Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

January 8, 2009 -7:00 pm

St. Joseph Church




I.                    Social Time: 


II.                 Program:  Our speaker, Mark Thompson, Executive Director of the Maritime Heritage Alliance will give a presentation on the ships, boats and programs of the Maritime Heritage Alliance.


III.               Business Meeting:

A.     Meeting called to order.

B.     Announcements & Community News


IV.              Monthly Reports:

A.     November Minutes –  Anita Klein

B.     November/December Treasurer’s Report- Warren Berthelsen

C.     Committee Reports


V.                 Old Business:


VI.              New Business:


VII.            Adjournment



Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

November 6, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Peninsula, Township Town Hall




Social Time: Thanks to JoAnn Cole for the refreshments.


Program:  Maria Harper, a Native American gave a wonderful presentation on Native American traditions and genealogy. 


 Business Meeting:

Meeting called to order at 8:10 pm.


Announcements –

A Get Well card for Bob Rosi was passed around for everyone to sign.  Bob recently had a hip replacement.

Remember that our Christmas party will be at the American Legion on December 4th.  Doors will open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30.  The wonderful and talented Tongue family will sing and Santa will be arriving.  Be sure to bring a dish to pass.

Laura Johnson will lead a Lighthouse tour for Historical Society members and any Peninsula residents who still haven’t seen it.  Meet Laura at the Lighthouse on Sunday, November 8th at 12:30 pm.  This will be your last chance to see it for free!! 

Our January meeting will be on the 8th not on New Years Day!


September/October Minutes – Anita Klein

Motion to approve – Cal Jamieson

Seconded – Paul Burns  


October Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen  Warren reports that donations at the Log Cabin were down $500 from last year.

 Motion to approve – Steve Lewis

Seconded – Bob Dean


 Committee Reports:

Tree Committee – Cal Jamieson:  Planting the trees turned out to be more

      work than we planned on.  The trees we received were much bigger than

      we usually get and required a lot more work.  But, we got them in the

ground!  15 trees including 3 from Patti Rudolph’s property were planted

from the Tavern north on the west side and 5 across the street.

Jack Munson used his backhoe to dig the holes for us (there was too many

roots to dig by hand).  Thanks to Patti Rudolph, Jim Hall, Anita Klein,

Mr. Kroupa, and Dave Burkey for their help.  We also have 12 more trees

coming and these will be planted on the west side of Center just south of

Kroupa Road.  Jim Hall also helped me install 12 new dedication plaques

and we now have a total of 49 dedicated trees.  If anyone is interested in a

dedication plaque please give Cal a call (223-4394).  The cost is $50 and

we will let you pick out the tree.  This would make a great Christmas gift!


Archives – Ann Swaney reports that she has now finished making copies of all the past Historical Society minutes and they are now stored in the basement of the Township Hall.


 Hessler Log Cabin – Paul Burns:  Paul thanked everyone who came out to help with the cabin closing.  Paul also thanked Fred Stoye for working with the Township on getting the maintenance funds transferred to our account.  Paul is still working with Mary Swift on the new landscape design.  Paul will make a progress report at the February meeting.  


Lighthouse – Fred Stoye:  Fred reports that the Lighhouse is closed for the season.  We had a total of 9,418 visitors for a total of $32,000 in admissions.  We had a new walkway installed from the bay side into the Lighthouse and a new sprinkler system installed inside the fence.  We are also having an alarm system installed.  On Monday, November 17, the Township will be having a public meeting about the possibility of opening a gift shop at the Lighthouse.  The meeting will be at the Township Hall.  Please come or send a letter of your support.  The Lighthouse will reopen in May.


Center Rd. Park – Fred Stoye reports that the new park will have a small parking area and a trail system.  The old cherry trees will be removed.  There will not be any playground equipment installed or camping allowed.


F.  Dougherty Home Site – Marty Klein reports that the Icehouse is now painted and is a beautiful thing.  The windows and doors are in and Nancy Warren did some landscaping.  We also hope to get our building permit closed out soon.  We have a little issue with the Township, which we will get worked out.  We plan on working on displays for the inside (photos and tools etc.) over this winter.  We will need more ice tools for this display.  If anyone has any, please let us know.  On the Dougherty house, Archer Construction is almost done with their work.  This included a new kitchen roof, new cellar door, and new back porch.  They are also doing some stabilization to the Carriage House.


Newsletter/Website – Steve Lewis reports that the Newsletter will be coming out soon!  A slide show about the Ice House is now on the website.  All the photos were taken by Nancy Warren.  Be sure to have a look!  Steve hopes that this will be the first of several photo galleries.  Thanks to Steve’s daughter for her help in setting this up!!!


Log Cabin Days – Donna Hornberger reports that Heatherlyn Reamer will not be able to organize Log Cabin Days for next year.  She has too many things going on with her family.  She does have very good notes and all her contacts, which she will pass on to the new organizer.  With all of Heatherlyn’s good work, it shouldn’t be too difficult to take over.  Donna will be making calls to look for volunteers.  Be ready!!!  Thanks so much to Heatherlyn for everything!!!



New Business:

Donna  Hornberger reports that several people have expressed an interest in spending some time talking about Peninsula history.  Perhaps those interested could come to our regular meetings a little early (6:15 or 6:30).  Donna thinks we should give this a try starting with the January 8th meeting.  


B.   Patti Rudolph reports that Jim Hall took a picture of the tree planting

committee in action to send to Rebecca Nothstine.  We want her to know

we are keeping up her good work.


Upcoming programs –

December – Christmas Dinner at American Legion Hall.

May – Jenni Glysson speaks on family history on Old Mission Peninsula going back to the 1860’s.


Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.





Anita & Marty Klein               Steve & Carol Lewis               Fred Stoye

Patti Rudolph                          Warren  Berthelsen                 Verla & Cal Jamieson

Lee & Donna Hornberger       Paul & Jackie Burns                Dick & Carol Cutler

Shirley Donovan                     Arlene & Bob Dean                Mary Lousie Johnson

Laura Johnson                         Hedy Quick

Ann Swaney                           Tom & Gladys Maquire






Respectfully Submitted,

Anita Klein, Recording Secretary