Jim

Wilson, NC

#21 Aug 22, 2007
Sorry my link did not work so I have pasted the story below. This is Joseph Bachunas sister.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Elaine E. Geiser, 77

RELATED STORIES Elaine E. Geiser, age 77, of Holland, died Friday, August 17, 2007, at the Hospice House of Holland.
Elaine was born July 20, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Alex and Sophia Bachunas. Alex and his brother Joseph owned Tabor Farm Resort in Sodus, Michigan, and went on to own and manage other resorts including Hotel Macatawa, Prospect Point and Blaney Park where Elaine worked many summers. Elaine grew up in Sodus, attended Saint Mary's Academy in South Bend, Indiana, and was a 1948 graduate of Benton Harbor High School. She attended Michigan State College (MSU) and the Detroit College of Business. In 1953 she married Dale Geiser and moved to Holland, Michigan, for the rest of her life. In Holland she was involved in the Girl Scouts and was a Den Mother in Cub Scouts. She belonged to various book clubs including Great Books, and was involved in starting and leading Junior Great Books. She volunteered for a number of other organizations, including Hospice of Holland just after its formation 25 years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Dale Geiser, in 2006.

She is survived by her children, Kevin Geiser and Ann Dahmer of St. Joseph, MI, Craig Geiser of Holland, MI, Eric and Cindy Geiser of Traverse City, MI; 2 grandchildren, Cameron and Ryan Geiser; brother, Ted Bachunas of St. Joseph, MI; sister-in-law, Mrs. Clyde (Helen) Geiser of Evansville IN; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 22, 2007, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street in Holland. Father Richard Prendergast will be officiating.

A private burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Holland. An online registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com for those who cannot attend the services.
Jennifer

Southfield, MI

#22 Aug 22, 2007
I'm also a former Tabor Farm vacationer/employee who worked there during the summer of 1990. It was a great first job and I've got nothing but wonderful memories from being a guest there as well. The people who ran the resort that last year were obvioiusly the ones who did it in by trying to change the format into a sort of camping time share business, offending the "regulars" and destroying the facilities in the process to make the potential new members think that lots of changes were being made. They weren't good bosses or business folks and never paid most of us our final paychecks.

Another person bought the resort in 1991 and tried to get things up and running for that season, but for several reasons, one being that the previous owners didn't close everything up properly at the end of the 1990 seson, that didn't happen. I got a phone call a few days before I was supposed to leave for work again for the summer that saying that it wasn't going to reopen.

The address was 6020 River Road, Sodus, MI 49126, if you're doing a google search.
Scott

United States

#23 Aug 22, 2007
Jennifer wrote:
I'm also a former Tabor Farm vacationer/employee who worked there during the summer of 1990. It was a great first job and I've got nothing but wonderful memories from being a guest there as well. The people who ran the resort that last year were obvioiusly the ones who did it in by trying to change the format into a sort of camping time share business, offending the "regulars" and destroying the facilities in the process to make the potential new members think that lots of changes were being made. They weren't good bosses or business folks and never paid most of us our final paychecks.
Another person bought the resort in 1991 and tried to get things up and running for that season, but for several reasons, one being that the previous owners didn't close everything up properly at the end of the 1990 seson, that didn't happen. I got a phone call a few days before I was supposed to leave for work again for the summer that saying that it wasn't going to reopen.
The address was 6020 River Road, Sodus, MI 49126, if you're doing a google search.
It's great to hear from other folks who know of and worked at Tabor Farm. It's sad that it went the direction it did. I did a blog entry on my experiences at the Farm at Journalscape.com , if anyone's interested in checking it out, the blog is "Rambler".
john from ohio

AOL

#24 Aug 22, 2007
saw the obiturary, i think it was wrong, she may have been running one of the other Joe Bachunas resorts in the area, the people i remember owning Tabor Farm was Joe Bachunas up until the mid 1960's, him and his wife were great people, he kind of looked like Colonel Sanders, after that was the Adams, Mr Adams kind of scared me, he was nice but kind of intimidating, Mrs Adams was really nice, Joe Bachunas's daughter Helen was also involved, i didnt like her very much, i dont think she liked kids and wasnt a great people person, around 1980 or so, Adams sold to a dentist whos name i dont remember and a solid guy named Jack who eventually bought Pennelwood ran the place, he told me he tried to buy Tabor Farm from the dentist but he was asking too much, to bad this sale didnt happen, if it did, i think we'd be enjoying the place to this day.....
john

of note: i remember the Adams nephews George and Marius....Marius was a nice kid but George was a bit mischievious
john from ohio

