2005-08-27 / Columnists

News About People On Mackinac Island

By Jeannette Doud

Three days last week were the worst of the summer season, bringing torrential rain and wind. Sunday morning, August 21, when the brilliant sunshine appeared, the Island took on the cleanest look of the summer. Everywhere the lawns, gardens, and flowers were a breathtaking sight. Marquette Park was a carpet of fresh green. What had been dust prior to the rain now has turned into a thing of beauty. Windermere Point has changed from brown to a most welcome sight, where visitors enjoy sitting under the umbrellas admiring the Straits and the big freighters passing through, often sending a salute or two.

Saturday, August 20, many weddings had been planned. When the rain began to pour, we thought of all those brides who chose Mackinac for their very special day. Happy is the bride that the sun shines on. The Barr family, West Bluff cottagers, had made big plans, hoping for a warm sunny day. At 4:30 p.m., following a most disagreeable morning, brilliant sunshine broke through the dark, black clouds, making a perfect setting for a bride on her wedding day. Carmen Aranda rode to the Old Mission Church in a special wedding carriage for her marriage to Christian Barr. The remainder of the day and evening was perfect.

Sunday, August 21, was a very special one on the Island, for it was the big auction at Grand Hotel, the proceeds of which support the Mackinac Island Medical Center. What a party it was. Friends and neighbors came from far and near to join in the fun of bidding on their favorite item. Following a delicious buffet dinner and bidding on the silent auction, the big auction began with David Levy as the auctioneer. David dedicated the auction to a very special lady, Alice Myron, who could not be with us this year. Alice and her daughter, Sue, always did an excellent job running the silent auction. David was assisted by Bob Tagatz, Buck Sharrow, Bruce LaPine, and Smi Horn.

Tension began to grow as bidders sought to outbid their neighbors and friends. Prizes ranged from Grace Armour’s homemade cinnamon bread, antique photographs of the Island, antique brass candlesticks, lasagna dinner for 12 at the home of Kay and Larry Berke, handmade afghans, photographs by the late Emerson Dufina, a Waterford crystal bowl, a Grand Hotel Presidential Suite stay, floral bouquets, Cannondale bicycle, handmade sweaters and quilts, Italian supper for 10 at Fort Mackinac Sergeant’s Quarters, Piston tickets, a Grand Hotel Masco Cottage stay, a painting by Marlee Brown, stained glass shell pieces made by Tim Timmons, a Petoskey stone turtle necklace made by Frank Bloswick Jr., a big talking horse, and Lions vs. Bears tickets. As always, it was a terrific evening. Special thanks to each and everyone who made the party such a huge success. To Grand Hotel and the Musser family, to all who donated and bought from the auction, to David Levy and his helpers for auctioneering, to Kay Hoppenrath, Lorna Straus, Jennifer Bloswick, Betty and Barry BeDour, Greg Main, Suzanne Munger, Howard Burdette, Margaret Doud, Rick Linn, Brian Schoenborn, Robert Chambers, and Jamie Bynoe, and to all who helped with the silent auction.

Last came the big raffle prizes: $5,000 to Stephanie Arbib, $3,000 to William Twomey, and $2,000 to the Bacon family. The 50-50 raffle winner was Randy Stuck. A special thanks to Vic Callewaert for doing an excellent job on ticket sales and to all the wonderful folks who sold and bought tickets.

We can be especially proud of the great facility which is our Mackinac Island Medical Center, standing proudly on the hill by Cloghaun Cottage, staffed by dedicated doctors, nurses, X-ray technicians, and office personnel. The beautiful flowers and green grass on the hill of Cloghaun add even more to the beauty of the center.

St. Ignace folks seen enjoying the big auction were Pat and Dave Ramsay, Janis Holle, Paula McNamara, Judge Tom North, and Nancy, Rod, and Cory Nelson and Nancy’s father, Ralph Oman of Vandercook Lake.

The highlight of the Sunday night party at Grand Hotel was the presence of the honored guest, Judge Ned Fenlon of Petoskey, who is 101 years of age. Ned enjoyed a wonderful time greeting all his many friends, looking very dapper with his Irish shamrock pin tucked safely in his lapel. Everyone stopped by to greet their special friend. He was accompanied by his nurse companion, Meryl Hanke, and several friends. Wonderful to see you, Ned, displaying your rich Irish wit.

As we near the month of September next week, we do feel that the season of fall is at hand, when Mackinac takes on the colors of orange, brown, crimson, and yellow, making just another beautiful time of year.

In June, Dan Seeley was visited at the Stuart House by Pat Smits of Leslie, Missouri, Rue Dewacloche of Detroit, and Carol Higginson of Muskegon. These ladies are first cousins and the grandchildren of Alfred (Fred) James Doherty II, who operated the Mackinac Island Light and Power Co. from 1911 to 1918. Later, Frank Doherty operated the Island power plant from 1918 to 1929. The ladies presented a box of early photographic negatives and other memorabilia, which will be placed in the Stuart House City Museum archives.

Mrs. Pat Smits also donated a handwritten letter from Edwin Orin Wood, which had accompanied the 1918 gift to her grandparents of his famous “Historic Mackinac.” A decade ago, Pat Smits donated this set of “Historic Mackinac” to Mackinac Island Public School as per the wishes of her late mother, Margaret (Doherty) Weberly.

The ladies enjoyed lunch at the French Outpost, where they went to call on Sandra and Debra Orr. The late Dr. Rex Orr was the best man at Carol Higginson’s wedding.

