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Idlewild in Lake County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Idlewild Lot Owners Association

 
 
Idlewild Lot Owners Association Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
1. Idlewild Lot Owners Association Marker
Inscription.  In 1920 Idlewild’s founders, Wilbur Lemon, Alvin Wright, and brothers Erastus and Adelbert Branch, joined William Jennings to form the Idlewild Lot Owners Association (ILOA). The ILOA was responsible for public improvements and maintenance of the resort, in addition to promoting fellowship and community pride. Sunday forums featured speakers like fellow resorter and author Charles Chesnutt. In 1934 the Women’s Club of Idlewild merged with the ILOA, where women often assumed leadership roles. The ILOA hosted fashion and variety shows as fundraisers for improvement projects. In 1954 the ILOA purchased this site and began developing youth programs. This building, the Robert Riffe Youth Center, opened around 1962.
 
Erected 2009 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2206.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
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43° 53.242′ N, 85° 46.796′ W. Marker is in Idlewild, Michigan, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Drive and East Glade Street, on the right when traveling north on Lake Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11330 S Lake Dr, Idlewild MI 49642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Idlewild Times (approx. 0.4 miles away); Daniel Hale Williams / Williams House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Island / The Flamingo Club (approx. 0.6 miles away); Herman & Lela Wilson / Wilson House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Idlewild (approx. one mile away); Lake County (approx. 3.7 miles away); Brown Trout (approx. 3.9 miles away); Chase Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Idlewild.
 
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Idlewild Lot Owners Association Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
2. Idlewild Lot Owners Association Marker
Robert Riffe Youth Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
3. Robert Riffe Youth Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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