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History Column Dave Petersen Mulligan Stew There have been several items sent into me recently that I thought would make a nice variety piece for today and also a couple of my finds during the spring clean up days. The last few years I have not found as much historical related material. I'm not the only one picking it up as I did hear of one picker who found a box of Ludington yearbooks. Hopefully that means that people are taking more care and preserving these types of things and finding a safe place to donate them if they no longer want to care for them. Todays grouping of pictures is a kind of Mulligan Stew with a little bit of everything. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 Evelyn Urban sent this photograph of Walter, Leo, and Corky Garland in. They are seen here in the engine room of one of the carferries at Ludington. All three brothers worked on the carferries at one time in the 1950's and 60's. Pic2 Here is a seldom seen view of the Center Theatre marquee on Ludington Avenue, the current site of Deans 4 in 1. Ryan Reed sent this picture in, he is looking for more historical information and pictures on the building. Cooks Sport and Ski Shop opened there in 1971, prior to that it was the Coffee House. Pic3 This picture of the 1963 Ludington Varsity football team is a little faded which is why it was probably out on clean up day but it was rescued just the same. I know some of these players are still around, you know who you are! Stu May was the head coach that year. Pic4 I found a small group of wedding pictures from the 1940's and 50's out on clean up day that were taken locally from what I can tell. If you recognize this fine couple and they are a part of your family tree contact me as I'd be happy to send them home with you. If you have local pictures that you no longer wish to keep feel free to drop them off at the Daily News and I'll find a good home for them. Pic5 Roger Dereske sent in this picture of the Gunn Lake Hotel before it burned. I can't tell you much about the hotel but according to the inscription if you look over in the corner by the sign you'll see Sue. I'd like to have more columns feature out county villages and businesses but those images are hard to come by. If your family has history in the Eastern part of the county and you want to share it with our readers please contact me. Pic6 Clyde Abrhamson sent in this view of Nordhouse School in Hamlin Township just a couple weeks before it was razed by fire March 14th 1940. The building was a total loss, teacher Catherine Ott resumed teaching in the Hamlin Town Hall. It appears that the students only managed to get a couple days of unplanned vacation.

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