Special Picture # 155 – The Island – Sleeping Cabin

I am going to be on The Island until July 13th so I thought I’d give you an idea of what it has looked like over the 70 years we have owned it.

When we first started coming to The Island, we slept in tents. When my family started coming with other families, we had a 20 x 20 Army Surplus Tent. Each of four families had a corner. During the Hurricane of 1955, The Island was hit very hard. We kids were in the big tent resting after lunch and the grownups were having their lunch. The storm lifted up one corner of the tent and we kids ran out the other side. That winter, my Dad, Lad, and his friends planned a 20 x 24 Sleeping Cabin, four 10 x 10 bedrooms with a dogtrot down the center. There was a 12 x 12 pitched roof and a large sleeping loft upstairs. In the spring of 1956,  the guys came up every weekend and built this cabin.

Spring Island - Sleeping cabin - @ 1960s (Lad)

The unpainted squares are where someone bent a nail in construction. For a while, those bent nails were surrounded by little, white, “life-rings”.

Spring Island - Sleeping cabin and firepit (Judy -2007)

This is a side view of the Sleeping Cabin.

Spring Island - Sleeping cabin from roof of Cook Cabin - (Judy - 2013)

A few members of my generation met at The Island in the fall of 2013 and had a painting party. I took this picture from the roof of the Cook Cabin.

Special Picture # 154 – The Island – Different Views – Bathtub Rock

I am going to be on The Island until July 13th so I thought I’d give you an idea of what it has been like over the 70 years we have owned it.

Spring Island - Bathtub Rock @ 1960s (Lad)

This picture of Bathtub Rock was taken in the 1960s.

Spring Island - Bathtub Rock - - 1999 (Judy)

This picture was taken in 1999.  You can see that the rock has been worn away by the action of the water and the “Bathtub” is larger than it was about 40 years ago. 

Spring Island - Bathtub Rock with swirling water 2013

Bathtub Rock with swirling water – 2013

Spring Island - Bathtub Rock with Red Hill in the background

Side view of Bathtub Rock with Red Hill in the background.

Special Picture # 153 – The Island – Cook Cabin Through the Years

I’m staying on the Island until July 14th, so I thought while I was away, I’d give you an idea of what it looks like and how it has changed over the 70 years it has been our Special Place.

Spring Island - Cook Cabin @ 1956

The Cook Cabin was originally a one-car garage, which my father (Lad) and his friends bought on the mainland and transported to the Island. Here it is with a tarp suspended over the picnic table where all meals were served.

Spring Island - Cook cabin open end @ 1950s (Lad)

Here, the garage door is open and propped up for an eating area. This was a Cub Scout Troop outing about 1956. The next step was enclosing this area with screens, which we used as a sitting area for many years. We continued to eat at a picnic table on the same side where the platform was built.

Spring Island - platform for Cook Cabin addition (Judy)

This is the platform that was built for an addition to the Cook Cabin, a planned enclosed porch/dining area.

Spring Island - Cook Cabin addition finished (Judy - 2011)

The addition took quite a few years, but here it is complete with screens.

 

Special Picture # 152 – The Island – 1960s

I am going to be on The Island until July 13th so I thought I’d give you an idea of what it has looked like over the 70 years we have owned it.

Spring Island - Lad with Pete Linsley at the Fire Pit

Lad Guion and a friend at the Fire Pit

Spring Island - Lad Guion, Chet Haydfen, Pete Linsley @ 1960s (Lad)

Lad Guion and his two best buddies

Spring Island - Midnight Fishermen - Chet Hayden and Charlie Hall

The Midnight Fishermen

Spring Island - Chet Haydden in front, Jeanne (Hughes) Hayden and Barbara (Plumb) Linsley in the background

Lad’s best buddy

Spring Island - Water fun - Johnny Hayden, Roy Lenhard and  David Lenhard

Water fun

Spring Island - The kids (I'm the talest one in the back)

The kids after our Talent Show.

(I’m the tallest one in the back)

Special Picture # 151 – The Island

 

I am going to be on The Island until July 13th so I thought I’d give you an idea of what it has been like over the 70 years we have owned it. My guess is this is the first picture taken on the Island once we had purchased it in 1945. It makes sense to me that Grandpa and the boys would have made a trip up there to think about and plan what they might do with it and on it.

ADG - Grandpa and the boys on Spring Island (cropped) - 1948

L to R – Lad, Dick, Ced and Grandpa. My guess is that Dan is taking the picture. Dan’d daughter just reminded me that in 1945 Dan was still in France so Dave must have taken the picture. Thanks, Arla.

Spring Island - from States Landing @ 1960s

This is the view of the Island from the beach where we park our cars. The anticipation is on the rise.

Spring Island - low water at the Point and Bathtub Rock