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You know you're getting older when...

In my case, it's when I look in the mirror and see my dad, or when I tackle a job around the farm and think how easy it once was and how long it takes me now. What really made me stop and think was the death of another childhood friend in March. Greg Janian and I grew up together, and to make it worse, my other childhood friend, Jarrett Robertson, is also gone, The three of us were together all the time on the water and off, driving fast cars or fast boats.

Greg's dad, who lived in Chicago, knew about Bull Shoals Lake long before anybody else.  He moved his family to the area in 1948 and started buying land that would become lakeshore property once the lake filled. He owned almost a thousand acres at one time on both sides of Bull Shoals. He also bought the largest home in the town of Theodosia, a two-story structure, and moved it to his property that is now Marina Hill.

He made the move by rolling it on large oak logs, and once it was in place, the logs became the foundation for his new hotel. He called the hotel Janian's Holiday Inn, and this was before there were Holiday Inns as we know them today.

A few years later, Armand, Greg's dad, was paid a small fee by Holiday Inn Inc., so they could use the name. The old house was stripped bare and redone into nine rental rooms with a restaurant downstairs. It was top of the line in the early 1950s. In 1966 it sold to a group of investors and became the headquarters for the Theodosia Hills Land Development Corp. The land they sold was the 1,000 acres they bought from Armand, so his move to this area before Bull Shoals even started filling was a good investment.

Theodosia Hills began in 1966 and ended in about 1973.  All the development you see today, including the golf course on the east side of the lake and what is now Cash Saver Pantry Supermarket in Theodosia, was part of the original operation.

The old hotel was used by several businesses for the next few years, but in the late 1970s, it burned to the ground. Several years later, the land sold, and the Marina Hill project was started. Both Greg and Jarrett moved on to bigger things, and I always thought I made a mistake by not doing the same. Looking back, though, at all the moves they made through their careers and their families scattered around the country, I'm glad Nadine and I decided to stay and raise our family here--now with the fifth generation in training!

Bret and Mel are working with Connie Smiley on our webpage of TMR at tmrbullshoals.net. Check it out!