Chase Osborn collection
Great-grandchildren of Michigan’s 27th governor, Chase Osborn, peruse his collection at the Lake Superior State University archives in Sault Ste. Marie. Osborn wrote for, published, and owned several Midwest newspapers – including the Florence Mining News – when he wasn’t prospecting for iron in the Great Lakes region. His 1911-13 tenure as governor focused on reforms such as workmen’s compensation and a presidential primary law. He was one of the first lobbyists for a Mackinac Bridge, and almost successful in locating the United Nations on Sugar Island, next to the Sault Ste. Marie, along the U.S.-Canada border. His second wife, Stellanova, was LSSU’s poet in residence for many years before she died in 1988, almost 40 years after the death of her husband. Both are interred on a Sugar Island nature preserve. Pictured, from left, are granddaughter Gail Sanderson-Chalfant, and her friend Robert Plum (both from Morristown, N.J.); granddaughter Pauline Getz-Enos (from Poway, Calif.), LSSU archivist Mary June, Pauline’s husband Ron Enos, and grandson Rev. Peter Getz, from Rockwall, Tex.