A memorial service was held Monday for Lucille Fraulman of Glen Lake who died April 21 at Bortz Health Care. She was 96.
Lucille first summered at Glen Lake with her family in 1925. She, and her husband El, and three sons moved to Glen Lake in 1948. They started the Glen Lake Trading Post and operated it until 1978.
Lucille first started coming to Glen Lake since 1925 when she was 12 years old. Her family and Fred and Mille Peppler decided to come up for a couple of weeks in August. All the roads were gravel and it took two days. “Our mothers packed dinner of fried chicken and all of that kind of thing and we ate in schoolyards and could use the outdoor facility. I will never forget that first glance of Glen Lake. We were so excited and every summer we came up here, we would shout when we got here.”“When we were up here in August of 1947, we were staying in the little cottage where Birds is now. I came down to the little store, by Holdens (Funistrada) where the parking lot is now. Right next door was this little grocery store, It was not very well stocked. I came for milk and a few little things and got chatting with the owner, Poulin. They owned some cottages where Villa Glen is now. I was telling him how much we liked it and wanted to live here. He said, why don’t you buy this store?” We ran the store that winter (1948). There were times I came in and there was snow on the shelves as the windows didn’t close. It was very, very crude. We lived in the little cottage. The pipes would freeze. There used to be a lot more snow back then. There weren’t many people in the store. We built the new store in the winter of 1948-9. We didn’t buy the old building just stock and fixtures, just shelves, no refrigeration. We had he only real soda bar within miles of here.”
“We had many happy times there. One thing I remember where the marina was, it was an old mill. In the water near it, there were millions of boards, slab wood which after they had cut them off they put them in the water. As kids, we always picked them out of the water every time we went there to swim and they were a little slippery. It was a mess. So swimmers today have us to thank. I remember how easy it was to find Petoskey stones along Glen Lake and Lake Michigan. We swam and walked. We thought it was smart to walk to GA. I wish I could see it again as it was then. The only buildings I remember are: the Lutheran church and Arbor Light which was Warnes’ grocery store”.
El and Louise Faulman were interviewed and transcribed by Barbara Siepker November 18, 2003. To read the entire transcript that includes many memories of Glen Lake and Glen Arbor, click here: Faulman1. A more recent interview with El will follow (he currently resides at Bortz). Please send your condolences to the family. Memorial donations may be directed to Glen Lake community Reformed Church.