William Hatton came to Grand Haven in 1910 to manage Ottawa Leather Company, and by 1916 he had incorporated the Eagle Leather of Whitehall into the business, later called Eagle Ottawa Leather.
In addition to being a businessman, William Hatton was a philanthropist and a civic leader, who was involved in the Grand Haven Rotary and in the creation of the City’s first hospital.
According to local historians, the property that is now William Hatton Park was in fact leased then donated by the railroad around the 1930s and 1940s. Sometime in the 1930s it was named William Hatton Park in recognition of his civic contributions to the City of Grand Haven.
Source: Local Historian, Wallace K. Ewing