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Heroes, Rogues and JustPlain 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.

Haddon"Sunny" Sundblom

At the Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta they have a display of some otherpictures he painted for Coca-Cola including a series of pin-ups done duringWorld War II, One shows a pretty lass leaning up against a rock that could bemodeled after Lost Rock, south of the Douglas Beach. The coast line in thepicture might also be inspired by his view from the cottage.


Jeanette D. Studley

Jeanette was disappointed when bloomers andcalf length skirts came into fashion because she had just reached the age whenshe would be allowed to wear floor-length dresses. For her birthday, I think itwas her 80th, she got her ears pierced. She was a delightful person.

I can remember first meeting her at thewonderful cottage at Pier Cove, I heard a little voice calling out after Iknocked on the door... "I'm coming, I'm coming. It will just take me alittle time to get there." After what seemed like a great deal of time shearrived with her walker. She was four feet something in height and well intoher 90s. Her mind was as sharp as someone half her age and her eagerness tomeet someone new was genuine. -- Ted Reyda


Burr Tilistrom

A beloved friend and my uncle.

I remember being "forced" toclean my bedroom before being allowed to watch "Kukla, Fran andOllie." Their Saturday show in the 70s introduced me to foreign films.I'll never forget "The Red Balloon."

The "Brad" signature below [onthe bottom section of Burr's puppet stage] is that of Brad Williams who becamea well-known puppeteer. This experience at Hope Collegewas the inspiration for Brad to unite his artistic and theatrical talents intothe art of puppetry. I also like to tell the story that I arranged Brad'sfeedings when he was a baby so that I could watch "Kukla, Fran andOllie." -- Brad's mother, Pat Williams

I remember working with the Kuklapolitansand Burr when he did several series of shows for the PBS network in the early1970s. I was one of the stagehands on the show. We did the show at WTTW in Chicago. He was great towork with, but you had to address the characters by their names. He referred tothem as his kids. When he went behind his stage he BECAME the character. Franwas fun to work with also, -- Kim R. Breitenbach

My husband and I both loved theKuklapolitans and their show on TV. We never saw Burr in Saugatuck but manytimes in Illinois.He lived not far from us there. What a show man!

I remember helping Burr hunt for his lostbeagle on the Deam lighthouse property. Burr just couldn't imagine why the dogwould just run off when he treated her so well. It seems the dog had a mind ofits own. I think after Burr's death Don DeLuis, the comedian, took over thedog's care. -- Ted Reyda

Burr spent a good share of almost everysummer at Ox-Bow for years before purchasing a house here. I remember one wholeday when he was absolutely busy for hours figuring how to get a nest of babybirds back into a mammoth tree without polluting them or the nest area so theparent b birds would not desert them. -- R. Gaines

I remember this show in 1972 when Burracted as usher, making sure all of his friends didn't fall down steps. he wasalso mad at me that summer for not casting Beulah as the witch in "Hanseland Gretel." Burr would always "wrap up" the Hope Summer Theaterwith an impromptu performance that summarized all our fun and hard work. Burrwas always so generous-and always made young performers feel special. Thank youfor that Burr.- Deborah Noe


James Sheridan

The Sheridan home was builtin the 1920s by the Crow family and was two stories high. the second floor wasremoved later. We have a picture of four of us on a ladder in my grandfather'syard in 1928 which shows this house when it was two stories. I was told thatthe second story was removed when someone in the Crow family became unable touse the stairs. -- Bob Mersbach

Currently thehouse on Hoffman Street,a.k.a. "The Hoffman House" is occupied by a fourth generation Sheridan of Saugatuck,Brendt Sheridan. Many memories will always be with the house as well as manymore being made today.

I enjoyed sailing against Jim and Joe Sheridan in Papooses. Their's wasthe Cirrus and mine the Nimbus. -- Kirke White

My parents'house on 413 Hoffman Streetwas bought by them in 1970. They enjoyed living in their house next to thechurch and enjoyed all the visitors who came to see them during theirretirement there. -- Steve Sheridan


R. E. Peterson

I met Mr.Peterson when I was a teenager, a friend of Erik's and his cousin, Jeff."Pete" was always outgoing and happy. He actually treated us"kids" as real people. He looked, to me, like a cross between SantaClaus and Spencer Tracy.

One or theother Peterson was always doing something that someone was complaining about(e.g. the ferry wasn't open enough, the Keewatin"blocked" the river). I asked Pete about this once and he laughed andreplied, "It's OK as long as they spell my name right." -- Kit Lane


Harold D. Beery

My childrenand I learned that the Village of Douglas was #1 and wecame second. I'm proud to have been a part of his life-Donna Beery Heavilin

Harold was my dad. He definitely gave his all for Douglas.I'm so pleased he is honored here. -- Donita Beery


Emily C. Faucett

My whimsical, loving, sometimes outrageous friend. So dear to us whoknew her. -- H. M. Johnston

Emily walkedinto my driveway and said I had taken her Siamese cat. Little did she knew Ihad a similar looking cat and someone had run off with one of her many cats, soshe was out to find her. --- Ted Reyda


I feel so privileged to have known Emily -- Abigail DeYoung Emily was adelightful role model and mentor. -- L. Kinnaman

Emily was astrong, well-intentioned woman, strong in her beliefs and an ardent collectorof causes. I traveled with her, in the late 1980s to Parisand London, wehad to stop and compare the AA programs in both cities. When my friend, MarjLansing, ran for regent of the University of Michigan, Emily handedout her literature at the Saugatuck post office door. She was a brave lady anda true role model. -- E. Wilt


Sherman the Tank

Sherman will always be a special memory to me andmy family. Thanks to him and Nicki, I am now a turtle "fanatic." --Maria D., Karl, Vera and George.


Charles J. Lorenz

Chuck was a historian's historian, one of the best researchers I haveknown. -- Kit Lane

Chuck and his wife,Chris, invited me to live with them way back in 1973 after knowing him in Chicago. His bottlecollecting brought us together. From there a printing business, R. G.Honeycutt, then Old Wing Inn, and, of course, his very special book.

Chuck was my life. He would be very proud of all the society and museumhave accomplished. -- Chris Lorenz


Mildred Parrott

Mildred alwayshad a joke or a funny story to tell and when I would tell her I was goinghiking her reply would invariably be, "Oh! Taking another tramp in thewoods?"

We knew theParrotts for many years, but I always thought Mildred's name was Audrey. Foryears I would greet her as Audrey and she always smiled and said hello. Finallyone day she corrected me. As I apologized for my long running mistake shepleasantly replied, "but you always smiled when you said it." --Barry Johnson


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