2017-06-29 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

Ann Lee celebrated her 70th birthday Sunday, June 18, on one of her favorite places, Haven Island. She first came to Les Cheneaux in 1955 with her parents, Bill and Marion Pladies, and her brother, Bill, as they were visiting the Nuelsen Camp in Wilderness Bay on Marquette Island. Her family returned several times and they rented a cabin in Hessel and spent many happy days at Foxfire Cabin, the Nuelsen place. When they were boating out in Hessel Bay, they noticed what Ann’s mother called “that cute little Island,” and it looked as though no one was living on it. She found out that it was named Haven Island, and that it was then they heard that the property was owned by the Fenlons, and that it might be for sale. An offer was made and accepted to sell it. In 1964, the Pladies owned the Island. Ann was 16 years old at the time. It took another year to clean all the old existing buildings. In 1965, and again in 1971, and then in 1975, new cottages were built. Ann said she could never have imagined she would be celebrating her 70th birthday on Haven Island. It is with pure pleasure that she is able to mark this milestone. Her parents can rest easy and know that Haven Island is being lovingly cared for by her husband, George, and her two sons, Tony and Mark.


Haven Island, 2010, taken from Browns Point. (Photographs provided by Lee family.) Haven Island, 2010, taken from Browns Point. (Photographs provided by Lee family.) There is a beautiful flower garden full of yellow iris in front of the home of John and Fawn Mueller on 4 Mile Block in Cedarville.

The summer film series at the Les Cheneaux Community Library through the end of July is as follows: July 5: “Florence Foster Jenkins”; July 12: “Hell or High Water”; July 19: “Hidden Figures”; July 26: “Sully,” and July 28: “West Side Story.” Everyone is welcome to enjoy these movies.


At left: Pictured in front of Foxfire Cabin in Wilderness Bay in 1959 are: (from left) Bill Pladies, Hank Nuelsen, Maggie Nuelsen, Marian Pladies, William Pladies, and Ann (nee Lee) Pladies with their dogs Princess and Teapot. At left: Pictured in front of Foxfire Cabin in Wilderness Bay in 1959 are: (from left) Bill Pladies, Hank Nuelsen, Maggie Nuelsen, Marian Pladies, William Pladies, and Ann (nee Lee) Pladies with their dogs Princess and Teapot. It was nice to see Bruce and Ann Lang and their son, Bob, who have all enjoyed spending summers here at Les Cheneaux for many years. They love it here and are always excited when they can head north to spend the summers.

Auctioneer David Duncan will be having an auction in Cedarville Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m.

The annual luncheon and fashion show at Cedar Cove Assisted Living will be Thursday, July 13. If you would like to model, call Stephanie at 484-1001 or stop in and see Stephanie in person at Cedar Cove.

The Friends of Cedar Cove will be selling patriotic bracelets at the pancake breakfast July 4 and also before the Fourth of July parade. The bracelets are $5 each. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Cedar Cove Assisted Living.

I saw Mary Stroh having lunch with friends here this past Wednesday. She and Bing now live in Cheboygan.

Also having lunch with several lady friends was Jan Abnee Williams. I also noticed Rick Williams is in town. It was good to see you, Rick. Rick lived here for several summers, and then for many years year-around.

When shopping at Cedarville Foods grocery store a few days ago, I saw my longtime friend, Bob Sherlund, stocking the shelves, as he has done for 65 years. Bob does a bit of everything and much more of most things. We appreciate Bob Sherlund. Sixty-five years, and still going strong. Congratulations, Bob.

What would we do without Cedarville Foods? Customers come from several small towns close by, and, of course, in the summer months lots of our friends from many different states visit here for the summer months. The business first opened in 1947, and was known as Cedarville Supermarket and owned by Glen Holland and Reuben Sherlund for 12 years. The store was then sold to William and Edith in 1959. Willy Sutton worked there for 40 years, until 1999, when he died. Cedarville Foods was formed in 1981 by William Sutton, Robert W. Sutton, his son, and Robert A. Sherlund. It is interesting to note that Robert Sherlund drew his first paycheck from this family business in 1952, and he also spent 12.5 years at U.S. Steel in Cedarville while still working at the family business, and now, 65 years later, he is still working there. You can find Bob there most every day, doing anything and everything that is necessary. The store still employs several members of the Sherlund family.

It’s nice to see Kerri Mertaugh back for the summer at her cottage on Coryelle Island, along with her sister, Margo. They are the daughters of Pat Duncan. Kerri is much help to her mother, Pat Duncan, in her shop. Originally Pat’s shop started out in the building that was known as the Doghouse. Many people will recall the Doghouse, as it was a very busy restaurant owned by Susie Duncan Martin.

Alice (nee Heuck) Goldfarb of Columbia, Missouri, and a summer resident of Les Cheneaux, passed away Sunday, June 18, at her home in Columbia. She was a friendly person from the time she was a teenager. I will miss seeing her in Les Cheneaux. Services were held Thursday, June 22, at Christian Fellowship

Church in Columbia. Interment will be at Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville later this summer. A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming issue of The St. Ignace News.

A class on making wind chimes will be offered for children age five and older Thursday, July 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library. Instructor will be Wendy Daiker. Children will create their own wind chime using beads and bells. Those wishing to participate can register at the library help desk. Cost is $10 per child. Class size is limited. The class is being offered as part of Summer Fun Days sponsored by Friends of Les Cheneaux Community Library. The library is at 75 East Hodeck Street in Cedarville.

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