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  • 242 Old Presque Isle Lighthouse
        Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. Built in 1840 by the United states Government, Open to visitors June through September. Located 23 miles North of Alpena, Michigan on Lake Huron. Presque Ilse Lighthouse Museum, Lorraine Parris, Manager. 7/15/(19)79
      Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. Built in 1840 by the United states Government, ...
  • 343 Lt. Commander Donald J. Woloszyk MIA
        Lt. Commander Donald J. Woloszyk, Missing in Action, March, 1966, Alpena, Mich. This Michigan serviceman is still missing and unaccounted for. Don’t let him be forgotten. Signed, Drawing from Unforgettable Faces by Shary Ament, March 1971 343B Rep. ___, House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515
      Lt. Commander Donald J. Woloszyk, Missing in Action, March, 1966, Alpena, Mich. ...
  • 334 Flight Line, National Guard Base, Alpena
        To: Mr & Mrs Thomas Quinton, 911 Michigan St., Brighton, MI Friday, Sept. 7th Dear Jo & Tom, Not much new here for news, so I’ll just write you a card for now. Hope you are all fine there, we sure missed your not coming up last week-end. Oh, we’ve ...
      To: Mr & Mrs Thomas Quinton, 911 Michigan St., Brighton, MI Friday, ...
  • 219 Long Lake, Alpena
        To: Mr & Mrs Earl Scott, Shepherd, MI, R#2 Hi, Were waiting here at Higgins for the kids, its hot, we just couldn’t find a place by the water, we had to park on the drive and not much shade. Were going to leave for Drummond Island in the morning, ...
      To: Mr & Mrs Earl Scott, Shepherd, MI, R#2 Hi, Were waiting ...
  • 186 Paul Bunyan and Babe
        Paul Bunyan and Babe, blue ox. Michigan’s Paul Bunyan Lookout on U.S. 23. Of steel and concrete construction. Paul – 25 1.2 ft. weighs 11 ½ ton. Babe – 10 ½ ft. weighs 4 ½ ton. Copyright 1962, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Paul Bunyan and Babe, blue ox. Michigan’s Paul Bunyan Lookout on U.S. ...
  • 350 Wildlife Sanctuary
        Aerial of Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary, showing the Fair Grounds at the right, Alpena, Mich. Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Aerial of Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary, showing the Fair Grounds at the ...
  • 294 Aerial View of Alpena
        Aerial View of Alpena Small boat harbor, Alpena, Mich. Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Aerial View of Alpena Small boat harbor, Alpena, Mich. Copyright 1961, The ...
  • 270 Aerial View of Alpena
        Thunder Bay River divides Alpena, Michigan Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Thunder Bay River divides Alpena, Michigan Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
  • 251 Huron Portland Cement
        Aerial view of Huron Portland Cement Co. Cement Plant in the distance on Lake Huron, Alpena, Michigan. Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Aerial view of Huron Portland Cement Co. Cement Plant in the distance ...
  • 098 Island Park and Alpena General Hospital
        Island Park and General Hospital, Alpena, Michigan. Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Island Park and General Hospital, Alpena, Michigan. Copyright 1961, The L.L. Cook ...
  • 230 Fireside Inn, Presque Isle
        To: Mrs Wm DeWitt, 2317 Adams Blvd, Saginaw, MI Am enjoying every minute of our vacation. Nice crowd of people here, we know - meals and service are wonderful – Weather a little on the chilly side – but don’t mind it. Grace and Herb O.
      To: Mrs Wm DeWitt, 2317 Adams Blvd, Saginaw, MI Am enjoying every ...
  • 148 First Congregational Church
        First Congregational Church, Alpena, Michigan. Copyright 1960, L.L. Cook Co
      First Congregational Church, Alpena, Michigan. Copyright 1960, L.L. Cook Co
  • 107 Huggler Motel, Alpena
        To: Miss Hilda [?] and Mother, 2526 East Drive, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 9/7/1960 Hi – left home yesterday at 6 a.m. got here 4 p.m. 419 miles - all I want eat sleep & enjoy breeze from Lake Huron – even went in wading today Loaf here yet tomorrow then ...
      To: Miss Hilda [?] and Mother, 2526 East Drive, Ft. Wayne, Indiana ...
  • 029 Second Avenue, Alpena
        To: Mrs. Tom Quinton, 547 N. Cheyenne, Tulsa, Oklahoma Hi Joyce Well I just thought I’d drop you a few lines. Allen is still in Grand Rapids and we miss him. It has been real warm the last few days. I am planning to go swimming this afternoon. Write. Love, ...
      To: Mrs. Tom Quinton, 547 N. Cheyenne, Tulsa, Oklahoma Hi Joyce Well ...
  • 202 Hide-A-Way Inn
        To: Mr Harold Trip, 12790 Longview, Detroit 13, MI Hi – New owners here – its a nice joint near two big lakes. See you soon Fred
      To: Mr Harold Trip, 12790 Longview, Detroit 13, MI Hi – New ...
  • 190 Michekewis Beach and Park
        Michekewis Park Beach at Alpena, Mich. copyright 1958, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Michekewis Park Beach at Alpena, Mich. copyright 1958, The L.L. Cook Co.
  • 187 Michekewis Beach and Park
        Michekewis Park Beach at Alpena, Mich. Copyright 1958, The L.L. Cook Co.
      Michekewis Park Beach at Alpena, Mich. Copyright 1958, The L.L. Cook Co.
  • 118 Dave Finton
        To: Marshall A. McCausland, 4415 Samoset Rd., Royal Oak, MI OP. from: Pilgrim Terrace Trailer Park, Houghton, Michigan Radio W8LNU; Confmg CW-QSO 434; on 2-6 1958; at 1444 e.s.t.; UR 14 Mc. Sigs Q. R5S9T9; emtr DX-40; 75 W. input; Rcvr SX-100; Ant 20m folded doublet; Remarks: Thanks for the ...
      To: Marshall A. McCausland, 4415 Samoset Rd., Royal Oak, MI OP. from: ...
  • 297 Second Avenue Bridge
        To: Mr & Mrs John Kesky & family, 1414 Robertson St, Lansing, MI Dear Friends, Just relaxing in our room here on Lake Huron. Sure seems good to take life easy. See you soon, The Clay’s
      To: Mr & Mrs John Kesky & family, 1414 Robertson St, Lansing, ...
  • 109 Trading Post Restaurant
        To: Economy Sales Co., 8055 Lyndon, Detroit 38, MI 8/28/57 To All Interested. Having an absolutely wonderful time – the above is a wonderful eatery in Alpena (we went up to Mackinac) If I don’t show up two weeks from next tish a boo call out the Highway Patrol. See ...
      To: Economy Sales Co., 8055 Lyndon, Detroit 38, MI 8/28/57 To All ...
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Norman Gapske Postcard Collection


Norman Edward "Norm" Gapske, a native of the Alpena County area, collected postcards pertaining to NE Michigan for most of his lifetime. He was born on July 31, 1932, to parents Emil and Alma Gapske in Alpena, MI. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1951, followed by receiving his B.S. in Marketing from Ferris State University. He later attended Western Michigan University where he earned an M.A. in the teaching of vocational and office education. He worked as a store manager for Kroger and National foods and as a high school teacher in Albion, MI until his retirement in 1993. Upon his passing on September 13, 2019, his wife Barbara L. Gapske donated his postcard collection to the Library for educational and research purposes in 2020.