By Susie Spitler
For the Weekly Record Herald
TIPP CITY — Camping — a fun summertime activity. But the early people of Tippecanoe took it to a new level.
They took their finer furniture and table service, even though they were tent camping. And how they dressed! Notice the ladies in their long white dresses and dark skirts and while blouses. The men in their vests and ties and straw hats. Even the children dressed in such a manner.
A number of locals had cottages and others joined them with their tents in what was called “Camp Lazy” near the Miami River. A description by Dorothy Suerdieck states “the pictures with the tents are of Tipp People who had cottages along the Miami River. Harshbargers had the oldest one just north of the Tipp Elizabeth Road bridge. North of them was a newer one owned by Garvers. Then Dr. Hartman, Clarks and Timmers had cottages south of East Main Street. They put up tents in summer to entertain. Most people went out for days only.”
Does anyone know if any of these cottages are still standing, or where they might have been located? If you have any information to share with the Tippecanoe Historical Society call Gordon at (937) 667-3051 or Susie at (937) 698-6798. Or stop by the museum Wednedays 2-4 p.m. or Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon.