"He loved practical jokes. When tourists passed through Memphis, they would stop and ask Carlisle how to get somewhere. He would give them the most complicated directions imaginable'There's a white barn a mile down that way, and if you turn right the road twists around and comes to the river, then after about six turns there's an old tree and there's a bridge three miles from there, and then if you turn left twice then you'll reach an old guy in a straw hat in a rocking chair smoking a pipe'and then he'd say, 'Do you understand?' Once the guy would nod yes or no, then Carlisle would finally say, 'Well, you don't go that way.'"
The well incident aside, Carlisle (no middle name) grew up loving the outdoorsespecially hunting and fishingbut he always appeared in public dressed formally and immaculately, with starched collars, tailored suits, and perfect ties. He was a noble rustic, who took as much pride in stalking and catching a large buck as he did in discussing literature or tying the perfect Windsor knot. That he would sometimes ruin those clothes sliding down the roof of the store to the ground below didn't seem to bother him (nor the spanking he got for it from Frank), or ruining his shirt while tapping the maple trees around the house to make syrup.
Carlisle had a pretty good, if dry, sense of humor. He was one of the few to ever dare the wrath of Fladellaeven she wasn't spared from his pranks. When she ordered Carlisle and Ray to move a kitchen table into the backyard for a large picnic event, Fladella kept barking orders until Carlisle calmly dropped a milk bucket over her head as he passed by to carry the table out.
Carlisle graduated from Memphis High School in 1909, and was active in various sports (track, baseball and soccer), as well as hunting, fishing, and practical jokes. But his main pursuit in high school was for MARJORIE EVELYN MARCHANT (1892-1939), a dark-haired girl in the class of 1911. She had moved to Memphis from Kalamazoo after the death of her father, a band leader and music professor. Marjorie sang herself and performed in plays, and according to the school yearbook, had "two eyes so soft and brownbeware!" Her mother had found work as a maid in the town, and eventually married the man who she kept house for. That marriage was unsuccessful, and she found work in Detroit, so Marjorie left school. But it wasn't as easy leaving Carlisle. She returned to graduate and unlike the crops on Frank Hause's farmland, their romance blossomed.
It could have ended there, but Carlisle Hause was always a tireless hunter: He followed Marjorie to Minnesota, swept her off her feet, and married her in 1911, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law Henry Benson, a senator in Minnesota. (Although Carlisle was still in school, the wedding notice in the local Minnesota paper hopefully dubbed him "Professor Carlisle Hause.")
Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University) was founded in 1849. The normal schools were aimed to train teachers for common schools, which were being established at a rapid rate in new towns throughout the state. When the school was founded, the state of Michigan had only been admitted to the union for 12 years, and it was the first educator training school west of the Allegheny Mountains. The State Legislature changed the name in 1899 to Michigan State Normal College (MSNC), the first accredited by North Central Association. Normal College became the first college in Michigan offering work in industrial arts, business, home economics, music, occupational therapy, physical education, and special education. Carlisle decided to teach business.
To finance Carlisle's education, Melissa and Fladella ran a boarding house near the schoolin fact, Carlisle, Marjorie and their new daughter, GRETCHEN (b. 15 Aug 1912) are listed as boarders there in the 1914 Polk's County Directory:
After finishing school, the family moved to Mount Clemens, the seat of Macomb County, located in southeastern lower Michigan. People came from all over the world to take the health-giving mineral baths in Mount Clemens, and it became known as the "Bath City." The city once encompassed 11 bathhouses and several hotels at its peak. Noted visitors such as film actors Clark Gable and Mae West, athletes Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, news magnate William Randolph Hearst, and the Vanderbilt family vacationed in the city for the bath industry. The locals enjoyed the spas a lot less, as the minerals would cook in the summer heat and the entire area would smell like rotten eggs.
The war plunged the country into global combat, but fortunately as a new father, Carlisle was able to stay home with his family, especially since he and Marjorie had my grandfather, CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, on 24 July 1917.
While Gretchen was always "daddy's little girl," Carleton always seemed closer to his mother (maybe his middle name of 'Marchant' did ithe eventually gave his own son the same middle name).
Here are the two children of Carlisle and Marjorie Marchant Hause:
The 1921 Central High School Yearbook from Detroit, Michigan, says that Carlisle taught "Phonography"a style of shorthand used by reporters.¹ (Years later, he signed my parents' Wedding Book in that style of shorthand, and today nobody can figure out what he wrote.) He would also use his influence to help his younger brother, Basil, acquire teaching work and find residence in the Detroit area when the economy took a downturn. (In fact, they live across the street from each other on Manistique Avenue in the 1929 Polk's City Directory.) Marjorie enjoyed city life, joining the Women's Club and singing in the choir at the massive First Presbyterian Church on 2930 Woodward Avenue.²
Being a teacher was a great job during the Great Depression, as Carlisle had a guaranteed salary while many people in other jobs saw their wages drop or cease entirely. In fact, the Great Depression might mark the only time in United States history in which teaching was lucrative work.³ Carlisle used the extra cash to buy a large Christmas tree farm, and property in the north, to pursue his passion for hunting and fishing.
