• UNIT-Local History Component
    Title: The Sault"s Governor
    Focus: Chase S. Osborn, a citizen of Sault Ste. Marie, was Governor of Michigan in 1911-1912, the only governor from the Upper Peninsula.
    Connection: Remember when we talked about the governement of Michigan.  Today we are going to learn about Chase S. Osborn, a citizen of Sault Ste. Marie, who served as Governor of Michigan.
    Teaching Point:
    1. Chase Salmon Osborn, a newspaperman and speculator, came to the Sault (1887).
    2. Osborn purchased the Sault Ste. Marie News (later the Evening News).
    3. Osborn was a great philanthropist and gave many gifts to the city of Sault  Ste. Marie.
    4. While Osborn was governor of Michigan, he passed important legislation.
    Resource Material for Teachers:

                Chase S. Osborn was undoubtedly the most influential citizen of Sault Ste. Marie during his lifetime. In addition to the accomplishments mentioned in the coloring book text, he was an early advocate for the construction of a bridge across the Straits of Mackinac. He was also postmaster of the Sault, state fish and game warden, and state railroad commissioner, holding each office for a period of four years — and was also a member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. In 1929, he gave his beloved property on Duck Island and Sugar Island to the University of Michigan. This is a beautiful property containing 3,000 acres, with several miles of river frontage. The site is used occasionally by the school for research projects. It is described briefly at the website listed in the following paragraph. 

                Two other donations Osborn made to the city of Sault Ste. Marie deserve mention: the pair of lions at the steps of the former Carnegie Library building (now the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District offices) and several paintings. One of the latter was sold in 2000, realizing almost one million dollars. That money was used to set up the Governor Chase S. Osborn Trust Fund — the proceeds of which are used each year to fund historical projects within the city. See pp. 301-306 of City of the Rapids  for a detailed discussion of the painting legacy.

    For an excellent biographical sketch, go to the website,2529,11485%255Farticle%255F20592,00.html

    where an eight-page article by Robert M. Warner can be read and downloaded. Here is a quote  near the end of Warner’s article, in which Osborn summarizes his philosophy of life in one sentence: “I laugh at everything that is funny, enjoy the sky, study the winds and weather, know the birds and flowers and bugs and rocks and stars somewhat, love my friends, and work sixteen hours a day.”  Quite a piece of wisdom to impart to fourth graders!

    Active Engagement: Coloring Book pages with descriptive text pages 40-41student pages.

    Share: Have students write on this topic:  If you were elected Governor of Michigan today, what is the most important problem you would have to solve?

Last Modified on February 14, 2018