Lake Ella

commentary by Bridget Chandler

Bull Pond, the original name for Lake Ella, has been close to my heart for quite a long time. My father-in-law, Gilbert Chandler Sr., owned the property around the lake and built the Cottages in the early 1940s during World War II. The Cottages were originally built for military apartments and later became the Lake Shore Motel. When my husband, Gilbert Chandler Jr., and I married in 1949, we lived in half of one of the cottages for five years — and we loved every day that we were there.