], is only
one of the ups and downs of farming during these war times. We had
a beautiful Guernsey cow, kept her over winter, and had her
espouse prohibition, and go drier than the State of Michigan in
which she lived. Had to swap her for a scrawny, hump-backed
Myrtle, a producer of an inferior grade of lacteal fluid, and we
finally had to dispose of her for $40, half of what she cost in
the Spring. I think, however, that our experience on the farm has
been of benefit to us; it certainly has been an education in more
ways than one. --- Lovingly your sister Maggie"
Scott writes that the family owned the farm until
1920, when it was finally sold.
contributed by Chris Yoder
Welcome from Jack Sheridan leader of the Society Family History
Group. The Group meeting schedule is the first and third Thursday
of every month (except July and August this year). Our next
meeting is September 6th at 3:30 in the Old School House. Please
join us this fall to see what we are all about and most
importantly, share "lessons learned" about the many tools
available for family research.
Our standing offer to members: Send me information on a person
that you want to find and we will find them for you in the U. S.
Census, maybe even a Canadian or a British census.
In April 2012 the 1940 United States census data was released.
has completed indexing twenty five states including Michigan. They
are offering free access to the census; click
If you prefer, you may easily browse the local 1940 census
results. We have placed a copy of the census for Douglas (11
pages), Saugatuck (16 pages) and Saugatuck Twp (19 pages) on the
SDHS web site. Take a look by clicking
Some 1940 census trivia:
35,646,274 heads of household were identified, for an average
household size of 3.7 people. The average age of the respondent
who talked with the enumerator was 43.
The most popular male given names are: John, William, James,
Robert, Joseph, George, Charles, Frank, Edward and Richard.
The most popular female given names are: Mary, Anna, Helen,
Margaret, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Ruth, Marie, Rose and Alice.
The top five surnames in the census are Smith, Johnson, Brown,
Williams, and Jones.
Each month in this column I talk about about a family history
discovery. Such a discovery is called a EUREKA!
moment. Here is what leads up to a EUREKA! moment in
the area of building a family tree.
Realize that literally millions of families are being researched.
Right now - today, what a natural opportunity to network!
Just think of a tree with many branches. Think of an orchard. Many
folks are working on the same or related trees. All of them have a
slightly different perspective . They often have special knowledge
passed along among their family members about their branch of the
It is a giant puzzle with all the "worker-bees" fitting pieces
together. The trees are growing in number and in size - faster and
bigger - because the digital age has made possible the systematic
finding, assembly and distribution of family history data.
Computer search capability plus the internet is vastly efficient
compared to the old ways.
Doing a data base search can be done by entering a minimal amount
of data and instructing the computer to search the appropriate
data base. Sure, often the result is nothing. Often the result is
a puzzling, maybe useful clue. But perhaps, just maybe, the result
can be a finding a multi generational branch of your tree -
Careful - this search stuff can become addictive!
Contact me at:
or (269) 857-7144.
From gourmet dinners in exclusive homes to casual
cocktail parties, these culinary events all feature great food and
great times for a great cause.
Dining Around the Village Table is a series of culinary events
that celebrate everything delicious in the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
100% of tickets sales fund the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
and are tax deductible.
Tickets for events are assigned first come,
first served. To reserve your place, call 269-857-5751 or REPLY to
this email. Reservations and pre-payment are required for all
Don't delay, tickets for these events will go
September 22, 2012 - 7pm
Kickoff Cocktail Party and Home Tour
September's colors in the fantastic home of Tom and Donna Farrington
with splendid views of Lake Kalamazoo.
Tickets: $50 per person.
Hosted by Tom and Donna Farrington
188 Hamilton St, Douglas, MI 49406
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7pm
Dinner at the Glass House
A gourmet dinner
for 12 prepared by Stacy Honson at Ed Kelly's amazing "Glass House"
perched above the Kalamazoo River.
Tickets: $125 per person.
Hosted by Ed Kelly
3470 Riverside Drive, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 8pm
Pre-Halloween Parade Rooftop Bash
Join Judi & Howard
Vanderbeck and Janie & Jim Flemming for a dinner hot off the grill
and drinks on the roof of the Douglas Harbor Lofts. Come watch the
parade with good friends in style. A fun and casual evening with
Tickets: $40 per person.
Hosted by Judi and Howard Vanderbeck
150 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 5 to 8pm
Wine Tasting Party with Renee
Raise a glass, or
two, or three with host Renee Zita. The event will be co-hosted by
Tom McCarthy showcasing several different wines from the Wine Seller
Tickets: $50 per person.
Hosted by Renee Zita and Ed Ryan
3023 Harbor Road, Douglas, MI 49406
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 7pm
Soup's On with Stephen and Jon
Mottram and Jon Helmrich for a cozy evening of homemade soups and
breads. Comfort food at its savory best!
In addition to the
delicious soups presented, each guest will take home as a souvenir
of the evening a unique, hand-crafted soup bowl generously
donated by some of our best know local ceramic artists,
including Jeff Blandford (Volmod) and Dawn Soltysiak (Khnemu Studio)
Tickets: $40 per person.
