One way to study a town's history is by looking at its people. When and why did people settle here? Where did they come from and did they have a family? Did the family stay in the area or move on? To learn of Interior Township through its people, the Centennial History Class invited all residents of the area, and those having roots here, to submit family histories. This section contains those family articles submitted. Because of space limitations, some of the articles had to be condensed; complete family histories, as submitted, will be displayed in the depot during the Centennial celebration. To learn of some of the early settlers, History Class members researched and completed those particular articles. A sincere "Thank you" to those who took the time to prepare and share their family's history with everyone.

August (died 1902) and Greta Liisa (Newland) Anderson (died 1908) were both born in Evijarvi, Finland, in 1856. They were married there and had a son Axel; they came to the United States in 1885, settling in Lower Michigan in Wingleton. Hilda Marie was born and they moved to Trout Creek; they first settled in Swede Town. August worked for Patton Mill and was in real estate. Their children were: Axel, born 1883; Hilda (Salonen), 1887; Margaret (Waterworth), 1888; Edith (Nappa),1889; Ellen (Hill),1891; Albert, 1892; Carl, 1894; Jenny (Deacon), 1895; and Ruth (Graven), 1898. Ruth is the only survivor.

John and Hilda Salonen were married in 1908. John came from Finland via Canada to Hobbling, Minnesota, then to a farm north of Trout Creek. He was into lumbering, also. Their children are: Viola (Ruutila), Esther (Pelkola), Ernest, Ruth (Karjala), and Robert, the last two are deceased. John died in 1940 and Hilda in 1971.

Arne Besonen and Kathleen (Puumala) were married in 1943. He worked in Lansing before coming to Trout Creek to farm. They have eight sons and one daughter: Arnie, married to Nadene Riehl, lives in Port Austin; Stanley, married to Carme Mayra, lives in Metamora; Dennis, married to Christine Maatilaa, lives in Ironwood; Bryan, married to Carol Manninen, lives in Trout Creek; Muriel, married to Russell Kangas, lives in Marquette; Darrell, married to Kimberly Norgren; lives in Minneapolis, as do Carl, married to Sandra Becker; Donald and David. Arnie worked for and retired from the Ontonagon County Road Commission. Kathleen died in 1982.

Gabriel Besonen, Sr., lived in Agate and his children were John, Alexander, Gabriel, Jr., Henry, and Anna Tumberg. The elder Gabriel moved to Ishpeming and son Gabriel then lived on the tract, owning a flour mill there. He had a patent dated 1894 which perhaps took over the freshly select-logged timber leaving the small trees which he the cut into ship-mast timbers.

Gabriel, Jr., and Alina Besonen had five sons: Bill, George Woodrow, Henry, and Arthur. A son Arnold died when a tree fell on him while working in the woods. The daughters are Bertha, Clara (Pulkas), Anne (Stein), Tillie (Chapman), and Norma. Their home was unique; a house and a barn connected with breezeway, the house being considerably higher. After his wife's death, Gabriel remarried and lived in the remodeled North Agate School.

Henry Bessen and his wife Eva came from Finland with their children in 1888, settling in the South Agate area. Eva's first husband died in Finland and they had a daughter Anna. Henry's and Eva's sons were Henry, Jr., Andrew, Edward, and Louis. A daughter Lyydi Maria was born in South Agate; she died at age twelve of diphtheria. The father was a woodsman and he built houses. Eva was a midwife. Living to celebrate her 88th birthday, she died in 1936.

Henry, Jr., and his wife Mary has 12 children Bertha (Koszarek), Mayme (Taylor), Eleanor (Fruik), Sylvia, Lillian (Garlow), Juanita (Haarala), Mabel (Deane), Dorothy (Fiegel), Ruth (Johnson), Matt, Arthur, Bernhard. Henry was a woodsman and farmed.

Andrew and Lizzie Bessen lived in Agate where they had a gas station and a blacksmith shop.

Edward and his wife Taava had eight children. Arne married Kathleen Puumala, Andrew, Aileen (Britten), Alvi (Buxton), Alma died at 10 months, Aino, Alvar married Florence Maki, and Arvid married Louisa Buxton. The father worked at lumber camps and farmed. Aino and Any reside at the family home.

Louis Bessen and his wife Amalia had six children: Theodore married Cecelia Madden, Aileen (Benstrom), Eva (Knivila), Louis married Marion McLaughlin, Ernest married Dorothy Albright, and Roy married Eleanor Soquist.

Anna and her husband Andrew Pulkas, Sr., had nine children: Arthur married Clara Besonen, George married Emma Walls, Andrew, Jr., married Aune Harkonen, and Louis married Virginia Manning. The daughters are Lillian (Hackett), Eleanor (Houser), Aileen (McMillen), Sophie, and Anne (Wicklund) who was raised by Pulkas' after her parents death.

Frank and Hannah Biekkola bought the Dave Gilders' homestead east of Gardner Road. They were farmers and gave all of their six children college educations. Fred was an Agricultural Agent in Baraga County; John lived in Marquette; Warner farmed on the home place; Lydia, Eleanor, and Lillian were teachers. The North Trout Creek school teachers boarded at their home.

Edward Cameron I and his brother Bruce came to Kenton in the early 1890's from Canada. Both were river drivers and loggers. Bruce died in 1904. Edward married Mary McGinty in the late 1890's in Kitchie. Their sons born in Kenton were Duncan in 1899 and Edward, Jr., in 1901. The family moved to Trout Creek where they had a livery stable, hotel and saloon and restaurant.

Edward II graduated from Ferris Institute and married Laura Curry in 1923. He was also in logging. After his father died, he was State Liquor Inspector. They had two daughters and moved to Detroit. Mary married Howard Cronkright and has four children; Lois married Erwin Fitzgerald and has four children.

Duncan served on the Trout Creek School Board, Township Board, and the Ontonagon County Road Commission. He was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. He married Dorothy Westnedge in 1920 and came to Trout Creek in 1923. They had six children Joseph, Jean, Dorothy, Ruth, Edward, and Bruce; all graduated from Trout Creek High School.

Joe graduated in 1939 and married Maxine Johnson. He entered the service in December 1941, and died in 1945 in the Belgium Battle of the Bulge. Jean married Gus Lord and has five children. Dorothy married Edwin Hill, has five children and lives in Marquette.

Ruth married Bruce Warren who coached at Trout Creek and was superintendent from 1957-67. They have six children: Mariellen, Joe, Dottie, Margaret, Laura, and Raymond; all attended the Trout Creek School except Raymond.

Edward III and his wife Mary live in Milwaukee and have six children. Bruce and his wife Katie live in the Lansing area with their six children. Bruce, interested in natural resources, had an article appear in the Michigan Out of Doors magazine in October 1980, entitled, "Build Your Own Wildlife Refuge."

Fred Carlisle was born in 1878, his wife Clara in 1887. They came from Canada to Weidman, Michigan, in 1911 and had nine children Mose, Leighton (deceased), Freeman, Wesley, Claude, Freda (deceased), Marldean, Gilda, and Everett. The family lived at Johns on Lake, six miles south of town. Mose attended McPherson School, four miles south of town; the others went to the Trout Creek School. The boys worked at the Weidman mill until it closed; Claude and Marldean also worked at the White Pine Mine for a while. Freeman went to Jackson, Michigan, after the mill closed and worked at an air conditioning shop. He married Vivian Aho in 1936 and they have three children.


Steven Carroll, a native of New York state, is given the distinction of having been the first settler in the Trout Creek area. He came from Nestoria in a snowshoeing party of cruisers in 1882. He reportedly carried a stove from Nestoria on his back. He claimed a homestead on Section 24 north of Trout Creek. His bride, Sadie Horgan of Duluth, whose parents were in the hotel business there, kept a diary. From this source has been gleaned information about homesteaders in the area in 1890-91. With this family lived another Mr. Carroll, Alexander, who was possibly Steve's father. He also owned a quarter of Section 25. He was an avid fisherman, reporting a hundred fish at a catch. S. Carroll died in 1934.

Steve drove supplies to the logging camps from Trout Creek, usually a day's trip. Loggers whom he supplied were Angus Carmichael, the Francis Brothers, and Stevenson. He hauled hay, oats, and potatoes to the camps and drew out logs for house building in town as well as for neighbors. During summers the men cleared land, drew sap from trees and cooked it to sugar, selling to Oakley's store. They planted potatoes for supplying the lumber camps. Blueberries were picked by the several bushels.

