Name : The Odessa
Location : Central Beach
Built in : 1895
Origin of its name
When my father and mother bought the cottage in September 2, 1943, my dad and mom decided on The Odessa because we lived in Lake Odessa, Michigan where his medical practice was.
Our family seems to live on the front and side porches when we are there. We play games, enjoy conversations from family members who live in Michigan, California and on the East Coast and sun ourselves on nice days. Our mother's favorite spot was on the back swing. When we couldn't locate her, she could be found there reading or enjoying a cup of coffee. My dad's favorite place and where he spent a great deal of time was in the basement in his workshop.
Cottage related family name :
Generations in cottage so far : Five
Family established in cottage at : 1943
Name : Family traditions
- When we three daughters were young, we enjoyed going to the drugstore, the little red, white and blue post office, the gift shop and eating in the dining room occasionally. Fishing on the pier after getting there by Casey's boat was a treat for us. Casey was a "fixture" at Macatawa with his patient, helpful spirit.In the afternoons we watched the water skiers, Charlie Sligh and Liz Sharp, practice their tricks. They started from the T dock in front of the Grand Hotel and amazed us by going over the jump.
Name : Family Memories & stories
My mother's father Herman Brower, resident of Holland, found our cottage for us. He called to tell my parents that he had found a great cottage to buy. It didn't take Mom and Dad long before they went to look at this possible purchase. They had vacationed at Macatawa several years at the Antisdale (spelling?) cottages and loved the peace and quiet of this park.