starting in 1918
Credit for the following pictures - go to Winnifred Barnum Brott, John Lee Barnum, and daughter Christine Lee Barnum
is a nice detailed description from John L. Barnum about his memories of the
early days up at Big Star Lake:
Thanks for writing. Itís great that you are documenting the history of
Some photos of early Barnum family trips to
About 1975, when sale of the cottage was likely to happen, my Aunt Winifred entrusted to me boxes (and boxes) of family negatives that were carefully stored under her bed. I printed some in sizes up to 11x14, sepia toned them, and gave the prints to Winifred. In 1999, with the advent of digital cameras, I was able to digitize many of the negatives and prepared a CD and give copies to members of the family.
The Road trip up north from Illiopolis to Big Star Lake
Camping Enroute to Big Star Lake 1918
On the road up to Big Star Lake between Baldwin and Newago
Big Star Lake, Camp- August 23, 1918
Car Camping 1918
First Morning after Camp August 5, 1918
Group Photo at Big Star Lake 1918
Barnum family first cabin
Barnum cottage from the lake (left); On the right is: a picture that my Aunt Winifred Barnum Brott (Dadís sister), identified while she was still living as ďPete with his BandĒ--my Dad is the jaunty fellow at the far right standing on the fender. It looks to me like the photo was taken behind the Barnum Cottage, but I canít be sure. Says John L. Barnum
Barnum Cottage View of Lake from the Barnum Cottage
Credit for the above, Following pictures go to Winnifred Barnum Brott and John Lee Barnum and daughter Christine Lee Barnum
Christy Barnum remembers the following:
The larger white cottage was of course, Star Lake and my Barnum family started going to the area around 1905 or 1906. They would at first camp out. Then there was a real primitive building they stayed in (in the teens) and eventually the white cottage was built which was remodeled over the years. Stayed in our family until the mid 1970's. I believe the white cottage that is still there today was built by my grandfather Lee Barnum with his father Dr. Levi Duke Barnum who owned the cottage and summered there. After his death, his daughter Winnifred Barnum married Glenn Brott who owned Brott Lumber Company which was founded by his dad, Archie Brott. Glenn and Winifred had a son, also named Archie, who ran Brott Lumber Company in the 1960ís.
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