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Douglass House ‘My home sweet home’

May 25, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON?- Senior citizens and staff of the Douglass House Apartments gathered in the Douglass House dining room to celebrate its 27th anniversary.

Residents Marie Touhimaa and Mercedes Luoma prepared the delicious food. Well known baritone Mark Oliver and his famous partner Dave Bezotte sang old time favorites. They rendered a special song in memory of Mary Lipke, a long time resident who tended to the gardens. At the conclusion of the activities, Mark Oliver led the group in singing "God Bless the Douglass House, My Home Sweet Home."

Six seniors were honored for their long occupancy and were each presented a miniature rose plant, which Robert "Bubba" Megowen planted on one of their gardens on Montezuma Avenue. The seniors were: Nina Cox (25 years), Helen Obst (21 years), Jean Lehto (21 years), Mary Harju (16 years), Olga Seppanen (19 years) and 101-year-old Maude Augustine (8 years).

Here are some comments presented to management from the honored residents:

"I have been a contented resident of the Douglass House for 25 years. One of the things I have enjoyed is the many friendships I have formed. Another enjoyment is from the lovely gardens, the result of hard work over the years by Al Chaput and "Bubba" Megowen. We also have a relaxing room with a book collection and exercise equipment. One of the best advantages we have is our proximity to the facilities on Shelden Avenue and I'm sure we appreciate our friendly, helpful and understanding staff." - Nina Cox

"I'm a tenant of the Douglass House Apartments. When Al Chaput showed me my apartment, I never knew I'd be here for these 21 years. Everything I need is close by. (The) bank, post office, transit bus, bookstore, and at one time, a grocery store. I'm also fortunate to have such good neighbors, and the staff is always ready to help." - Helen Obst

"I have found living in the historic Douglass House is a convenient place to live. We are located in downtown Houghton and also have access to many other shops and stores in the immediate area. I always enjoy seeing the beautiful flower beds here in the summer." - Jean Lehto

"I have known Al Chaput, my landlord, from childhood. He was a very well behaved person on the bus my father drove. Al had students working on his berry farm and beautiful yard on Paradise Road. The Douglass House has been my home for many years. It is a place where we can walk to many businesses. My grandchildren enjoy playing pool and walking to the lake front and being able to fish with me. Armando's Restaurant has a handicap doorway so people with walkers can get in easily." - Olga Seppanen

"The Douglass House has the greatest office staff and employees. We're centrally located in downtown Houghton with all businesses at our fingertips. This has been my home for 16 years and will be until the Lord calls me home. I'm certain I'll be here for a long time yet. We're all treated very well and kindly. The staff runs the office and us with a gentle hand. This is an excellent place to call home. I really am being sincere about it. God sent us to the right place when he guided us here for a secure and loving home. I've been here 16 years and hopefully I'll be here another 16 before my life ends. The Douglass Apartments is the very best and welcome home in the Copper Country." - Mary B. Harju

"I moved here 8 years ago, and fought it all the way. I didn't want to come because I loved my home in Calumet, but felt comfortable right away. I found so many nice, helpful people here that I wished I'd come sooner. I made new friends. Living right in the heart of town is convenient. We are so close to nice shops and restaurants, in particular Armando's. I am glad that I moved here." - Maude Augustine

The Douglass House Apartments opened April 15, 1984, after the former hotel was extensively renovated into 46 apartments. The Douglass House is privately owned and managed locally by Houghton Housing Associates, a limited partnership under supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

General partners, Albert Chaput and Robert "Bubba" Megowen and Housing Director Yvonne Lightfoot extend an invitation to serve the community's housing needs. The Douglass House Apartments currently has some openings and is welcoming new applicants who are 62 years of age and older. Physically and/or mentally impaired individuals of any any age with low to moderate income are also welcome. For more information, call 482-2000.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Douglass House Apartments of Houghton. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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