News from the Neighborhood

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About the author:
Norbert Bufka was born and raised in Good Harbor. He has a BA in history and MA degrees in Latin and Pastoral Studies. He taught American history and Latin for seven years at Bad Axe High School, worked in sales for more than twenty years and then served as Director of Faith Formation at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic parish in Midland Michigan for nine years. In retirement, he wrote a monthly op-ed column for the Midland Daily News for several years and published three books: A Journey to Peace through Justice, Moral Values and Sound Bites, and From Bohemia to Good Harbor prior to 2013.
He is married and has one daughter who is married and they have one son.

News from the Neighborhood

Good Harbor Michigan 1875-1931

Authored by Norbert Bufka
Edition: 1

Good Harbor was a lumbering village in the late nineteenth century on the shore of Lake Michigan in Leelanau County Michigan. This book has original news items as they appeared in the Leelanau Enterprise from 1880 to 1931. Descriptive entries about Good Harbor from the Michigan State Gazeteer and Business Directory from 1875 to 1931 are also included..
The news are typical of local weekly newspapers of that era. They tell who visited whom, who was sick, and who the local teacher was. There are also serious news accounts about the Vernon disaster which took the life of pioneer Charles Kropp, the ill-fated attempt to build a railroad from Maple City to Good Harbor and to Leland as well as the story of the fire that destroyed the saw mill and the village.
A companion book is Good Harbor Michigan, which tells the complete story of the village and area by incorporating the news items from this book and many other original sources. There is fascinating information about the way people lived, genealogy of the pioneers of the area, details about the school, churches and cemeteries, the development of travel and shipping. Many dates of arrival, birth, death, and marriages are also included.
From Bohemia to Good Harbor tells the story of the Bufka family in Good Harbor, including personal histories told by Joseph and Agnes Bufka. Norbert Bufka was the youngest son of Joseph and Agnes and the last Bufka born on the Bufka farm, now included in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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:
1495952681 / 9781495952685
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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