October 1, 2016
The log building pictured above is believed to be the original home on the Bufka farm by the first owners. When I was growing up it was used as a chicken coop. For a complete history and many pictures, see my book, From Bohemia to Good Harbor., It tells the complete story of the Bufka family in Leelanau as well as a long description of life on the farm in the late nineteenth century and the progress from there to modernization in the mid-twentieth century..
The Ordinance of 1787
established the Northwest Territory and ordered the surveying of the land. The
current Great Lakes states comprise roughly the former
†† The area now known as Leelanau County was laid off in 1840 and attached to Mackinac County from 1843-1853. It was organized as
The first county seat was at Northport but changed to Leland in1880. The county seat was moved to a new location near
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Good Harbor is one of the ghost villages in Michigan. It was one of the many lumber towns on the Great Lakes. Good Harbor was on the shore of Lake Michigan in central Leelanau County. While the village has long ago disappeared, the area around it is still known as Good Harbor. In 1890 "The village consisted of 18 houses, two general stores, a post office in one of the general stores, a two-story boarding house which was 150 feet long, a warehouse, a saloon, and a feed barn. When the mill burned down in 1902, the village lost its heart, and the inhabitants began to move away.
For a complete history of Good Harbor, see my book, Good Harbor Michigan: TheStory and the People 1850-1931. It tells the story by using original news items from the Leelanau Enterprise and many other original sources. It includes genealogical data of about 100 families, history of the churches and schools.
Also of interest is my book, News from the Neighborhood, which includes news items from the Leelanau Enterprise about Good Harbor from 1880 to 1931.
Bohemian Settlement was
an area part of the old North Unity in which a number of Bohemians (Czechs) had
settled in the 1850's and later. Most, if not all, of these early
settlers were Roman Catholic. In 1884, Fr. Joseph Mrak,
the first priest serving this community, organized a church building
committee. Charles Hlavka donated an acre of
land. Joseph Svoboda built the first altar. It was later burned and a new
altar purchased. The church was built on a knoll alongside the road now known
as Bohemian Rd.
In 1888 the new church was blessed by the first bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Henry Joseph Richter. It was dedicated to the care of
Priests from Peshabestown,