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DESCRIPTIONThe January 20, 2010 issue features Boyne City's efforts to help Haiti after a tragic earthquake, and Smeltania, a historic city built on the ice.
Jan. 20, 2010Issue 21, Volume 1
B o y n e C i t ywww.boynegazette.com
G a z e t t eSeek the Truth, Serve the Citizens
Rambler Basket-ball and Wrestling
Take A Trip Back to SMELTANIA!
Haiti , pg. 11
Sports pAgE 16-17
Fiber Artist Diane Strzelinski
Boyne Arts pAgE 5
Digging into Boyne Music
Irish Session pAgE 6
Smeltania A City On Ice
By BoB MorgridgeContriButing Writer
At the turn of the century, Boyne City was a busy lum-bering town, but the lumber-ing boom faded in the early 1920s. the lumberjacks and others packed their bags and left. the community settled down to hard times with the advent of the depression in the 1930s. only the tan-nery provided many of the citizens with work. during this time, local people found that they could find a meal and earn a living by catch-ing smelt and selling them for a penny or two apiece to
downstate restaurants. the smelt were packed in dry ice and shipped. it is said that one could survive economi-cally by catching and selling a hundred smelt a day.
the first smelt were dipped in the Boyne river around 1929. residents also fished for smelt off the city docks. Around 1937, an amazing phenomenon began off the shores of Boyne City. When old King Winter stilled the turbulent waters of Lake Charlevoix with a thick blan-ket of ice, a new city emerged. the city was called Smeltania, and to the best of our knowl-edge, it was the only city in the world built on ice.
in 1937, Smeltania was organized and Bill Smith was elected mayor. Bill Schaller, owner of the present-day Petoskey news review, was the city manager. guy Baker, the publisher of the Boyne Citizen, recorded the proceed-ings of the village. Smeltania was their merry-go-round and
they thrived on trying to get the best of each other. By the winter of 1939-1940 the fame of the village of 300 inhabit-ants had spread nationwide.
on March 4, 1940, Life Magazine ran a spread of pictures on Smeltania. A few days later, on March 9, 1940, a major article appeared in Colliers Magazine. the article was written by Quentin reynolds, who came to the ice city and spent several days wandering around interview-ing the fishermen. Hiz-zoner Mayor Bill Smith told reynolds, that im the mayor of the darnedest city in the world.
Smith said, We have no closing laws here in Smeltania. Matter of fact, most of our citizens stay up all night. We got a police force, but they dont have much to do. About the only complaint we ever get from our people is when there is too much water in the
streets.At least half of the citizens of Smeltania supported them-selves and their families by fishing through the ice. Many of these families would have been on relief during the depression without Smeltania. relief and charity were hu-miliating words to the people of Boyne -- theyd rather work. Boyne City solved its problem by creating a city -- a city that was born at the beginning of each winter and died each spring. no citizen ever became rich, no matter how long they worked. Smelt sold for one cent each during the depression and two cents apiece after World War ii. the average catch a night was about one hundred.
the citizens of Smeltania lived in one-room shacks about six feet high, eight feet long and six feet wide. they were all one-room shanties and they cost anywhere from
Boyne City Resi-dent Bob Mor-gridge recalls
the days of De-pression Era
Smeltania, Boyne City s City on Ice.
Smelt, pg. 11
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on January 12th, while so many people in the united States went about their business, the lives of thousands of Haitians were changed forever. As the earthquake struck, killing thousands and wounding more, the relief efforts from across the globe came together. Boyne City, our town of just over three-thousand people was no exception, as citizens jumped to help. the Boyne Valley Catholic Community appealed to parishioners through a second collection, raising over $4,000 with money still coming in. its what the gospel mandates us to do, they are our brothers and sisters. says Patty Furtaw, the Pastoral Associate. When you see your brothers and sisters in dire need, you have to help. it comes from your soul continues Furtaw, as she explains why a tragedy so far away is important to their faith
When you see your brothers and sisters in dire need, you have to help. it comes from your soul Patty Furtaw
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2 BoyNE CIty gAZEttE Jan. 20, 2010
the Editors T W O C E N TS
G a z e t t eB o y n e C i t y
Staff Writer.......T. Rachelle
June 1992Just over three feet tall with a head of blond hair, four-year-old Chris who would one day become the fearless editor of the local paper, runs around the kitchen. Seeing a bowl of Fruity Pebbles on the table, he shovels them down, and gets up. Seeing his mother in the other room, he inquires: Aunt gina? uncle Joe? go ahead she says, smiling as she pulls a striped shirt over the childs head. run-ning out the front door, he makes his way to the next house over. Jumping on the window-sill and looking into the room, he sees Joe in his easy chair. Just like every morning, Joe holds out a day-by-day tear-off calendar, and the thrilled little kid rips off the day. Aunt gina comes over and smiles. What do you want? she asks, already know-ing the answer. Popsicle! cheers much-younger-Chris. this routine went on for several years, with the daily journey be-tween what is now H&r Block and the building next door.
January 2010its about time! says gina Bentley (read: Aunt gina) as i gently set three picture frames across the wooden desk in the corner, straightening the one of my date and i during Snowball 2005. if you waited much longer to decorate your new desk, i thought id have to do it for you! she says, laughing. i walk over to her desk, her dog Max circling me as i walk, wait-ing for me to drop my sandwich. Having just moved into Boyne Valley Printing, i sit down and relax. A brand new office with someone ive known for twenty years, and right in the middle of town: who could ask for more? Alternating between working and chatting about local events, we continue throughout our day, glad for the company. Standing up, i wander through the area, getting idea of who my neigh-bors are. throughout the day, i got to meet the dynamic duo running Logo Pros, along with two lawyers, and a restaurant across the street. drawing my
walk around Lake Street to a close, i conclude the trip with a stop at Freshwater Studio. Looking at the art and chatting with my new friend robin, we discuss the concert she has coming up. She shares her excitement at the chance to bring some joyful music and excite-ment into Boyne City, and the dream of expanding the venue that already exists in our town. Slating the concert for January 23rd, she goes on to explain that parents with kids at the Snowball dance could come listen while their kids got out together. A refreshing look at a new venue, i write down the date and secure my ticket.
Having active neighbors for little over a week, i learned a lot about cooperation between businesses. By making plans to help each other out and cooperate, the SoBo district is ensuring their success. Having been reminded of an essay by robert Fulghum that i read years ago, i share an excerpt as adapted for small-business.
All I need to know about small business, I learned in Kinder-garten.
3.Dont hit people
4.Put things back where you found them
5.Clean up your own mess
6.Say youre sorry when you hurt somebody
7.Dont take things that arent yours
8.Look both ways before you cross the street
9.Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
So the point? the Boyne City gazette has moved into a new office. you will now be able to get information, papers, and advertising from 9-4 each day. Come in, see me and say hello, you can get much done. Adver-tising your business, picking up a paper, and taking care of all of your printing needs couldnt be easier. i look forward to the fu-ture, especially with a long-time-friend at a desk across the room, yelling at me to decorate my desk. thank you Boyne City, and thank you Aunt gina.
Young State Park1920 2010young State Park, on Lake Charlevoix (previously called Pine Lake) originated in 1920 when 100+ acres of land was donated to the State by Boyne City. Boyne City previously had the land for this project donated to by several people from Boyne.
the park received its name from the young family, when A. F. and Mary young gave their parcel of land to Boyne for the sum of $20.00 and other considerations.
the park was made up of 242 acres at t