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Reflections from Isle Royale Families

Rock Harbor, Isle Royale

Contributor(s): 
Rhonda Silence

Isle Royale, the small island laying about 15 miles offshore from Grand Portage, was once home to a thriving community of fishermen and their families, as well as resort and cabin visitors.  Isle Royale has been the summer home for many generations. Those connections are explored in this series by WTIP's Rhonda Silence. 


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Lou Mattson has fond memories of growing up at Tobin's Harbor on Isle Royale

Tobin's Harbor is the historic home of the Mattson family

Lou Mattson's parents first came to Tobin's Harbor in the 1890s. They operated the Mattson fishery for many years and in this interview, Lou recalls his childhood days at the fishery. 

This is part three of the Reflections from Isle Royale Families Series by WTIP's Rhonda Silence.

 

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Sally Orsborn has been making the trip to Isle Royale since she was four years old

Sally Orsborn recalls life at Captain Kidd Island

The members of the Isle Royale Families and Friends Association gather each year to talk about life in Isle Royale National Park. Along with talk about life leases and volunteer-in-the-park programs, there is a lot of reminiscing. 

In this interview, WTIP's Rhonda Silence visits with Sally Orsborn who started going to Isle Royale with her family when she was just four years old. 

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IRFFA members Grant Merrit and Sally Connoly visiting at an Island gathering.

Isle Royale families have strong ties to Island

Isle Royale, the small island laying about 15 miles offshore from Grand Portage, was once home to a thriving community of fishermen and their families, as well as resort and cabin visitors.  Isle Royale has been the summer home for many generations. Those connections are explored in this series by WTIP's Rhonda Silence. 

Part one looks at how families first came to the Island. 

Photo courtesy of Isle Royale Families and Friends Association

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