Maurice P. Avery: Memoirs Stories of Ogden Dunes (June 2014) Published in “The Hour Glass” Newsletter, August 2014 As I recently turned 104, I thought that this might good time to reminisce about my 44 years of living in Ogden Dunes. My first exposure to Ogden Dunes was in the fall of 1925 when I was a junior in high school. Our Sunday school class of City Methodist Church in Gary had a hotdog cookout at what I later came to know as Kratz’s beach. Seven of us were passengers in a Grant [...]
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Dorothy Richardson Buell: Our Neighbor and Crusader for the Indiana Dunes Writer and Narrator: Joan Costanza Meister Readers: Judith Stiles, John Stiles, John Wilhelm, Mary Jo Wilhelm This Dramatic Reading on the Life of Dorothy Buell was written and narrated by Joan Costanza Meister and presented on Sunday, Memorial Day Week-end in 2016. It was sponsored by the Historical Society and held in the Ogden Dunes Community Church’s Fellowship Hall. A slide show accompanied the Reading. Narrator (Joan): In 1940 Ogden Dunes was a close-knit lakeside community of 144 full-time residents with [...]
The Cash Family in Ogden Dunes (without photos) by Dick Meister (revised 28 Feb 2013) Few families have had as much of an impact on the development of Ogden Dunes as the family of Lester and Dess Mitchell Cash. Lester, also known as A. L., was born in Marion, Illinois on November 8, 1886. He died in Florida on March 27, 1966. Dess Mitchell was also born in Marion, eleven months later, on October 21, 1887. She died at 95 in April 1983. The year 1925 is an important one in the history of Ogden [...]
The Cash Family of Ogden Dunes Part II: Excerpts from the Autobiography of Mitchell Cash (for his children and grandchildren) Introduction: Laura Cash Mitchell, the daughter of Mitchell Cash, provided the Historical Society of Ogden Dunes with two chapters of her father’s autobiography, as well as a number of family photos. In his autobiography, Mitchell relates his life around a set of key decisions. These chapters/decisions deal with two periods of his life that were spent in Ogden Dunes, the decision of his parents to buy a cottage in Ogden Dunes around 1925 and he [...]
The Battle to Save the Dunes: 1952 to 1966 The Ogden Dunes Story by Dick Meister This story was prepared for the Hour Glass Exhibit, “The Battle to Save the Dunes” in collaboration with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other museums in Porter County and was published in the “Hour Glass” Newsletter, May 2016. The exhibit was on display from the Autumn of 2016 to the Autumn of 2017 in the West Room of The Hour Glass Museum and is currently on display in the Community/Fire Hall in Ogden Dunes (from October 2017 [...]
The Battle for the Indiana Dunes: Examples of Local Leadership By Dick Meister Dorothy Richardson Buell (1886-1977) Dorothy Richardson (1886-1977) was born in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Following graduation from Lawrence College and a career as a teacher and an organizer of a National Women’s Sorority, she married James Harold Buell (1881-1970), an electrical engineer and utilities executive, in 1918 in Chicago. The Buell family, augmented by the birth of their son, Robert, in 1922 spent much of the 1920s in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Chicago by 1930 and a few years later [...]
Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Ogden Dunes by Dick Meister (Prepared for The Mid-Century Modern Architectural Tour on September 10, 2015. This is Part One, published in “The Hour Glass” Newsletter, March 2016) Indiana Landmarks, a state-wide, not for profit organization, is dedicated to preserving historic sites through educational programs, tours, and the protection of historic sites. One of its most popular programs is the day-long tour focusing on the historic sites of community or an area of the state. These programs draw participants from throughout the state, as well as from neighboring states. [...]
Mid-Century Modern House Tour: Part Two by Dick Meister (Prepared for the Mid-Century House Tour of Ogden Dunes on September 19, 2015 and published in “The Hour Glass” Newsletter, March 2017) In an earlier of the newsletter, we featured the five homes that were visited on the Indiana Landmarks Tour on September 19, 2015. This article focuses on the four other buildings that were visited on the same tour, the Community Church of Ogden Dunes, which hosted the participants on the tour, and three homes that were viewed only from the exterior. The Community [...]
Voices of Ogden Dunes: The Early Years (performed 2013) Script writer and narrator: Dick Meister Video: John Paunicka, Ken Martin and Dick Meister Performed: August 26, 2013 at the Community Church in Ogden Dunes Voices: Judith Stiles, Jenifer K. Wilson, Ken Martin, John Stiles, Susan Clouser, Aurelia Costanza, and Rick Collins in order of first appearance. We begin today’s program with two voices from the period prior to the founding of Ogden Dunes in 1925: one is an artifact; the other a legend. An early description of our most famous artifact: [Judith Stiles] Perhaps boats [...]
The Newman Family: A Double Coincidence by Aurelia Duralski Costanza In May of 2008 our daughter, Madeleine, moved with her family, husband Andrew, daughter Sophia and son Thomas Henry to Vancouver, Canada. Joe and I were invited to visit. As an outing on a warm spring day, we visited Lighthouse Park, with its old growth pine forest. Entering the park we chanced a meeting with a dapper elderly gentleman, looking as if he stepped out of the L. L. Bean catalogue. We introduced ourselves and he responded that he was Murray Newman, retired director of [...]