Thursday, February 21, 2013


What an awesome photo!  The reverse indicates that the gentleman is Earnest Cunningham.....can anyone identify for sure?  And can anyone tell us the make and year of the car?  The penant is lettered "Lake Odessa" and creates a sense of excitement for whatever occasion this is! 

Monday, April 9, 2012


The most recent exhibit at the Lake Odessa Museum was entitled "Here Comes The Bride." The displays featured wedding dresses and all other items associated with a wedding. It was an outstanding event due to the hard work of Lynda Cobb, Dawn Deardorff and Thelma Curtis. Many local residents brought in items to share which reflected both the past and present. Shown about is a view looking into the Freight Station and below is Betty (Peacock) Carey next to her wedding dress worn when she married Morris (Pete) Carey. The Lake Odessa Museum has new exhibits and displays throughout the year and we encourage everyone to stop by and check us out!

Monday, January 16, 2012


The January meeting of the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society featured an overview of the bars, saloons and taverns in our village's history. The first saloon was built by Charles Scheidt in 1888 and was located on the south end of Main Street approximately in the location of the present day Page Memorial Building. This saloon served the village for many years later being operated by Andrew Reahm and then James Scheidt. While James Scheidt operated the business it became the property of the Haehnle Brewing Company of Jackson, Michigan, from 1894-1904. The business later changed hands several times and was operating as late as 1908-9. Shown above is this business advertising the Haehnle Beer. Many other bars located in the village over the years and many memories and trivia were shared at this meeting. It is planned to compile this information into some format so anyone with additional information on bars and saloons is welcome to contact the society.


The annual Quilt Show will be held Saturday, January 28, from 10-5 and on Sunday January 29 from 2-5 p.m. This has been a very successful event each year and features many new and vintage quilts. Shown above is Fred Slater next to a quilt crafted by his mother Esther Slater. Come on out and join the fun...lunch will be provided on Saturday with lots of unique displays.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


What an awesome picture that recently surface at the museum! This vintage scene depicts a reunion of the North Jordan School. This school was located in Woodland Township of Barry County and is within the Lakewood School District. There is no identification of anyone and it appears to be outside of a barn. Further research may help pinpoint a year to this but if anyone can add anything let us know!


This past summer during the Depot Day Celebration the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society honored local pharmacies from our history and present day. Alton Nye was an early pharmacist practicing his business for most of his life time here. It was a pleasure to have Alton Nye's grandson Dean Kelley present for the special tribute. Mr. Kelley brought with him several photographs, including the above, to share for this occasion. Mr. Nye is pictured on the right with another man who is unidentified. It looks like they caught their limit of fish that day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

LOHS Souvenir Book

As part of this past year's LOHS Alumni week-end, a Souvenir Booklet was produced including the photo shown above. The booklet is a pictorical history of the Lake Odessa School and is available for $22.00 plus postage. If interested in this keepsake please contact the Historical Society for more details.