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Museum released history publications

July 10, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - "Pioneer Life on the Menominee Iron Range" which recounts the life of Mrs.?Nelson (Florence Terry)?Powell between 1878 and 1881 is one of seven new publicaations available at the Menominee Range Historical Museum or the Cornish?Pumping Engine and Mining Museum.

When Dr. Nelson Powell Hulst died in Milwaukee, on Jan. 11, 1923, he was said to be the "greatest American authority on iron."

He first came to the Menominee Iron Range in 1872, exploring for the Milwaukee Iron Company, and shortly thereafter became engineer and mining superintendent for the Menominee Mining Company between 1876 and 1881.

Hulst discovered and developed the six principal mines in Dickinson County the Vulcan, Cyclops, Norway, Quinnesec, Chapin and Pewabic - and also the Florence Mine in Florence County, Wis.

In 1879, the new town of Florence was named in honor of Hulst's wife, Florence (Terry) Hulst, also a pioneer of the Menominee Iron Range. Her account of "Pioneer Life on the Menominee Iron Range" originally appeared in The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Volume VII, 1923-24. Florence recounted her time at the Vulcan Mine, arriving there on Dec. 1, 1878, and living there for four years, leaving in 1881.

Transcribed and edited by William J. Cummings, the 14-page booklet also includes photographs of Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Powell Hulst, early Vulcan and its iron mines, as well as a biographical sketch of Dr. Hulst published in 1911 in "A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People, Its Mining, Lumber and Agricultural Industries" by Alvah H. Sawyer.

A history of the N.P. Hulst High School by William J. Cummings is also included. The Hulst School, constructed of Amberg granite on Madison Avenue in Iron Mountain in 1891-1892, was considered one of the finest schools north of Milwaukee.

The booklet is available at the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum and the Menominee Range Historical Museum for $2.



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