Mrs. Carroll must have been supplying even neighbors with baked goods, as she was constantly making fried cakes and baking bread, pies, and cakes. She also provided lodging and meals for men on their way to and from the camps. Families would spend time there while homes were being built. Sadie bought her first sewing machine in 1890. Their son Dan spent most of his time with his grandparents in Duluth; he mailed newspapers by the bundle. After being read and re-read, they were used to paper walls. Sometimes you needed to hand sideways to read the comics. The log houses were "mudded."

Carroll's first house was a log building on the back forty. New buildings, which included a windmill and an impressive house, were built in the early 1900's. The elegant home was a three-story structure with lots of colored glass windows. The beautiful winding staircase which opened into the parlor is still a part of the house which is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Knight.

Families living in the area, listed by Mrs. Carroll: Gasser, Wesenberg, Davidson, Wade (baby's grave in Trout Creek cemetery), Franklin and Dan McLaughlin, Esterling, Lathrop, Buck, Sundquist, Griffin, Blackman, Bowman, Burdick, Bankcroft, Gilders, and Moffitt.

In the early days Steve Carroll and his neighbor Henry Provost raised as high as 300 sheep, entering them in the fair at Escanaba where they won blue ribbons.

Above information taken from Mrs. Carroll's Diary

Francis Chichester and Nellie DeFeyter were married on October 3,1914, in Benzie County, Michigan. They had three children: Mabel Woodard, Virginia Feller and Francis, Jr. He came to work for the Weidman Lumber Company in 1917 as a millwright and riding carriage at the sawmill, did woodswork, and later saw filing. He worked for the Fox Lumber Company and at Fisher Body in Lansing. After his retirement, he was a filing instructor at Alberta, Michigan for Michigan Technological University.

Nellie was a seamstress and in the 1930's worked as practical nurse and midwife. Some of the doctors she assisted were Dr. Porter, Dr. Whiteshield, Dr. Lake, Dr. Hogue and Dr. Florentine. During these years she also taught piano At the time of her husband's death in June of 1986, they had been married 71 years. She turned 91 years of age February 18, 1988, and is in good health.

Mr. C. and Nellie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping together. He was a member of the "Three C's" dance band, Francis played piano and banjo; Cottenham, violin; and Caterso violin.

Dorias Curry worked in lumber camps in Western Upper Peninsula before graduating from Trout Creek High School in 1923. He became a logging foreman when young. From 1925 to 1930 he worked as a fire lookout for the Department of Conservation in summers and logging camps winter. He accepted a year-round job with the C.D. in 1930 under the title of Regional Chief; this meant being in charge of the C.D.'s field activities in the Upper Peninsula. In 1963 he was appointed Deputy Director of the department to oversee the field reorganization in Lansing, for which he was commended. This accomplished, he returned to the Upper Peninsula to fill the vacancy of Regional Chief. He retired in 1970. He was a rapid and retentive reader, an avid outdoorsman, and respected by those who worked for him. He died May 28, 1983.

The Man From Trout Creek
by Kenneth S. Lowe

David Weber came to Canada from Germany and then moved to Weidman, Michigan, where he worked; the Weidman mill. When the mill moved to Trout Creek, the Weber family also moved in 1911. Their five children were Joe, Mose, Clem, Clara (Mrs. Fred Carlisle), and Mary (Mrs. Henry DeVowe). Mary and Henry had five surviving children: Conrad, David, Rosemary, Helen, and Marjorie. Henry, Ward, and Margaret died at an early age. All of the children attended the Trout Creek School; Marjorie was the only high school graduate.

David DeVowe began working at the Weidman mill at an early age. He married Doris Lundwall, who worked at the Weidman residence. David and Doris have three sons; all attended and graduated from the Trout Creek School. The boys are Jon, married to Leona Kananen; Gerald, married to Sharon Hautamaki; and Eugene, married to Alice Virmal; David retired from the White Pine Mine after ten years, and Doris, after working and retiring from the Postal Department died in June, 1983.

Mrs. Clara Duby (1887-1950) operated a boarding house in Calderwood for the Laittre and Anderson Lumber Company before coming to Trout Creek. She had two daughters: Mrs. Roy Roxbury of Trout Creek, and Mrs. E. J. Defresne of Escanaba. She took an active part in all community affairs and was a member of the Cloverdale Rebekah Lodge in Trout Creek and of the Presbyterian Church and its Ladies' Aid. Because of her hotel, she was well known throughout the Upper Peninsula. Some of her guests were Trout Creek school teachers and Weidman's office personnel.

M. J. Fox was president of the Von Platen-Fox Lumber Company at Iron Mountain. He resided there his last 30 years and died at the age of 65 after a lingering illness. He was a widely known lumberman. Mr. Fox was born January 2, 1876, in Vermontville where he lived until he was two years old. Thereafter, he lived near Grand Rapids, Petoskey, and Horton's Bay where he went to work at the age of 18 at the sawmill and in the country store in the evenings. He became a school director there and married a teacher, Cloe Edith McCartney, in 1901. Then he moved to Boyne City and did odd jobs in Godfrey von Platen's lumber yard, making $1.37 a day. He attended school in Valparaiso, Indiana, and went to work for Mr. von Platen in 1896 as assistant foreman and general foreman two years later. In 1910 he came to Iron Mountain where he built the sawmill which he managed until shortly before his death. Mr. Fox succeeded Godfrey von Platen as president in 1924. Mr. Fox had six sons and a daughter. The sons were Abbott (general manager of the von Platen-Fox Company), Robert, James, John, George, and Fred. His daughter married Avery Jennison of Green Bay. Abbott Fox was in charge of the mill in Trout Creek when it closed. At that time he donated the park site by the pond to Interior Township with the provision it would be developed into a community park. It was then named in his honor.

Ezra Gingrich was one of the oldest residents of Trout Creek. He was lumber yard foreman for the Trout Creek Manufacturing Company for many years. Then he was foreman for Weidman Lumber Company for years until he retired. The Gingriches had three sons: Miles, Wayne, and Sherman.

Dr. Wayne Gingrich was an eye, ear, and nose specialist who practiced in Ironwood. Dr. Sherman Gingrich was a veterinarian. He practiced in Ironwood and Trout Creek for a number of years. He later moved to L'Anse and was there until he died. His wife Katherine taught at the Trout Creek School in the 1930's. Dr. Miles Gingrich was a chiropractor. After living in Arizona he moved to Trout Creek and then to Ironwood. His wife Freda died in the mid-1980's. They have a son, Dr. Miles Gingrich, Jr. He also is a chiropractor and practices in Lower Michigan.

Harry A. and Hattie P. (Jacobs) Gooding moved to Trout Creek in 1944, with four of their ten children. He was a sawmill worker until unable to work because of ill health. They moved to Randville, Michigan, in 1950, where Harry passed away in 1952. Hattie remarried in 1954, to Melvin Federspiel. In 1971, while living in Channing, Michigan, she passed away. They were members of the Free Evangelical Church.

The four Gooding children to attend the Trout Creek School were: Douglas, born 1929, married Ann Coatware Stebbins, has one child, and lives in Kingsford, Michigan; Fern, born 1932, married Forrest (Tom) LaBine, has three children, and lives in Bergland, Michigan; Ronald, born 1934, while married to Barbara Johnson had three children and now married to Nancy Lakkonen lives in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; and Gene, born 1938, married Nancy Keuther, has two children, and lives in Cleveland, Wisconsin.

Toivo Gustafson was married to the former Ellen Lindell of North Agate. He is the son of Samuel and Amanda Gustafson of Paynesville. They bought the former John Helin farm (who retired around 1940). They have four children: Ralph, Dorothy (Carr), William, and Gary. Toivo logged and had a dairy farm. He worked 26 years for the County Road Commission. He died in 1987.

Ralph is married to Phyllis Tibbits. He has worked many years at the White Pine Mine and his wife is a teacher's aide at the Trout Creek School. They have four children: David, Roger, Steven, and Lori (Lannet). Dorothy and her husband have two children and live in Denver. William is married to Julia Benson, a nurse, and he works for Cooper Heating; they have two children. Gary is at home and has a herd of beef cattle and employs woodsmen in his logging operation.

