Greeting card, on white paper, with pen and ink drawing of the Jesiek boat yard on Lake Macatawa. Drawing by local resident and artist Winfred Blacklock.
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.
John G. Blacklock was born on 9-15-1893 in Rhode Island, he passed away in Holland, MI on 4-3-1971. On 8-3-1946 John married Winifred Littell in Ohio.
Winfred was born 11-18-1890 in Iowa. She died 2-21-1974 in Macatawa Park. Winifred was a school teacher in Detroit, MI for 36 years.
Winifred's family owned a cottage in Macatawa Park where she spent her summers while growing up. The Blacklock's continued to summer in Macatawa until 1961, when they became year-round residents.
John was an avid photographer. During WW2 he was chief of Vultee Aircraft photo labs. Winifred enjoyed painting.
Gift ofGift of the Tazelaar family