At the annual Boursaw Reunion gathering this summer, I had the good fortune to meet Jan Schavey Goodman. She grew up in a house on Smokey Hollow Road near the intersection of Smokey Hollow and Boursaw Road.
The white farmhouse with the big green barn – which Jim and Lucy Heller so lovingly restored when they lived there some 15 or 20 years ago – was home to Pat and Mabel Schavey. The house to the south, which is no longer there, was home to Laurie and Mary Schavey and their kids, including Denny, Jan and Joan. The Schavey’s originally hailed from Dewitt, Michigan.
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Jan is a wealth of information about Old Mission history, and she sent along a group of photos (and a video!) that I’ll be posting here on the Gazette. Today’s installment is a picture of teenage partygoers at a monthly Grange Hall dance in 1954.
To my knowledge, there are (at least) two locations where a Grange Hall was located on the Old Mission Peninsula. One was the building on the corner of Swaney Road and Brinkman Road, dating back to at least the early 1900s.
The other, where this dance photo was taken, is the building we now know as the Peninsula Township Hall at 13235 Center Road. Jan said they had monthly dances at the Grange Hall, attended by Old Mission Peninsula teenagers.
Jan says the dances were held on the main floor of the hall (where the township meetings are now held), “and we had live music, mostly garage bands of peers,” she notes. “My sister had her wedding reception there, with dancing upstairs and tables for dining downstairs. That was 1955.”
Here are the people that Jan identified in the photo:
Back Row, left to right: ??, Jim Longcore, Jack Holmes, Joe Kratky, Jim Dohm, Carl Carpenter
Second Row from Top, left to right (under the cow): Jim Smith (Smitty), Jim Potter, Jim Kratky, Duane Kroupa (bending down), Elmer Jamieson, Dick Bendickson, John Ostlund, Gary Longcore, Bill Kitchen, ??, Leroy Ostlund, ??, Rick Potter, David Lardie
Third Row from Top (girls), left to right: Mitzi Longcore, Cyr Grover, ?? Hager, Shirley Kroupa, Marie Lyon, Kay Kitchen, Sylvia Sandborn, Marilyn Rea, Luella Bates, Carol Ann Kroupa, Sherry McKian, Judy Lardie, Mary Jo Kitchen, Marge Lardie, Mary Jane Giles, Tom Kroupa, ?? (behind Tom), Pat Kelly, Robert Brown, Bobby Sandborn, Bryce Boursaw, Larry Franklin (?)
Fourth Row (girls seated), left to right: Patsy Kroupa, Lillian Bates (kneeling), Katy Longcore, Kay Jean Leighton, Nancy Lardie, (?? behind Nancy), Linda Herkner, Joan Kratky
Behind, kneeling, left to right: Marion Lindsey, Joanie Schavey, Janet Schavey, Rita Buchan, Misha Kowalski, Bev Underwood, Marilyn Kroupa, Karen Kroupa, Judy Jamieson
If you can identify the question marks, let us know in the comments section below.
Read more about the Grange Hall goings-on here.
I did not attend many of the dances, but recall them being on the main floor. These were square dances and Peninsula teens were known as good square dancers. During the annual Sadie Hawkins dance at TCHS, we peninsula teens always formed our own square because we knew how to follow the call.
Second standing girl on the left may be Cyr Grover, now Ankerson. In the middle standing in a white blouse with decoration on the shoulder is Sherry McKian.
Thank you for filling in some names and history, Helen! I would love to time-travel back in time and attend one of those dances.
You would have loved them, Janie. WE had so much fun. Wish our young people today had the same type of thing. Maybe with all the technology they have, they wouldn’t like it!
Mabel Schavey was my great-grandmother and we lived in that house when I was 4 or 5 years old. My grandmother was Betty Andrus.
Pam, who was your mother?
Jumping in here… I know there’s a Montague somewhere in the mix… I believe Pam’s mom was an Andrus who married a Montague…
That sounds about right. Is her mom Carol and her dad Pete? I used to babysit Carol and her sisters.
That sounds right. I’ll ask next time I see her.
Now I see this after I’ve already written just 2 minutes ago. ha Jan is right. Sharon and Pete.
I’m jumping in here too, Jane. Yes, Pam’s mom is Sharon Andrus and she did
Back row on the right is my dad, Carl Carpenter. Second row, second from the right is my mom, Rita BUCHAN Carpenter.
Thanks, Jim! Love hearing about the OMP ancestors.
My Mom, Evelyn Kroupa, played piano for the dances, Bob Sanborn called the square dances, and George Broad and his Band played guitars and kept it lively. I have many fond memories from that time. Karen Kroupa and I are 2nd and 3rd from the right, 1st row. (I am sort of between 1st and 2nd row. ha) Mary Frances Crampton is in the middle of the front row. Mary Jo Kitchen is in the middle of the 3rd row, and I think that is Margo Lardie and Janie Giles she’s looking toward.
Thanks, Marilyn! Thanks for filling in some OMP history here – love it. I still have the throw that your mom crocheted for me when I graduated from high school and went off to college. A beloved treasure. And of course, she and my mom were such a great team at the piano and organ at Ogdensburg United Methodist Church. Such great memories.
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What a treat to see the picture of the 1954 Grange Hall dance. Brings back many happy memories of so many high school friends. Makes me wonder where they are now.
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