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History Column 346 Lahaye Family History Dave Petersen Benita Walters stopped in the other day and brought over some more family photos and information to share with our readers. Benita is related to the Lahaye family which has a long history in the County. The Lahaye family was a Hamlin Township family and since they were there in the beginning 150 years ago I thought it was a good fit to go along with the Hamlin Sesquicentennial events taking place this week. Benita wrote up some of the family history which will appear in quotations under the captions. 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 "Ephraim Lahaye, my great grandfather was born in 1826 and came to the now Ludington area as a cook/sailor on the Great Lakes as a very young man. He met Charles Mears and worked for Mears for many years at his log camp and they became very good friends." Pic2 This is a very nice view of a steam log roller in the Hamlin Lake area, if you look into the background you can see the shacks that appeared near the present area of the dam. The lake was so thick with logs that the Lahaye children could run from one side of the lake to the other side on top of the logs." Pic3 "Charles Mears told Ephraim Lahaye to choose any land on the (Sable) river for his own. Lahaye picked 41 acres on the far east end of the river and built a cabin high on the hill. Mears signed over ownership of the land to Ehpraim in 1863.In return Lahaye told Mears he could dam up the river and flood his bottom land any time he wanted to, this would turn the river into a lake and make floating logs to the mill easier." Pic4 "Two of Lahaye's daughters worked as cooks at the log camp at the Dam even after Lahaye died in 1903. " (note the two women in white dresses in the back by the cook shack) Pic5 "Lahaye is pictured at the far right. Of the 41 acres Lahaye received 26 acres are now in Hamlin Lake. My other grandfather William McVicker delivered groceries from his store on (now) Townline Road just east of Stiles Road to Ephraim's landing to be delivered farther down the lake."

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