Clarence Hale, of Winegar, Wisconsin, was hired by Weidman to build and run the sawmill at Trout Creek. He and his wife Bessie had six children. Clarence was in charge of all the men and machinery. He did the hiring, firing, and was the timekeeper. He was on the job until the day he died at age 69. Mr. Hale had been appointed by the State Board of Control for Vocational Education as an instructor in metal work for the national defense class in the Interior Township School. Instruction was given in many phases of metalwork such as welding, drilling, threading, etc., and horseshoeing. Those in the class were John Cody, Eugene Dove, Ben Manning, John Bell, Ernest Hemming, Claude Carlisle, Douglas Myers, William Nelson, Melvin Johnson, William Malin, LeRoy Kumpula, John Coyle, Paul Mareno, Karlo Sallmen, John C. Vaughn, Walter Pulkas, Roy Backa, John McLaughlin, Jr., Raymond Kallio, Arne Moilanen, and Arthur Weber.

Norma (Nashland) Hardes started school in a one-room schoolhouse about 15 miles north of Kenton, known as the Skoglund-Nashland School. After she finished the tenth grade, she attended Marquette Normal for the summer session of 1920 after teaching a half year. She received a special permit to teach the spring semester of 1920 at the Skoglund-Nashland School where only her brothers and sisters attended. After a second summer at Marquette Normal, she taught at the Golden Glow School for three years. She married Adrian Hardes in 1924 and did not teach anymore.

Adrian Hardes was born in 1899, son of Rosa and George M. Hardes. He and Norma had four children: George, James, Constance (Mohrman), and Shirley (Odom). Adrian attended school and later entered the Military and Naval Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He was employed at Kingsford; then worked for the US Forestry as superintendent of a CCC camp. He was the secretary-treasurer of the Ontonagon Livestock Association and a director of the Ontonagon County Soil Conservation District. Adrian was supervisor of Interior Township in 1927, deputy sheriff, member of the Board of Education, and member of the Ewen Masonic Lodge, No. 515. Adrian died in 1956.

One of the early Trout Creek businessmen was George M. Hardes (1861-1921), a well-known and highly respected lumberman. He was born in Elmira, New York. At an early age he came to Michigan and went to work in a furniture factory in Grand Rapids. A few years later he moved to the Lake County area south of Traverse City, where he became involved in logging and lumbering. It was during this period that he met and married Rosa Rosenberg (died in 1959 at 96 years); they had two children: LeVerne and Victor.

In 1899 Mr. Hardes, along with Hudd and Judd Rosenberg, bought property in Trout Creek from Mr. Durmont. In approximately 1903 the Rosenberg brothers sold their interest in the properties to Mr. Hardes; they then moved to the west where they established a lumbering business.

Throughout his years as a businessman in Trout Creek, Mr. Hardes was very active in local and county civic affairs. His kindness, generosity, and sincere interest in the welfare of the area was widely recognized. For a number of years he served on the Com mission for Upper Peninsula Development Association, the County Board of Supervisors, and the Interior Township as supervisor. He was a member of the Trout Creek School Board until his death and was very active in local war efforts during World War I. The two local churches at that time were built with lumber he donated.

George and Rosa Hardes had five children: LeVerne (Porter), Victor, Florence (Hadrich), Adrian, and Marion (Ivers). Florence, the lone survivor, resides in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Marion lived in Connecticut until her death in 1982. Victor, LeVerne, and Adrian lived in Trout Creek for most of their lives. Victor died in 1946, LeVerne in 1956, and Adrian in 1956.

Toivo and Hanna Harju lived in South Agate only a short time before moving to Trout Creek. He did millwork. Mrs. Harju was Mrs. Hattula's sister. They had five children: Gertrude was a Navy nurse and she and her husband live in Iron Mountain; Arvo was a brakeman on the railroad; Martha was at home; Viljo worked for Abbott Fox Lumber; and Eva married a minister.

Kusti and Hilma Hattula came from Finland in 1903 with two children. They first settled in Gay in the Copper Country and then moved to Trout Creek in 1912. Although they had a total of 15 children, ten grew to adulthood. Mr. Hattula was a jobber for Weidman Lumber Company until he died in 1924 at Marquette from an ulcer operation. The family was left for Mrs. Hattula to raise. Charles, the oldest, married Leora Cottenham. They lived in Trout Creek a part of their married life and had one daughter and a son. Selma married Royce Dutcher and lived in Trout Creek. They had five daughters, two of whom married Trout Creek boys. Anita married Charles Pottala and raised three boys and one girl. John went to college and became a minister; he married a girl from Bovey, Minnesota, and raised three daughters and two sons. Oliver married a girl from Mass City; they had a daughter and a son. Ludwig married a girl from Ewen; they had one son. His wife died when the boy was small. He then married a girl from Wisconsin and raised three sons and three daughters. Susan married James Christen and raised one girl. Ellen married Walfred Perttula and raised three sons and one daughter. Martha married Waino Perttula and raised three girls and one boy. Vivian married a boy from Watton and they moved to Arizona and had five daughters.

Ms. Hattula had her Ladies Aid and other interests such as weaving rag rugs to keep her busy besides raising her big family.

Mr. Hattula had a step-brother, Oscar, who also lived in Trout Creek with his wife, Tillie. They had four children. Mrs. Hattula had a sister, Hannah Harju, living here with her husband, Toivo, and their children.


Mattias Hautamaki was born May 16,1860, in Lapua Vaasa Laani, Finland. He came to the Agate Falls area in the summer of 1887. He had walked the D.S.S. & A. Railroad grade from Ishpeming, Michigan, as there were no rails at that time. When he arrived at Agate Falls there was a crew of men, mostly Chinese (Coolie laborers), building the railroad trestle (the original was of wood). He later worked at Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, unloading ships. He also worked on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He settled on the Hautamaki farm in 1888. He was married to Maria Bergman in 1889 by Pastor Heideman at Trout Creek. To this union nine children were born, all at the home place: Senia (Wakevainen), August, Minnie (Peltola-Leinonen), Hilda (Manty), Aili (Lahti-Manty), Leonard, Reino, Vernon, and Walter. The three still living are Aili, Vernon, and Walter. Matt passed away in 1942 at age 82; Marie in 1953 at age 77.

Toivo (1904-1980) came from Ylistaro, Finland, in 1917 with his mother Amanda to join his father Isaac on the South Paynesville Road. Toivo was married to Saima Hiitola (1908-1985); she was born in Merijarvi, Finland, and came with her mother, Hilda, to join the father Nisula in 1916; they lived in Alston, Lake Mine, and moved to a farm on South Paynesville Road. Saima was the oldest of 15 children; four orphaned children were taken in to be raised with their own.

Toivo and Saima had two children, Hilda and Wilho. He worked for loggers, drove school bus, and farmed until his retirement. Hilda does work as a cook at the Trout Creek School; Wilho is retired from the White Pine Mine Company. An only grandchild, Robert, lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two sons. Toivo's brother John still lives on the farm in Paynesville; Hilda and Wilho reside at their home in Trout Creek.

John and Erika Helin came to North Agate in 1911 from Ishpeming. He bought land from Frank McLaughlin on Section 4. He was a logging jobber for George Hardes in winters and worked on roads in the summers. He was a highway commissioner as well as an overseer in the early 1920's. He had has own logging camps south of Jumbo. In 1925 he went into chicken farming; this enterprise carried into the late 1930's. They also had a sizable dairy herd. Mrs. Helin did rug weaving and massaging as a sideline. They were very outgoing and active in church and community affairs. The Helin children were Hilja, who married Werner Besonen and after his death married Victor Salmela; Katherine married Justus Heliin; Saima married Walter Johnson, and Ellen married Nels Tahtinen.

Antti and Greeta Hietala came to Trout Creek in 1903 from Ishpeming with their two children, Jack and Esther. They homesteaded several forties of land a mile and half west of Trout Creek. Seven more children were born: Linda (Bessen), Naima (Heikkala), Lillian (Jones), Lydia (Helsius), Viola (Kallio), Andrew, and Irene (Kaare). Mr. Hietala farmed and worked at lumber camps during winter. He died in April 1932, and his wife died two months later. The children attended the North Agate and Trout Creek schools. Lydia still resides at the family home on M-28. Esther, Naima, and Irene still reside in Ontonagon County.

Herman and Hilda Hietamaki came from Finland with one son, August, and settled in Ishpeming where six more children were born. In 1919, after W.W.I, they moved to Trout Creek to settle on a farm formerly owned by Jacob Neimi. They farmed there until retiring and the property went to son William and his wife, Annabelle (Russell). William was in the service during W.W.II. Daughter Helen married Arne Kangas and they live north of Trout Creek. The other children moved from the area. Herman Hietamaki died of leukemia in June 1951, and his wife died from complications of a broken hip in September 1962. August died in 1927 and Theodore in 1986.

