Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

April 3, 2008 -7:00 pm

Peninsula Township Town Hall



I.                    Social Time:  Arlene & Bob Dean


II.                 Program:  Power Island will be the subject of a presentation given by Fred Tank.


III.               Business Meeting:

A.     Meeting called to order.

B.     Announcements

1.      As always, new membership forms may be picked up from chairman Ann Marie Grenadier, directly at our meeting or by a written request to the following address;


P.O. Box 115

Old Mission, MI 49673

Please indicate “Old Mission Membership Form” and your return address.


2.      Community news.

A.     Tim Carroll would like to announce that the Grand Traverse

Heritage Center will present its 13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Chocolate Decadent Buffet on Sunday, May 4th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the City Opera House. 


IV.              Monthly Reports:

A.     February Minutes

1.      Motion to approve

2.      Seconded

B.     February Treasurer’s Report

1.      Motion to approve

2.      Seconded


V.                 Old Business:

A.     Update on Hessler Log Cabin Document on the “Duties and Responsibilities of the Hessler Log Cabin”.  (Hand outs for the membership)

1.      Continued discussion and final approval of section V part A of the document.

2.      Balance of the above document was approved by membership at out March meeting.

B.     Volunteer needed:  We need a volunteer to act as our chairman for the Hessler Log Cabin 2008 – 2009 season. 

C.     Volunteer roster sheets will be passed out for the following:

1.      Hessler Log Cabin spring opening.  This will be coordinated with the opening of the Lighthouse.

2.      Once a week cleaning of the Log Cabin during the summer season.


VI.              Committee Reports:

A.     Dougherty Home Site – Bob Dean

B.     Log Cabin Days – Heatherlyn Reamer/ Terilee Johnson

C.     Membership/Oral History – Ann Marie Genadier

D.     News Letter/ Website


VII.            New Business:

A.     Open for discussion on ideas.





Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

March 6, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Peninsula, Township Town Hall




       I.      Social Time & welcome – Refreshments were provided by Evelyn Johnson.


    II.      Program:  Don Shapton presented the history behind the original surrey from the historic Sunset Lodge of Omena.  Using photos, memorabilia, and humor, Don gave us a unique perspective to life in the 1800 and early 1900’s. 


 III.      Business Meeting:

A.    Meeting called to order at 7:50 p.m.

B.     Community News – no reports.


 IV.      Monthly Reports:

A.    January Minutes – Anita Klein

1.      Motion to approve – Ted Bagley

2.      Seconded – Bob Dean

B.     January Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen

1.      Motion to approve – Cal Jamieson

2.      Seconded – Nancy Warne


    V.      Old Business:

A.    Nominating Committee:  Laura Johnson reports that Jerry Ostlund has agreed to run for Vice President and Warren Berthelsen has agreed to continue as Treasurer.  If anyone else is interested in running for a position please contact Laura or Barb Berthelsen.


B.      Program Committee:  Paul Burns reports that we are still in need of a volunteer to be chairman of the Program Committee.  Jackie has several contacts for next year so you would already have a good start.  If anyone is interested please call Paul Burns.


C.     Hessler Log Cabin “Duties and Responsibilities”:  An updated copy of the “Duties and Responsibilities for the Hessler Log Cabin” was passed out to the members for their review.  A long discussion followed and it was decided to accept the new document with the exception of section V part A.  (Section V part A will be changed to include 75% for repairs and maintenance and other expenses of the Log Cabin and 25% to OMPHS General Fund.)  One concern was that we could accumulate an excess of money in repairs/maintenance.  A copy of this document will be posted to our web site for additional review by the membership.    Tentatively, the Historical Society will be responsible for the initial opening and closing of the log cabin at the beginning and end of the season.  We will also open and close on Log Cabin Day.  The new Grounds Maintenance employee will open/close on a daily basis at all other times until someone moves into the Lighthouse.  We still need a volunteer to replace Patti Rudolph as Log Cabin Chairman.  We will also need a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help with the initial opening (first week in May) cleaning once a week and the final season closing.


D.    Grant Funding (OMWC):  Paul reports that we did send an application to

Old Mission Women’s Club to be considered for a grant of $1,000.  However, the OMWC is considering about 38 different worthwhile organizations and are only awarding a total of 6 grants.  This means that we may not be among the finalists.


 VI.      Committee Reports:

A.    Dougherty Home Site – Bob Dean/Marty Klein: Bob reports that the           

      Museum in Omena has a lot of information about Reverend Dougherty. 

The Reverend actually spent more time in Omena than in Old Mission.  Marty reports that the meeting with Nancy Finegood of the Historical Preservation Network went very well.  Nancy must approve anything that is done to the outside of the house and grounds.  The target date for the outside of the house will be around 1880 to 1900.  That means the round porch will stay.  The carriage house has some issues.  We need to stabilize it (keep animals and rain out).  Two trees on the property need to be removed.  The dead tree in the front and the maple tree that is too close to the carriage house.  We also need to stabilize the outhouse, which is in very bad condition.  A temporary sign will be erected pending the official state of Michigan Historical Marker.  We have a tentative approval to proceed with the reconstruction of the icehouse.  Master stone mason Tim Wicksall has agreed to supervise the restoration of the foundation.  We will need volunteers to work along with him. 


The Peter Dougherty Society will host a nationally known expert on Historical Structures in conjunction with the beginning of a historical structures investigation.  Ilene Tyler, FAIA, of Quinn Evans Architects in Ann Arbor will discuss the importance and role of a historic structure report in restoring the Dougherty-Rushmore house in Old Mission.  The program will be presented at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 11th, at the Township Hall.  The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.


B.     Log Cabin Days- Heatherlyn Reamer:  Log Cabin Day will be Sunday,

June 29th from 11:00 to 5:00.  We will have crafters, music, and the Harmonica Class will be back.  We will also have food again this year. 

Sign up sheets for working in the Log Cabin and the Lighthouse are on the back table.  You may contact Heatherlyn at 223-9256 or email to foxhill@pentel.net.  


C.     Newsletter/Website – Steve Lewis:  Steve reports that he is looking for

 ideas for the website.  He currently downloads the Minutes and Agenda every month and a membership form is available on the site.  If you have any ideas please give Steve a call. 


VII.      New Business:

A.    Marty Klein suggested that perhaps the Historical Society should send a letter to the Township Board in support of the plans for the Lighthouse. 

B.     Penny Rosi reported that the next meeting for the Old Mission Master Plan would be held on March 12th, 7:00 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Old Mission.  Everyone is welcome. 


VIII.      Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 p.m.





Anita & Marty Klein               Lee & Donna Hornberger       Ted & Lucile Bagley

Bob & Penny Rosi                  Jacki & Paul Burns                  Nancy Warne

Bob & Arlene Dean                Fred Stoye                             Warren Berthelsen

Laura Johnson                         Heatherlyn Reamer                 JoAnn Cole    

Ann Swaney                           Cal Jamieson                           Carol & Steve Lewis

Terilee Johnson                       Shirley Donovan                     Sally Frye

Sue & Bernie Moritz               Don & Judi Shapton


Respectfully Submitted,

Anita Klein, Recording Secretary