Grayling Sportsman’s Club

“Our Roots”

The idea of the Grayling Sportsman’s Club originated during the winter of 1938 – 1939, in Carl Sorenson’s Barbershop on Michigan Avenue, now known as Shear Magic, Shelly Fick. The organizational meeting was held upstairs in the Jansen Plumbing Shop on Cedar Street. It was then the Odd Fellows Hall.

There were about 80 people present at this meeting and subsequent meetings were held there for a long time. Our second location was in the basement of the Legion Hall on Peninsular Street (now the Moose Club).

Through the efforts of then President Nels Olson and Stan Madsen, together with other members, we acquired some lots on the AuSable River in the Thendera Plat and Stan Madsen constructed a cabin on the lots at his own expense, and donated it to the Club. We raffled it off and used the proceeds to purchase our own clubhouse on Ingham Street in March of 1952. Grover Cason and Nels Olsen laid the tile floor and “Floxie” installed the furnace so we could conduct our meetings without freezing to death. After the meetings everyone worked until the final touches were completed. During the time we were on Ingham Street, the Club almost broke up over the pro and con arguments about deer herd and Winter Sports issues, but we did survive and flourish until we incorporated in 1953.

In 1957 we sold the clubhouse to the Grayling Women’s Club and moved out to the Old Lake Road property which contained 40 acres and was purchased from the “Northern Michigan Land & Oil Company” in the same year. In 1972 we purchased a 10-acre tract from Ken Chappel and his wife Margaret and also purchased an additional 5-acre tract from Stan Madsen and his wife Bernice Madsen. The latter two tracts were purchased for a safety factor for the skeet and shooting ranges.

Some of the projects of the Club were as follows:

Some of the deceased Members who contributed over and above normal expectations were: Otto Failing, Stan Madsen, Herb Wolff, Bill Hines, John Latuzek, Matt Edson.

Respectfully Submitted and I regret any and all omissions,
L. “Bud” Hunter