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Mehrman's Plumberettes versus All-Stars: Softball Game recordings

 Collection — Box: 21-01-03
Identifier: MSS-294

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains ten (10) recordings of a softball game between the Mehrman's Plumberettes and the All-Star softball team in 1950. These recordings were produced by WDMJ radio.


  • 1950


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Mehrman's Plumberettes versus All-Stars: Softball Game recordings must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical/Historical note

Mike Ilmonen tells us that his grandfather, Charles Mehrman, was born in the Copper Country of Michigan around 1910. Charles married a girl from Michigamme, named Myrtle, in the late 1920s. In the 1930s they relocated to Marquette from Chicago where Charles had worked in the shipyards. Charles started his own business, "Mehrman Plumbing and Heating" and operated this business at the southwest corner of Third and Ohio Streets in Marquette, Michigan until his death in 1963. Mr. Mehrman became a successful plumber in post-World War II Marquette, most notably doing a great deal of business with the development of Shiras Hills. Charles Mehrman was a great sponsor of sporting teams in the Marquette area. The Plumberettes were a very good amateur women's softball team and their games were recorded by WDMJ-radio.

Marion "Mingo" Anderson of Marquette, a member of the Plumberettes, was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Ms. Anderson was a pioneer in women's athletics in the Upper Peninsula. She was the pitcher of the Mehrmann Plumberettes fastpitch softball team, which won Class C state titles in 1951 and 1952. She was a three-time U.P. Open singles champion in tennis, won U.P. singles bowling titles in 1951 and 1964 and had a 667 series in 1954. She had a hole-in-one in golf and was the only female entrant in speed snowmobile races in Marquette in the early 1950s. She died on July 23, 2006.

(Information in this note was taken from an email from Mike Ilmonen to University Archivist Marcus Robyns and from the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame website.)


10 items (This collection is stored in a container with other vinyl recording collections.)

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The recordings within this collection have been maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

These ten (10) phonograph records were recorded at 78rpm speed. A turntable that can play this speed will be required in order to listen to these recordings.

The phonograph records are scratched on the surfaces and have chips out of the edges of the discs.

Due to non-availability of equipment, the Archives has not listened to the recordings.

Custodial History

The recordings in this collection were gifted to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Mike Ilmonen on August 10, 2006. The gift was coordinated between Mr. Ilmonen, University Archivist Marcus Robyns, and Archival Associate Robin J. Kennedy.
Mehrman's Plumberettes versus All-Stars: Softball Game recordings
Glenda K. Ward
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Repository Details

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

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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