The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Ecusta Promoted Recreational Opportunities For Employees


Children enjoy playing in the sand at Camp Straus.

The March 1940 issue of the Ecusta Echo expressed the need for an athletic program. The goals of the program were to get employees outdoors, provide physical exercise, add to work efficiency and offer social benefits.

Recreation at Ecusta stretched beyond sports and included not only employees but their families. In 1945 Harry Straus purchased Camp Sapphire. The renamed Camp Straus offered swimming, fishing, row boats and canoes on the lake, as well as tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a track, a baseball diamond, a 3-hole golf course and a rifle range. Shuffleboard, badminton, volleyball...

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