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City of Marquette, City Commission minutes

Identifier: MSS-199

Scope and Contents

Series I: City Commission Minutes: This series consists of eighty-four volumes of the Proceedings of the City Commission which include meeting minutes and agendas from the Marquette, Michigan City Commission covering the years 1868-1921 and 1950-1993. Also included are unbound City Commission meeting minutes from 1893-1922.

Series II: City Election Materials: This series includes nominating petitions from 1913 through 1960 as well as a marriage license from December 6, 1892, Report of Committee on Purchases, Salaries and Wages, Oaths of Office from 1926 through 1945 and Affidavits dating from 1927 through 1948.

Nomination Petitions 1913-William Fassbender, Joseph F. Neidhart, Edwin J. Sink, A.F. Agnew, Ernest L. Pearce, John VanEvera, John H. Jacobs, Fred S. Case, A. Martin Sweder, Robert Peters, Matthew J. Burke City of Marquette, City Commission minutes MSS-199 - Page 5 1926-William J. O’Meara, G.A. Carlson 1927-Edwin J. Hudson 1928- John Stenglein, Nicholas J. Fezzey, Frank Frei, Myron J. Sherwood, Edward J. Hudson, Ralph Eldredge, William J. Wiseman, Walter T. Hurley, Louise Libby, William Henry, William Jangen, Simon R. Anderson 1929- George D. McCormick, John Lowe 1930- George W. Shaw, John Tierney, Frank Frei, John Stenglein, Fred Price, W.J. Wiseman, Charles F. Button, P.H. Garvin, John Heffernan, M.J. Sherwood, Walter T. Hurley 1931-Tovio A. Aho, G.A. Carlson, Peter J. Schon 1932- Frank Frei, John Stenglein, Ralph Eldredge, Tovio A. Aho, Ferdinand Shippers, George W. Shaw, Charles Dolf, Simon R. Anderson, Joseph Mongrain, Peter J. Schon, William J. Wiseman, Henry V. Riopelle, Myron J. Sherwood 1933- Peter J. Schon, Lee McGinley, Arthur Jacques, William Elliot 1934- W.S. Ewing, Seldeu B. Crary, Frank Frei, John Stenglein, Dennis J. Havclan, H.W. Nebel, Joseph Mongrain, Charles Krieg, Charles E. Dolf, George McCormick, Timothy J. Maney, Edward J. Schmeltzer, Fred J. Schultheis, John J. Blom, Howard R. Stickney, David G. Yeshinsky, George Bayliss, Edward J. Ward, John Heffernan, Patrick Garvin, Horatio E. Patrick 1935- William Janzen, John Tierney, I.A. Bernardi, Peter J. Schon, George Bayliss, Joseph Mongrain, Lee McGinley, John Seigel, Thomas O. Price, William J. Wiseman, Charles E. Dolf, Joseph W. Walton, William Miller, Selden B. Crary, Raymond S. O’Neil, Leo Deasy, Leonard, McKie, Clifford O. Lewis, Peter J. Schon, Royal G. Madden, Charles Nelson, Daniel King, John Stenglein, William Trotochaud 1938- Louis W. Biegler 1944-Howard J. Larson, William J. Wiseman, Leo W. Bruce, Thomas O. Price 1945- John Tierney, Jack C. Messenger, William F. Armstrong, Horatio E. Patrick, George S. Raish City of Marquette, City Commission minutes MSS-199 - Page 6 1949- Victor Tuominen, Oscar R. Larsen, Thomas C. Harmon, George S. Raish, Frank J. Vasseau, William G. Lundquist, Doris J. Griffin, Max P. Allen, Roy B. Huillier, Emil T. Koski 1950-John F. McDonald, William E. Wright, Ernest W. Skog, Victor Tuominen, Anthony V. Hogan, Ora E. Demaray, Charles Beaudry, Hoard J. Larson, Joe Kueber, Bernard L. York, Max P. Allen, Emmett M. Dwyer, L/W Brumm, Gerald E. Paveglio, George S. Raish, Frederick F. St. John, Edward Bernard, Albert Fletcher, Thomas Harmon, Carl A. Lerch, Warren K. Wells, William N. Koski, Francis K. Vasseau, Dennis A. Havican, Roy B. L’Huilier, Thomas Robinson, Bernard McAuliffe, L.B. Frazier, John E. McDonald, Robert Wesley Jenner, Max P. Allen, Lee McGinley, Richard C. Hammerscmidt, Daniel J. Vaughan, Ray B. L’Huillier, Alma A. Richards, Lynn H. Halverson, Edward N. Archambeau, Walter H. Schaefer, Louie R. Messenger, Horatio E. Patrick, Bernard L. York, George D. Tibor, Erick N. Ryoti, John P. Miller Jr., Frank J. Russell Jr., Eskil B. Froling, Earl O. Griffin, Warren Wells 1951- Thomas Harmon, Albert Gauthier, Henry G. Mayhew, L.W. Brumm 1952- Raloh R. Eldredge, Joseph F. Kueber, Edward H. Dembowski, Bernard L. York, Victor Tuominen, Lynn H. Halverson, Emmett M. Dwyer, Albert Gauthier, Howard J. Larson, Dennis A. Havican, George S. Raish, Francis D. LaBonte, Lowell, A. Carlson, Robert H. Lyons, Roy B. L’Huillier 1953-Victor Tuominen, L.W. Brumm, Charles T. Beaudry, Max P. Allen, Thomas C. Harmon, Robert H. Lyons, Eugene J. Lavigne 1944-Lynn H. Halverson, Emmett M. Dwyer, C. Donald Johnson, Howard J. Larson, George LaChapelle, Richard Bur, Dennis A. Havican, Robert H. Lyons, Eugene LaVegne, Dennis Cherrette, Harold W. Alhom, Richard C. Hammerschmidt 1955-Max P. Allen, Victor Tuominen, Charles T. Beaudry, Raymond Pompo, Charles Rose, Ray E. Mulch, Warren K. Wells, Bernard York, James Clark, Richard R. Bur, Kenneth J. Miller 1956-Howard Larson, Martin W. LaBine, Bernard York, Jack Messeng, L.H. Halverson, R.C. Hammerschmidt, William S. Cooley, Harold W. Alholm, Victor Tuominen, Robert D. MacDonald, Robert Lyons, Kenneth J. Miller, Louis F. Riedinger 1957- Edward H. Dembowski, Leonard W. Brumm, Charles T. Beaudry, Richard R. Bur, James W. Clark, Joseph J. Dunham, Francis G. Calhoon, Max P. Allen 1959-Charles T. Beaudry, James R. Smith, John J. O’Neil, Max P. Allen, Richard R. Bur, Clarence E. Magoon, John Dahl City of Marquette, City Commission minutes MSS-199 - Page 7 1960- Bernard York, Howard Larson, Patrick J. Lowny, Elmer K. Carlson, C. Fred Rydholm, Howard B. Morrison, John Dohl, John W. Leadbetter, John K. Hubbard, Robert Malcolm Long, Richard Hammerschmidt, Harold W. Alhom, Donald K. Potvin, Basil J. Buchko, John P. Miller, Steve A.E. Johnson, Victor Tuominen Oaths of Office G.A. Carlson 1926-12-16 Edward J. Hudson 1927-12-15 Edward J. Hudson 1928-12-10 Ralph Eldridge 1928-12-31 John Stenglein 1928-12-31 John Stenglein 1931-01-05 John Stenglein 1932-12-24 John Tierney 1935-12-04 George S. Raish 1945-10-16


