Please view the photo album for many photos of the property. If you would like to use one please email me. I can always use volunteers so If you would like to be a volunteer and help preserve this history please email Melissa Archibald at [email protected].
May 2015 -- The Ogdon family is working on publishing Ina's book about the Dakota homesteading of her youth. This should be an amazing story and I can't wait for the book to be published. I will announce it once it is.
This home located at 6829 Summerfield Lambertville, MI was home to Ina Duley Ogdon who wrote a song that inspired a nation. Brighten The Corner Where You Are was written in 1912 published in 1913 and took the world by storm. Ina's words have reached every corner of the world and today artists are still recording her song. She wrote her song in this rustic cabin. Ina Duley Ogdons song has been sung by the rich and famous. Ina herself lead a simple life in her corner of the world but the words to her song live on throughout the world. This is a small list of some of the people who helped propel her to fame. Ella Fitzgerald, The Mills Brothers, Alice Faye, Joan Crawford, Billy Sunday, Burl Ives, Welling & Shannon, Londonerry Choir, The Wilders, Lillian Russell, Margaret O'brian, Ernie Ford, Homer Rhodeheaver, The Kings of Harmony, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Stirrers, The White Sisters, The Roberta Martin Singers, Max Robinson, Red Foley, Red Sovine, Gipsy Smith, Liliana Rose and more. Brighten The Corner Where You Are has been on Broadway in the show Brighten The Corner, It was sang in Meet me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland, It was in the movie Laughing Sinners starring Joan Crawford, The Movie Tobacco Road with Marjorie Rambeau, The Peanut Man in 1947, The Donna Reed Tv Show, The Beverly Hillbillies. The words were used in advertising across the Country, The words were a household name. Today they are published in nearly every language across the globe. The words are still inspiring to so many and surely will not be forgotten. Please visit our web site for more information and photos on Ina Duley Ogdon.
Written by Ina Duley Ogdon in 1912 when she summered at this historic home at 6829 Summerfield Rd. in Bedford Township Monroe County Michigan. The song was put to music in 1913. Ina Loved the home so much she would later buy it. If you want to hear Ina's song you can check out my You Tube page here. The Song-Brighten The Corner Where You Are.