The History of Big Alum Lake
A Short History of the Pookookapog Lake Protective and Improvement
by John Puffer
"In the month of August 1921 at the informal gathering of about twelve
of the cottages on the west shore of Pookookapog Lake it was thought best
to form an association for the general betterment of conditions at the lake
and a committee composed of ................"
|So begins the minutes of the first meeting of the Pookookapog Lake Protective
and Improvement Association. This association brought together the
residents of the west side of the lake to address common interests and issues.
From its beginnings, the association elected officers, collected dues,
conducted business relating to the west side of the lake, and without fail,
have held an annual meeting for all member residents. It is amazing
that subsequent meetings of the association were also recorded, and their
volumes safe guarded up to the present day. Scanning through these
minutes gives the reader an in-depth view of the activities and comradery
of the residents through almost 100 years.
In addition to the annual meeting minutes, several other documents have been
retained which provide an excellent outline of some of the major events of
the lake in general. Discussions about bringing electricity to the
residents, the progression of the water rights and dam maintenance, clean
up after the 1938 hurricane, and the sewer project all give a perspective
on the history we share.
|We are fortunate to have some photos of the annual meetings, primarily
of those held in the 1950s. For many years, the gatherings were actually
called "clambakes" since that was the usual fare. In addition to the
feast, there were sport activities, singing, and of course the business meeting
portion. Treasurer's reports at each meeting give a perspective on
the cost of the annual meetings and the expenses relating to primarily road
maintenance and rubbish disposal.
The Association is committed to maintaining this tradition and serving all
residents by being good stewards of the lake for future generations.
Clambakes and Picnics