My Mom, Miss Missaukee at Mackinac
On Friday morning, June 27, there was to be a parade in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (across the St. Mary's River from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). At the time, there was no bridge there, and the car ferries had a capacity of 19 vehicles. So 19 of the drivers at Kinross went up to Sault Ste. Marie, where they picked up not only their wives and county queens, but also one other queen and her chaperone (apparently not all the queens had arrived at that point). Faye and Mrs. Iverson rode with Miss Keweenaw County and her entourage. They had breakfast at the Windsor Hotel, where each queen was presented with a souvenir Canadian silver dollar. This image on the cover of the folder shows a ship going through the "Soo Locks", which allow passage between lakes Superior and Huron:
During these parades, the cars were lined up alphabetically by county. The convertible tops would be down, and the queens would sit on the top part of the back seat, while the chaperone was in the front next to her husband. At the end of each parade route, the drivers would pull over and put the tops up, so the cars could proceed at highway speed to the next venue. Note in the description below (from the official itinerary) how "highway speed" was defined:
The official itinerary for Saturday, June 28, had the drivers waking up at 5:30 am and departing Kinross for Sault Ste. Marie at 6:00. The queens and chaperones were to awaken at 6:00 and meet the drivers at 6:30; one can imagine how everyone must have felt after about four hours of sleep! Breakfast was at 7:00 in the Knights of Columbus Hall, and the motorcade once again departed for St. Ignace at 8:00. There each car was joined by a Cub Scout from Petoskey. All the queens from Lower Peninsula counties crossed over to the Mackinaw City side, while the Upper Peninsula queens remained on the north side. Then they joined separate military parades that took place on each peninsula.
At 11:00, Miss Michigan and her car led the Upper Peninsula queens down from St. Ignace to the Bridge's north anchor block, where they met the Lower Peninsula queens (who had been led by Mrs. Michigan) coming up from Mackinaw City. Here are some photos of the Bridge which I believe Faye must have snapped from the back seat of her convertible:
About one year after the Bridge was dedicated, Faye Tacoma graduated from high school, and almost immediately began attending a vocational school where she learned the job of an airline reservations clerk. She worked in Detroit for a few years before transferring to Denver, where she met Dale Sanderson Sr. They were married in 1963, and had two children later that decade (one of whom is me). In 1972 (about 14 years after the Bridge opened), my parents brought us to Michigan to visit Faye's family. My father took the photo below during that trip; the vantage was from Bridge View Park in St. Ignace, looking southward towards Mighty Mac:
Faye was on the right; her parents were on the left, and I was the kid shown there (I'm guessing my little sister was sleeping in the car). Faye lived a beautiful life which came to an end in 2014 (a few more details can be found in her obituary). I returned to that location 50 years after the original photo, where I took this shot from the same vantage point:
3/6/2021 02:22:33 pm
Hello Dale Sanderson
3/6/2021 06:34:25 pm
Hi Svend: Oldsmobiles were manufactured in Lansing, so it makes sense that a Michigan company would want to be a corporate sponsor of the Bridge. But I don't know why Oldsmobile was chosen specifically (as opposed to any of the other Michigan-based automobile companies).
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.