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Sunday, December 14
at the Saugatuck Center for Arts
400 Culver Street, Saugatuck
Cocktails at 5:30 ~
Dinner at 6:30
Cash, Checks, MasterCard & Visa
Credit Cards Accepted
the spirit of holidays past, this year's party again celebrates the tradition of the community potluck.
Welcome from Jack Sheridan and Chris Yoder, leaders
of the Society Family History Group.
Please visit us to see what we are all about and
most importantly, share "lessons learned" about the many tools
available for family history research.
Census information is invaluable in the research of
family history. As outlined in the September 2014 newsletter, the
general population census has been taken by the Federal government
every ten years since 1790.
In addition to this general population, the Federal
government has compiled a number of special censuses often at the
Mortality: conducted from 1850 to 1885. This
census provides information about deaths during the twelve months
prior to the regular census.
Veterans: taken in 1840 and 1890. Contains interesting
information concerning Civil War veterans including their widows.
Slaves: Compiled in 1850 and 1860. Lists slave owners and the
number of slaves they owned.
Agricultural schedules: taken 1850 1860, 1870 and 1880. Provides
farm data and names of the farmers.
Manufacturing schedules: taken 1820, 1850 thru 1880. Information
is on business and industries.
Dependent and defective: taken in 1880. Information on the
handicapped, paupers, and criminals.
Indians: Taken in 1910. Indian schedules are found for for each
county after regular schedules but are slightly different.
Institutional listings: often follow the county population
schedules and include jails, hospitals, poor houses, or asylums.
Merchant Seamen: conducted on United States flag merchant
vessels in 1930.
Military and Naval Forces: conducted from 1900 to 1930 on ships
and military bases. Usually found at the end of the population
Social statistics: taken from 1850 to 1870, includes information
about real estate, annual taxes, cemeteries, school statistics,
libraries, newspapers, and churches.
Got questions on how to get going? That is what we
are for! Call or email us and remember, the SDHS family history
group's regular meeting schedule is the first and third Thursday
of every month at the OSH.
Upcoming meetings are:
Thursday, November 20
Thursday, December 4
Thursday, December 18
Remember, your family history does not have to have
any connection to the Saugatuck-Douglas area !!!
Still not sure how to get going? Let us provide a
helpful jump start by recording what you know about your parents,
grandparents, and great grandparents and send it along for a
review by Chris Yoder or myself. The postal mail address is SDHS
Family History Box 617 Douglas, Michigan 49406, or email a copy to
We will soon be back to you with readily found data
and with suggestions on the next steps to take. Further help is
available from the Family History group. Again, the only
requirement is membership in the SDHS.
Mayflower ancestor, Revolutionary War vet, great
grandparents? Still wondering? Questions/ comments/advice/needs -
269 857-7144 Chris Yoder
email@example.com 269 857-4327.
This newsletter column is produced by Jack
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Panoramas One by One - Piece by Piece - 3
Two months ago I started
a new HBC series of panoramic photographs taken from the top
of Mt Baldhead. We are very fortunate to have photos from this
great vantage point over a long time period. The photos do
appear to span some fifty years, are accurately dated, and in
most cases the photographer identified.
Other factors make them
special. First, when the first photo was made in 1874, most of
the town trees had been logged off and there were few to block
the view. Second, the photographers used quality cameras with
large glass plate negatives that were capable of capturing
details. Though most of the glass plates are lost, the prints
made from them faithfully contain the details. When scanned
at high resolution, the images yield marvelous results.
In order for you to see
a historical progression, I have selected a partial view of
the town at one date and contrasted that with a view of the
same area at a different date. The numbers on the images are
the key to my brief comments about the images.
I have started with the
earliest photo, taken in 1874, photographer unknown. This is
contrasted with the same area shot in 1895. The photographer
in 1895 was Miller Robinson, professional photographer and
grandfather of Peggy Boyce.
21 Corner of Water and
Mary, kitty-corner from the Wicks Park
22 Now the Wickwood then a funeral parlor or store or?
23 Now a parking lot adjoining what was Wilkins Hardware.
These buildings burned ca 1897.
24 and 25 Residences which are still there.
26 Congregational church the framework of this structure
is still there inside.
27 Site of the present Episcopal Church soon to be built.
28 Saugatuck Union school built in 1868 and burned in 1896.
29 The Republican flagpole [as opposed to the Democrat flag
pole near the Village Hall]
30 Now the City Square note the six foot newly planted
31 Now the chain ferry landing same spot of the 1874 chain
32 Now the site of the Ship N Shore, this structure burned
in 1959. It was a number of things but mostly the Tourist Home
and the Mt. Baldhead hotel for fifty years.
Next month we have
another panorama. Stay tuned!
This newsletter column is written by Jack Sheridan.
Old School House on
Photo courtesy of Jim Schmiechen
History Museum in the
Photo courtesy of Richard Donovan
Last minute Holiday Shopping
Stop in at the Society's booth in the Blue
Star Highway Antique Mall
The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Booth at the
Blue Star Antique Pavilion on the Blue Star Highway in Douglas has
netted over $3,000
during its first year of operation to support Society programs and projects.
