January 1979 – Editor Carol A. Elfers & Julie Kennedy Sec-Treas. Letters from Emil Hach, Jean Dwelle, Jane & Warren Bartel, Annette Asche, Evelyn Parks and John Neuman. Profile on Rev. Warren Walton. Birthdays: Jean Dwelle, Harriet Martin, Ralph Dietrich, Bertha Agnew Seward (Mrs. Howard Navorska’s mother age 101). What’s Happening – people mentioned: Gary, Al, Brian and Ali Brian of the Big House; Bob & Pixie Schwartz; Dr. & Mrs. Heinz Boker; Vi Haig; Ruth Stafford; Kevin Haig; Paula Haig; Carol, Bob, & Bobby Swanson; Pam Betzenheimer; Teresa Trumpower; John & Virginia Neuman; Jim & Betty Jones; Charlie Pascoe; Joe Wolfe; Reese Davis, Fireman’s Ball; Frank Parks (new fire chief); Chucta family from Michigan. Obits: George Benya, Daniel Gibbons, Martha Atchley. Fishing tips. The Village Pump/Martin’s Bar.
February 1979 – Editor Carol A. Elfers mourns and remembers Vi Haig and Floyd Erne. Coradine Myers writes about her children and Steve Kekelik, Marge & Al Rumel, Jessie Martin, George Yoscovitz, Florence and her Mom (Pohrence), Jim Seeholzer, Don Williams, Eral Bowman, Franklin Clark, Theo Martin, Floyd Erne. News: O. Hugh Lange, Joe LaLonde, Fred Walcott, John Kilko. Poem about Indian Inscription Rock by Josephine Krizek (Pohorence). Long list of Islanders and their nicknames. Radio presentation of a Christmas special written by Rev., John C. Sherbno of St. Michael’s Church. Winter count: 114-127 winter residents, 56 homes occupied, 54 over age 65, 13 students in school and 2 at EHOVE, 180 registered voters, 725 property owners and 14 vacant homes., 72 trailers/mobile homes, 391 summer and 56 winter homes. Birthday: Marian Goldner and Kate Boker. Photo from 20 years ago: Bob, Pixie, Digger, Patty, Peter & Cathy Schwartz, Florence & Hal Block, Ed, Rita, Jim, & Greg Violand, Carolyn, Bob Nancy & Bruce Colby, Schwartz, and hound dog Drummer. Ellen Gerrasch write about visiting the Island, and letters from John & Nadine Mack, Florence (Pohorence) Chittenden, Betty & Earl Bowman, Aunt Eilene Martin, Toby & Nora Zetter (from Sydney Australia), and Caroline DeBoard. Busy people: KILA, Marshall Bokerman, Catherine Boker, John Kennedy, Edward Violant, Jack Winnen, shoreline erosion project, renovations to water tower, waterlines installed in Hunter-cruse and Sunset Subdivision, John Neuman, Hank Knapp, PFC Jerome Yoscovits, George Yoscovits. Fishing tips by Glen Tetzloff.
August 18, 1979 – This issue is called Friends and features several islanders with their stories. Who is this Coradine Myers and where’d she come from. The glacial grooves - excavation began in 1972 to uncover the hidden grooves. Happy 50th anniversary to Logan and Catherine Bickley who were married on the Island, parents of Martin & Eileen Beerck, and sharing a little family history. Three generations share Jim (Pappy) & Eila Russell’s love for the Island; daughter Caroline (& Jerry) Taylor, son Cliff Donley. 19 young people gathered in the Village hall and, sitting in rocking chairs, rocked for hours for the painting fund of the Zion Methodist Church. Helen Winnen remembers all those who helped them when they lived here (Father Sherbno, Bert Miller, Pee Wee and Kim & Rob Watkins, Coradine and Jim Seeholzer. Bob & Pixie Schwarts, Ray Kladel, Ed Ondrak.A song about Kelleys Island. Harriet Farrar passed away May 29, 1979. Graduation day – Bert Miller and Coke, Vinnie Thorne, Vange & Jim Bugle (as Tony graduates), Jim & Pat Seeholzer (Mike) mentioned. Windy Richard Wingate turns Kamp Kellisle into a hostel for stranded students. Eleanor Liwosz recovering from broken ribs. Eileen Johnson’s husband Dewey died. John Neuman took him to McGruder. People dropping by to say hello: Bucky Harris, Roy Fox, Jakie Martin, Mary Schock. Storm demolished trees on Titus Road near W. Lakeshore. A wall of water about 10’ high poured from the sky. Pastor Warren Walton is new Deacon, Mrs. Paul Eckert, Mary Walton, Coradine Myers and Bonnie Blatt were all hospitalized recently. Velma Betzenheimer announced her first grandchild (parents Mark and wife) named Alexander Betzenheimer. Sharon Bianchi and Kim Watkins open The Fish Net featuring hand crafted items on the Casino dock. Nancy Kelley – 9th generation Kelley, father was William Kelley. Spotlight on People: Marge & Al Rumal & uncle Tepley. Advertisement for Dirty Don’s Casino.
October 1979 – Mike McCune and Bill Gorchester run for Mayor. VFW holds hamburger dinner to start school year. Students: Tery & Peggy Bianchi, Robin Watkins, Pam Haig, Elic Watkins, Barry Lynn, Kevin Haig, Connie Matso, Chris Seeholzer, Marie Feyedelem, Paul Matso. Adults: Wayne Finger, Kurt Boker, Donna Farmer, Pat Seeholzer, Mr & Mrs K. Knapp, Joe Onders, Bob Schnittker, Bud Yoscovits, Jim Twilliger, Bill Gorchester, Deb Seeholzer, Mike Seeholzer, Ted Blatt and Herb Bickley.
PIB neighbors sail to Neuman’s dock on Miller Ferry for end of season visit. Obits: Wm. Lange, Frank Volz. Homecoming a success (photos). Letters from Earl & Betty Bowman, Jim & Margie Gerry, Margaret Perkinson, Earl & Betty Bowman. Missing – 3 large cows (Hugh Lange); VW windshield (Jim Bugel); fishing rods (Ted Blatt & Joe Onders); tire & lug nuts (Joe LaLond’s car); “The Fish Net” sign (Sharon Bianchi and Kim Watkins).
Dan Ahner wins Florence Pohorence Chittendon’s oil painting. Where are they now? Ruth Batty Blatt Verber who was born on KI, married Keith Blatt, then James Verber. Coradine Myers mentions: Carol Vogler Elfers, Julie Kennedy, Ted Blatt, St. Michael’s ladies, John Neuman, Burt Miller, Wayne Finger, Frank Pohorence, Jack & Helen Winnen, Wally Raum, John Hatala, Mrs. Wm. McKillips, Norma Blatt, Oscar McKillip’s brother, Godfried Schock, Julie Kennedy, Fritz & Peggy Martin, Rose & Nelson Dwelle, and Elmer Craft.