George Hokkanen (1918-1969) married Sylvia Martz on July 26, 1955. He was employed by the White Pine Copper Mine as a blacksmith and they resided in Agate. They had five children: Robert, Newberry, Michigan; Lillian Lindberg, deceased; Steven, Trout Creek; Linda Hacker, Watton, Michigan; and Dora Silk, Trout Creek.

Peter and Amalia Johnson came from Finland around 1890. They shared living quarters with the August Hutula family in Agate, where they logged a quarter section. In 1902 Johnson bought out from Hutula and their son Charles was born while they lived there. An early tax receipt on the property dated to 1898. The Johnson children were Lempi (Samppi Suominen), Elmi (Peterson), Marian (Wright), Ingrid (Rosenquist), Walter, and Ellen. Walter worked as a truck driver for Weidman and Fox Lumber Companies. He married Saima Helin. Their son Norman was a skilled tradesman at Oldsmobile in Lansing; he passed away in June of 1983. Their daughter Verna and her husband Philip Numinen have administrative positions with the State of Michigan at Lansing. Their second daughter, Sheila Etelamaki, is assistant controller at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Johnson's great-grandson, Karl Numinen, is U.P. representative for Senator Riegle in Marquette.

Mrs. Selma Johnson, one of the oldest residents of Trout Creek, was born in 1897 in Minnesota. She came to Trout Creek in 1920. Born to her were ten children, three of whom died in infancy. Marjorie and Melvin have also passed away. Those children living are Elizabeth Dishaw of Ontonagon, Evlynn Moffitt and Lois Perttula of Trout Creek, Leighton Carlisle of Michigamme, and Milton Albaugh of Green River, Wyoming. Selma worked in the local sawmill and did farming for many years.

Henry and Hanna Kaare came to South Agate in 1913 from Chassell and shared a dwelling with the Matt and Hanna Ojala family. Henry logged for the Calderwood Company and later was a mechanic at the Walter Kemppainen garage in Ewen. They were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Their children were Elma, who took a commercial course at Suomi College. She also studied music and led choirs in Detroit, where she worked at Sears, and later in Hancock. She married Carl Krym, a business executive. She died in 1980. Syma graduated from Grant Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, as an RN, pursuing that vocation until retirement. She was married to a Methodist clergyman from Estonia, Europe. Ellen worked for 34 years in Child Evangelism Fellowship after graduating from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. George, capable at many things, was best in mechanics. He married Irene Hietala and worked at the White Pine Copper Mine for many years. Arvo, married to Mae Nuutinen, was a carpenter in the home construction business in Detroit. John, married to Arlene Lespi, lives west of Trout Creek. He retired from teaching in the Ewen-Trout Creek school system after 30 years. All but one of the five children are Suomi College alumni.

Leonard and Fanny Kahkonen were married in 1902. They came from Finland and lived in Hancock for ten years and then to Trout Creek where they farmed. Their children were Olga, who married Toivo Kariainen; Bill, Sylvia, Esther, Linda, and also two who died as babies. The father died in 1951, the mother in 1959.

The Herman and Anna Kangas family came from the Copper Country and settled in the Trout Creek area in 1918. They had an apple orchard and raised dairy cattle on the original Tom Gilder's homestead. Herman also drove logging truck for the Weidman Lumber Company. Their children were Arne, Eino, Reino, Ernest, Edwin, Esther, and Elma. Herman and Anna retired from the farm in 1953 and moved closer to town. Herman died in 1965, Anna in 1973. Two sons preceded them in death: Eino in 1959 and Edwin in 1972. Arne and his wife Helen reside in Trout Creek. Ernest and his wife Helmi, who came to Trout Creek in 1920, still live here. His main occupation was construction welder and their children are Robert and James.

Herman and Matilda Kantola came from Ishpeming around 1912 to farm south of the Mile Crossing. Sons Eino and Arne worked at sawmills. Daughter Aileen was a store clerk at Rosbergs. Mr. Kantola was an uncle to Dr. Taito Kantonen, a professor at a college in Ohio. A niece, Mrs. Aino Lilja Halkola, is a poet and mother of David Halkola, a professor at Michigan Tech University.

Charles Kariainen came to Ishpeming from Finland in 1909 at the age of 19 and arrived in Trout Creek in 1910. He married Amalia Jauhiainen, also from Finland, in 1911. She was a housemaid at the Pulkas farm. In 1914 Charles bought 40 acres of cut-over land in Agate with hundreds of stumps. He worked at Hardes sawmill and in the building of Weidman's mill at Trout Creek in 1912, worked in area woods, and as a section hand for the D.S.S. & A. Railroad. He worked mostly at the Weidman Lumber Yard as a lumber piler. The Kariainens had five children: Toivo, born 1913; Charles, 1915; Wilho, 1917; Arvo, 1919, and Paul, 1921. Amalia died in 1922 and Charles married Nelma Peterson of Tapiola. They had two children: Sylvia, born in 1924, and Ernest, 1931. Charles died in 1954.

Melville and Shirley (Weber) Kimmel were married in 1950 at Manistique, Michigan, and have two daughters, Carla and Pamela. Melville worked as an electrician and mechanic and most recently as a job logger. Shirley worked as an L.P.N. in hospitals and is semi-retired. The Kimmels lived in Trout Creek for 20 years and presently live in Grangeville, Idaho.

Wilho and Ida Kivi came from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1923. He was a lumber handler at the Weidman Lumber Company. Their son, Frank, worked in the auto industry in Detroit. Daughter Ida married August Laitinen, who worked as a mechanic with the Ontonagon County Road Commission and the Fox Lumber Company. The Laitinens had four children: John and Stanley of Winthrop, Illinois, and James and Michael of Peabody, Massachusetts.

Charles Knivila (1880-1918) came to this country from Finland about 1900. Selma J. Anderson (1885-1946) came to this country about the same time and they were married in Iron River, Wisconsin, in 1904. They had six children: Charles, Emil, Alex, Arnold, Vernice, and Elmer.

Charles (1906-1973) married Eva Bessen in 1934; she died in 1971. They had two sons: Bruce, married to Peggy Perttula, is an engineer at Detroit Diesel; and Douglas, married to Esther Larson, has three sons and one daughter and works for G.M.C. Transmission in Detroit.

Emil (Ray) (1907-1988) married Mary Mareno in 1939. They have three sons: Allan, born 1940, married Sue Behrend in 1970 and they have a son, Bradley, and a daughter, Christy, and is a teacher at Michigan Technological University, Houghton; Robert F., born 1945, is single and a counselor at Pinconning High School; Steven P., born 1957, married Lori Kuster in 1983 and worked for the DNR at the Gogebic State Park; and Bernard J., born 1940, died at birth.

Alex J. (1909-1966) was a bachelor. Arnold R. (1910-1983) was married and had a daughter, Beverly. Vernice, born 1912, married Henry Bessen, who died in 1970. They had two sons, Richard, who works for the US Labor Department, and Michael, who works for the City of Detroit. Elmer, born 1916, married Lucile Whitsell in 1947. She died in 1985.

Alex Knivila and Hilma Hautamaki both came from Finland and met and married in Kenton. They had eight children: Theodore, Walter, Edwin, Lila, Lillian, Mayme, Helen, Viola, and Elaine. They moved to Trout Creek in 1926. Alex died in 1931; Hilma in 1947.

Lila married Ernest Hemming. They both attended school in Trout Creek. He joined the CCC and later the US Navy. He worked for different lumber companies and also for White Pine Copper Company for 21 years. The Hemming children are Danny, David, Sandra, Dale, Bonnie, and Laura.

George and Anna Kohtala came to Trout Creek in 1920 where he was employed as carpenter, blacksmith, and farmer. Their children were Theodore, Helmi, Reino, and Mrs. Kohtala's nephew, Ronald Moilanen.


Gust and Anna Korhonen came from Calumet, Michigan, in 1913, and settled on a farm near Agate Falls, presently owned by Ed McLaughlin. They had dairy cattle and chickens; in the winter Gust worked at lumber camps. They were members of the Finnish Lutheran Church that was located near the Agate Cemetery. They had three daughters and two sons: Mary (Johnson), Martha (Anderson), Irene (Teske), Uno, and Urho.

