2005-08-27 / Looking Back

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

A view of the Grand Hotel golf course sometime between 1910 and 1934. The lone building is the course Snack Bar, which now is the Jockey Club at the Grand Stand. Golfers had to watch for pedestrians and carriages crossing on Spring Street, which crossed the No. 9 fairway and led to Turkey Hill. The Snack Bar offered snacks until after World War I, when it began serving sandwiches, then became an after-dinner piano bar. Today, it serves a full menu. (Photograph courtesy of Tom Pfeiffelmann)A view of the Grand Hotel golf course sometime between 1910 and 1934. The lone building is the course Snack Bar, which now is the Jockey Club at the Grand Stand. Golfers had to watch for pedestrians and carriages crossing on Spring Street, which crossed the No. 9 fairway and led to Turkey Hill. The Snack Bar offered snacks until after World War I, when it began serving sandwiches, then became an after-dinner piano bar. Today, it serves a full menu. (Photograph courtesy of Tom Pfeiffelmann)

115 Years Ago

Saturday, August 16, 1890

The capacity of the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island is to be doubled. Work will commence as soon as the season is over, and the new addition will be ready for the reception of guests in 1891.

90 Years Ago

Thursday, August 26, 1915

Ray Preston, after an absence of 19 years, returned home Sunday to visit his father, Mayor Preston. Ray has a responsible position with the Street railway system in San Francisco.

Mrs. Louis Swift has given prizes for a ladies handicap tournament and also a mixed foursome tournament held on the Wawashkamo golf links yesterday. Milton Tootle, who competed in the state tournament at Grand Rapids, won a beautiful silver cup in the fourth flight.

Word has been received at the Island announcing the death of General John C. Black, which took place at his home in Chicago last week. He was a regular summer visitor of the Island and up to a year or so ago, owned a cottage here.

Tom Bendlow, the noted golf architect of Chicago, accompanied by Mr. L.W. Launderman, general passenger agent of the Michigan Central railway, arrived at the Grand Tuesday. Mr. Bendlow is here for the purpose of laying out the golf links for the Mackinac Island Hotel Company. The links are to be laid out on the property known as the Stockbridge field, north of the Grand Hotel, and the government field. It is expected that the course will be one that will find favor with golfists visiting the Island and they will be among the finest in the country.

A. T. Hert of Louisville, Kentucky, who owns and occupies during the summer months a beautiful cottage on the East Bluff, has added to his holdings by the purchase of the Michael Cudahy cottage and grounds of 12 acres on the West Bluff and it is said that he is figuring on the purchase of the Stockbridge property from George T. Arnold. The Cudahy cottage was erected at a cost of over $50,000 and is one of the show sights of Mackinac. It is said that Mr. Hert contemplates many improvements to the property including the erection of other buildings. The deal was negotiated through Mr. P. Doud, the real estate agent and contractor.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, August 25, 1955

Mrs. Walter Pfeiffelman sustained a fracture of her arm and spent two days at Little Traverse Hospital where she had the fracture reduced.

Mrs. Paul Davenport had the misfortune of falling and breaking her shoulder. Mrs. Davenport was confined at Little Traverse Hospital for two days.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Chamberlain returned to their home in Detroit Saturday. They had visited Mrs. Chamberlain’s mother, Mrs. T. Dufina, and remained over for Mrs. Dufina’s 79th birthday on August 19.

35 Years Ago

Thursday, August 27, 1970

Alfred Cadieau of Pentwater died July 27. He was born on Mackinac Island in 1886. Surviving are his wife, Rose, a daughter, Barbara of Mears, one sister, Mrs. Mary Tarring of Long Beach, California, and several cousins on the Island.

10 Years Ago

August 19 to August 25, 1995

Thirty days was adopted as the minimum rental period for residentially zoned properties in a 5-1 vote by the Mackinac Island City Council August 16.

Plans are being laid to prepare the Round Island Lighthouse for its centennial next year and ensure it remains one of the Straits’ viable landmarks for a second century.

A fresh coat of paint and uprighting of the privy are hoped to be finished by Memorial Day weekend 1996, when narrated boat cruises will provide passengers insight to the beacon’s 100-year existence.

Boat line luggage carts may soon face stiffer requirements for their use. Left unattended, the carts continue to give city leaders headaches by causing unnecessary traffic congestion in the downtown area. Council discussed making penalties higher for a violation of the luggage cart ordinance. A $15 impoundment fee currently is charged and more than 10 carts have been impounded this summer.

Miss Michigan, Coni Lyn Hull, of Jackson, will make a stop at the Island on her way to Atlantic City for the Miss America pageant.

James “Scotty” McGreevy, one of the Island’s oldest citizens and a man who made many friends here, died Tuesday, August 15, at the age of 95. Scotty was a gardener for the Mackinac Island State Park for 25 years.

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