Historical Perspectives

What Became of Clark Lake’s Neighbor, Fentonville?

Fentonville, Liberty Township, Jackson Co., Michigan

By Bill Leutz

A couple of weeks ago, this website posted a copy of a map of Columbia Township made available by Ted Ligibel, author of  “Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition.” If you don’t have a copy of this great book about our lake, you can find… Read more »

A New, Very Old, Map

What unites the Clark Lake community is the love of the lake.  And, with this love comes an indefatigable interest in its history.  On this website there are three sections that spotlight history–My Clark Lake Story (real life experiences of those at the lake), Historical Perspectives (where  you are now) and Tributes (stories of those… Read more »

Trolley Cars along Clark Lake Shores

By Bill Leutz

Thanks to Jim & Janet Seaman and Ruthann Cochran, I recently found myself with the opportunity to spend some time with Deland’s History of Jackson County, Michigan. This 1,123 page book by Colonel Charles L. Deland, published in 1903, is one of two known histories of the county. Talking to Rick Belcher,… Read more »

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 line is an old one, descending from… Read more »

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 are always part of Clark Lake stories.  Places… Read more »

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 that this map was… Read more »

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 tenth anniversary season.  They ended the summer with one of Broadway’s… Read more »

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 Lake tournaments, sponsored by the Cit and Pat and/or the Club–and from tournaments country-wide.    But… Read more »

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 Lake.  To judge the degree of impact, read Carlotta Graziani’s description of her own arrival at… Read more »

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 greatly reduced travel times from the… Read more »