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Color photograph showing Neal "Casey" Landman (left), Frank Welch, and Capt. Joe Boshka (right) in a boat on Lake Macatawa.

Items in accession 2020.13 focus on the history of Macatawa Park (in Park Township, a few miles southwest of Holland, MI) . They are from the collection of Art Tazelaar, gathered over the course of his lifetime. Art was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1913 to John J. Tazelaar (1868–1957) and Gertrude C Lopperson (1880–1961).

The US Census shows that the Tazelaar family had moved to Macatawa Park by 1920. By 1940 (US Census), Art had begun working as the postmaster here, a position he held up to 1980. He also worked at a hardware store in Macatawa Park.

Art married Janet Virginia Wierda on 4-15-1941 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Neil "Casey" Landman (1898-1958) was born in Holland, MI. He served in the Coast Guard during WWI. For more than 32 years Casey operated a boat livery in Macatawa Park, taking people out to the outer pier to fish. His three boats, all converted lifeboats, were the Sea Splash, the Sea Foam and the Sea Spray. Casey's wife was Gertrude (1903-1960).

Captain Joe Boshka served as keeper of the lighthouse in Holland from 1911 to 1940. He lived in Park Township with his wife Annabelle.
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Gift of the Tazelaar family