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Great-grandchildren explore Gov. Chase Osborn legacy at Lake State

Posted: June 20th, 2014

GUBERNATORIAL DISCOVERIES – Great-grandchildren of Michigan's 27th governor, Chase Osborn, peruse his collection at the Lake Superior State University archives on June 19 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Osborn wrote for, published, and owned several Midwest newspapers 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 US-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 great-granddaughter Gail Sanderson-Chalfant, and her friend Robert Plum (both from Morristown, N.J.); great-granddaughter Pauline Getz-Enos (from Poway, Calif.), LSSU archivist Mary June, Pauline's husband Ron Enos, and great-grandson Rev. Peter Getz, from Rockwall, Tex. Run web-search combinations on "LSSU Osborn" to read about a residence hall, two scholarships, and a poetry contest named in the governor's and Stellanova's honor. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.