Willis Ward’s Electric boat Launch and sailboat Tantalizer (1895).

Object ID: 1980-001-106

Date: 1895

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Saturdays were busy all day with sail boat races. Before there were any regular, scheduled races, it was quite easy to pick up and informal race with someone. The Orchard Lake Yacht Club was formed, and rules and regulations drawn up. Of course, a course was laid out and buoys placed. The Yacht Club had among its members many prominent men-some, I think, had never been in a sail boat-Will Ward, Forrest Campbell, A. D. Noble, of course, and Frank Eddy, President of Morgan and Wright, Arthur Pack, President of Pontiac Motors, James Wilson, Clarence A. Black, and the Stoepel boys, among them. The first year or so, the races were between the ordinary pleasure craft-Forrest Campbell in the Islander, Will Ward’s Tantalizer, A. D. Noble’s Ellen Marie, the Beath boys’ Irene G., and Loos’ Urania. Most, if not all, were built by Chas. Plass, Oak Grove. Pennants were awarded for the first three. A launch served as a judges’ boat. From Campbell Harvery Manuscript