Finding aid of Peninsula Township History records, 2013

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Finding aid of Peninsula Township History records, 2013

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Traverse City (Mich.)

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Finding aid of the Peninsula Township History records collection. Collection is part of the holdings of the Peninsula Community Library. Collection was processed and finding aid published in 2013.

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Barritt, Amy, 1984-

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Local History Collections, Peninsula Community Library, Traverse City (Mich.)

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Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City (Mich.)

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2013

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Peninsula Community Library staff

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Peninsula Township History records

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English

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LHC005pcl-findingaid.pdf

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Peninsula Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan

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LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS
PENINSULA COMMUNITY LIBRARY
2699 Island View Road Traverse City, MI 49686

Creator: Peninsula Township residents and elected officers
Title: Peninsula Township History records
Inclusive dates: 1853­2000
Bulk dates:1853­1945
Extent: 5 linear feet, 6 oversize folders
Call number: LHC 005 Pcl

Language: Material is in English
Acquisition: Anonymous donation.
Accruals: Periodic additions to the collection are expected.
Access: The collection is open without restriction.
Photographs: Box 1; Oversize Folder 5.
A­V Material: Box 1; Box 7.
Digital Material: None.
Copyright: Copyright is held by the Peninsula Community Library.
Copyright for oral histories held by creators.
Processed By: Amy Barritt, 2013

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Abstract
The Peninsula Township History records include records created by the Township
government in the process of carrying out the functions of a township, as well as records
created or collected by Township residents to formalize the history of the township and the
people that have lived there. Series in the collection are: Church Histories, Directories,
Mission Point Lighthouse, Periodicals, Photographs, Reminiscences, Traverse
City Business Men’s Association, Township Records, Oral Histories and Maps.
History
The settlement at Old Mission was founded in May 1839 by Reverend Peter Dougherty and
Reverend John Fleming, and was the first European settlement in the Grand Traverse Bay
region. In addition to the mission, the settlers founded a school there, and developed
peaceful relations with the native population living in and around the harbor.
In 1853, the township of Peninsula was formally organized. The population on Old Mission
Peninsula grew over time, and 7 distinct unincorporated communities were established.
Each boasted a one­room schoolhouse. The communities were all rural farming
communities, and social organizations such as the Grange and Woman’s Clubs were
significant in building a sense of community.
The original one­room schoolhouses were: Bowers harbor, Maple Grove, Mapleton,
McKinley, Ogdensburg, Old Mission and Stoney Beach. Stoney Beach and Maple Grove
were one school, known as Archie, prior in 1893. When the school burnt down, the two
separate schools were built. In 1955, the residents of the township voted to consolidate into
one kindergarten through eighth grade school, which opened as Old Mission Peninsula
School in 1956.
Although the center of commerce has shifted to Traverse City at the base of the Peninsula,
the area continues to be a tourist destination for its beautiful landscape and farms.
Wineries, cherry orchards and other agricultural ventures continue to be essential for
sustaining and growing the community.
Scope and Content Note
Church Histories include the history published by concerned members of the St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church to record the history of the institution, and scattered records and
photographs of the Ogdensburg United Methodist Church.
Directories is an incomplete collection of directories that includes information on residents

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and businesses of Old Mission Peninsula. For a more complete collection, visit the
Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere Branch.
Mission Point Lighthouse is a four­volume collection of compiled photocopied archival
materials in January 2010. Compiled by the Old Mission Historical Society, these volumes
are comprised of photocopies of letters, documents, reports, logbooks, drawing and
photographs, documenting the history of the Mission Point Lighthouse. The collection was
developed from the holdings of several private comprehensive record of the Lighthouse
that is accessible to researchers. The collection is primarily organized chronologically
except for materials that appear in the fourth volume. The collection was donated by the
Society to the Library to promote use of the collection by community members.
Periodicals is a scattered collection of periodicals that mention some aspect of Old
Mission Peninsula life and Grand Traverse County. Most of these have been collected by
the Peninsula Community Library staff, and are locally published.
Photographs include a small collection of largely unidentified and undated images.
Reminiscences include written accounts by Old Mission Peninsula residents about their
lives on the Peninsula. Various authors, dates and subjects are represented. Most are
unpublished.
Traverse City Business Men’s Association includes the delinquent debtor’s reports of
the organization from 1904­1908. These were found in a donated copy of a Grand
Traverse County atlas, and Library Staff do not believe the donation was intentional.
Therefore, the record is highly incomplete.
Township Records includes various records created by the Township government in the
process of carrying out the functions of a township as specified by the Legislature of the
State of Michigan. Records include the reports of various committees of the Township, i.e.,
the Township Board and the Highway Commission, as well as financial information relevant
to these committees.
The Peninsula Township Register of Voters ledgers, spanning the years 1919­1946,
contain information on individual voters in Peninsula Township, Grand Traverse County,
Michigan. The ledgers contain the following information: first and last name of voter, current
address, date of registration and a tally of the number of elections in which the individual
voted. Also includes amendments to personal information, i.e., surname changes, event of

