Forest W. Montgomery 1925-2004

Forest W. Montgomery, 78, of Traverse City , died Monday, July 19, 2004 , at home.

Born Oct. 27, 1925 , in Scottville, he was the son of John Harvey and Nancy (Decker) Montgomery. On Jan. 22, 1947 , in Traverse City , he married the former Nancy E. Shaw, who preceded him in death on May 3, 1995 .

Forest served his country honorably with the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He was the former owner/operator of a construction company. His memberships included the Traverse City Masonic Lodge #222 F&AM, the Kingsley Sportsman's Club and he was a life member of the North American Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting and scuba diving.

Forest had a long time relationship with Beaver Island. He was a prior owner of the North Shore, one of the earlier island ferry boats. He, in partnership with Jewell Gillespie to be the first haulers of fuel to the island in large quantities, built the barge that Bud Martin uses today. Many of the long-time island residents will remember Forest as an all-around nice man who was always willing to help out.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda (Terry) McKay and Mary Montgomery, all of Traverse City and Susan Arendt of Loma Linda , Calif. ; sister, Phyllis McMeekan of California ; three grandchildren, John ( Tracy ) McKay, Jennifer (Justin) Roy and Nancy Saunders; and four great-grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Nancy, Forest was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Harvey Montgomery Jr. and Ferman Montgomery.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City .

Annual Rita Gillespie Blood Drive

August 5th

at the

Beaver Island Community School

For more information contact:

Jerry and Marg Charbeneau 448-2296


Jeanne Howell 448-2241

Tall Ship

As I was leaving the library on Tuesday afternoon the sight of this two masted Gaff topsail schooner greeted my eyes from the top of the hill. Of course curiosity got the best of me and immediately after dinner I had my dad run me out near her to get a couple pictures and to discover her name.

This is the Highlander Sea whose home port is Port Huron, Michigan. The topsail schooner was built in 1924 in Essex, Massachusetts. Originally christened "Pilot," she served 47 years as a Boston Harbor pilot ship. In the 1970's she was purchased to circumnavigate the globe, got as far as Fiji, and was sold in 1976. She was renamed "Star Pilot" and operated as a school ship until she was sold to Secunda Marine in 1998. Renamed Highlander Sea, she was sailed to Nova Scotia and extensively renovated to train young seafarers. Highlander Sea was purchased by Acheson Ventures, LLC, of Port Huron, Michigan and repatriated as a US flag vessel in April 2002. As flagship for Port Huron and the Blue Water Area, Highlander Sea sails the Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard, and is available for public tours, educational programs, and special events.


Sparred length: 154'

Sail area: 10,000 sq. ft.
LWL: 100' Hull: wood
Rig height: 125' LOA: 154'
Power: twin 350 HP diesel Beam: 25' 8"
Draft: 14' Hull Color: black

Unfortunately she left, under sail, Wednesday noon and as I was at work, I missed getting any photos of her all dressed up.


One lady asked her daughter to snap a "last time" photo in front of the shop. Another got caught up in the enthusiasm of a "Going Out of Business" sale and paid $5 for an item she had donated years ago. Many people told us how much they were going to miss the place. Where will I go when I want a good deal at a bargain price?

The Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary Resale Shop is closed. The Auxiliary is looking for a better building for a future site so that the long standing tradition of "gently used treasures can continue. Our desire is a near town location with running water and room for used furniture sales.

All the profits from the Resale Shop have supplied the B.I. Fire Department with new safer equipment ranging from helmets and turnout gear to a life saving thermal imager. Many thousands of dollars have been earned at $1 or $2 an item or with the famous $2 a bag sales.

The faithful volunteers are Ruth Hallahan, Jackie Howard, Sally Lounsberry, Pat Rowley , Joan Vyse, and Janet O'Donnell. This crew is ready to serve up the good deals when a new location is found.

We also like to express our gratitude to Chuck, Doug, and John at the Transfer Station. They have been very helpful during the closing down and cleaning up process.

Sheri Timsak is the president of the BIFDA. Call her if you know of a possible location for the Resale Shop.

Thank you for your many years of support.

Donna Stambaugh


     TDS Telecom customers who recently experienced an interruption in their telephone service due to a lightning strike will see a local service credit on their August bills. Customers will receive a credit of at least $14.05. The refund amount depends on what type of service the customer uses.

     "We really appreciate the patience our customers showed as we made repairs after the storm," says Charlene Burnison, General Manager, Sales and Service at TDS Telecom's Sanford office. "Our customers were understanding and maintained a positive attitude."

     According to Burnison, customers shouldn't assume a service outage has been reported by someone else. "We ask that customers keep us informed about any outages that occur by calling the local business office." The phone number for reporting an outage is 448-2211.

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Looking Back

The other night we went out for dinner and while awaiting our meal, visited with friends, one of whom I hadn't seen in over thirty years. Later that evening I got to thinking of how things have changed around here and began doing a mental "remember when we": would swim off James' dock for hours on hot summer afternoons; play miniture golf at A. J. Roy's Harbor Hills followed by an ice cream cone dished up by his wife, Mabel; rowing across the harbor along side friends who were positive they could swim to the point and back; going to the Grill for ice cream, pool, and music; sitting on the post office steps and sharing mail; meeting every single boat that arrived; beach parties at Donegal Bay; playing in the old beached tug where the Boat-tique is now; buying candy at Dick's store; Stanley Floyd loading up town kids and taking them to the Grill for ice cream (chocolate only) and delivering the smeared faces back to their parents; seeing friends off at the ferry dock which was made of wood and dirt back then; walking to the point in the evening; the list goes on and on. I suppose that when this generation thinks back in the 2030's or so they'll have similar memories of summertime on Beaver Island.

St. James Episcopal Mission
Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In 1954 a new Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan arrived on Beaver Island for a family vacation. He was met by a group of Episcopalians and others who requested he hold services while on the island. The Bishop, Dudley Barr McNeil, quickly became pastor to his waiting congregation, and by St. James Day (July 25) the mission had been formed. Seasonal services were continued by the Bishop and other visiting clergy in various locations for the next several years. On September 2, 1963, the present chapel was consecrated and summer services were led by a succession of visiting clergy through 1992. Meanwhile, Vivian Visscher, a stalward member and leader of the mission congregation, died in the winter of 1990. In her will she bequeathed her house on the "Back Beach" to the Diocese to be used as a clergy residence, the "Vicarage", as it is now known. The installation of heating and plumbing in the chapel in 1994 has now made it possible for services to be held year 'round.*

Sunday morning dawned bright and clear, a perfect setting for the anniversary of the St. James Episcopal Mission. The Right Reverend Robert Gepert, Bishop of Western Michigan and Reverent Robert Bast (the first seasonal resident priest in 1993) along with Reverend Joseph Howell (the present resident priest) greeted the approximately eighty guests as they arrived. Inside Jeanne Howell completed the greetings and gave out the bulletins, complete with a postcard of St. James Mission. Music for this special service was provided by Jane Maehr on the organ, Patty Baser and Jason Economides on violins.

Besides being a special day for St. James Mission, it was also special for Meg Works, daughter of John and Carolyn, who made her first communion. Congratulations, Meg!

* From the St. James Mission bulletin, July 25, 2004.

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