The LaBine family is originally from Montreal, Canada. Medrick T. LaBine was the first born of nine children to Armase and Lillian LaBine in Michigamme, Michigan, on May 19, 1904. Medrick came to Trout Creek around 1926. His occupation was mostly driving truck, hauling coal from Ontonagon and later slab firewood from the sawmills. He also worked at the pulp mill in Ontonagon.

On June 27, 1927, he married Bernice B. Moffitt, daughter of Archie and Lillie Moffitt, at the Catholic Church in Champion, Michigan. Bernice was born in Wexford County, near Cadillac, Michigan, on March 3,1909. The Moffitts were some of the first settlers, having moved to Trout Creek around 1912 from Lower Michigan.

Born to Medrick and Bernice were five living children. Archie A., born 1928 and married to Rose Marie LaCentia, has five children and lives in Milpitas, California. Forrest (Tom), born 1934 and married to Fern Gooding, has three children and lives in Bergland, Michigan. Cecil E., born 1934, while married to Beatrice McGeshick had four children, then married to Ann LaCoste, adopted two children, lives in Wisconsin. Leota, born 1937, while married to Charles Sharrard had five children (three survive), and then married to Norman Millu had four sons. Leota passed away January 19, 1987, and is buried in Trout Creek. Norman still lives in Trout Creek. Dorothy L., born 1944, is married to Brian Williams, has four children, and lives in Herrin, Illinois.

Bernice and Medrick both died at the L'Anse Hospital in 1980; she on March 9, and Medrick on July 23. They are both buried in Trout Creek.

John Laitala and his wife Ida Marie came to the United States in early 1900's, first moving to Hancock and then to Trout Creek. They bought the farm in 1939. Their sons Emil and Albert were born in Finland; Sulo was born in Trout Creek.

Emil married Pearl Anttila in 1938. Their children are John Henry, Maria, Jacob and James. John is a maintenance engineer in Lake Forest; Jake is a farmer; James has heavy equipment and operates locally; and Maria is a registered nurse.

Albert and his wife Elsie are on the former Sigfried Heikkala farm.

Sulo and Sylvia live in Ontonagon and operate Syl's Country Kitchen. They have many children, Elsie, Dorothy, Martha, Marjorie, Carol, and Joann. Marjorie is a surgical nurse at Ontonagon and Martha is a floor nurse there. Carol is a registered nurse.

Henry and Anna Lakanen moved to Trout Creek in 1909 from Calumet, settling to farm in the Mile Crossing area west of town. They became a sort of pivot family amongst the Evangelical Lutheran Church, housing the incoming ministers, etc. Henry worked at Hardes' Mill and hauled logs for William Campbell. Their children were: Reino, Gertrude, Elissa, Eva, and Weikko, all of whom graduated from the local high school.

Reino, having served in W.W.II, remained on the home place where he built a small sawmill and still does custom sawing. In the fall of 1987 Reino married the former Louise Meyers. Gertrude married John Ollila, Jr., was educated at Suomi College, worked as a postal clerk, office girl for Fox Lumber Company, and was a long-time organist and choir director. Elissa married Loren King; Eva married Stanley Birk and raised a family. She is presently Mrs. John Jones in Maryland. Weikko married Sylvia Kariainen and they have a daughter Gina. They currently live in Bruce Crossing.

Taito Lehto came from Finland as did his wife, Sanna; they went to the Copper Country and made their first home at Chassell. They moved to South Agate. He was in woodswork and they farmed. They had a son, Arne, and four daughters, Edna (Capellman), Vieno (Crabb), Ida (Newton), and Ellen (Perttula). All, except Ellen, are former Chicago residents and now have homes on the Lehto premises. Another son, Waino, died at age six. Ellen and Wilho live near town, following his retirement from work in Munising. A Lehto granddaughter, Elizabeth, and her husband David Exline, bought the Kaare property in 1985.

Edward Leinonen was born in 1878 at Puolanka, Finland, and arrived in America in 1908. His wife, Reeta, was also born in Puolanka in 1887 and came to America about 1907. They were married in Hancock in 1909. They moved to Trout Creek in 1913, settling first two miles south of town, later moving closer. They received their citizenship papers in 1934 and 1935, after classes in the English language taught by John Ollila. They farmed and he worked at the lumber camps. They had six children: John, Impi, Arthur, Tymi, and Signe, who married Harold Anderson and resides in the house of her birth. Ed and Reeta celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 1959. She died in May, 1965; he in December of that same year.

Herman and Matilda Lindell lived in the South Agate area before 1918, when they bought land and moved to North Agate. He worked ten-hour shifts at Hardes' Mill during the summers, traveling the four-and-a-half mile distance on foot morning and night. It was said that his measured pace was proof that he had served in the Tsar's army in his youth.

Mrs. Lindell heard the rumble of the 500-foot cave-in of the river bank on the Middle Branch around 1930. People from as far away as Chicago came to see the ominous sight.

Their daughter, Ellen Gustafson, is still a North Agate resident. Two children, Tekla and Herman, are deceased.

Orson H. Losey came from Portland, Michigan, to Trout Creek in 1900 or before. He and his wife Jennie ran a clothing store where the post office now stands. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; one of the first fly fishermen in the country. He had a hunting camp on the former Walt Smith farm six miles south of Trout Creek. This camp is still used today. Mr. Losey was the Interior Township supervisor in 1928 and 1929. He died sometime in the 1930's. The clothing store burned in the '30's also. Elmer Drier was living in the building at the time.

Kaarlo Elias, known as Charles (1870-1935), and Anna Gustava Leinonen (1875-1931) were both born in Oulu, Finland. They were married in Kemi, Finland, in 1897 and came to America four years later. They moved first to Ishpeming, Michigan, where father, being an avid skier, participated in ski races. They became American citizens in 1907 and later moved to a farm in Agate, where they raised a large family. The family included Aili, the first born, who died in Finland as a small child. Then came Charlie, Jack, Paul, Arnie, Otto (all deceased), Sigrid, Edna (deceased), Lillian, Martha, Aileen, and three who died at birth: Sadie, Matthew, and George. Mother Anna was a midwife, delivering babies whenever needed. She was deeply religious and is remembered for her beautiful soprano voice. When the Calderwood sawmill was running, Charles would deliver farm products by horse and buggy, or winter sled, some five miles away.

Mr. Madden was born in Chassell and Mrs. Madden was born in Baraga. He was a depot agent in Baraga, Ishpeming, Nestoria, and in 1933 came to Trout Creek to be depot agent until his retirement in 1958. They had six children: Cecilia (Bessen), Violet (Manning) (died in 1985), James, Helen (Nelson) (died in April, 1988), Robert, and Pat (Mattson).

Nicholas Maki (1898-1969) came from Finland in 1902 and settled in the Trout Creek area. In 1924 he married Margaret Ojala (1905-1970) from Chassell. They moved to Calderwood in 1933 and in 1968 moved back to Trout Creek. Nicholas was a foreman in logging camps, farmed, and worked at the Fox Lumber Mill in Trout Creek. The Makis had seven children: Hjordis (Hiitola), deceased; Betty (Syrjala), Bruce Crossing; Lillian (Lee), Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; Ernest, Neenah, Wisconsin; Roy, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; Roger, Bruce Crossing; and Sylvia (Martz), Trout Creek.

George Manning (1880-1951) and Rosa Lee Jones (?-1979) were both born in Kentucky and married in Wisconsin in 1903. They came to Michigan in 1916 and lived in Trout Creek for 27 years. He was a railroad employee and later worked with Fox Lumber. They had four daughters: Virgie (Irish), Pearl (Wilcox), Bertha (Green Fournier), and Virginia (Pulkas Wierikko). Their sons were Glen, who married Yvonne Trembley; Ben, who married Violet Madden (deceased), and Vernon, unmarried.

Glen's children are: Ronald (now deceased), who was with the Chicago White Sox in 1950, entered the service in 1951 with the military police. Delores (Warrick), Dawn (McIntyre), Nancy (Peterson), Joan (Pelkola) and Kathryn, who died at two days of age. Ben's children are: Bob, Jim, Karen and Sandy. Virgie's children are: Bud, Lyle, Delores and Patsy. Virgie is deceased.

Pearl (deceased) had a son, Norman. Bertha (deceased) had a son, Roland, who also is deceased. Virginia has a daughter, Caroline. Glen and Yvonne died in 1979 and 1973.

