History’s Gem of the Month: Old Postcards and Pictures

Winter 2011

When I was visiting my friends in Marquette, Jim and Helen Riley, Helen donated a couple of old Grand Marais pictures. These were given to her by her namesake aunt, Helen Olli, who is 91 years old. The first is a picture that she thought was the Wabash Hotel. I researched the photo and found out that it is in fact the Bay View Hospital, which was owned by Dr. James Anderson and Dr. D. H. Weir. It stood at the base of the hill entering Grand Marais, a few building south of what is now the Superior Hotel. It was built in the 1890s and served the medical needs of Grand Marais for a number of years. In the picture you can see the doctors’ buggy, used to make house calls.

The second photo donated by Helen Olli is a picture of the Ostrander Drug Store. This building has stood in Grand Marais for over 100 years. After it was the Ostrander Store, it was the Beaver House, General Store, Grand Marais Gazette, and is now a private residence after it was renovated a few years ago.

During my travels last year I purchased these old post cards that feature pictures from the logging days a century ago. Logging was certainly a tough way to make a living.

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