AOL

#25 Aug 22, 2007
jennifers post seems to clear up what happened after 1990....its sad it was so close to reopening but i remember that final season with those strange time share people, they didnt treat us regulars very well at all...Vic confirms what jennifer said, he had told me workers had been called to work the 1991 season but it didnt happen, reasons i had heard were a bad crack in the pool and bad electrical wiring...i wouldnt have put it past those time share people to not close it up properly after 1990....thanks for the posts everyone.
Jim

Wilson, NC

#26 Aug 23, 2007
Tabor Farm, American Plan Resort. Reccommended by a Million Satisfied Guests:

Her are the names of all of the Cottages starting from the back of the resort:

South Pole
North Pole
Dewdrop
Tanglewood
Shelter
Squirrel Inn
Walnut
Robin Hood
Locust
Hillcrest
Woodlawn
Cherry Lodge
Vineyard View
Honeysuckle
Whispering Leaves
Playhouse
Marion
Idlewood
Golfview
Orchard Cottage

Over a 20 year period I think we stayed in 1/2 of them.
Scott

Hanover Park, IL

#27 Aug 23, 2007
john from ohio wrote:
saw the obiturary, i think it was wrong, she may have been running one of the other Joe Bachunas resorts in the area, the people i remember owning Tabor Farm was Joe Bachunas up until the mid 1960's, him and his wife were great people, he kind of looked like Colonel Sanders, after that was the Adams, Mr Adams kind of scared me, he was nice but kind of intimidating, Mrs Adams was really nice, Joe Bachunas's daughter Helen was also involved, i didnt like her very much, i dont think she liked kids and wasnt a great people person, around 1980 or so, Adams sold to a dentist whos name i dont remember and a solid guy named Jack who eventually bought Pennelwood ran the place, he told me he tried to buy Tabor Farm from the dentist but he was asking too much, to bad this sale didnt happen, if it did, i think we'd be enjoying the place to this day.....
john
of note: i remember the Adams nephews George and Marius....Marius was a nice kid but George was a bit mischievious
I didn't know George, but knew Mar pretty well that summer - he was close with the guy who got me the job there(Linas). Very nice guy.

Helen Bachunas was my direct boss, and I got on with her very well. Better than Linas (who was the other "front desk" person). I think that was partly because I would do whatever they asked me to do, including bussing tables toward the end of the year.(I was happy to do so, since it meant extra income from tips.)

Mrs. A was always very nice to me, also. IIRC, she was a delicate blond lady who seemed to exude class.

At the end of the season, there was a private gathering of dentists called JJP, they'd rent the place out for a weekend, play a lot of golf and drink a lot.(They tipped well, too.) I wonder if one of them was the purchaser. They sure seemed to love the place.

The memories are flooding in...
john from ohio

AOL

#28 Aug 23, 2007
this goes back a long way but does anyone else remember House of David nights when we would head out to Benton Harbor and go to the House of David where you took a miniature train over some really scary tressel and then ride go karts or play arcade games in this big spooky hall behind the bandstand where i guess big bands played in the 40's and 50's...the people who worked there all had beards, i guess it was some Jewish order...it closed down around 1969 or so., a lot of remnants are still there like the Depot and some of the buildings and the train track. Tabor Farm week was always my favorite week of the year, my parents actually used to go there before i was born, i even have video of my dad pushing me in a stroller when i was only a year old...that would have been 1957. If i ever win the lotto, im rebuilding the place, but i wouldnt recommend making reservations.
Scott

United States

#29 Aug 27, 2007
We never went there when I worked at Tabor Farm. We used to go to Silver Beach every now and then, but mostly stayed at the resort and goofed off in and around the staff quarters. Occasionally we'd go onto the top of a "berm" on the golf course (where it headed back toward the resort - 7th or 8th hole probably) with some snacks and wine/beer and blankets, and stargaze.
Jim

Wilson, NC

#30 Aug 28, 2007
The only time I ever remeber needing to leave the resort was for the family bowling night and to go on the Hay Rides with Victor.
Jim

Wilson, NC

#31 Aug 28, 2007
I have posted a picture of "The Lodge" on my blog page. Feel free to relive the memories with me.
http://jymbam.blogspot.com/
Randy Palmiter

