Join us at the Charlevoix Public Library for a presentation by Mary Beth Soellner, “The Hampton Family of Northern Michigan.”

charlevoix-democrat-adMary Beth is the great granddaughter of Carlos Hampton, first mayor/president of Harbor Springs. Her grandfather, Will E. Hampton, owner and editor of the Charlevoix Democrat and mayor of Charlevoix in 1907, wrote the letter that led to the construction of Charlevoix’s Carnegie Library, the first in Northern Michigan.

According to Bob Miles, Mr. Hampton also sold “safety bicycles” in Charlevoix, and received a number of medals as a result of winning bicycle races.  The Charlevoix Public Library has Mr. Miles’s book online, and you can read about Hampton’s exploits and look at a picture of him on his bicycle by clicking HERE. 

Mary Beth’s talk, together with documents, pictures, and memorabilia, will detail her family’s journey from Michigan, through the Southern states, which were torn by the impending Civil War, to Texas, and finally back to Northern Michigan. Some of the items she’ll share with us were brought by her great grandmother Cornelia, who traveled with three of her sons in a horse-drawn wagon in 1865.

carlos-hampton-familyThis photograph shows Carlos and Cornelia Hampton, with Will (right) and his older brother, Charles.

Mary Beth’s presentation will be posted here soon, so you can see it if you were unable to attend the presentation.