Although Carlisle lived in a more settled area of Michigan, he never lost his love for the woods. He found a small pocket of unspoiled nature on a lake near the Huron National Forest, and built a summer cabin there, at Vaughn Lake (3964 Lake Street, Glennie, Curtis Township, Alcona County, MI 48737-9328).⁴ Vaughn is a glacial till lake, filled with yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, largemouth bass, and northern pike.⁵ As a tenured teacher, Carlisle was one of the lucky few to have a guaranteed salary during the Great Depression, and used the extra money to buy the property.
Carlisle would spend a few days during the winter there on hunting trips, although it was such a remote location that he could be trapped there for weeks if the roads weren't cleared of snow. In the early years of the cabin its only connection to civilization was one extremely unstable wooden bridge, hung across a river by leather straps. In fact, it was so unstable that when my Grandfather later brought his family to visit, he would first make them cross the bridge on foot, and then he would drive the car across the bridge with the driver's door open, so he could jump free if the bridge collapsed. The cabin had no heat, no air conditioning, and no plumbing, which meant that you had to get all of your cooking, drinking and bathing water from a well in front of the cabin, and you had to relieve yourself in an outhouse dug into the earth (hopefully a long ways away from the well).
One day Marjorie had an accident at their well on Vaughn Lake, when she was injured in the chest by the crank that spun out of control as she tried to raise a bucket of water. Marjorie was a frail person, and soon after she fell ill. The doctors operated in October of 1938 and determined that the cause was breast cancer on her right side, but Carlisle always blamed the well accident for triggering the decline of her physical health.
The surname "Meister" is derived from the Latin word magister (appropriately, a "teacher"), the Yiddish mayster, and the German meister from Old High German meistar, meaning "master" (as in "master craftsman," or as an honorific title). The word is akin to maestro. The Meister surname was first found in found in Switzerland, where the family is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society. Eventually they moved into Germany. The family's Coat of Arms is a blue shield with two silver pales, and two swords in saltire through behind a black mullet pierced.
"Emmy" was always a lovely woman to us, but according to my father her relationship with my grandfather (her stepson) was always a little chilly, presumably because Carlisle remarried so quickly. However, it was never in Carlisle's character to wait for somethinghe was always a man who was quick to act. They had no children, but both had a happy, comfortable life, after Carlisle sold his Christmas tree farm to a developer who wanted to build a mall, for a large amount of money. (On a side note, Emily willed my father, her grandson, the money that bought the computer that started this genealogical quest on the Internet.)
While on the water with my brother Eric and me, Carlisle had a minor heart attack. He winced in pain and slumped backward in the boat. Turning towards the shore, he called out to Emmy, who was talking with my mother onshore, but the pressure in his chest didn't allow much of a yell. Eric and I picked up the call, terrified. Somehow, Carlisle summoned the strength to bring the boat back to the dock as Eric and I watched, both amazed at the battle our great grandfather was waging to survive. After he was helped up to the cabin, he rested for a while, then was back to his old self that evening, singing and cooking up some sunfish.
Carlisle's granddaughter, Sue Brundage Holt, remembers: "I remember Grandpa coughing a lot and sounding congested, which I attributed to his smoking. He also had some problems with cholesterol. He was supposed to give up his bacon and eggs and high fat diet. He said, 'I've been eating them all of my life, and I'm not going to change now.' He definitely had some lung problems, probably emphysema." Carlisle died in Franklin, Oakland, Michigan, on 23 Mar 1972. But there was then the problem of burial: Carlisle had two wives: Marjorie was interred at Woodmere Cemetery in the southwest section of Detroit, while Emmy was still going strong (and would outlive him by more than 20 years). Carlisle was still a devoted son, and it was decided that his ashes would be placed between the graves of his parents in the Memphis Cemetery.
So today, summers for the Hause family are no longer spent in the rustic cabin that Carlisle built, on the peaceful shore of Vaughn Lake. But the cabin is still therealthough the logs on three sides are covered over with siding, and a large garage has been added. A sign along the familiar stone pathway reads "World's Greatest Grandpa," but sadly it isn't there for a Hause. Like the monstrous pike that once prowled the lake's depths, the Hauses have disappeared from the area. The cabin was apparently sold again a few years ago, without our knowledge, and now belongs to a nice family who let us walk around the grounds dejectedly and wish we lived thereof course, they have no intention of selling it, as they want it for their grandkids.
