Photo of the Day: Jan. 7, 2017 – Marjorie and Mark Andrus at Old Mission General Store

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When my husband Tim and I ran into Marjorie Andrus and her son Mark at the Old Mission General Store, we got to talking about their time at Mission Point Lighthouse. Marjorie, known as Margie, was married to Ed Andrus, and in the early 1950s, they lived at the Lighthouse and did a lot of restoration on the building during that time. (Mark also attended the Lighthouse founders gathering last fall.)

Prior to this, vandals had severely damaged the lighthouse, including removing the Fresnel lens and a beautiful hand-carved mahogany railing.

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I came across this blurb in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Nov. 2, 1951, in which writer Mollie Sobkowski (also a Peninsula person) noted their move to the Lighthouse.

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Ed and Marjorie Andrus move into Mission Point Lighthouse | Traverse City Record-Eagle, Nov. 2, 1951

Of course, the Andrus family has a long history on the Old Mission Peninsula. As noted in Ed’s obituary below (Traverse City Record-Eagle, dated Feb. 5, 1976), his brothers were Lawrence (“Bud”), Ted, Ivan and Francis.

And in one of those twisty-turny stories involving Old Mission Peninsula people, one of Ed’s sisters, Perella Tull, now lives at Orchard Creek Supportive Care, where my mom, Mary Johnson, is also living.

Perella’s granddaughter, Megan Long, is married to Tyler Long, whose parents are Marge and Keith Long. Marge’s parents are Ed and Jo Brown, who we bought our property from back in the 1980s. Got all that? 🙂

You’ll also see in the obituary that Margie was a Boursaw (The spelling of “Bursaw” in the obit is a typo.) Her father was George Boursaw, who was Garrett Boursaw’s brother. Garrett and Clarissa were Tim’s grandparents; they lived in the big farmhouse on the corner of Boursaw Road and Bluff Road.

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Ed Andrus Obituary, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Feb. 5, 1976

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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