ALPENA (1866)
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Posted by [Name Withheld], 9 November 2020 at 12:07

Alpena Crew of 27 men

Capt. Nelson W “Nels” Napier St. Joseph MI

J. H. Kelly 1st mate

Eldridge "Alvin" VanPatten 2nd mate of Lincoln Township (Stevensville) MI

Robert Johnson 1st engineer of Grand Haven

Robert Patton 2nd engineer of Grand Haven

William "Tom" Shepherd steward

Arthur E. Haynes clerk St. Joseph MI born Manitowoc, Wis

Thomas Lynch porter

Harry Falls fireman

Sigmund Simon crew member 2 weeks of Milwaukee, Wis

Lester Shaw Wheelsman of Lincoln Township (Stevensville) MI

Peter Eggert 2nd porter of Lincoln Township (Stevensville) MI

James Bayne of Grand Rapids

Fred Perry acting cabin boy 18 years old of Chicago (took the job for pleasure and experience)

Colored boy 16 years old asst. cook (body recovered by Capt. Edward Napier) buried Ventura Cemetery. (?)

Alpena Passengers

Margaret McConnell "Maggie Mack" ex-Chamber Maid Alpena Oconto, WI (body recovered) buried Ventura Cemetery (1st body found)

Anna L. "Hattie" (Holbrook) Cole Hastings, MI (body recovered) buried Riverside Cemetery Hastings, MI (watch stopped at 10:30) see note below

Montgomery Crossman Foreman of the Steven's Mfg Company Grand Haven MI (Body Recovered) buried Oakridge Cemetery Marshall, MI (watch stopped at 10:45)

Frederick "Fred" Spaeth Grand Rapids (Body Recovered at 6:00 am Pigeon Creek ) buried Oakhill Cemetery Grand Rapids, MI (4 daughters 1 son survive)

Edgar L. Locke agent Hills Bros Grocers of New York (Body Recovered) buried Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn, NY (fine gold watch stopped at 10:40)

Lottie T. (Davis) Hart wife White Pigeon, MI married Thursday boarded Alpena Friday (Body found) buried White Pigeon Township Cemetery

Rev. Farel Hart White Pigeon, MI New job Publishing House of David C. Cook & Co Chicago, ILL

John Osborne Chicago, ILL engineer of Swan, White & Smiths mill

Annie (Dobon) Osborne wife & mother Chicago, ILL

Thomas "Tommy" Osborne age 7 son (body recovered) Chicago, ILL burial location was Chicago

Annie Osborne age 5 daughter Chicago, ILL

John "Johnie" Osborne age 3 1/2 son Chicago, ILL

Edward "Eddie" Osborne age 2 son Chicago, ILL

Frank Pope agent of St. Johns Mich

Mark Boblovsky scrap Iron buyer for M & O Roski of Chicago, ILL of the Jewish faith

Mrs. Sarah M. Bragg Chicago, ILL

Andrew Murdoch Chicago, ILL or Philadelphia, PA

E.A. Angell of Lamount MI

W. S. Benham editor Grand Haven Herald Grand Haven MI

Mrs. Benham wife Grand Haven MI

Lucy (Williams) Curtis Grand Haven MI

Neil Angus McGilvray firm Squires & White of Grand Haven St. Joseph, MI

Capt. Heber N. Squires Jr. Grand Haven MI (Related to Neil Angus McGilvray)

Mrs. Vandercar 3638 South Lasalle st. Chicago, ILL (1st body found misidentified also as Mrs. Bradley)

Mrs. Newton Bradley Santa Fe NM (1st body found was misidentified)

Miss Lou Bradley Santa Fe NM daughter of Mrs. Newton Bradley

Miss Kate (Katie) Bradley Santa Fe NM daughter of Mrs. Newton Bradley

Charlotte (Castle) Bush wife Isaac Bush Rockford, MI

Isaac Bush Rockford, MI

Mrs. Joseph (Murphy) Beemer age 35 years #17 Wabash Ave. Chicago, ILL

Beemer child #1 age 8 years #17 Wabash Ave. Chicago, ILL

Beemer Child #2 #17 Wabash Ave. Chicago, ILL

Beemer Child #3 #17 Wabash Ave. Chicago, ILL

H. Landreth Hubbard of Chicago or Muskegon

Spath G. Hattinger Grand Rapids

E. Lockwood Mills (Male) Evart, MI going to Topeka, Kan to be married never seen again

C. Kerster (Kusterer ?) Grand Rapids

Mr. Ryder agent glassworks Syracuse, NY

Mr. L. S. Peyton of New York

John B. Patterson of Salem, ILL clerk Internal Revenue department Washington D.C. (old Soldier with one arm)

Mrs. Asenath (Bradley) DeCoudres Evanston, ILL Age 56 years (not on Alpena spouse Jacob Powers DeCoudres died Mar 25, 1886)

Harry L. Sinclair or St. Clarie of Lawndale, ILL old Soldier with one arm

George Green of Blue Island, ILL (Six feet four inches tall)

Edward Herald

Mrs. Herald

Juno Overson of Chicago

Mrs. Overson

Child Overson #1

Child Overson #2

Child Overson #3

John Holmquist mill worker of Sweden

E. Forsman mill worker of Sweden

P.I. Quist Blacksmith of Grand Haven

John E. Strohm of Sweden

Oskar L. Stromguest worked at Walworth & Reed Muskegon (purchased $4000.00 Life insurance policy from Mr. Jarvis Oct. 11, 1880)

Olof L. Sunguet worked at Walworth & Reed Muskegon (purchased $4000.00 Life insurance policy from Mr. Jarvis Oct. 11, 1880)

Charles Olson worked at Walworth & Reed Muskegon (purchased $4000.00 Life insurance policy from Mr. Jarvis Oct. 11, 1880)

Note Newspaper article claims the body of one of the 3 sweds with the Life insurance policy was found

Possible people on Alpena

Son of Charles Merriman of Lowell, MI no name given (body recovered and identified by some local boys who knew him)

A. Blanchard of Huntley, ILL (telegram received that he took passage Fri. on the Alpena)

George Conner or Connell note found attached by nail to piece of moulding from the cabin

R. E. Heth of Grand Rapids, MI

J. D. Carr of Detroit, MI

Andrew Murdock

B. D. Priton of New York (only found in one news article believe it is Mr. L. S. Peyton of New York (many names misspelled of other known passengers)

People not on Alpena listed originally

John J. Bowen ex-steward of Alpena Mr. Bowen was in the office on Monday after the loss of the Alpena

W. C. Pettibone New York took a train on Fri from Grand Haven to Muskegon

Benjamin F. Sweet Braidwood, ILL Trunk found with his items inside He did not make it on ship delayed by a friend in Grand Haven took a train to Chicago

Mrs. J. W. Sweet wife Braidwood, ILL Trunk found with her items inside She did not make it on ship delayed by a friend in Grand Haven took a train to Chicago

Walter W. Wallace or Wallis & wife of Milwaukee, WI arrived by train in Chicago Oct 21, 1880.

Note Hattie L. (Holbrook) Cole was Capt. Nelson W “Nels” Napier personal protector he promised the parents to take care of her,

theory he made sure she could be found if the ship went down by putting on her Life Jacket securely. Her watch, purse, and other personal effects were found in her bosom.

Her face was bruised, shoes partially unbuttoned, and dress not fully tied. Her parents gave Capt. Nelson Napier credit for sending her back to them.

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ALPENA (1866)