Gilberts, IL

#32 Aug 28, 2007
Yes, Tabor Farm is long closed. We had our wedding reception there in the spring of 1989. I believe that was the last year the resort was open. We did attend the auction in which everything they could sell was sold! From dishes and pictures to whole cabins and split rail fence.
john from ohio

AOL

#33 Aug 30, 2007
if i remember, at least one time during every hay ride, Vic would stop the tractor and read us the riot act....usually about hay throwing ...etc. About the auction, i wonder where some of this stuff ended up? wish i would have been there for it, hope you got some good things, im glad someone got the pictures from the lodge and i hope a few of the cabins at least survived.
Jim

Wilson, NC

#34 Aug 30, 2007
John, I'm with you. I would love nothing more than to rebuild that place. My wife thinks I'm obsessed with it. I just have such fond memories. I'm the guy who bought one of your DVDs off EBAY. I really enjoyed seeing the place again. Other memories: Peppermint ice cream during the 4th of July w/ a toothpick American flag stuck in it. And Scott, I have also layed down that same "berm" near the tennis courts gazing at the stars.
Kevin

Grand Rapids, MI

#35 Aug 31, 2007
Hope the following helps to clear up a little of the recent posts regarding some of the History.....Joseph (Yes Joe did look a little like Colonel Sanders) and Alex Bachunas purchased the resort back when there was no golf course or swimming pool,(items they added to the property), sometime in the late 30's/early 40's. Alex's daughter was Elaine (Bachunas) Geiser. Alex also had a son Ted. Elaine started in the Kitchen and eventually was head waitress at the resort. Both worked at the resort up till they went to College - Ted graduated from MSU in 1956. Joe and Al sold the resort to Valdus Ademkus (Adams),now President of Lithuinia, sometime in the early 1970's - I belive he then sold to a man that also owned Penelwood resort near Berrien Springs. I believe it was then sold to Elden Butzbaugh - a local attorney who may still own the property today.

There were three brothers, Joseph, Alex, and Walter - Only Alex had children - Joe and Alex owned the resort, Walt worked as the "handy man" - Helen Bachunas was Walt's wife and was the last survior of the group that stayed on and worked at the resort for subsequent owners.
john from ohio

AOL

#36 Sep 10, 2007
i wonder if anyone who finds this blog was able to pick up anything at the auction they had after the place closed, did any of the cottages survive and moved elsewhere?...just curious, i was able to rescue the brown Tabor Farm Resort wooden sign from the front and my cousin has a blanket, ive also got a golf ball and golf towel.....
Melinda from Eau Claire

United States

#37 Sep 18, 2007
Just to clear up a little confusion I grew up on River Road next door to the owners of Tabor Farm Resort. A few years ago the US 31-33 bypass bought a majority of properties in the Sodus area and thus a highway now runs behind the old Tabor Farm Resort. A friend of mine does demolitian work and removed most off the buildings on the property. A local judge then purchased the remainder of the property but when you drive by there it is a shambles. If you would like to contact me for pictures I will send them to you. A corn field is in the former golf course now. You can reach me at [email protected]
Steph

Springfield, OH

#38 Sep 24, 2007
We had a family reunion at Tabor Farms in the mid 80's and were just talking about it this past weekend. It was a fabulous family resort! I'm so saddened that it is now gone as we knew it. It does bring back great memories of golf, fabulous meals, wonderful service, cozy cabins, and fun for all ages.
Bruce McKenzie

Salinas, CA

#39 Sep 24, 2007
I was the desk clerk at the resort in 1961. My boss was Helen Bachunas, and I worked with Valdas Adamkus (Mr. Adams to us). He was a great person even then before going on to bigger things, like president of Lithuania.
Most of the employees, like Al and George, were also Lithuanian. We would have camp fires and they would sing their traditional songs.
Steph

Springfield, OH

#40 Sep 24, 2007
My parents used to visit for long weekends, week long vacations and then before they retired hosted a family reunion at Tabor Farms. I have photos - somewhere, in a box and cannot promise to get them posted in anything resembling the near future. BUT, do have some great pics of a few cabins, the dining room, golf course, pool area, etc. and promise that they will get posted (if you don't mind family members in the shots).

I'll bookmark this forum and when I find the photos and get them scanned I promise to post them all.

I'm with you all. I wish Tabor Farms was still around for our generation to vacation with our families just as our parents did with us. If you build - we will come!(< : Keep the comments coming - they bring back such fond memories.

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