Part 2 of 4 1913 - 1934
As best as can be determined, George and Emma Mason officially
began the resort
business in 1913. Prior to that time rooms were rented above the general
store. As was noted by an advertisement in The Muskegon Chronicle, dated
June 30, 1913, Lakeside Inn had opened for business, "Just Opened. Lakeside
Inn New Sanitary Hotel, facing White Lake".
The Goodrich Steamship Lines, operating out of Chicago, docked at the end of
Drive at the Michillinda Dock which was just to the left
of the Inn.
In 1917, a ticket from Chicago to White Lake was $2.25 one
way or $4.00 round trip. The ships would leave Chicago on
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and leave White Lake on Wednesday, Sunday,
and Monday. The SS Georgia was a frequently used steamer coming from Chicago.
The Steamers would dock at Sylvan Beach, Michillinda, Harvey's, and
in Whitehall. Horse and buggies would meet the boats and carry the passengers
to their summer homes or to the resorts. Additionally, small boats were
used to ferry the people to other destinations on the lake.
The docks at
Lakeside Inn (Michillinda) were very busy. In 1917, George
Mason sold Lakeside Inn to Glenn and Gertrude Tallant who owned and operated
the resort for 23 years.
Mrs. Tallant remembered they had to move the Inn,
which now had 17 rooms, back from the shoreline because the water was so
high that year. She said they could, "sit on the front porch
The Tallants operated an U.S. Post Office in the general store
and delivered groceries around the neighborhood. Rates at
the Inn were from $8.00 to $10.00 a week for food and lodging. In the summer,
there were approximately 25 to 30 guests per week.
In the 1920's the steamship
SS Carolina was used to bring visitors and summer residents to the White
Lake and Sylvan Beach areas. This photograph shows the Carolina docked in
front of Lakeside Inn
Guests would come to the Inn
and stay for several weeks, often coming year after year. Additionally,
the area around Lakeside Inn, particularly the Sylvan Beach area, was a
summer home to many Chicago residents.
Glenn and Gertrude Tallant added
cottages along the lakefront and as years went by they further
developed the resort. They added a screened-in porch across the entire
lake side of the main building.
Families ate their meals in the dining
room in the main lodge. They would come to spend a good part
of the summer.
Women and children would often stay most
of the summer with husbands/fathers coming for shorter stays.
A young Bill Budd sent this postcard to his father urging him to “come soon.”
his father know where he was staying by using two X's above the windows.
In the 1920's, as car transportation was more available
and roads were better developed, car traffic began replacing the romantic
steamers and trains. Families could pack their belongings in their Ford
Model T's and A's and travel from Chicago to White Lake in a day or two.
During this time most of the resort owners lived in small rooms at their
hotels. Many had homes in which they lived during the winter months. The
Tallant's built a large, year-round home for themselves on the hill overlooking
the resort on what is now known as South Shore Drive. Mrs. Tallant lived
in this house well into her 90's and was an excellent source of resort
history. She died in the 1970's.
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