Amy Cartledge, 1962Amy, my older sister, with our first cat, George. Our father was running a taxi boat between Middle Bass and Put-in-Bay. One evening, that cat, scrawny and with a dreadful wound on his neck, strolled up to the boat at Put-in-Bay. Discussion certainly followed, but when we children got up the next morning, the cat was sitting up tall in a chair in the living room Amy and I used to dress him in our doll clothes and feed him with our doll's bottles. He'd put up with it until the milk ran out.
Amy was more than just a pretty face, though. From an article by Juel Reed Cover in the Daily News (Port Clinton / Oak Harbor):
"Because of four wonderful teenagers, the sale of the MS gift tags in the Lake Erie Islands area is already higher than it has ever been before for the whole season . . . Mrs. Fred Wilhelm makes the tags . . . This year the sale is being conducted by four young volunteers - Mary Eickler worked on North Bass, Amy Cartledge on Middle Bass, and Janis and Lee Wilhelm on Put-in-Bay.
" 'The thing I'd like to stress,' writes Mrs. Wilhelm,'is that these kids asked to do it. Certainly they deserve a lot of credit.'" . . .
"She said the sale as of Nov. 10 was $44, which is already bigger than ever before."
Amy Thomas Reidling
July 3, 1948 - March 8, 2003