• Living on an Island in the Early Days

    Submitted by June Pelo, Leonore P. Williams; The Ludington Daily News, July 24, 1956
    Front windows, looking out over the waters of the busy harbor to the long sand peninsula which is the harbor’s southern boundary serve as a constant reminder to John Matson and his wife Hilda of the days that used to be. Those were the days of their carefree youth and early married life when “The Island,” as the peninsula was then called was their home.

    The now barren sand waste was the site of two hustling lumber towns Buttersville and Taylorsville, and down on the point where Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Lake meet, was Finntown, a colony of fisher folk most of whom emigrated from Finland and Sweden.

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