Thank you Mary Voss, Ken Kutzel and Cynthia Sorensen
News from the
Recent Additions the
Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society Collection
contemporary paintings, two etchings by Carl Hoerman, Saugatuck
postcards and a large group of photographs of the Saugatuck area,
donated by Chris Spencer.
Six glass mugs
used at the Root Beer Barrel, donated by Sue Capillo.
the proposed waterworks for Douglas made in early 1900 by John
Alvord donated by Josephine Clark.
A memoir of
five generations of Varco family members and their stay at a
Saugatuck cottage donated by Sarina Renaldi
A fold-out map
of the Saugatuck Douglas area donated by Kathy McMahon.
photographs of Douglas School classes, 1943 & 1944 - donated by
Photo date April 20, 1944
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Ann and John Diepenhorst standing in front of their fish market on
Culver Street donated by Pat Diepenhorst.
A Letter From
May Heath's Aunt
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You will have to excuse me for writing with a lead pencil, father
have gone away and cant get eny ink. He has just come but never
mixed it. It is all the same in dusteh. Ella Nichols is dead. She
was only sick 2 or 3 days. She suffered a good deal. We have two
boarders, Emma Whitbeck & Costain. The tug come yesterday from St
Jo to take the peopples across but they could not do it because it
was froze over so they sent the tug back. George Harris & Collier
keeps the drug store now. We have got it filled up very full ,
more than it was when you was there. Our new school hous is
getting a long nicely. They will have it done so they can have
school in it. I guess I shall not go. I am taking Music lessons of
Mrs. Densmore. She has a larg class & is doing well. She is better
at that than she is at teaching. Ma says she will come over there
& keep boarding hous if you will board with her. Julie and I have
got us some furs now we can put on style. Well I have told you all
the news & I will close. Write soon. Jessie Morrison, Saugatuck.
written by May Heath's Aunt Jessie (then age 15) in 1866, was
offered on eBay for its numismatic value. It had made its way to
Londonderry, NH at time of sale. It will be contributed to the
SDHS archives for safekeeping.
writing to her cousin Harold C. Weeks, of Allegan, son of her
mother's sister. Mr. Weeks was then working in Chicago. He is
buried in the Oakwood cemetery, Allegan. She refers to the death
of Ella Nichols, which took place Dec. 14. Ella, age 18, was the
daughter of Stephen D. Nichols and rests in Riverside cemetery.
Thomas Collier, apothecary, born in England, was a veteran of the
Civil War. He died at the age of 29, in 1871, and rests in the
Morrison was born Oct. 23, 1851 to Stephen A. and Mary E. Peckham
Morrison. She married Thornton W. Leland in 1875, and died in
1911. Her sister Julia was May Heath's mother. Jessie's only
living child, son Lee Leland, managed the Leland Lodge (the old
Morrison home) on the corner across from the Saugatuck City Hall
("and then it burned down").
contributed by Chris Yoder
What You Missed!
The Society's Halloween Bash at the Old School House
History Center was just a ton of flat-out fun. Creative costumes and
decorations, fabulous food and drink, and then just a few steps out
the door to watch the incomparable Douglas Adult Halloween Parade.
If you missed it, you missed a terrific time. Watch for it again
Photos courtesy of Elliott Sturm
What You Also Missed!
Photo courtesy of Marsha Kontio
At the October Monthly Program, Michael Sampson
Sweeney, local artist/musician/writer and founding member of the
Society reminisced about the 1959-60-61 Saugatuck Jazz Festivals and
1968-69 Saugatuck Pop Festivals that spread the community's fame as
"Michigan's Hottest Town". The presentation was brought to life with
music, images, and audience remembrances.
Society's Online Bookstore Open for Holiday
Thanks to Jim Cook,
the Society's online bookstore is open for your Holiday shopping
pleasure. Just click on the image above and start shopping.
"November always seemed to me
the Norway of the year."
--- Emily Dickinson
November truly is a wicked month.
Thank goodness our gardens are all put away for the year! Right?
O.K., some of you may still be working on your leaves; but, what
to do with the millions of leaves still present in your
landscapes? Here are a few suggestions:
Top Ten Things to Do with your
#10 Mow over them a few times for good organic matter.
# 9 Spread as a protective mulch.
# 8 Use them for the many arts and craft projects on-line.
# 7 Add to your compost bin.
# 6 Have a bonfire, simply for the smell of it where permitted.
# 5 Make leaf mold - an all leaf compost much beloved by English
# 4 Donate them to your city compost pile.
# 3 Store root vegetables between them.
# 2 Use them as a weed barrier for spring plantings.
# 1 Create a BIG pile for kids, dogs and your neighbors to play
Oh! Are we headed for an exciting
Root Camp next year. Our committee had its organizational
meeting the other day and amazing ideas were suggested.
