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The Coles Family Part 2

Last week I told you about how the Coles family traveled from England and eventually settled on what we know as Coles Hill near the corner of McClellan Avenue and Washington Street in the mid-1800s. You also learned that Jeffrey Coles helped supply food to the abolitionists in what was called ...

The Coles Family: Part one

MARQUETTE — What do the abolitionist movement, the Bleeding Kansas War, the Harlow Block, and Marquette’s earliest library all have in common? The Coles Family. Ever heard of Coles Drive in Marquette? That’s the little street that connects with McClellan near Washington Street, between ...

Gert Johnson: Legend of North Third Street

MARQUETTE — Over the years there have been many colorful personalities who have lived and worked up and down Third Street in Marquette. But there was only one Gert Johnson. Born in Munising, Gert was for many years the manager of the Tip Top Cafe on the 500 North block of Third. Opened in ...

History quiz

Question: Name the seven presidents (future, current and former) who have visited Marquette County? Answer: Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Picnics of the past

MARQUETTE — Presently one of the safest places to gather with family and friends is outdoors. Over the years, from the earliest days of Marquette, a popular outside activity has been picnicking. Picnicking as we know it came about during the Victorian age in England. It soon became a ...

History Quiz

Q: How many lighthouses are there in Marquette County (including Breakwater Lights and those out in the lake)? A) 4 B) 5 C) 6 D) 7 Answer: D, Marquette Harbor, Marquette Breakwater Light, Presque Isle Breakwater, Big Bay Point, Huron Island, Granite Island and Stannard Rock

Smallpox in Copper Country, part 2

As mentioned in last week’s article, a smallpox quarantine hospital known as the pest house operated in the Copper Country from 1901 to the mid-1930s. Only one photo of the Houghton County pest house has been found, this being from the archives of the Houghton County Historical Society. It ...

History quiz

Q: Who was the first mayor of Marquette in 1871 (when it became a city)? A) Philo Everett B) Henry Stafford C) Amos Harlow D) Robert Graveraet Answer: B, Henry Stafford was the first mayor.

Smallpox in Copper Country part 1

A smallpox quarantine hospital operated in the Copper Country from 1901 to the mid-1930s. Smallpox is a gruesome subject, so maybe that is why it has been forgotten. The hospital was called a “pest house” which comes from the word “pestilence”, and was on the Lake Annie Road about a ...

May Quilliam and her family

The Marquette Regional History Center recently featured May Malloy Quilliam in our annual cemetery walk. Mary Bridget “May” Malloy was born in Ontonagon, Michigan on May 13, 1897. She was the oldest of Hugh and Rose (McCaully) Malloy’s nine children. The family moved around a lot before ...

History quiz

Q: Which was not a name of an orphanage in Marquette? A) St. Amelia’s B) St. John’s C) St. Joseph’s D) Holy Family AnswER: B, Prior to the establishment of Holy Family Orphanage in 1915, Marquette's first orphanage was St. Amelia's which was later renamed St. Joseph's. Marquette had ...

Memories of Au Train: Former resident looks back

“When I go to Au Train now, I don’t know anyone, but when I go to the cemetery nine out of ten people are related to me.” Many of the small lumbering and mining communities in the Upper Peninsula lost population or even became ghost towns as the lumber or the ore gave out, but those ...

History quiz

Q: Which of the following is NOT true about the Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette Railroad? A) It ran from Marquette to Detroit B) It was built west to east C) It was never a financial success D) It was eventually consolidated into the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad Answer: A, ...

Celebrate the great outdoors

MARQUETTE — As summer comes into full swing in Marquette County, in what can only be described as a disrupted year, the Marquette Regional History Center is set to celebrate the local history of outdoor recreation pursuits in a special exhibit called “The Great Outdoors: The History of ...