Jake McLaughlin's great-grandparents had their beginnings in Cork, Ireland, and moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Grandfather Frank McLaughlin moved to Falls Siding in the early 1880's and logged the Middle Branch until 1910. He married Rosie Robinson, who died in 1895. Frank died in 1927.

Frank's son, David William (Jake's father), moved back to Mt. Pleasant where he married Frances Torpi. They returned to Falls Siding in 1900 and he worked in and was a bookkeeper in lumber camps with his dad. William died in 1942; Frances in 1946.

They had seven children: Tom, Jack, Joe, Ed Jake, Clara (Johnson), Rose (Howlett), and Susan (Christianson). Jake is the only surviving member. Jake attended the Falls Siding school. In December 1941, he moved to his present home. He cared for a farm and cattle as well as operated the Sunnyside Bar. In 1964 the cattle were sold off the farm and Jake retired and sold the bar in 1974.

METOS: Thomas J. Metos (1897-1967) was born in Greece and came to the US in 1912. He was a cook in Marquette, Michigan, for a few years. In 1928, he married Jennie A. Pelkola (1905-1954) of Paynesville. They had 12 children: Katherine (Moilanen), James, Mary (Dezore), Effie (Thomas), George, Alex, Jennie (Koski), John (deceased), Sylvia (Sain), Thomas, Dorothy, and Robert. In the early 1930's they bought and began operating a farm in the Agate Falls area.

Archie Cecil Moffitt was born in 1874 in Pennsylvania and moved to Hersey, Michigan, with his parents where he was a farmer. Lillian Bertha Hilts was born in 1877 in Hersey. They were married in 1896. They had six of their twelve children in Hersey (one died there). They moved to Trout Creek in 1912 with five children: Teresa, Russell, Clistia, Elma, and Bernice. They had six more children: Sheldon, and twins Leonard and Glenn (Spike), Eldon, and twins Edson and Edwin. Three of these six children died at birth. Archie worked for Weidman Lumber Company and also farmed. He had three sets of oxen.

Clista Moffitt married Emil Hemming and had two children. He died in 1925. She then married Adelbert Cronkright in 1926 and they had ten children. Adelbert was born in Midland and came to Trout Creek after he served in the Army in W.W.I. He worked at the sawmill and farmed. Most of their children still live in the area: Vivian, Ernest, Mae, Daniel, Angeline, Maxine, Richard, Gary, Duane, and Esther.

Henry Moilanen (1875-1964) was born in Puolanka Oulunlanni, Finland, and came to the US in 1900. Settling in the Copper Country, he worked in the mines. He and Susan Lahti, who came from Finland as a young girl, were married in 1911 in the Copper Country. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Agate Falls area beginning around 1919. Henry and Susan had five children: Taimi, Ontonagon Long-Term Care; Arthur, Covington Rest Home, William, Mayme, and Lyyli, all deceased. In 1947, William married Katherine Metos in Trout Creek. They lived in Paynesville and Agate Falls area for several years before moving to the Seppi farm in Trout Creek in 1966. William and Katherine had seven children: Robert, Arlene, Jim, Dan, Mike, Dave, and Billy (deceased). Jim and his wife, Wanda (Urpila) have one son, Jeremy, and live in Trout Creek.

MYERS: Charles Myers came to Trout Creek from Pennsylvania in 1911. He worked at the sawmill as a fireman. He married Tresa Moffitt in 1913. They had five children: Reva, Dallas, Douglas, Dorety, and Verna. Charlie died in 1957 and Teresa in n 1927.

Reva married John Johnson and had one son, John, who married and four children: John (Jack) died in 1966; Johnny died in 1984 and Reva died in 1986.

Dallas, single, lives in Lansing. Douglas was killed at the White Pine Mine in 1958. He was married to Viola (Dutcher) and they had three children: Rosie, Floyd, and Ruth. They all have married and live in Oregon. Dorety married and died 1985. Verna married Fred Johnson in 1946 and they had two children: Sandi married Dan Hemming, who is a foreman at White Pine. They have three children and live in Trout Creek Freddie married Alice Margaritis and they have two children. He works at White Pine and they live in Paynesville. Vern still lives in Trout Creek, but her husband, Fred, died in 1970.

Hannah Besonen married Antti Bakkola and had a son, Heino. Antti died when Heino was young. Hannah then married Herman Soder and had a son, Reino. Reino was young when Herman died. Both sons are deceased. Hanna and Gust Nelson were then married and lived in Kenton until 1926 when they moved to Trout Creek. They resided here until their deaths, Gust in 1936, Hannah in 1953. They had six, children: Elna (McLaughlin), Helen (Lespi), Walter, and William, all deceased; and Jennie (May) of Watersmeet and Eleanor (Madden) of Trout Creek.

August Nordine came to Interior from Sweden in 1893 and moved to Kenton in 1896 where he married his old country sweetheart. Six boys and four girls were born to this couple and these ten children have spent practically all of their lives in Michigan. August went into business for himself in Kenton cutting railroad ties, and cedar posts and poles from the Sparrow-Kenton lands in the winter. The summers were spent clearing and farming a large farm four miles southwest of Kenton. In the meantime he became involved in school and township politics. His boys seem to have followed somewhat the same pattern.

Matti and Johanna (Valimaki) Ojala were born in Kuortane, Finland, in 1880. They came to the US and were married soon after the turn of the century, settling in the Paynesville area for a short time. They moved to Chassell, where he worked at a sawmill. They had eight children: Lillian (Mrs. John Maki), Margaret (Mrs. Nick Maki), Helen (Mrs. Reino Heikkala), Sanford, Sylvia (Mrs. Wynard Stille), Carl, Andrew, and Elizabeth (Mrs. Leslie Wilson). The first five were born in Chassell, the others in Trout Creek, where they lived on the South Agate Road. The father died in 1918, a victim of the dreadful flu epidemic. His widow then married Jack Hukkala and they had five children: Jack, Mary, Ruth (Mrs. Gerald Clark), Dorothy (Mrs. Eugene Anderson), and Miriam (Risner). Only Sanford, Dorothy and Miriam survive. After Hanna died, Mr. Hukkala married Mrs. Gronvall, whose children were William, Erick, Reino, and Gertrude.

John, Sr., and Fiina Ollila bought land in Trout Creek in 1904, but moved to the area in 1912. She kept boarders who worked in woodwork. Their children were Fanny (Mrs. John Perttula), Arla (Mrs. August Hautamaki), and John, who married Gertrude Lakanen, and was a school teacher in the area for many years. John was the Township Clerk for 40 years and has held various positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has been a tenor in choirs throughout the years and still provides the piano accompaniment at the Senior Citizen Nutrition Program. John is the only survivor to carry the Ollila name.

John and Sofia (Ristila) Paivarinta came from Nivala and Nurmo, Finland, to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. Waino and Ida were born there, after which they moved to South Range where Linda, Isaac, and Arvid were born. They then moved to Red Town in 1912; Charley and Alfred were born in Trout Creek. John worked for Weidman Lumber Company and built the home and farm. He logged at Johnson Camp, south of Trout Creek, and had a camp set up for men at the farm, doing his logging south and east of town. He also logged for Nordine, south of Kenton. After that he worked on the highway with his team of horses.

When Waino was ten, he and the three next oldest children were old enough to go to school together. They walked down the railroad track two and one-half miles and Weidman's logging road. Their father walked them the first day and came for them at three. They spoke no English so the next day the teacher had Reino Suhonen interpret, from then on it went better.

Ida worked for Mrs. Dickson for $25 a month and other places, reaching a wage of $45 per month working for Mrs. Weidman for two years. When working at the Connors' home, Marie said, "Here comes the milkman, would you answer the door?" Then and there, Ida met her future husband. Ida and her husband, Nels Aho, raised four sons. The sisters and brothers left home to work and eventually raised their own families. Waino never married; he and brothers Isaac and Charley were in the Army.

In this five-generation family are the immigrant parents, John and Sofia Paivarinta, with seven children, 12 grand-children, seven great-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-great-grandchildren.

John and Fanny Perttula moved to Trout Creek from Ishpeming in 1920. He worked in the woods and as a township road commissioner. He served on the Co-op board, the REA board, and the church council. He also was an agent for the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Fanny was one of the lead singers in church. Their children are: Waino, married Martha Hattula and worked at the sawmill; Walfred, married Ellen Hattula and was teamster at the mill yard; Wilho, married Ellen Lehto and was a dry kiln operator; Wilbert, married Lois Carlisle and was a lumber grader; Wesley, married Cynthia Juntti and farmed before moving to California; Ruth, married Robert Steinmetz and clerked at Settlers' Co-op before moving to Chicago; Rueben worked at the Co-op store in Mass City, and now owns a glass business in Bakersfield, California.

