2006-08-26 / Letters

Fond Memories of Carriage Tour Drivers of Yore


To the Editor:

A year ago my brother gave me a subscription to your newspaper. I love to read about events on the Island.

I worked for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours on the street for several years loading buggies. I have fond memories of the challenge to get 12 people on a buggy. Jay Gillespie, John Franks, Dunleavy Flannigan, Les O'Brien, Willard Laslie, and my two favorite businessmen, Harry Stamas, who owned the Astor Cafe, and Robin Arbib, who owned several stores across the street.

Carriage drivers "Snapper" Bazinaw, Ed Cadotte, Duke Charnes, and many of the older teamsters who lived in the Lennox were a great bunch to work with.

George Wellington and I hauled a carriage from Jack Chambers' barn to the Iroquois Hotel and put it on the roof of the [Carriage House] restaurant.

Jim Fitzgerald


Return to top

Click here for digital edition
2006-08-26 digital edition