Dottie Lanham of Burdickville

Images, Recollections, and Observations of a Northern Michigan Woman and Her Community

Dorothy (Dottie) Ashmore (Lanham) was born on Christmas Day, 1924—a fourth–generation citizen of Burdickville, Michigan. She grew up in Burdickville, married a man from Burdickville, and lived the rest of her life in and around Burdickville. She raised two children there, ran a business there, and worked to care for and preserve Burdickville’s Old Settlers Picnic Ground. Needless to say, Dottie knew Burdickville.

During recent years Dottie spent many hours preserving the history of Burdickville and surrounding areas. During 2005—2008 she made her collection of family photographs available for copying, and spent many hours providing related information. Dottie Lanham of Burdickville presents some of those photographs, accompanied by notes drawn mainly from her oral history interviews. It is supplemented by materials from some of Dottie’s Northern Michigan neighbors.

The book comes with an audio CD containing excerpts from some of Dottie’s interviews, and from others.

The 57-page (8 1/2” x 11”) set sells for $18. (I’ll pay the sales tax.) Any profits will be used for historic preservation, research, and education relating to Burdickville and surrounding areas.

For those who have already bought an earlier version of this book, or others who don’t want a nice paper book to read the old-fashioned way, you can download it HERE (Dottie Book 5th Edition).

The audio interview excerpts are are availabe HERE (Interview Recording) .

Produced in cooperation with Old Settlers Picnic Association.

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Share your comments & memories

of TC
on May 19, 2008 at 8:00pm


I read all the sample pages.  A real treasure!  Thanks to you for all the fine work you are doing.

Sue Rutkofske
of Port Huron
on May 21, 2008 at 3:47pm


I can’t wait to see this beautiful book that you have written about my Grandmother. Thank you for honoring her in this way. She is a special lady.

Tom Wigton
of burdickville
on May 25, 2008 at 1:23pm

We live just upstream (literally) from where Fred and Dottie Lanham built their home and pond (Lake Dootsie).
They were our first friends when we bought property on Bow Rd. They went out of their way to be neighborly, and offered us permission for Consumers Power to send electricity our way.  We would love to have a couple copies of the book you have written with Dottie. Now if we can only arrange for the shipping!

Barbara Pifer Bach
of Bellingham WA
on November 25, 2008 at 8:40pm

Hello Tom,

thanks for Dottie Lanham’s comments.  She is a dear, long time friend.

How much is her book?