The Barbershop at Big Bass Lake

In the 1950’s, I remember my dad taking me through our woods to the north side of Big Bass Lake to get a haircut at this location. I also remember crossing the small creek enroute to that barbershop over something resembling a green bridge that was none too safe.

Later, on many boys club trips to the property, the kids and I tried to find that green bridge but with no success. The creek even seemed smaller not even needing a bridge to cross it. However that just might have meant that the creek had a lot of water in it during the time my dad and I crossed it many years before.

Does anyone else remember this building being used as a barbershop? And when it ceased to be that? I know my friend John’s wife used to cut hair in that vicinity out of their home but that was in the 1980’s. And is there a barber presently servicing the residents of Big Bass Lake today?

Big Bass Lake Road

Big Bass Lake Road if found under three directions- South, West, and North. Only East evades its entirety. The south portion of Big Bass Lake Road stretches itself from just east of the Public Landing all the way to the Big Bass Lake store in a long straight-a-way.

Of course it wasn’t always that way. In the 1950’s, when the road was unpaved, it went around a quagmire swamp about halfway down that stretch. Even today there is a slight dip in the road over that stretch of highway.

I liked it somewhat better as an unpaved road. The last time I was in that area, the eastern side of the lake was still unpaved for most of the journey to the north side of the lake. It was unpaved around both the Lakeview cemetary and the Camp Martin Johnson entrance. I’m sure that has been rectified since that time especially with all the new development at Heritage Bay, the former site of the camp.

For most of the southern jog of the road, Big Bass Lake is in view, which is also the case for the north side of the road. The western portion of Big Bass Lake Road is largely out of view of the lake. Yet, for about a half mile on the eastern unpaved road, Big Bass Lake is also in full view.

Our former property extended from just west of where the public landing was located all the way to Matson Road on the north side of the lake.

More Ghosts of Camp Sauble

What happened at this building at Camp Sauble in the last month? A couple were walking the road just outside this building when they heard noises coming from inside even though the building has been deserted for years. The man quickly scanned the building by entering through a door. He found it completely empty and as soon as he got outside they both heard noises again. This time they both ended the home cautiously and again nothing was inside. The woman noticed the floor and there were no Footprints but their own. They returned to the road to continue their walk when the noises again occurred. This time they walked faster away from the building. What were these noises? Is the camp haunted? That couple sure thinks so. And they won’t be back. I wonder what really happened there?

Elk Township Hall

This is the Elk Township Hall, the governmental Center for our district. Strangely enough, The Sauble Township Hall was actually located on the east side of Big Bass Lake. The Noreika Farm, which belonged to my grandparents, was on the west side of the lake and under the authority of Elk Township. Elsewhere on this website I have some interior shots of this building. Meetings are held their monthly. And, they have their own website.

More on the Big Bass Lake School

One has to wonder if Mr Potato Head ever made an appearance at this early school with a field named after him in ever so close proximity.

A hundred years ago, writing paper was scarce and much class work was written on slates with slate pencils. These slates, and especially the slate pencils, were very fragile. Michael Landon’s “Little House” also showcased those slates in its early years.

There was no janitor for schools in those days. Teachers and pupils did all clean up work required to leave the building and grounds in perfect condition for the next day’s class. Boarding around, or living for a few weeks in the homes of each of the students, was a common practice for teachers at the one room schoolhouse. While boarding, the teacher not only did her share of the chores, but was also expected to tutor the children. An alternative to boarding around was for teachers to live with relatives.

Pupils enrolled in a one-room country school attended all grade levels, from first through eighth. In some semesters, however, there might be no students in one or more of the grades. In its day, the on-room school as a neighborhood center, as well as a place to introduce youngsters to classroom education and discipline.

Today this school still stands and is used as the Sauble Township Hall.

Maybe Ed Should Consider This for his House?

Ed? Why swim in Big Bass Lake when you can have a pool in your house? And a sauna? You could live like a king! This house and pool are in the Irons area. Perhaps Ed should consult with this homeowner? And remember, Ed, those long Michigan winters? Just think of how good that sauna could be in the winter?


rest in peace are such comforting words. The Big Bass Lake store, Sauble Lake Emporium, Loon Lake roller rink, Ward Hill Ski Area, hotspot, the Paul Bunyan Museum, peacock Resort, North Shore camp, and Camp Martin Johnson remain in our memories but are no more. With some the structures remain but the spirit inside is gone. Perhaps you know of another entity that belongs on this list. Add a comment and let us know what it is and your memories of it. That also applies for any of our list above. I would also add to my personal list the Marion Boys Club, the salesian boys club, Hoffman Estates Boys Club, and Bradenton Boys Club. Of these only then Hoffman Estates Boys Club is gone completely. Rest in peace!

No Swimming Today

 I think we’ll pass on swimming today. Someone was in the swimming hole before us and I think will let him stay there. After all if we trying to go in we might have to grin and bear it. Besides he looks so happy in there by himself. First come first served I’ve always said. Besides if we went in that old expression might be true. Misery loves company. Besides Bear Swamp should be for Bears. Why should we intrude on their privacy?


When I was a young boy  I went to this building  to get a haircut .  My dad took me to the back of our property  and across the creek  to get to this building . I am sure this was the building  but I don’t know if it was called Bradshaw’s then. I do remember getting a pretty good haircut  plus a lollipop . Do any of our readers  know any more about Bradshaw’s ?IMG_20171016_152337

Which way do we go?

d7ee1514-78de-4f25-b8cc-4c32d13c8390 well this gives us a few choices. Do we desire to go to the staging area at Wolf Lake? After all they have a couple of motels there and they are heated. Or do we have in the direction of irons? Irons has a few good restaurants to choose from. Or do we finally opt to go to Big Bass Lake? We can eat lunch at the Na-Tah-Ka and then board overnight at Grant’s Resort. Choices, choices? What would you do?

Great dining at the club 37

IMG_20170922_212938 on occasion when I get a break from cooking Mike likes to take me to the club 37. I call it an oasis in the wilderness. No one is their equal in prime rib. Each bite is a Savory experience like none other. Mike enjoys their perch dinner. They are known for their Seafood as well. For almost being in the middle of nowhere their Ambience is excellent. The staff is always friendly and the place immaculately cleaned. I would even eat my prime rib without A one. I won’t even mention their desserts because they’re out of site. If you’re ever in the area enjoy this Oasis in the wilderness.o