Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

May 7, 2009 -7:00 pm

Peninsula Township Hall




I.                   Social Time:  Refreshments were provided by Jerry Ostlund.  Thanks Jerry!!  The cookies were great!


II.                Program:  Jenni Lau Glysson presented a program called “Seven Generations on Old Mission Peninsula”.   The presentation followed several generations of Jean’s family history on Old Mission Peninsula.  Jenni told us wonderful stories about her family and their home at Old Mission.  This wonderful old house has been in their family for over 83 years.   The stories, history, and pictures were wonderful.  Jenni’s mother Jean Franklin Lau who work so hard on putting this presentation together was ill and unable to attend.  We all sent our well wishes for a fast recovery.  Thanks to Jean for a fantastic program!


III.             Business Meeting:

A.    Meeting was called to order at 8:10 pm. 

B.     Announcements-

1.   On May 14, the Peninsula Community Library will have a program on

      the “History of the U. P.” presented by Bill Jamerson. 

2.      The Township Board will hold a public meeting on May 12th at 7:00 pm at the Township Hall.  Discussions will include the Center Road park and the Lighthouse gift shop.

3.      Donna reports that a thank you card has been sent to Mark Kelly for his help in the tree planting project.

4.      Dues are due!  Remember that your Historical Society dues are due in the month of June.


C.     April Minutes – Anita Klein

1.      Motion to approve – Paul Burns

2.      Seconded – Fred Stoye

D.    April Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen

1.      Motion to approve – JoAnn Cole

2.      Seconded – Ken Weaver


IV.             Committee Reports:

A.    Potluck Dinner – Our annual potluck dinner will be on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the American Legion Post in Old Mission (4001 Swaney Rd.).  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass.  Our meeting and election of officers will follow the dinner.  Remember the meeting is open to all.


Marty and Anita Klein, Nancy Warne along with Donna volunteered to arrive early to help setup.


B.     Newsletter/ Website – Steve Lewis reports that the Newsletter has been sent out and he will be doing another.


C.     Tree Committee – no report.


D.    Dougherty Home Site – Marty Klein reports that the Icehouse is close to being done.  Another workday has been scheduled for Saturday, May 16th at 9:00 am.  Our goal is to get the property cleaned up and keep it cleaned up so that the house doesn’t look abandoned.  Please let Marty know if you would like to be on the email list.  The Dougherty House fundraiser dinner is scheduled for August 8th, so mark your calendars.  The Icehouse will be open for tours on Log Cabin Day.


E.     Hessler Log Cabin – Paul Burns reports that he would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the Log Cabin opening and cleanup on May 2nd.  Also, thanks to Donna and Lee Hornberger for providing the refreshments.  The coffee and donuts were great!  It was a beautiful day and the cleaning went smoothly.  Paul also thanked Carl Johnson for the new lift system that makes is easy to lift the shutters into the attic area.  One of Paul’s goals last year was to make the opening and closing of the Log Cabin as easy as possible.  With the addition of the new shutters, we no longer have to put all of the furnishings into the attic at the end of each season.  We can now just cover everything and leave it on the main floor with just a dusting in the spring.  The cabin looks great and the volunteers did a fantastic job!  Paul also pointed out that Cal Jamieson and Marty Klein did a marvelous job on the roof last year.  Our roof now looks as good as new and it should last for many years.  If you are out there, please take a look.  Paul’s projects for this summer include getting a new floor mat for the viewing area, adding 2” to 3” of diamond dust to the paths around the cabin and doing some cleanup around the trees.  The flooring in the viewing area is looking bad and I will be getting prices for a new floor mat.  They are a little expensive but it will help to protect the floor and making cleaning easier.  We need a loader to help spread the diamond dust and I hope to get a work crew from T-Caps to help with this.  We do have the funds to cover these projects.  An apple serviceberry tree (Autumn Blaze) has been planted next to the cabin.  We got a great price from Garden Goods for a beautiful 8 ½’ tree which, should grow to 25’.  Grant our Park Supervisor was very helpful in getting the tree into the ground.  It was a little tricky getting it over the fence.  Paul would like to have a plaque made to dedicate the tree to all the officers that have served this society.  Donna also wanted to thank and remind everyone that Paul Burns was also instrumental in the restoration of the cabin roof along with Marty and Cal.  She also pointed out that Carl Johnson has returned the clock that was in the cabin and it is now in good working order.


F.      Lighthouse – Fred Stoye reports that the Lighthouse is open. They are planning to do some updating to the displays and they are hoping to get a Specialist Use Permit so they can open the gift shop.  They are also still looking for Light Keepers for the summer.  Someone noted that this months “Country Living Magazine” has a nice article about our Lighthouse.


G.    Nominating Committee – Warren Berthelsen reports that Nancy Warne has agreed to run as President and Samantha Tengelitsch will run as Secretary. 


V.                Old Business:

A.    Log Cabin Day – Heatherlyn Reamer reports that they have gotten an overwhelming response from the crafters this year.  Everyone that has participated in previous years is coming back.  (Note:  Heatherlyn wasn’t going to chair Log Cabin Day this year but she couldn’t stay away.  We really need to give her a big THANKS!)  The date is June 28th from 11 – 3 p.m.  It is always the last Sunday in June.  There will be no food this year; the crafters are bringing their own lunch.  Donna notes that Log Cabin Day is not just for us.  The dated is for the entire state.  The event is celebrated in log cabins across the state.  Lee Hornberger is going to handle the advertising for the papers and Heatherlyn is doing the flyers.  The flyers will be available at the potluck.  Please plan on taking some for distribution around our community.


VI.             New Business:

A.    Walter Johnson Memorial Fund – Steve Lewis reports that Mary Johnson

has contacted him about having the money from the Walter Johnson Memorial Fund moved into the Log Cabin fund for future use.  There is currently $431.73 in the fund.  Steve made the motion to move the money and Bob Rosi seconded it.  Motion passed.


B.     Programs – Donna reports that we have been having some wonderful

      programs and she is going to stay on as our program chair.  However,

      these programs are only possible with everyone’s help.   If you have heard

      of someone or know of someone who has a program, please let Donna

      know!  Bob Dean and Jacki Burns have been really good about finding

      some great programs.    




VII.          Adjournment 8:43 pm.






Anita & Marty Klein               Penny & Bob Rosi                  Walt & Susan Feiger

Judy & Kew Weaver              Donna O’Hare                                    Sally Mitchell

Ralph Franklin                        Marlene Thurman                    Karen Wenzel

Evelyn Johnson                       Samantha Tengelitsch             David & Jody Charlton

Carol & Stephen Lewis           Carl Johnson                           Barbara Bee

Warren & Barb Berthelsen      Jane Deen                                Timothy Carroll

Cindy Timmer                         Stef Staley                              Pat Wolf

Fred Stoye                              Paul & Jackie Burns                Nancy Warne

Shirley Donovan                     Jerry Ostlund                          Brad Lyman

Bill & JoAnn Cole                  Gladys Maguire                      Carol & Dick Cutler