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Catalog Number
2023.45.115
Description
Newspaper article on Macatawa Park and a display at the Netherlands Museum.  Included is a photo of Macatawa Park founder Swan Miller.
History
Swan Miller was born in Sweden on 12-6-1842. He passed away on 3-11-1941 in San Diego, CA. Swan was a Chicago lawyer, husband of Eda Nelson Miller and veteran of the Civil War.

In 1891 he first came to Macatawa Park and built a house there that would be known as the "Swans Roost". In time he would purchase stock in the Macatawa Park resort district, eventually becoming the manager in 1906.
For several years he was the owner and operator of the Macatawa Hotel.


Items in accession 2023.45 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