White Deer Lake Lodge journal
MSS-118

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Scanlan, James
Title
White Deer Lake Lodge journal
ID
MSS-118
Date [inclusive]
1908-1909
Extent
1.0 box One small, horizontal document storage container
Language
Text [Box]
18-06-13

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in the White Deer Lake Lodge journal, MSS-118, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Historical Note

In 1902 Cyrus McCormick Jr., a Chicagoan who founded the International Harvester Corporation, and his attorney Cyrus Bentley acquired 17,124 acres of land in West Marquette County, Michigan. They consequently constructed a lodge of three log buildings, named White Deer Lake Lodge. The land became informally known as the McCormick Tract. In 1968, the ownership was transferred to the United States Forest Service with the stipulation that the land return to its natural state, non-accessible to motor vehicles. In 1970, the Forest Service demolished the three log buildings. The land is now part of the Ottawa National Forest.

James F. Scanlan served as caretaker of the White Deer Lake Lodge from June 1, 1908 until November 1909. Scanlan was born on November 9, 1866, and lived his entire life in the Champion - Michigamme area. He worked in the railroad and lumber industries until his death in 1921.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of the log and journal of James Scanlan, dated June 1, 1908 through November 24, 1909. The log documents Scanlan's employment at the White Deer Lake Lodge formerly located north of Champion, Michigan. Information includes orders to local and external businesses for building materials, grocery supplies, reports on the progress of work projects, and replies to inquiries from the owners and their agents. The collection also includes a set of photographs of the White Deer Lake Lodge prior to the demolition of the three log buildings in 1970.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 5/26/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

  5/26/2010

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Constance Tanner, granddaughter of James Scanlan, donated the collection to the Archives in 2004.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bentley, Cyrus
  • McCormick, Cyrus H. (Cyrus Hall), 1859-1936
  • Scanlan, James
  • Tanner, Constance

Subject(s)

  • Camps--Michigan--Ottawa National Forest.
  • Wilderness areas--Michigan--Ottawa National Forest.

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Collection Inventory

James Scanlan journal (Jun. 1, 1908- Nov. 24, 1909) 

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Research Album, Connie Tanner and Edison Tanner 

Scope and Contents

This item consists of the Michigamme obituary notice for James Scanlan dated Sep. 16, 1921, an Introduction to the collection which describes the discovery of the Scanlan journal at White Deer Lake and additional research materials and photographs taken by Edison (Ned) Tanner in 1970 and 1989.

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