Lake Contrary Development Association is hosting a craft and flea market festival on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8 AM to 4 PM at Lake Contrary. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new pump for the lake.
Local Historian, Clyde Weeks will be featured with a presentation of his book ‘Lake Contrary Glory Days’.
Many remember or have heard stories of the long gone glory days of Lake Contrary, the development which was one of Midwest’s first resorts. From its opening in the 1880’s by the light and power company as a means to selling more electricity, to its closing as an amusement park in the early 1960’s, Lake Contrary was quiet the place to be for decades. It had summer homes, traveling acts, yacht and horse races, rides, a river- boat, and more.
Enough time has passed since it’s closing that this book is a positive feature to understanding and appreciating its history and its glory days.
For years Mr. Weeks has been gathering memorabilia-cards, photographs, booklets, menus, fans, scraps of paper, pins, badges--anything he could find about Lake Contrary.
Their are many old photos of the Park in the book which was published in the memory of the Ingersolls - Bob and Miss Anna - who brought joy to so many for a half century.
Special thanks to the editor of the book ‘Lake Contrary Glory Days’, Clyde Weeks for his love and passion for St. Joseph and keeping its history alive!
For more information on the festival this weekend please contact Ivana Calhoun at