  • 1868 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1868 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1993


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing this collection.

Restrictions on Use

The City of Marquette maintains copyright to the materials. Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical/ Historical

The village of Marquette became a city in an April 1877 election. There were two political parties, the Citizens and the Independents, competing for the new offices. H. H. Stafford was elected as mayor over Peter White and a treasurer, a recorder, an alderman from each of the three townships, a justice of the peace, and a school inspector were also elected.

The idea to change to a commission form of government was first pushed by the Marquette Commercial Club in 1912. A committee was formed by the club to investigate the matter. The city voted in favor of a revised version of the city charter in a special election that was held in November 1913. The first session of the new commission was held Feb 2, 1914. Department Heads were named and the position of poundmaster was eliminated and combined with the position of market master. A. E. Delf, F. S. Byrne, and D. W. Powell were appointed to the Peter White Public Library commission. Other commission appointments that year included: Donald S. Donovan for city clerk; Robert P. Byrne for treasurer; Joseph F. Anderson as chief accountant and assessor; Charles Cummings as city engineer; E. E. McIntosh as chief of police; August Anderson as assistant chief; Dr. R. C. Main as health officer; T. T. Hurley as head of the city market, municipal employment agency and city pounds; A. O. Kruger as harbor master; Charles Retallic as head of the department of light and power; and William J. Johnson as superintendent of the water department and fire chief.

The City of Marquette currently operates under a commission-manager government. It is the legislative body of the city and selects the mayor, who is an elected member of the commission. The mayor serves in the capacity of the executive officer of the city and is the presiding officer of the commission. The commission also appoints the City Attorney and the City Manager, the latter of whom is the chief administrator of the city and enforces the policies and ordinances set forth by the commission. S/he supervises department heads, prepares budgets, and advises the city commission. The City Manager attends and participates in all commission meetings, but does not vote.


14.6 Cubic Feet (13 volumes, 11 boxes)

Language of Materials



The City of Marquette, City Commission minutes contain thirteen bound volumes and eleven boxes of minutes, 1868-1993. The minutes contain information on the topics of city elections, city ordinances, street repair, construction and building permits, gaming, liquor bonds, public utilities, bills paid to the city, and public health. Reports are recorded from the Commission on Finance and Taxation; Commission on Police, Claims, and Grievances; Commission on Streets, Bridges, Sewer and Public Ground; Commission on Ordinances; and the Fire Department Committee. Also contained in this collection are nominating petitions for city offices and other city documents.


There are two series in this record collection, Series I: Commission Meeting Minutes and Series II: Election Materials. The material is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Volumes one through thirteen of the Marquette, Michigan City Commission Meeting Minutes dating from 1868-1921 were deposited at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives on May 26, 2011. Five boxes of unbound City Commission Meeting Minutes dated from 1893 through 1949 were deposited at the Archives by the City of Marquette on June 14, 2011. Five more boxes of City Commission Minutes from 1950-1993 were deposited at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives on January 5, 2012. The records remain under the ownership of the City of Marquette, Michigan.


Deposited at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, May 26, 2011.


Five boxes of unbound City Commission Minutes were deposited at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by the City of Marquette, Michigan on June 14, 2011. Five more boxes of City Commission Minutes from 1950 through 1993 were deposited at the the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives on January 5, 2012.

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City of Marquette, City Commission minutes
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Revision Statements

  • 2015: Glenda Ward.

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

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1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
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