Please mark your kids, grand-kids, nieces, nephews and friends
calendars for June 22-25. Hopefully this year, we will have
on-line registration for easy sign-up.
We would like to wish all of you
and your loved ones a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Until next month,
The Garden and Root Camp Committees
Misplaced and now LOST
Burgundy basket . .
. generous in size and strong. Left behind after a meeting and now
lost. If found, please contact Marsha Kontio 616-566-1239.
South Haven Cub Scouts Visit Lifeboat Display
Photo courtesy of Jim Schmiechen
Receives Matching Gift for Michigan Hometown Stories Project
WGVU Public Media
has announced that the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation has awarded a
$10,000 matching grant to help raise the remaining funding needed to
complete the documentary; Michigan Hometown Stories:
Every Michigan city
has stories to tell stories that offer unique and intriguing
glimpses into Michigan's past. Stories like these are the focus of a
new television series called Michigan Hometown Stories,
produced by WGVU.
Hometown Stories will focus on Michigan history, one community
at a time, bringing the history of those places to life for West and
Southwest Michigan and beyond.
The first of
several planned programs is entitled; Michigan Hometown Stories:
submitted by Jon Helmrich
Bulb Planters Do Their Work
On Oct. 26th
a hearty crew of workers planted several hundred daffodil bulbs at
the graves of local "orphans" at Riverside and Douglas Cemeteries.
Next spring, these will join those from previous years in
brightening the spring display.
Anna, Maria and Christian Roa
Plots were selected
for people either with no family or none still living in this area.
Thomas Donald and
Sarah Stuart Donald - He was born 1806 in Londonderry, Northern
Ireland. Immigrated to America in 1851, to Michigan 1st in 1857, Pa
in 1861, and again to MI in 1869. She b. 1816 Ireland and was the
mother of William Bradley (after whom Bradley Road in Saugatuck was
named) (See the July 2014 newsletter article)
William Blair -
William became a sailor on the Great Lakes where he worked with two
brothers, Orlando and Frances Perkins. Through this relationship, he
met their sister, Ladora C. Perkins. William and Ladora were married
in 1860, in Ohio. Served in the Civil War. According to his
enlistment papers, he was five foot, nine inches tall with brown
eyes, dark hair and dark complexion. The Blairs moved from Ohio to
Saugatuck, Michigan just prior to his death. William died of
consumption (tuberculosis) on July 16, 1870 in Saugatuck, Michigan.
He was 36 years old.
Lysander Jacobs -
(Jun., 1831- Dec. 16, 1882) - Lysander P Jacobs son of Aaron C
Jacobs and Lucy Trask. Lysander was born about Jun 1831 in Ohio,
USA. He died on 15 Dec 1882 in Greenville, Allegan, Michigan, USA.
Third husband of Ladora Perkins.
Frank B Hayden-
died age 24 in 1882 of consumption. He was a guest of the Kingsley
family at time of death. Marker is a cement tree trunk.
(Woodworth) (1875-1949) and Joseph Zwemer (1879-1945) She the
daughter of Wm Woodworth and Mary Miller. He was the son of Adrian
Zwemer and was an insurance man and also involved in real estate.
and Lanegje (Knoll) Zwemer- They came with VanRaalte from
Netherlands in 1847. In 1860, the Wallin tannery was established,
Zwemers moved to Saugatuck Township where he opened a carpenter
shop. When the tannery business ceased the family moved to Saugatuck
where Mr. Zwemer carried on a business for many years of moving and
(1797-1873) Born in England, came to US about 1850. His daughter
Martha married George Hutty and the family is buried at Riverside.
Matilda B. Moffat
(1825-1885) - beloved wife of W. S. Moffat.
Ralph Platt Smith
(1893-1893) Child of Rev Ed Smith and Mary Kingsley Smith (see
Oct. 2014 SDHS Newsletter).
Newton Belgium (? -
1952) one armed wood carver, who died when hit by a car while
crossing the Blue Star Highway not far from the Center Street
and Mildred (Murphy) Konold He was a WWI veteran and trained as an
architect. During WWII he edited the war time Douglas newsletter
"The Dope", distributed to our service members around the world.
Pollock D. and Emma
and Maud Konold Hershels father , mother and stepmother.
Grace K Gjesdahl
(1895 - 1980) - Sister of Hershel Konold.
Flora K. Konold
Philipp (1899 - 1991) - Sister of Hershel Konold.
and Laura Seaver Hinman (1837-1935). He is recorded as having been a
gardener, born in New York.
Romig ( -1934) Daughter of Dewitt Hinman, her husband Arthur
Cochran, ( - 1916) and children Baby Cochran (?- 1892), Laura
Frank (1853 - 1947)
and Lizzie Etta Hutchinson Wade (1855 - 1939) - he was the first
white child born in Douglas.
In addition, a
donation from HUNTREE allowed the placement of bulbs around the
Civil War memorial at the Taylor Cemetery south of town on Blue Star
Highway. contributed by