Burdickville, Michigan

All that remains in the area of the once thriving town of Burdickville are three businesses. Laker Shakes, La Becasse and Trattoria Funistrada. Although both Laker Shakes and Funistrada are located in Burdickville, neither can claim that they are part of the history of the town. In the late 1850s William Burdick built a saw and grist mill. In 1876 John Helm built a general store. Not much more of the town is known other than the fact that one of the area’s newspapers, the Burdickville Meteor in the 1870s was published in Burdickville.

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  1. Mark Addington
    Mark Addington says:

    I grew up accross the “street” from what is now La Becasse. We moved there in 1963. There has always been a restaurant there! I believe it was called Mary’s Kitchen for a long time, then Woodcock’s for some time, then purchased by the O’Neill family who named it La Becasse (the woodcock). I worked for the latter two owners. The same type of history can be found for Trattoria Funistrada! And Laker Shake was originally a rock shop promoting the local petosky stones and other art forms, ran by Dorthy Lanham for many years. I knew Nan Helm when I was a child; I took her mail to her at her house on the hill overlooking Burdickville. There is a new “modern” house there now, just finished this past year.

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  2. william blake
    william blake says:

    I grew up on Glen Lake. Burdickville, michigan was a ghost town during the depression. It also hosted 2 golf courses, and a chinese resturant. In addition it had a dairy, owned by the Daily family. My grand mother and her sisters were in vaudeville. Upon retiring my grand mothers sister Mary built a lodge on the lake. occasionally they invited show business personalities such as The 3 Stooges.

    Lewis Warren was given an idea from my grand mothers sister Irene De Voll. She told him someday someone will put oversize tires on a truck, and take people for rides on the sand dunes. My grand mother Beulah Bexell was also a personal friend of Nan Helm. Nan Helms father who built the saw mill built a house above Laker shakes. He also owned all of the property from Burdickville to Maple City. This was purchased on the homestead rights. To continue earning a living he built a lookout tower in the local junk yard. He charged .10 cents for people to climb the tower. My parents Frank and Frances Blake were engaged at that tower. Contact me at (231) 325-0034. My name is Bill. Another area connected to Burdickville is called De Grauville. The saw mill is still in the woods. As a young man I manufactured moonshine and delivered it throughout the area………..

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  3. william blake
    william blake says:

    Also on Glen Lake was a grociery store known as Folmans. It is located 300 ft. east of Funistratta. Funistratta used to be gas station and general store, This was common during the 30-50. The hotel and gas station were owned by John and Ruth Holden. The old steam ship is located off of that easment. Appartantly during the WW-2 they had a steel gathering drive. I remember the boiler parts laying on the beech,1955. The old Dorsey Boat is in 150 water. I used to take some foolish scuba divers out there.

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  4. william blake
    william blake says:

    at one time labecasse resturant was also a laundry mat. Folmans grociery store also had a hitching post, for horses. The pull behind fire trailer was located accross the street.It looked like an outhouse on wheels. I suppose it was better then nothing. At least it was something to believe in.

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  5. Anne Boone
    Anne Boone says:

    My great grandparents used to run a resort and sawmill in Burdickville. AM Atkinson? I have a huge number of photos if you are interested.

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  6. caroline zervan
    caroline zervan says:

    my maiden name is bow. my grandparents lived on bow rd. my father grew up there.I believe my grandfather Julius Bow built that stucco house that still stands there.the last time I saw it,it was painted brown.we lived in a rented house,my mother called it,the payment place. It burned down in 1933 we lived with grandparents for 2wks,then moved to midland mi.where my dad got a job at Dow Chemical.his name was Julius m Bow.I would be his third child.I am 85yrsold now

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