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If you love Charlevoix and its fascinating history we'd love to have you as an annual member. Click the link to our website chxhistory.com/become-member/ or you can call 231-547-0373 for more information. ...

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The Meggison family lumbering operation. From left: Albert Meggison, Will Meggison, Bert Thompson, and Robert Meggison. circa early 1900s ...

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Stop by the Historical Society Museum at Harsha House today from now till 6:00pm during the Cultural Corridor Merry Market for some great sales. $10 off 13x19 size historic photos such as those depicted below, 50% off select polos and t-shirts, $1.00 Charlevoix scenes Christmas ornaments and BOGO free magnets. ...

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Charlevoix Historical Society
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The US Submarine Veterans of WWII Michigan Chapter's memorial to the gallant men of the USS Escolar which was lost by enemy action during WWII on or about 17 Oct. 1944. The memorial, located in East Park, is also dedicated to all U.S. Submarines and their crew that participated during WWII and that are still on "patrol."

Charlevoix native Benjamin Swartz "Bennie" Gill was instrumental in getting the memorial built, and maintained it during his life. Gill enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and served on the USS Lexington, USS Canopus, and USS Perch. The Perch was attacked while on patrol in the Java Sea in March 1942. After receiving extensive damage the skipper ordered the crew to abandon ship. The entire crew was captured by the Japanese and spent over three years in a POW camp. All but five of the crew (who died of malnutrition) returned home at wars end. Gill returned home in the fall of 1945.
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