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Black and white photograph showing a boat on Lake Macatawa.  On the back of the photo there is a hand-written note from Chester L. Beach (1882-1970) with the date December 24, 1930.

"Dear Hendrik, This picture is tantalizing but it look good just the same.  It i my "cousin" that I ... last summer.  Merry Christmas. I hope you are getting along in good shape.  I haven't heard whether your tonsils have been removed.  Hope so, because with them gone you could build up again to normal health.  You mentioned a nose operation also.  I have worried over your condition and am anxious to know of your...progres.  Sincerely, Chester L. Beach".
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.
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Gift of the Tazelaar family