Leaping at the Meadows

There seem to have been at least two photographers taking pictures of the event. Louis Cleage, laying on the ground in the background, is seen taking photos at one point. Someone was also taking them from the front. Who that was, I don’t know. Maybe Henry.

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Hugh Cleage running to jump. Unknown youth watches, becomes inspired.
Hugh’s flying leap. Louis watches.
Hugh Lands.
Unknown youth taking a running leap. Louis Cleage taking a photo

Memories of the Meadows from my Aunt Gladys via FB message and her daughter Jan in 2010:
“Albert Senior and a bunch of fellow doctors bought it. It was to be a place where everyone could get away and the kids could meet and play.. big house on the property with a porch that wrapped around 2/3 of the house… (Plum Nelly was the conscientious objector farm) … dances on the porches… near Capac Michigan… Apparently they sold it later. she kind of remembers parties on the porch… a get-a-way other than the Boule or Idlewild. Mom remembers the boys spending a couple weeks at the meadows during the summer and Louis packing the provisions.”

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Other posts about the Meadows

Hugh Fishing At the Meadows
‘Rocco, Smitty – Getting a ticket for fishing!
D – DIARY Entry – Henry 1936
Henry’s Diary Part 2 – 1936 with photos from the Black Album
Follow up on Henry’s Diary
The Meadows 1940s
More About The Mystery Couple
My parents about 1943

12 thoughts on “Leaping at the Meadows

  1. What a fun thing to do, entertaining at the time…then back to a darkroom and develop those action photos! I’m always happy to read about your family’s activities. A “meadow” retreat sounds so cool for families with kids.

  2. I always find that the original post pulls me on to all the links before. I want to know more and more. Are the Meadows a place on a map or the name of the house or houses?

    1. It was the name of their spot. it wouldn’t be on a map. It was near Capac, a village in Mussey Township, St. Clair County. And near a river/stream.

  3. Such energetic photos! Makes you glad portable cameras were invented. I was also fascinated to read your previous post about Plum Nelly, the conscientious objector farm, which coincides with my current series on Uncle Fred’s WWII letters. My grandmother may have wished for something like that to keep her sons out of war.

  4. These are wonderfully creative photos! Cameras were pretty primitive back then and capturing motion against a clear sky was difficult to impossible. Someone must have picked up these dramatic ideas from watching movies or reading about cinematography.

  5. Great pictures to match the prompt! Leaping & jumping. In track I was pretty good at running, but I didn’t do all that well in the jumping categories. The fellows in your pictures looked like they were having a hoot of fun! 🙂

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