Martha Thuemmel - President

Martha Thuemmel, has lived in the Port Austin area for over 50 years. She and her husband, Robert, had a dairy farm on Thuemmel Road. She has four children and seven grandchildren. She was appointed by Governor Engler to the Michigan Women’s Commission 1998-2000. She represented the Michigan Farm Bureau Women at the tri-annual meeting of the Associated County Women of the World in Perth Australia 1974 and Nairobi Kenya 1977. Martha served on: The Port Austin School Board 1972-1976; Michigan Farm Bureau Women’s Executive Committee 1972-1977; Huron County Board of Commissioners 1988-2000. She co-hosted the Farm and Garden Television show on WNEM Bay City for three years.

Jackie Yaroch - Vice President
Jackie is a founding member of the Port Austin Area Historical Society. She held the position of Treasurer with the PAAHS from 1997 until 2009. She has served on countless committees. She has been highly instrumental in the success of the PAAHS. She is also credited with the acquisition, relocation, renovation, establishment and landscaping of the Port Austin Area History Center, including helping plan the September 8, 2012 Grand Opening.

Jackie has been Treasurer of ‘The Friends of the Library’ for many years. She is an active member of the ‘U & I Club’ and ‘Huron County Special Olympics’.

Port Austin native, Eldon Yaroch, and Jacquelyn Ann Wilson were married on June 13, 1953. Jackie retired in 1991 and they moved to Port Austin on a permanent basis at that time. Jackie and Eldon have three children, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Sue Porzondek - Secretary

I grew up in Harbor Beach. My Bachelor's degree came from Ferris and my MBA from Wayne State. I worked for Michigan Bell for 16 years when I left to work for a CPA firm. I stayed there for 3 years until my husband, Marty, retired and we moved to our summer home in Grindstone City. I have continued to work for the same CPA firm for the last 17 years during tax season. I also work for my step daughter at Country Cottage Floral in Bad Axe. My husband and I enjoy traveling and we have tons of fun with our great granddaughters.

  Mary Barnes - Treasurer

Bio coming soon


David Thuemmel - Trustee 

David Thuemmel was the first president of the newly formed Port Austin Historical Society in 1997.  He is a wood-turner, a member of the Huron Intermediate School District Board, facilities manager at PACP, and president of TAG (Thumb Arts Guild.)  Dave, a retired dairy farmer, was a former member and chairman of the Greenstone Farm Credit Services Board of Directors and of the Port Austin School Board and the consolidated North Huron School Board.  He and his wife, Charlotte, have three grown children and 14 (soon to be 15) grandchildren.

   Sylvia Novak - Trustee: Bio Coming Soon!
Judy Binkley - Trustee
I was elected Port Austin Village Clerk in 1998 and after ten years of service I retired in 2008. I had joined the Historical Society several years prior, but lacked the time required to be active in the group. Shortly after my retirement, I was asked to consider taking the treasurers position; I did and hold that title today. I am also very active at the Port Austin United Protestant Church; I am currently serving as secretary to the Faith Circle Ladies Group, Vice President of the Advisory Board and Chairperson of the Pastor Parish Committee.

I graduated from East Detroit High School in 1963 and moved to Rochester in 1972 to raise my two sons. My husband, Don has three children he raised in Almont. After marring in 1988 we moved in Dryden and were both employed by ITT Automotive in Rochester. I worked in Production Control and he was Plant Supervisor.

We moved to Port Austin in 1994 and opened our own business; the Village Car Wash and Auto Sales. At that time we were very active with the Chamber of Commerce and established and ran a very successful car show for eight years; the Port Austin Spring Breakout Classic Car Show.

My hobbies are watching my flower garden grow, feeding the birds, spending time with family and friends, needle work, writing and reading. Don is a car man so we spend a lot of time at various car shows and swap meets. We have six grandchildren that we adore; three boys and three girls and they provide us with a lot of joy.


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