Victor Saari (1897-1921) was born in Finland and lived in Minnesota before moving to Calumet in 1901. Selma Hogbacka (1879-1973) came to Negaunee from Finland in 1902. Victor worked in the mines and Selma worked at a bakery and a boarding house run by her aunt and uncle in Negaunee. They married in 1902 and moved to Ironwood where Victor worked in the mines and Selma at the Hotel Curry. Eight children were born to them: Leslie (1906-1932), Ellen (1907 - ), Niilo (1909-1987), Gertrude (1911 - ), Bert (1912-1980), Reino (1914 - ), Rudy (1916 - ), and Ingrid (1919-1929). The family moved to Trout Creek in 1920 where Victor worked as a logger. In her later years, Selma was the first resident at the Medicare Facility in Ontonagon and resided in Maple Manor until her death.

Ellen (Saari) Anderson and her husband live in Ironwood and have two surviving children. Gertrude (Saari) Westerberg and her husband have one daughter and live in Ironwood. Reino and his wife Elsie live in Ironwood and have three children; he worked at the White Pine Mine, Ahonon's Mill, and the mines in Ironwood. Rudy, an entrepreneur, graduated from Trout Creek in 1934, attended Michigan State University and in May of 1941 joined the Air Force. He and his wife Mary live in Ontonagon and had six children: Guy (deceased), Vicki, Ted, Mary Kay, Ginger, and David. Bert remained single and worked for Weidman and Abbott Fox lumber companies. Niilo also worked at the sawmills, entering the Army in 1942. He was wounded in action and taken prisoner of war in the Battle of the Bulge; he was liberated in 1945. He was married to Esther Franti and they had two daughters: Judith Demaray and Jeanette Stenson, who live in Trout Creek with their families.

Michael Silk married Dora Hokkanen in 1974 and they have resided in Trout Creek since that time. Dora is a U.S. postal worker and Michael is a truck driver for Gitche Gumee Oil Company. They have two children: Summer Lee, born in 1978, and Michael Joel, born in 1983.

Nestor and Ida Sjogren moved to North Agate from Calumet in 1917. He had earlier worked and bought land in the Trout Creek area. They built the house that their son John still lives in. Mr. Sjogren was educated in Finland's Kansakoulu and graduated from the Forestry and Agricultural School there in 1904. He did secretarial work in the church. He was a talented Sunday School teacher and song leader, as well as a long-time news correspondent to the Amerikan Suometar. He had training in slaughtering animals. Mrs. Sjogren was one of the Lakanen family. She worked in fabric mills in Massachusetts. She took part in community activities and was well liked in the community.

Charles and Bridget Alice Garrick lived in Chase, Michigan, where four of their five children were born: William, Robert, Charles and Mary. They came to Trout Creek to homestead in 1893, where daughter Stella was born. Mary cooked at the Hardes and Calderwood boarding houses; she married Henry Aslin; they had two children, George and Lauretta, born in Red Town. Mary later married Jack Staff and raised his son, Jack. She was the first cook at the Trout Creek School when the lunch program began; she was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.

Lauretta Aslin married Fred Sliger in 1928 and had six children: William, Charles, Nancy, Fred, and John. Daughter Mary Margaret died in infancy. Lauretta was a cook at the Trout Creek School until retiring in the mid 1980's. Fred worked at various jobs including logging train engineer, school bus driver, and had a garage with his brother Jack. Fred had three brothers: Paul, Walter and Edward.

Fred's and Lauretta's children graduated from Trout Creek. William attended Michigan Tech and is an engineer. Charles served in the armed forces and works at the Empire Mine in Ishpeming. Fred attended Michigan Tech and joined the Michigan State Police; he recently retired. Jack is employed at White Pine; Nancy is married and lives in Iron River.

Paul Sliger was born in Oconto, Wisconsin, in 1900. His father, William, was born in Canada; mother Margaret Maloney in Ireland. Paul's early years were spent in Oconto, Nahma, Bonitas, and Trout Creek. In high school he played basketball and was a track and field athlete, graduating in 1918 from Trout Creek High School. In 1919 he enrolled at Ferns Institute to study banking but chose a career in logging and forest management. During the 1920's he worked as a bookkeeper and foreman at various lumber camps. Through most of the '30's he served as a superintendent at CCC camps. During the 40's and 50's he was a ranger for the U S Forest Service, retiring in 1959. He also served a term as Township Clerk, and was on the school board for 25 years.

Hazel MacLauchlin Sliger was born in Chassell in 1902. Her father Albert came from Canada to Michigan at an early age; her mother Louise Remington was born in Marquette in 1883. The MacLauchlins had four children Haze, Thield, Leona, and Grace. Hazel graduated from Chassell High School in 1920 and taught in the area.

In 1923, Paul and Hazel were married. A son, Bernard, was born to them in 1924; Bette (LePage) and Margaret (Besonen) followed in 1927 and 1930, respectively. Bernard has served as President of Florida State University since 1976. Margaret is employed by the Setters Co-operative in Bruce Crossing and lives in Trout Creek, and Bette resides in Ewen, Michigan

During W.W.II, Hazel returned to teaching. She initiated the Mothers' Club. At this time, too, kindergarten graduations were introduced. Hazel continued teaching until her retirement in 1967. She led an active life. She served on the boards of the U.P. Association of Rural Health, the Ewen Medical Clinic, the Senior Citizen Board, Chairman of the Trout Creek Civic Improvement committee. She was also a newspaper correspondent, in addition to her church work.

Both Paul and Hazel died suddenly: he on August 19, 1964; Hazel in February 1987. They are buried side by side in the Trout Creek cemetery.

In 1903, at the age of 19 and following a hunting trip to the Upper Peninsula, W. J. Smith started making plans to homestead in the Trout Creek area. The following spring he went to work for his uncle on a farm near Ionia, Michigan, to earn a dollar a day plus room and board. This was what he needed for his grub stake. After the harvest he drew his wages and began assembling his necessary equipment. That fall he moved from the family farm near Portland to settle in a two-room cabin in a small clearing south of Trout Creek.

Mr. Smith was a man of many talents. He bought and rebuilt a gasoline powered machine that could be used on the railroad that passed within three-quarters of a mile from his homesite. The tracks were provided by a logging company for hauling logs into the sawmill. Often he snowshoed the five plus miles to town, but used his "Scoot Wagon" for bringing out supplies. Besides being an avid hunter fisherman and trapper (he at one time tended a ten-mile trap line), he was a skilled clocksmith and gunsmith. He made molds for bullets, melted lead to fill them, then loaded his own shells. He took pictures with a box camera, which used glass plates, developed and printed post cards. To clear the forty acres of land for his farm, he used dynamite that was packed in sturdy pine boxes. These boxes were then re-cycled into chairs and tables to furnish the cabin. Besides caring for his garden, he built a cabin, a woodshed, and had a barn well underway.

In 1915, W. J. Smith married Leila Burtless, a young teacher from Marquette who was staying in Trout Creek with Mr. and Mrs. Losey. The couple had four daughters, who when they were old enough were taught by the mother at home. Within the next few years he added a third room to the cabin and finished the barn, complete with a silo (the first one in the area). To complete his farm, he acquired some livestock Later he built a workshop, a garage and an addition to the barn.

In 1926, the W. J. Smith family moved back to Portland, Michigan, to take over the family farm. The cabin they lived in still stands on the homes south of Trout Creek. The farm buildings no longer exist.

In the summer of 1984, the Smith sisters returned to Trout Creek to spend a day at their birth place. In that same year they compiled and had printed a booklet that was dedicated to the memory of their parents on the 100th anniversary of the birth of W. J. Smith. The sisters are still living in the Portland and Lansing areas. W. J. Smith died in 1959 and Leila in 1980.

Willard Strangle was born in 1907 at the Paavola Location north of Hancock, Michigan. Willard's father, Gustaf, was born in Pieskamaki, Finland, and his mother, Elizabeth Tolonen, in Hyyrysalmi, Finland. His parents married and lived in the Paavola Location until they moved to Trout Creek in 1914, settling on One-Mile Road West, north of town. Willard and his sister Nannie were born at the Paavola Location and both completed eight grades in the Trout Creek School. Nannie married Hubert Bosio and lived mostly in the Tapiola, Michigan, area, raising a daughter Betty, now of California.

