Good Harbor Michigan

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About the author:
Norbert Bufka was born and raised in Good Harbor. He has a BA in history from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and taught American history and Latin for seven years at Bad Axe High School. He was in sales for more than twenty years and finally Director of Faith Formation at a Midland Catholic parish for nine years. He wrote a monthly op-ed column for the Midland Daily News for about eight years and published three books. He also has a MA in Latin and a Master of Pastoral Studies degrees.

Good Harbor Michigan

The Story and the People 1850-1931

Authored by Norbert Bufka
Edition: 1

Good Harbor Michigan is about a thriving community in central Leelanau County. A lumbering town sprang up in the mid 1880's only to die as the result of a fire. The community continued and this is their story, based on primary source material, especially the Leelanau Enterprise which began publishing its weekly paper in 1880. citations are included for the serious historian and the people data are a bonanza for the genealogist and family history buff. Fascinating accounts of travel, shipping, schools, churches and cemeteries in Good Harbor are presented. A list of names and birth and death dates of people interred in the four cemeteries is also part of the book.
In 2011 he published From Bohemia to Good Harbor, the story of the Bufka family. This book complements that family history. A companion book is "News from the Neighborhood", ( a book of news items from the "Leelanau Enterprise and the Michigan Gazeteer and Business Directory.

"Norbert Bufka has "done a very thorough research and have provided extensive documentation for the detailed history of the early developments, from tribal culture to modern times." There is "a thorough discussion of early telephone service ... incredible detail as to the names of families, times of events prices of food ownership of buildings and businesses etc."
Howard Tanner, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 1975-1983.

Other books by Norbert Bufka:
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Leelanau Series: (about Leelanau County Michigan)
#1 "From Bohemia to Good Harbor (2nd edition): The Story of the Bufka Family in Leelanau"
#2 "Good Harbor Michigan: The Story and the People 1850-1931"
#3 "News from the Neighborhood: Good Harbor Michigan: 1875-1931"

Coming in 2016:
North Unity
Lost Places in Leelanau

Pope Francis Series:
#1 "Pope Francis: The Beginning of a New Era"
#2 "Jesus and Pope Francis: Models for Living" (coming in December 2015)
#3 "A Study Guide for Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis"
#4 "The Care of Our Common Home" by Pope Francis: A Study Guide"

Other books:
"The Nicene Creed: A Reinterpretation"
"Saint Joseph's Seminary: Personal and Historical Perspectives"

Publication Date:
1499592159 / 9781499592153
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / 19th Century

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