A Note from a Past Innkeeper

A Note from a Past Innkeeper

Yesterday we had a visit from the grandson of one of Sleeping Bear Inn’s former innkeepers. Roger and Dee shared with us a few documents and photos from Cora and Melphie Barber. Roger gifted us this precious postcard his grandmother Cora sent to Rapid City Michigan on June 15, 1910 while she was the Innkeeper and her husband worked with livestock in the barn that once stood behind the Inn. The barn no longer exists as it burned down and was eventually replaced with the Sleeping Bear Inn Garage. Sadly Cora wrote of the very sad news that their mail carrier from the Island had drown. Read more (new window)

Check out the postmark! Glen Haven was a thriving Village in 1910 with its own post office and look at this glimpse of the very familiar DH Day Barn and homestead that was the photo on the front side of the post card. Look closely, there are 2 men in the photo. I wonder who they are? Maybe DH Day and his employee Phillips who married DH and Eva’s daughter and lived at the pictured home and farm as Eva and DH preferred to live in Glen Haven.