Willard's wife, Vera Emilia Niemi, was born in 1910 in Trout Creek. Her father, Jacob Bernhard Niemi was born in Simi, Finland. Her mother, Lempi Hietala, was from Ishpeming. There were four other children in Vera's family: Martha, who marred Bill Tolonen, lived in the Alston area; Bertha, married to Wayne Bosio, lived north of Trout Creek; Eero was married and lived in Idaho; and Bruno, who was a baby when his mother died, was cared for by Mrs. Nousiainen until he grew up. Jacob continued to work in the area lumber mills while the older children cared for the household chores.

Willard and Vera were married in 1930 in Koochiching County, Minnesota. They lived in International Falls where their son Stanley was born. They moved back to Trout Creek in 1936 and daughter Patti was born in 1937. In 1958, Strangle purchased the Andrew Pitkanen farm in Paynesville and has lived there since, raising berries and garden crops. Willard also worked in the woods, lumber mills and then spent 17 years working at the White Pine Copper Mine until his retirement in 1970.

Stanley graduated from the Trout Creek School in 1952 and worked at White Pine from 1955 to 1987 as an electrician. He is active in CB and Ham radio and was in the television repair business. He's also active in photography and is a licensed private pilot.

Patti married Denver Leinonen, a school teacher at Ewen and Almont Michigan, who retired in 1987. They have two boys, James, born in 1961 and presently in California, and Jerry, born in 1964 and a student at Northern Michigan University.

Nels and Ellen (Helin) were married in 1937. He was a milk truck driver for the Stella Cheese Company from 1935 to 1942, ran the Mobil gas station from 1942 to 48. He was also a woodsman, a fireman at Fox Lumber Company from 1951 to 1960, and did carpentry. He died in 1987, three months short of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Ellen cooked at summer camps and at senior citizens' nutrition meals. The Tahtinens had four children. Roy is the pastor in E.L.C.A. at South Range, Michigan, past District Dean, chairman of Senior American Coalition, and is on the Ontonagon County Commission on Aging. He is married to Nora Hansen and has two children. Donald lives in Cloquet, Minnesota, and is the proprietor of Elcom Corporation, which makes in computers, in Duluth. He is a church elder, and county G.O.P. chairman. He's married to Dawn Grandish and they have four children. Diane, married to Douglas Canker, has three children and lives in Waukegan, Illinois. She is a court clerk-typist for an insurance firm. Eva, married to Wayne Lundstrom, has two children and lives in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is an accounting clerk at First Federal Savings.

THEBERT: Jane Blackwood and her father Peter moved to Agate Falls in 1940 when they took over the Agate Falls Resort. William (Cokey) Thebert joined Blackwood in the store business and married Jane in 1941. The Theberts ran the store from then until they sold it in 1969 and settled in Bessemer, Michigan. William died in 1978. They had two children: Janis (Anderson), born in 1943, and Joe, born in 1948.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanse Peter Thompson (now deceased) moved to Trout Creek in 1900 from Deer Park, Wisconsin. Hanse's brother-in-law Peter Shulstadt and his wife Hannah were living in Trout Creek and got Hanse a job on the section for the D.S.S. & A. Railroad. The Hanse Peter Thompson's had ten children: Harris, Roland, Thora, Elmer, Irene, Olive, Joenetta, Perry, and Oliver, who drowned in Hardes' pond around the age of ten. A daughter, born in Texas, died there as an infant.

Harris (deceased) married Rachel Ann Burlew, daughter of the Schroeders, owners of the Cloverland Hotel. He worked at the school and later at Weidman Lumber. Their son Harris (deceased) married Gladys Grabel and had two children, Kenny and Jeanne. They moved to Flint where she worked in a hospital and he with the Postal Service.

Roland (1889-1973) married Pearl, daughter of Dave Gilders who was raised by Thomas Gilders, and they adopted Shirley Mae as an infant. He was a Standard Oil agent for many years.

Thora (1895-1984) worked at the depot and Fox Lumber Company office and cared for her mother.

Elmer (1890-1971) joined the Army at Fort Custer in 1918 and served in France in the battles of Verdun, St. Mihiel and Neuse-Argonne of W.W.I. He operated a livery stable which later became "Thompson Brothers' Garage," where he worked as a mechanic. He married Alice L. Tooley. They had three children: Elmer, Peter, and Mary, who all graduated from Trout Creek High School. Elmer (Sonny) and Peter became mechanics, operating the garage after their father's retirement. They also worked at the White Pine Mine for a time. Sonny married Barbara Johnson and they had four children: Debra and Terry in Florida, Tod in Bruce Crossing, and James in Marquette. Sonny and Barbara live in Sarasota, Florida. Peter married Maxine Davis of Sidnaw and they have three children: Carrie Sue, married to Gregg Lindner of Milwaukee; Kenneth, who works in Milwaukee; and Roberta, a student at Ewen-Trout Creek High School. Mary married Rodger Nordine of Bergland. They have three children: Leslie, Janet, and Audrey. They live in Bessemer, Michigan.

Irene Thompson (1902-1979) never married. She worked for Mrs. Duby at Camp Kutonka, a girls' camp on Lake Michigamme. After operating a hotel in Kenton for a time, she went to take care of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Carroll at their farm until their deaths. Roland Thompson then bought the Carroll farm and Irene lived there with Roland (who was widowed) for many years. Sonny and Barbara bought the farm from Roland and Irene, who then bought the Ezra Gingrich home and lived there until their deaths.

Olive (1904-1983) married Vivien, son of Benjamin Haight, and had one daughter, Dorothea. Mr. and Mrs. Haight lived in Trout Creek, Sault Ste. Marie, and Superior, Wisconsin. Joenetta (Netti) married Grover Nethaway from Ovid, Michigan, and they had five sons and five daughters. Joenetta died in 1960. Some attended school in Trout Creek for a time but moved back to Ovid.

Perry (Pat) (1906-1975) married Marion Bennett and they lived in Trout Creek, Arizona, and Sidnaw. They had five children who attended school in Trout Creek when they were young.

Emmanuel Voigt was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1935. His father Ernest came from Germany at the age of six and his mother, Augusta, was born in Wisconsin. After several moves, he started his own construction company in Prentice, Wisconsin, in 1952. This business lasted through 1959 when he married Marjorie Perttula and moved to Trout Creek. He worked for the Fox Lumber Company, joined the Carpenter Millwright Local in 1962 and continues in that line of work in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Marjorie is an Avon representative and both of them are active in church and community affairs. The Voigts have five children: Pam (Platske), Mark, and Michael, all living in Minneapolis suburbs; and Amy (Pietila) of Paulding, and Matthew.

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John Wakevainen, Sr., and his wife, Gustava, came from Finland. They had five children: John, Jr., Donald, Arvo, Sally, and Laina. John married Senia Peltola, moved to the Agate area and has three children: Ted, who lives in Niles, Michigan; Fred, who is deceased; and Betty, who lives in the family home. Donald and Arvo are deceased. Sally married and has one daughter, Jewell Birch, living in Minnesota. Laina married Carl Anderson, Sr., and had two children, Ray and Carl, Jr. Both are deceased as are the parents.

The Mose Joseph Weber family moved to Trout Creek in the early 1900's, or possibly before, and raised eight children and one granddaughter. Their children attended and graduated from the Trout Creek School. They were active in community affairs and belonged to the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Minnie, his wife, worked as midwife and served on the school board and was a saleswoman for door-to-door products. Mose worked at the Weidman Mill and was caretaker of the Weidman residence. In 1940 they moved to a farm north of Trout Creek and farmed there until 1948, moving then to Escanaba. Minnie died in 1950; Mose in 1964. Four children survive.

John and Sanna Wiitanen were the first settlers in North Agate. The school was built on their land. They had seven children: John, William, Hilia, Wilho, Toivo, Lillian, and George (nicknamed "Russian John"). Wiitanen's raised quite a number of cattle on their farm. Children from the school took turns hauling water from the spring located there. Mr. Wiitanen built a closed cab for use as a windbreak, which was about six feet long and four feet high. This was set on runners and pulled by a horse. Arvid and Alvar Besonen were getting wood from Section 10 and found the Wiitanens had had an accident. The horse had gone off the trail and tipped everything over, including himself. The young boys unhitched the horse and raised the cab and its occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Wiitanen.

Created by Lynn V. Boston. Last update 24-Feb-1997.