Monday, February 2, 2009


The Lake Odessa Wave was the official "news publication" in Lake Odessa for almost one hundred years. The newspaper was established on March 1, 1888, by Harry F. Walker, of Portland, Michigan. It quickly became quite successful and covered local news concerning both the village and surrounding rural areas. The newspaper passed through several hands until August 1, 1905, when it was purchased by Albert J. and Lena Dann. The Dann family with son, Stanley W. Dann, and daughter, Frances Dann Tietz, steered this business through the next forty plus years. The Lake Odessa Wave became the unofficial chronicle of Lake Odessa's history. What a treasure remains as the events of this locality were reported each week. Microfilmed copies of this newspaper are available at the Michigan State Library in Lansing, Michigan, and at the Lake Odessa Library. The volumes are not entirely complete but pretty well cover from 1889 through the 1970's. Anyone interested in a particular historical event from this area would find the best resource here in this publication. The photo above shows the interior of the office of the Lake Odessa Wave ca. 1915. Left to right is: Albert J. Dann, Lena Dann, Orpha Gilliland, Maurice Armstrong, ? , ? .

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