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death, removal from the voting district. Some registers contain additional information about
voters, including birthplace, date of naturalization and race. Of special note, the records
include the first register of women voters after the passing of the 19th amendment to the
United States Constitution. The Party Enrollment ledger lists male voters in the Township
and their political party affiliation., 1906­1910. In addition to given and surname name,
current address, birthplace, age and race were also recorded.
The Peninsula Township Journals begin with an entry describing the Township’s
organization on 4 April 1853. They contain minutes from the Annual Township Meetings
and meetings of the Township Board, as well as brief reports made to the Board by the
Highway Commission and the Board of School Inspectors. Additional committees may
also be represented. Financial records are included within these reports as well, issued by
the Treasurer of the Township. All entries in the journals are recorded by the Township
Clerk. Details of elections and appointments to various committees are also recorded in
the journals.
Oral Histories consists of four cassette tapes recorded at Old Mission Historical Society
(OMHS) events held in 1987, and a series of oral histories, recorded OMHS events, and
short histories, all produced by local historian and OMHS member, Ken Weaver.
Maps includes items retained by the Peninsula Community Library for their historical value,
focusing on the businesses and farm lands of Peninsula Township. Also contains survey
maps of Old Mission Peninsula, handwritten from the late 1880s.

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Container No.
Description
Church Histories [series]:
Box 1

Ogdensburg United Methodist Church (Note: Photographs ca. 1955;
Cemetery Association records 20 May 1926­18 June 1928)

Box 1

“St. Joseph’s Catholic Church History, 1850­1996”, by Mary R. Lyon
Directories [series]:

Box 1

Miscellaneous (Note: Traverse City Telephone Directory, Michigan Bell
Telephone Company, July 1940; Robinson’s Farmers Directory
(Photocopy), Grand Traverse Area 4­H, 1968)
Mission Point Lighthouse [series]:

Volume 1

1860­1900

Volume 2

1900­1930

Volume 3

1930­1940

Volume 4

Miscellaneous documents, logbooks, drawings and photographs
Periodicals [series]:

Box 1

Newspaper clippings, undated

Box 1

“One More Harvest,” Detroit Free Press Magazine, 14 October 1990

Box 1

“Pyatt Lake Purchase Underway,” Landscript, Grand Traverse Regional
Land Conservancy, Summer 1992

Box 1

“Forging New Protections: Purchasing Development Rights to Save
Farmland, how Peninsula Township, Michigan, Designed and Built
Support for Farmland Protection,” American Farmland Trust, 1996

Box 1

“Fighting for Our Future: Why There’s Hope on Old Mission”, Traverse:

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Northern Michigan’s Magazine, September 1997

Box 1

“With These Hands: lives that shape the land”, containing histories of
Ocanas, Seibold and Island View Farms of Old Mission Peninsula,
published by the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy, 2000 (pamphlet
and video cassette tape)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 11 April 1913

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 17 June 1929 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 19 July 1929

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 23 July 1929 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 1 August 1929 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 22 April 1935 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 1 June 1935 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 1

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 5 June 1935 (incomplete)

Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, May 1947 (centennial anniversary souvenir
edition)

Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 20 February 1962

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Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 22 November 1963

Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 23 November 1963

Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 25 November 1963

Oversize
Folder 2

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 26 November 1963

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 28 March 1969

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 12 July 1975

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 31 August 1976

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle Summer Magazine Supplement,
21 June 1985

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle Summer Magazine Supplement, 5 June 1987

Oversize
Folder 3

Traverse City Record­Eagle Summer Magazine Supplement,
17 June 1988

Oversize
Folder 4

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 31 December 1999

Oversize
Folder 4

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 1 January 2000

Oversize
Folder 4

Traverse City Record­Eagle, 2 January 2000

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Photographs [series]:
Box 1

Various subjects, undated

Oversize
Folder 5

Aerial view of Old Mission Peninsula farm, undated

Reminiscences [series]:
Box 1

Various authors, dates and subjects

Box 1

“Pilgrims of the Night”, by Frederick William Faber, 1884; previously
owned by (Martha) Belle Reese of Old Mission, illustrated copy of the
poem

