The Island Ferry Boats

When General Electric operated Association Island, they maintained an entire fleet of boats. It was necessary, as there was no road access in those days so everything and everyone needed to be transported across the bay from Henderson Harbor. Pictured here are the two largest ferry boats of the fleet, the Islander II and the […]

The Black Catte Café

The Black Catte Café was built as a bar and restaurant over 75 years ago. In this photo from 1940 we see many campers enjoying a break from the daily activities that General Electric had available to them. The wild carousing that took place at the bar is legendary, and helped cement the island's reputation […]

The Old Elm Tree

During the time that General Electric operated their retreats at Association Island, meetings would be held in the shade of this enormous elm tree, seen in this post card from 1954, where executives and common workers could freely discuss the issues of the day. This is also where the Elfun Society was created as a […]

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