Sing a song of Lanark

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

No hanging clothes outside overnight

The Lanark Village Association formed in October 1956 to give residents a say in the management of their home. Hugh Lillie was the first president.

In 1957, the recreation center opened. In 1959, The St. Joe Company donated 11 acres for a church. The Women’s Christian Fellowship formed and began raising money for construction of the building. They sold pavers and Bryan McKissask gave organ concerts. The sanctuary was dedicated on May 27, 1962.

In 1957, American Legion Post 82 was organized along with an auxiliary. The first commander was Melvin Robbins and his wife Alexandria was first president of the auxiliary.

In 1960, a set of rules was drafted and endorsed by petition to govern the activities of residents. Among the stipulations, no antennae could be attached to a building without prior written permission from the developers. No pets could be kept other than dogs, cats or birds and were limited to two to a unit. No trailers or tents were allowed and no clothes could be hung to dry overnight. Washing clothes was forbidden on Sunday and grandchildren could not visit for longer than two weeks.

The Lanark Village Boat Club formed in November 1960.

In 1965, after attempting to expand their holdings, Lanark’s developers went bankrupt. Westberg said there was no wrongdoing involved; the company had simply tried to grow too fast.

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