Box 1

S.E. Wait Memorial souvenir pamphlet, 21 July 1922

Box 1

“Certain Memories of Old Mission, Michigan,” David Jones, 1984

Box 1

“Old Mission Post Office”, by Helen DeVol, March 1988
Traverse City Business Men’s Association [series]:

Box 1

Delinquent Debtor’s Reports, 1904­1908
Township Records [series]:

Box 1

Record of Books Received and Delivered, 1890­1907

Box 2

Party Enrollment, 1908

Box 2

Register of Women Voters, 1919­1928

Box 2

Register of Men and Women Electors, 1919­1932

Box 3

Register of Men and Women Electors, 1936­1940

Box 3

Register of Men and Women Electors, 1941­1946

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Box 4

Treasurers Records, 10 April 1903­1921

Box 4

Township Apportionment, 1893­1903

Box 4

Township Apportionment, 1903­1917

Box 5

Health Officer’s Record of Dangerous Diseases, 1906­1939

Box 5

Clerk’s Account Book, 1922­1925

Box 5

Kennedy, Salem F. Kennedy’s Standard Tax Tables, 1913

Box 6

Peninsula Township Record vol. 1, 4 April 1853­ 7 October 1865

Box 6

Peninsula Township Record vol. 2, 12 December 1865­
26 September 1891

Box 6

Peninsula Township Record vol. 3, 21 October 1891­ 3 April 1907
Transcribed Records of the Township of Peninsula

Volume 5

1853­1891

Volume 6

1891­1945
Oral Histories [series]:

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Settlement on Old Mission Peninsula”, 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Keith Evans (oral history)”, 29 September 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Bob Dean (oral history)”, October 2011 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Ted Bagley (oral history)”, 11 September 2011
(digital video disc)

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Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Jack Holman (oral history)”, 31 August 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Senator George McManus (oral history)”, 2 June 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “William Cole (oral history)”, 22 August 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Bob Manigold (oral history)”, 28 June 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Dr. Charles Cleland, Treaty of 1836”, 17 September 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “John Hemming (oral history)”, 22 July 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Carol Lewis (oral history)”, 22 April 2011 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Leo Ocanas (oral history)”, 22 October 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “John Bailey (oral history)”, 13 April 2011 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Cal Jamieson (oral history)”, 15 June 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Steve Sobkowski (oral history)”, 18 June 2011
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Bern Kroupa (oral history)”, 21 June 2011 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Tim Carroll (oral history)”, 17 June 2011 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “John Wunsch (oral history)”, 13 October 2011
(digital video disc)

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Box 7

Ken Weaver, “The Lardee Family on Old Mission”, undated
(digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “The Big Dock”, 2012 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “The Big Dock”, 2012 (digital video disc; copy 2)

Box 7

Ken Weaver, “Dougherty House, Ice House, Historical Society
Preservation”, September 2008 (digital video disc)

Box 7

Old Mission Historical Society, “Historic Society”, 18 November 1987
(cassette tape)

Box 7

Old Mission Historical Society, “Sesquicentennial Party”, 26 January 1987
(cassette tape, Note: “Historical Group and Children with
questions”)

Box 7

Old Mission Historical Society, “Library’s Historical Meeting”, 23 April 1987
(cassette tape, Note: “Tape made during one hour session with 25
oldtimers attending”)

Box 7

Old Mission Historical Society, “Lester Buchan reciting poems”, recorded
December 1987 (cassette tape, Note: “Mr. Buchan was 96 years
old”)

Box 7

Old Mission Historical Society, “Oldtimer’s Night, lecture by Dr. Joanne
Westphal, Michigan State University, Landscape Architecture”,
16 October 1998 (video cassette tape)
Maps [series}:

Oversize
Folder 5

“Old Mission Peninsula Map”, Bergmann Originals, undated, (11x17”)

Oversize
Folder 5

“Important Farmlands, Grand Traverse County, Michigan”,
U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, June
1977, (80x96”)

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Oversize
Folder 6

Survey maps of Peninsula Township, ca. 1885­1887 , by surveyor E.A.
by surveyor E.A. Stevens, to the Board of Trustees of Peninsula
Township and William L. Ayers, Highway Commissioner (handwritten;
5 maps and two, one­page notes)

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