Today on “Ted Hayes Remembers” Louise and the late Alt Williams will talk about those carefree days at Bass Lake.
Louise Williams was a Chicago girl, but dad wanted his kids out of the city in the summer. So he bought a place at Bass Lake and his wife and children ran the restaurant and resort during the week, and he came out on the weekend. Louise Williams tells us what it was like.
“It was a super place to be,” she said. “It was quiet. The only noise you would hear was the oars in the water from rowing boats, maybe sails in the wind. There were a lot of barrel rafts that we enjoyed just laying and lulling on and diving off of. It was the days of outside johns and kerosene cook stoves. I recall walking to Ruth Fishburn’s store to get kerosene for my mother in two gallon jugs and the trip back was always longer than the trip going there. There was always the joy when someone you knew would stop and offer a ride. The walk was enjoyable because you knew all the people within that mile and you stop and gab. I’d even goof off and play with a girlfriend for a while. It seems to me that those days were much slower and summers were longer.”
Alt Williams moved here with his family from Kentucky and he loved the lake as much as his wife.
“I remember having the largest outboard motor at Bass Lake in 1948 or 1949 and it was a 16 horse,” said the late Alt Williams in an older interview. “Mr. Fishburn used to tell me that I was crazy it was too big. There were some outboards. Mr. Shaw and Ernie Small and they each had an inboard, about three or four nice inboards, but that outboard was the largest. It was a 16 horse Johnson and everybody thought I was nuts. I had it on a 12 foot boat. Ever since then, the lake has changed. It’s gotten crazier, but fun.”
The Indians called it Winchetonqua or beautiful waters. We just call it Bass Lake (from the land of Sky blue waters)
Listen today at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for “Ted Hayes Remembers”.