Traverse City Record-Eagle

Historical Photo of the Week

May 14, 2012

Readers ID men from historical photo

Numerous readers identified the two men pictured in the History Center of Traverse City archive photo published in the May 7 Community section.

Michael Lewis was among a bevy of readers who recognized Gerald "Buck" Williams as the man on the right in the photo. Williams was a well-known Traverse City Parks and Recreation superintendent. He was instrumental in helping create the Hickory Hills ski area. The City of Traverse City Department of Public Service building on Woodmere Avenue is named in his honor.

"I was one of many college students during those years (1960s) who were given a summer job by Buck. He was a great guy to work for and he and the taxpayers helped educate many college kids," Lewis said in an email.

Former city clerk, commissioner and mayor Jim Tompkins called Williams an "outstanding city employee." Tompkins noted that Williams also served at various times as interim city manager, city commissioner and mayor.

Carolyn Scott Risk identified the man on the left as her uncle, H. Fletcher "Fletch" Scott, an employee for 20 years at the Traverse City Parks and Recreation Department. She said her uncle was a native of Traverse City and a World War II veteran. She noted his grandparents came to the area in the 1890s. "(His) grandfather, Solomon Curtis Scott, was a fruit farmer in the Williamsburg area and Daniel Castle worked for the Hannah & Lay Company and lived on 9th Street," she said in an email.

History Center of Traverse City photos that appear in the Community section can be found online at

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