Sunday, November 10, 2013

Camp Strongheart - Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Postmarked July 1942,  Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Couldn't find out much about Camp Strongheart except that they were a boys camp featured in Life Magazine in 1956...and that they owned a nice 1940 Ford Woody!


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  1. Hi Steve,

    My husband's family started Camp Strongheart for Boys in 1924. You can just barely see his grandfather in the driver's seat in the photo. Sanford Herzog was into anything that had a motor - he raced boats with Louis Chevrolet, he drove one of the first Eliason snowmobiles in Wisconsin, he owned many beautiful Chris Crafts etc. Oh, if we had it all now, eh? A few years ago I found a site devoted to the restoring of one of the camp's Voyager canoes……maybe we'll find that Ford Woody someday.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. That's so great to have that kind of family history!..."If we all had it now..." How many times I've thought that after my mother telling her family's pre-depression stories. Your comments have made my day! - Thanks! If you'd like a high-definition scan of the postcard let me know and I can email it to you!

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  3. Steve,

    Oh, these folks had a wonderfully varied and fascinating history and investigating leads online has become a great way to learn about local history, as well. The photos are a bonus. Yes, as the unofficial family archivist, I'd love a hi-def copy.

    Thanks again, Dorr

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    1. Rather than post your email address for the world to see, here is mine. I'll send you a copy of the postcard ASAP!

      slt1954@gmail.com

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  4. I had the pleasure of attending Camp Strongheart during the summers of 1957 and 1958. That is where I learned to speak English fluently, it was my father's idea to send me and my brothers there from Cuba to learn English. It was the best way to learn a language. We used to raise the Cuban flag under the U.S.A. flag every morning. I have great, happy memories from those summers. Does anyone know where nurse Shaw might be? Vicente.J. Herrero

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    1. Thanks for the background! Always nice when I get to see someone have a moment with a postcard. This is one of my favorite cards.

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  5. Fun to trip over this. I went to Camp Strongheart 1949-52 from age 6-8. We were able to spend the whole 8 week summer there, which allowed us time to get over home-sickness and into the fun, enough not to want to leave. All kinds of great memories from all the activities; sports yes, but also fishing, hiking, camping out, all of it. And the Herzog family was great. Especially for the little kids, Mrs. H would frighten us with Indian stories and adventures at night and then we'd have to find our way back to the cabin to hide under the blankets:)

    A few other memories.....it was only a few years after War's end and they had a surplus landing craft that they took us across the lake in, to pick blueberries and raspberries....total fun. Mid-summer had a parents' weekend visit, I guess to assure them we were still alive....most of us would have preferred them to stay home, but for two days the quality of the food served was considerably improved!

    I guess I could write a book, but probably not a lot different from all the stories of all the camps of that era. Just outdoor fun and game....no phones, no electronics, not even TV.

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  6. I would love to read more stories about this camp. My family and I love staying here all summer long and I love hearing the history.

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  7. My younger brother and I attended Camp Strongheart in the summer of 1962 (?) I'm guessing. We both did a 4 week session. Lloyd Schaeffer was the camp director. He was a friend of my Mothers family as he gsd worked as a counselor for my grandfather at a camp he ran for WK Kellogg at Pine Lake, MI. I was from SW Michigan in a small town. We went to Chicago and got on a chartered train filled with kids going to many camps..sort of like the Harry Potter train. I remember the cabins had no electricity. There were a lot of "big city kids" which was a change for a kid from a rural town. I remember there was a girls camp close by.. camp towering pines or somethinglike that. I remember some sort of mixer with tbem. I also remember catching huge muskilunge a muskie in the lake. In retrospect, it was a preparation for both my brother & I for boarding school in Massachusetts which followed fairly soon. It's a great memory. I do remember math tutoring too. I hated tbat.

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