A Look Back at Cement City

A Look Back at Cement City

by Bill Leutz Recently a friend, Diana Ganiard Potts, shared a few pictures and memories of Cement City with me. Many of us, that knew life at Clark’s Lake in the 1940s and 1950s, recall the fine grit that filtered down unto everything whenever south or southwest...
A Photo with a Story Behind It

A Photo with a Story Behind It

Photos of Clark Lake abound.  Hidden behind some of them are special stories.  When this happens, uncovering what lurks below the surface enhances what the eye sees.    Ron and Beth June live on Lakeview West near the Eagle Point Road...
Low Lake Level

Low Lake Level

Water level at Clark Lake has always been a topic of interest.  While the dam at Ocean Beach prevents dramatic drops, it’s rain, snow and Clark Lake’s many springs that replenish the lake.  In the last 70 years, one summer stands out for its low...
Clark Lake 1940 in Watercolors

Clark Lake 1940 in Watercolors

by Sue Seeger Wiemer When my aunt Suzanne Seeger Donnell was a student at the University of Toledo, she took an art class. One of her assignments was to paint what she did last summer. So, she painted a watercolor of her favorite things at Clark Lake from the...
Clark Lake – a Harsh Comment

Clark Lake – a Harsh Comment

Recently, a viewer sent this comment to the website: “I returned to Clark Lake after 45 or so years, boy was I surprised and disappointed. Clark Lake was a quiet and enjoyable, now it is over built and populated and commercialized, It just broke my heart....
The Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce

The Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce

Was there ever an organization called the Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce?  The letter below suggests that it existed, but perhaps only in jest.  This letter is addressed to Ed Schill in which he is lauded for “gallant destruction of worm nests in a...
A Painting with a Story

A Painting with a Story

by Rick Belcher Paintings have their own history, even if they stubbornly refuse to reveal it.     This is another story that starts with someone painting his or her vision of Clark Lake.  The painting’s origin and its story before I came in...
An Historic Perspective on Clark Lake Life

An Historic Perspective on Clark Lake Life

by Bill Leutz As happens from time to time, I was recently discussing the history of Clark’s Lake with a friend, and got to reminiscing of the traditions that used to define our summer stays at the lake. For my family, those early traditions were associated with Eagle...
Clark Lake’s Crime of the Century

Clark Lake’s Crime of the Century

Through the decades, Clark Lake has had many adoring fans.  Some showed their love of the lake by painting it.  To follow the pedigree of one of these paintings, you will need to know its backstory.  Flip and Linda Reynolds have a long history at Clark...
Clark Lake’s Ma-Le-Na Park

Clark Lake’s Ma-Le-Na Park

In Clark Lake’s storied history, there is a short, but grand, episode—and it originated in Pennsylvania. This is the story of Chauncey York and Clark Lake’s Ma-Le-Na Park. by Bill Leutz Born in New York City in 1850, Chauncey F. York graduated from...
The Origin of the Dam

The Origin of the Dam

by Bill Leutz –In this article, I have chosen to use the name “Clark’s” Lake because that was how the lake was named in all pertinent documents during the period under investigation, as well as being the name I knew it by in the late 1940’s. The...
Clark Lake Spirit Navigates the Mississippi

Clark Lake Spirit Navigates the Mississippi

Growing up most people read Mark Twain’s tale of Huckleberry Finn on the Mississippi River. For some, the story continued to inspire long after school days.  It was 1996, and a group of intrepid Clark Lakers had become driven by an idea–to relive...