1929 - 1959: The rest of the country catches up to our family in general poverty; Frank and Fladella remain in Memphis; Carlisle moves to the Big City, then goes a little country; Carlisle begat Carleton Sr. who begat Carleton Jr., who will follow Carleton Sr. west, to find better jobs in California.
¹The Centralite, Vol XI; Published by the Senior Class, June, 1921. Faculty Page: "Mr. Carlisle Hause, Phonography."
²The First Presbyterian Church is a large cruciform plan Richardsonian Romanesque building with walls of red rough-cut sandstone, and is considered the finest work of Detroit architect George DeWitt Mason. Completed between 1889 and 1891, it features a massive square tower rising from the cross forms the main, central portion of the structure. The tower, which is buttressed by corner turrets, features tall clerestory windows and is topped by a steep slate covered hip-roof broken by gabled dormers. Short transept arms feature large rose windows in their gable-fronts and are flanked by rectangular extensions. One of the transepts is fronted by an ornate rib-arched triple entrance decorated with variegated, geometric, and organic designs in the spandrals adding a byzantine flavor. Many stained glass windows light the interior of the church including one depicting St John of Patmos by Tiffany and Company. (SOURCE: AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture, by Eric J. Hill and John Gallagher. Wayne State University Press, 2002.)
³In April of 1930, while over 90,000 workers were unemployed in Detroit metropolitan area (roughly 28 percent of 400,000 auto-related jobs), the city's teachers actually had their salaries raised by a unanimous vote of the school board. This action sparked outrage in some political circles that were calling for cuts to the city's education budget, but newspapers like The Detroit News, the largest circulation newspaper in the city, warned politicians to "keep their hands off education." SOURCE: The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1907-81, by Jeffrey Mirel, University of Michigan Press, 1999. Pages 90-94.
⁴Today Glennie is an unincorporated community at the junction of Bamfield/Glennie Road and M-65 at 44°33'38"N 83°43'33"W. The ZIP code for Glennie is 48737 and includes the eastern two-thirds of Curtis Township, as well as portions of Mitchell Township, Alcona County, Michigan, Millen Township, and Mikado Township in Alcona County, as well as a portions of Oscoda Township and Plainfield Township in Iosco County. Glennie was created during the Michigan lumbering boom in the 1880's, and a depot on the Detroit and Mackinac Railway known as "Glennie Station" and a post office of the same name was established on October 5, 1889, with Ella Deacon as the postmaster. The name was shortened to "Glennie" on October 2, 1894. A plat for the settlement was not officially recorded until 1940. (Romig, Walter (1986) . Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press.) With over half the township still included in the Huron National Forest, winter snowmobile and summer hiking trails abound.
⁵The first recorded fish sampling at Vaughn was conducted in July 1937. Reported as common were yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, and largemouth bass. Forage fish observed were black-chin shiner, bluntnose minnow, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, and golden shiner. The only "coarse" fish observed were brown bull-heads. The fish community was most recently surveyed on May 16-18, 1990. The fish community observed in 1990 was very similar to that found in previous surveys. Bluegill, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, and largemouth bass made up 84% of the 788 fish captured. The size distribution appears well balanced with large members of each species present. All (100%) of the northern pike, 35% of the largemouth bass, 82% of the yellow perch, 68% of the bluegill, 82% of the pumpkinseed, and 75% of the rock bass were of catchable size. The one exception to past surveys was that no walleye were captured even though 10,000 spring fingerlings were stocked the previous summer. This plant had been made to supplement the remnant walleye population. The pike apparently still survive, although in much smaller numbers and size. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources Status of the Fishery Resource Report 91-5, 1991.)
⁶Pike are ambush predators; they lie in wait for prey, holding perfectly still for long periods and then exhibit remarkable acceleration as they strike. The northern pike is a largely solitary predator, but sometimes divers observe groups of similar sized pike that practice some cooperation, so there are some "wolfpack" theories by fishermen. The northern pike is a relatively aggressive species, especially with regards to feeding and other such activities. For example, when food rations are poor, cannibalism develops. Because of their prolific and predatory nature, laws have been enacted in some places to help stop the spread of northern pike outside of their native range. For instance, in the states of Maine and California, anglers are required, by law, to remove the head from a pike once it has been caught. (Young, Samantha (2007-09-26). "Calif. Aims to Rid Lake of Northern Pike." Associated Press.)