Early Settlers of Clark Lake, Part II

Early Settlers of Clark Lake, Part II

By Bill Leutz In my last article, I mentioned Anson DeLameter, Edward DeLameter and Samuel Marsh as being the second group of settlers to arrive at Clark’s Lake. Today, I’ll take a look at that story, as well as the life of Anson Harry DeLamater. The DeLameter family...
An Eagle Point Retrospective

An Eagle Point Retrospective

When you read My Clark Story accounts on this website, you can see how deeply Clark Lake is embedded in our collective souls.  The lake becomes part of life in a variety of ways.  But this stands out:  no matter how different the experience, Clark Lake’s icons...
A Blast from the Past

A Blast from the Past

The Clark Lake Lions Club distributed a map of Clark Lake around 1960.  It included ads for many of the businesses that served Clark Lake. As you look this over, notice the phone numbers in the ads.  Some of the Clark Lake numbers began with LA 9 (LAkeside 9).  At the...
Clark Lake Players – August 1963

Clark Lake Players – August 1963

What the Clark Lake Players brought to the community is an important part of our history.  First performing at the Pleasant View Pavilion, and later at Eagle Point, they drew audiences from far and wide. Fifty-one years ago the Clark Lake Players celebrated their...
Pine Riders Put on a Show

Pine Riders Put on a Show

The Pine Riders Water Ski Club was mostly known by the success of its members.  Many names are still familiar at Clark Lake–Vermeulen, Curtis, Belcher, Krupa, Timberlake, King, and Broderick.  These, and other Pine Riders, collected winning hardware from Clark...
Cottage:  What’s Your Name?

Cottage: What’s Your Name?

The Cincinnati-Northern Railroad changed everything.  It transformed Clark Lake from a rural outpost to resort destination.  People from Cincinnati, Toledo and other points south elected to escape stifling summer heat and to enjoy the natural air conditioning of Clark...
Early Settlers of Clark Lake, George S. Stranahan and Family

Early Settlers of Clark Lake, George S. Stranahan and Family

By Bill Leutz Settlement during the early years of Michigan, and specifically Columbia Township, are fairly well known. The end of the War of 1812 opened the way for an early influx of settlers in the vicinity of Fort Detroit, and the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825...
1947 Dollars at Eagle Point

1947 Dollars at Eagle Point

It’s safe to say that Eagle Point has generated thousands of memories for those who visited it or lived around it. Many of those memories occurred during the years that Rollo Every owned and operated a resort on Eagle Point that offered a hotel, restaurant,...
The Little Red Schoolhouse on the Lake

The Little Red Schoolhouse on the Lake

By Dick Hitt and Walt Reed The following story of early life at Clark Lake was written by Gordon Hitt in 1968. Gordon was the father of Richard “Dick” Hitt who contributed a lot of talent and effort to move the former Graziani cottage to its present position in the...
History of the Graziani Family at Kentucky Point – 1896 to 1967

History of the Graziani Family at Kentucky Point – 1896 to 1967

Like Eagle Point, Kentucky Point is a major chapter in the Clark Lake story. The original house at Kentucky Point, built by the Graziani family, was moved on the water from that location to the County Park at the east end of the lake in the 1990s. It was repurposed...
How US-12 Got Its Start

How US-12 Got Its Start

By Bill Leutz Most of us, who live around Clark Lake, are familiar with the name “The Chicago Pike.” Today it is known and traveled as U.S. 12, but it’s history as a route across Southern Michigan goes far back into the period referred to as Pre-History. Many of us...
An Eagle Point Wedding Full of Clark Lake Connections

An Eagle Point Wedding Full of Clark Lake Connections

Sally Dandar and B.J. Lyons were introduced to each other while still in the arms of their mothers. This introduction took place between the Ligibel and Lyons’ cottages, located side-by-side on Eagle Point Road facing the west end of the lake. Through the years, the...