2014-02-27 / Lifestyles

In search of history

Couple looks to solve mystery of marker

MANISTIQUE – Bruce and Judy Woodburn have a mystery on their hands, and to solve it, they are looking for help from any community members with a little bit of local history.

The mystery centers on an unidentified marker discovered on property they purchased just south of Thompson off of Little Harbor Road in 2003. According to Bruce Woodburn, the marker reads “Emil Larson”, with the date of Oct. 10, 1920, also imprinted on it.

The realtor who brokered the purchase knew nothing of the marker’s history, Woodburn claims, and also indicated the previous owners had also been in the dark about its story.

In 2003, Woodburn contact the previous owners’ daughter, who explained that when they first purchased the property, they cleared the lot and had it excavated for a building. During this clearing process, her father discovered a wedge shaped piece of concrete with Larson’s name buried in the sand near the edge of the tree line along the beach. Unable to trace the history of the wedge, but assuming its importance, the father constructed a square base of concrete and placed the wedge on top of the base.


At top, a marker bearing the name “Emil Larson” is a mystery the Woodburns are searching to solve. At bottom right, the marker is shown sitting on their property just south of Thompson. 
Submitted photos At top, a marker bearing the name “Emil Larson” is a mystery the Woodburns are searching to solve. At bottom right, the marker is shown sitting on their property just south of Thompson. Submitted photos While researching on his own, Woodburn said he found a record at the Schoolcraft County Court House that lists Larson’s cause of death as “accidentally killed”. He has also spoken with Marilyn Fischer, the president of the Gulliver Historical Society and found Larson’s death record on file in Lansing. On this record, it indicates Larson was “accidentally shot by his own gun while hunting”.

Woodburn also found Larson’s tombstone in the Lakeview Cemetery.

Despite the information he has acquired, Woodburn is still searching for more information on the life of Larson, who placed the wedge on the property, and when.

If anyone has any addition information on the marker or Larson, send it to searchingforemil@gmail.com.

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I found a record in Ancestry

I found a record in Ancestry of an Emil Larson, born March 16, 1893, died October 10, 1920, cause of death was: accidentally shot by his own gun while cleaning. Father: John Larsen; mother: Elizabeth Hahn? The web site findagrave.com indicates that his grave should be at the Lakeside cemetery. I wonder if his grave stone was moved. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=LAR&GSpartial=1&GS...

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