The Doherty family moved from Mackinac Island in 1929, when the Mackinac Island Light and Power Co. was sold to American State Public Service Corp. of New York City. The Dohertys moved to Clair and opened the Doherty Hotel, which is still owned and operated by members of the family and which hosted a family reunion this past week.

Adrienne and Zola Murray received the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation Sunday, August 21, while Zola also made her first Holy Communion. Celebrant was Father Rey Garcia of Ste. Anne’s Church. Grandparents Norman and Joyce Beauchamp of Port Huron attended the mass at 11 a.m. Charles and Elaine Murray were sponsors for the girls and hosted a family party at their condominium at Lesley Court following the celebration. Other family members were Jerry and Reinette Murray and Brian and Michael Murray. Proud parents of Zola and Adrienne are Steve and Anne Murray. Congratulations to Adrienne and Zola. The Murray family dates back many, many years on Mackinac, where the family home is now Harbor View. Happy memories.

The beautiful East Bluff cottage, with two Japanese trees standing stately in the front lawn, is being enjoyed by owners Mark and Ann Timmons and their children from Missoula, Montana. They were seen enjoying the auction at Grand Hotel Sunday night.

Happy 12th wedding anniversary August 20 to Molly and Bob Green of Mackinac. Molly is employed at Gough’s, where she drives an hourly buggy, giving her many customers a great history of the Island, and Bob works for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours at Arch Rock. They’re year-around residents of the Island.

We mourn the loss of an Island-born resident Mary Cadotte Andress, who passed away early Monday morning, August 22, following a heart attack at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. The Cadotte and Andress family descendants go back years and years on Mackinac. Her obituary appears in this week’s issue of The St. Ignace News.

An Island couple, Jack and Dorothy Dehring, celebrated their wedding anniversary August 17 and we wish them a very happy one. Both are prominent members of our community. Dorothy just retired as the Island’s city treasurer while Jack is superintendent of our Mackinac Island Public School, where he is an excellent teacher, one who is dedicated to his students.

Dr. Helen Straus of Chicago, Illinois, was seen having a most enjoyable time at the annual auction at Grand Hotel for the medical center. Dr. Straus spent many happy childhood days at her parents’ and grandparents’ summer cottages in Hubbard’s Annex. She is now an emergency room doctor at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Always nice to see Dr. Helen.

Best wishes to our good friend, Jack Ryerse, whom we miss seeing at the Island’s branch of First National Bank of St. Ignace. While he has visited the bank and employees several times this summer, we miss his cordial greetings and warm personality. Get feeling better each day, Jack.

We have another very new little Island resident, Alexander Harrison Edward Fox, new son of Jessica and Ryan Fox, who was born August 12 at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Alexander weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 inches in length at birth. Congratulations to Jessica and Ryan on the birth of their new son.

Nancy and Larry Keogh celebrated their wedding anniversary August 19. Larry joined Nancy at their East Bluff cottage, “Crosstrees,” on their big and happy day. Larry had been in Chicago on business. Best wishes from Island friends.

Sadly, we recently learned of the death of a former Islander, Sally Edward, 80, of Brimley, who passed away Monday, August 15, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Sally was born on Mackinac Island May 17, 1925, the daughter of the late Ozro and Mary (Perault) Smith. She is the widow of the late William Fallstitch, who died in 1966. She later married Clair Edward December 10, 1967. She is survived by her husband, Clair, and three daughters and two sons and their families.

Services were held at the C.S. Mulder Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

August is the month of birthdays and we wish everyone the happiest ever. To Geraldine Wellington August 19, Lulubelle D’Arce August 21, Lorna Kolatski August 24, and Miriam Welcher August 28.

Mary and Wes Maurer of St. Ignace attended the Barr wedding Saturday, August 20, at the Old Mission Church and the big medical center auction Sunday, August 21.

Tom and Alandra Glidden spent their yearly visit at the Windermere Hotel. This year, Tom brought along his mother-in-law and sister-in-law from Mexico. They love the Windermere and breakfast at Jessie’s Chuckwagon. Tom brought peach ice cream to his mom, Rosie Charnes, who was working at the hotel. Tom owns Glidden Fence Co. in Carmel and Westfield, Indiana.

Viv Charnes of Weidman visited her aunt, Rosie Charnes, for a few days. They had fun at Grand Hotel and loved the root beer floats at the Windermere Doghouse.

Happy anniversary to Pete and Cindy Komblevitz August 26. Enjoy your day.

Coming down Cadotte Avenue Sunday evening, the most beautiful moon in the middle of the Straits was shining down on our Island. A joy for the many visitors to see and very picturesque.

The bad windstorm of last week caused many large trees to fall, some behind the Victorian condominiums and another on the Jewel Golf Course near the Jockey Club.

August is the month of birthdays in the McGreevy family. Happy birthday to Ed McGreevy August 26, Mary Kate McGreevy August 27, Mary Lou McGreevy Klevan August 28, and Ian McGreevy August 29. Warmest and best wishes from Island friends.

A note received from Mrs. Joseph (Thelma) Solomon of Kingsport, Tennessee, tells us that plans were to attend the funeral services Wednesday, August 17, for the late Vern Eriksson. Unfortunately, Dr. Solomon suffered a bad fall and had to be admitted to the hospital. More news later. Dr. Joe was the Island physician for more than 25 years

Happy wedding anniversary August 27 to Doris and Richard LaPine of Mackinaw City. Best wishes from Island friends.

Rosemary Brown, from Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, attended the medical center auction Sunday, August 21.

Happy birthday to S. Andrew Doud August 23. Andrew will be playing in the medical center golf tournament Thursday, August 25.

Christy May will celebrate her birthday August 29. Have a great day.

Enjoy your week.

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