Recently your commodore received email from Buddy Richards who, along with his wife Martha, lives on the northeast shore of our lake with a very nice view of Island Park although not quite the one they really prefer to remember. Included in the email was a photo of a wheelbarrow that represents a piece of Island Park/Lake Cobbossee history. Sure would be interesting to hear the stories it could impart!
Other photos Buddy sent along are of his 1929 Model A Ford Roadster with the following information.
“My 1929 Model A Ford Roadster was in the Pavilion at Island Park in 1958. Owned by Charlie Hippler. My father delivered Susan Hippler and for fun they traded the delivery fee of 200 dollars for the car, and we still have it. I remember dragging it across the old Island Park Bridge back to Charlie’s shop in Manchester.”
Another interesting story that, most likely, no one knows about:
Around 1935, my father, Dr. Lee Richards, along with Harold Eastman, Shirley Foster, and Philo Hewitt, found a rock full of Garnets on the West shore of Welch's Point, and they somehow got some explosives, black powder, bits of dynamite, whatever, and attempted to free up some of the garnets from the rock. Well, the rock is still there on the shore, and if you go up close to it, you can easily see the holes in the rock. I have a few pieces of the garnets that my father saved in an old tin cigarette box. My grandfather's cottage was on Welch's Point from 1925-1950 (+-) in the cove just north of Bob Russell's.
I thought this was interesting because someone can actually go see what the youngsters were up to back then. How did they all survive? Must be a miracle. Certainly would not in today's world. (Buddy Richards)
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