Hosted by Stephen Mottram and Jon Helmrich
3522 64th Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Saturday, December 2, 2012
SDHS Holiday Party at the SCA
While not an official Dining Around the Village
Table event, don't forget this wonderful membership feast.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 7pm
A Splendid Table
Dinner and home
tour for eight at the grand home of Pat Sax in Douglas. Dinner will
be prepared by Stephen Mottram and Ken Carls.
Tickets: $150 per person (or if purchased quickly an exclusive table
for 8 for $1,500)
Hosted by Pat Sax
13 East Fremont Street, Douglas, MI 49406
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5 to 7pm
Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler
(Let the Good Times Roll)
Stacy Honson and
Stephen Mottram will be serving up classic New Orleans' fare as a
warm up to the Douglas Mardi Gras parade. The location will be Mark
Neidlinger's unique Crow Cottage, perfectly located just off Center
Tickets: $40 per person.
Hosted by Mark Neidlinger
31 Spring St, Douglas, MI 49406
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7pm
Red House Repast
Ken Carls and Jim
Schmiechen will host a sumptuous meal at the Red House, overlooking
the Douglas Bayou. Act fast to get in on this one since these
dinners always fill quickly.
Tickets: $125 per person.
Hosted by Ken Carls and Jim Schmeichen
325 Water St., Douglas, MI 49406
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 5 to 8pm
The Magnificent Trilogy
cocktail party and home tour of three magnificent homes on the
Tickets: $100 per person.
Hosted by Monty Collins and Jerry Dark, Sandra and Travis Randolph,
Skip Schipper and John Seros
3440 - 3442 Riverside Drive, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 5 to 8pm
A Toast to the Dunelands
Ken Tornvall will
host a kick off party for the 2013 SDHS Museum exhibit opening at
his home: an amazing restoration of a classic Michigan barn.
Tickets: $50 per person.
Hosted by Ken Tornvall
540 Campbell, Saugatuck
23, 2013 - 11:30am
Always on a Sunday Brunch
Catherine and Mike
Economos will host a Sunday Brunch at their home on the dunes
overlooking the Kalamazoo River. Expect charming gardens, fabulous
views and a delicious meal.
Tickets: $50 per person
Hosted by Catherine and Mike Economos
716 Park St., Saugatuck, MI 49453
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Bill Simmons and Charles Atlas
This month's photo was taken by Bill Simmons [see his great work in
the SDHS book OFF THE RECORD] about 1952 at the Oval
Beach. It is one of my favorites.
Bill's trademark was the unposed photo, usually shot from the
backside. This shot has that aspect but also gives us a look at the
full face of the sunbather reaching for her iodine tinted baby oil.
But the focus of the photo is the "scrawny weakling" checking out
nearby chicks in the neighborhood. Those shoes next to the baby oil
must be his.
Keep in mind that Bill Simmons was maybe five foot four and 120
pounds soaking wet.
I personally think that our scrawny weakling here is suffering from
having sand kicked in his face [while lying on the beach with female
friend] by the local bully and is planning to enroll in a Charles
Atlas muscle building program.
To set the scene, here is a Wikipedia description of a Charles Atlas
1950s comic book ad [if case you are not old enough to remember]:
"The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac":
In this the full-length ad version, the protagonist, "Mac," is
accosted on the beach by a sand-kicking bully while his date
watches. Humiliated, the young man goes home and after kicking a
chair and gambling a three-cent stamp, subscribes to Atlas's
"Dynamic-Tension" program. Later, the now muscular protagonist goes
back to the beach and beats up the bully, becoming the "hero of the
beach." His girl is proud while other females marvel at how big his
No doubt, Bill Simmons had the sand kicking bully and Charles Atlas
in mind when he snapped this shot.
Of course we will never know for sure --- You be the judge.
Next month the Oval Beach some sixty years ago - how it has changed!
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Coming soon a Daffodil Planting Party. This will be in conjunction
with the Volunteer Chili Party in October. More information to come.
New Stock Of "Save the Barrel" T Shirts at the Pump House Museum
A New Stock of "Save the
Barrel" T-shirts has been placed at the Pump House Museum and is
available for purchase. Shirts are available in all sizes (s,m,l, xl
and XXL- with two youth sizes left) and in black, navy, white, light
blue and one pink. Make a perfect Xmas gift... buy yours now!!
(Youth-$18; XXL- $22, other sizes $20).
West Shore Caddys
Who Can You Identify?
Click on the picture for a higher resolution copy.
Thanks to Barbara (Martin)
Stewart, Annandale, VA, daughter of Leonard (Bill) Martin of
Douglas, for this photo of an early group of West Shore caddies
(c1930). Bill was golf pro at West Shore in his youth. He was born
in 1907. Can you name any of these young athletes? (if so, tell
Chris Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org or
We hope that you are finding our
new Directory useful in staying in touch with the many members. Here
are some changes since it was printed.
l Pauline Brockington
has moved to 727 Apple Avenue, A6, Holland, MI 49423, Home (616)
355-5006, Cell (269) 857-2054
l Jim & Betsy Muir's
phone number is 269-455-5047
l Dawn Stafford's new
email address is
l New phone numbers for
Larry Akins 616-405-3351 and Shirley Akins 239-691-4537
l New phone number for
Ted and Dorothy Shaw 847-559-0513
l Delete the Jackson,
MI address for Pat and Lou Burroughs
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