Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Fred R. Trelfa Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Fred R. Trelfa Collection,
Creator: Trelfa, Fred R., ,1886-1979.
Inclusive dates: 1840-1979, and undated
Extent: 6 cubic feet (in 6 boxes, 3 Oversized folders)
Abstract:
The collection includes papers and photographs about Alpena, Michigan, and general Michigan history.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Fred R. Trelfa Collection are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Fred R. Trelfa Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Fred R. Trelfa, born April 9, 1886 in Strathroy (Ontario), moved to Alpena, Michigan, in 1895. He had a brother, Tom C. Trelfa, of Detroit. On September 16, 1914, Fred married Mable C. Hagen. She died on August 19, 1974, after 60 years of marriage. They had two children, Mable and Richard T.

Fred Trelfa attended public schools until 1902 when he began working with the Alpena City Water Company. He worked for Holmes and Kelsey Wholesale Grocery Company from 1905 to 1908 and at Alpena County Savings Bank from 1908 to 1919, as a bookkeeper and bond teller.

In 1919, he began work at Fletcher Paper Company, where he worked until he retired in 1959 as secretary-treasurer and director of the company.

He was active in school organizations, the Masons, and historical societies. He was a community leader interested in preserving Alpena’s history, including hundreds of photographs and manuscripts that he collected and organized.

Fred R. Trelfa died March 27, 1979, at age 92, in Alpena. (This information is from Fred’s obituary.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection of papers and photographs focuses on the history and people of Alpena, Michigan, although there are other Michigan counties and topics documented in it. Additional related Michigan materials may be found in several other photographic and papers collections of Fred R. and Tom C. Trelfa.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Trelfa, Fred R., 1886-1979.
    • Wayne State University--History.
    • University of Michigan--History.
    • Industries--Michigan--Alpena.
    • Alpena (Mich.)--History.
    • Alpena (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Alpena (Mich.)--Church History.
    • Alpena (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Oscoda County (Mich.)--History.
    • Otsego County (Mich.)--History.
    • Presque Isle County (Mich.)--History.
    • Thunder Bay Island (Mich.)--History.
    • Montmorency County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Fred R. Trelfa Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Alcona County, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Alcona and South, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Alcona County, Michigan, Surveyor Thomas S. White, 1840
    Box   1 F   4
    Thomas S. White, Account Book, October 21, 1867-April 1868
    Box   1 F   5
    Thomas S. White, Field Notebook, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    T. White, Journal, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Alpena Banking Company, Canceled Checks, 1896
    Box   1 F   8
    Alpena, Michigan, Community Concert Membership List, 1961-1962
    Box   1 F   9
    Day Book of a General Store, January-July 1860
    Box   1 F   10
    Alpena, Michigan, Fire, Notes and Photographs, July 12 [no year]
    Box   1 F   11
    Alpena, Michigan, First Congregational Sunday Schools, 1892-1896
    Box   1 F   12
    Alpena, Michigan, First Congregational Sunday Schools, January-December 1898
    Box   1 F   13
    Alpena, Michigan, First Congregational Sunday Schools, January-December 1900
    Box   1 F   14
    Alpena Fish Hatchery and Relicted ["relicted" is defined as "land left bare"] Land Scrapbook, 1926-1930
    Box   1 F   15
    Alpena General Hospital, Financial Accounts, 1941-1945
    Box   1 F   16
    Alpena General Hospital, 1945
    Box   1 F   17
    Alpena (Michigan) Geology Scrapbook, 1893-1931
    Box   1 F   18
    Alpena County, Land Sales, 1888-1904
    Box   1 F   19
    Alpena Lodge #1921, List of Outstanding Workers and Codes Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Alpena (Michigan), Maps, circa 1930s, 1956, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Alpena (Michigan), Mason Scrapbook, includes Photograph of Dr. William P. Maiden (the first physician in Alpena, Michigan), 1883-1962
    Box   1 F   22
    Alpena (Michigan), Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1917-1970
    Box   1 F   23
    Alpena (Michigan), Miscellaneous Notess, 1960, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Alpena Methodist Churches, Reports and Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    First Congregational Church (Alpena, Michigan), Miscellaneous, 1873-1977, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    First Congregational Church (Alpena, Michigan) (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   27
    First Congregational Church (Alpena, Michigan) (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Alpena Obituaries and Funeral Cards, A-D, 1950-1970s
    Box   1 F   29
    Alpena Obituaries and Funeral Cards, E-K, 1950-1970s
    Box   1 F   30
    Alpena Obituaries and Funeral Cards, L-Mc, 1950-1970s
    Box   1 F   31
    Alpena Obituaries and Funeral Cards, N-R, 1950-1970s
    Box   1 F   32
    Alpena Obituaries and Funeral Cards, S-Z, 1950-1970s
    Box   1 F   33
    Alpena Proposed New Charter, August 1, 1915
    Box   1 F   34
    Alpena Public Library, undated
    Box   1 F   35
    Alpena Public Schools Scrapbook, 1900-1950
    Box   1 F   36
    Alpena (Michigan) Scrapbook with Photographs, undated
    Box   1 F   37
    Alpena Water Supply, undated
    Box   1 F   38
    Alpena (Michigan) Young Men's Christian Association, List of Committee Members, undated
    Box   1 F   39
    Alphabets, undated
    Box   1 F   40
    Episcopal Church, undated
    Box   1 F   41
    Ashes of "Uncle Ed" Gillman buried on Turtle Lake Shore [a typed copy of a story in the Alpena News], undated
    Box   1 F   42
    Atkinson, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Banks, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Besser Museum, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Births, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Bisbee, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Black River, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Blinky Morgan (Outlaw), 1887-1889
    Box   2 F   7
    Boats, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Boulton, History of Alpena, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Boys Club, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Bridges, undated
    Box   2 F   11
    Broadwell-Burell, undated
    Box   2 F   12
    Burmham, undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Buseh, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Canada, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Cemetery, undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Charboneaw, undated
    Box   2 F   16
    Cheboygan County Maps, undated
    Box   2 F   17
    Church History, undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Churches, General, undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Civil War, undated
    Box   2 F   20
    Clarence Stewart, undated
    Box   2 F   21
    Clements Library, undated
    Box   2 F   22
    Comstock (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Comstock (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   2 F   24
    Constitution, 1963
    Box   2 F   25
    Correspondence to Fred Trelfa, 90th birthday, 1976
    Box   2 F   26
    Correspondence to Mrs. Carrie (George) Taylor in Alpena (Michigan) from Family, 1877-1911, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Crystal Falls, undated
    Box   2 F   28
    Daniel Carter, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Deadman, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    Deeds, etc., undated
    Box   2 F   31
    D and M Railway Company, undated
    Box   2 F   32
    D. D. Oliver, undated
    Box   2 F   33
    Early Settlers, undated
    Box   2 F   34
    Edward Wyman, undated
    Box   2 F   35
    Elizabeth Rex (Luncheon Brochure, Cornwall, Ontario), June 27, 1959
    Box   2 F   36
    Ella White, undated
    Box   2 F   37
    Fanny Trelfa McEachran, undated
    Box   2 F   38
    1971 Federal Income Tax, 1971
    Box   2 F   39
    Fires, 1971
    Box   3 F   1
    Fitzgerald, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Fletcher, George and Nathan, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Floyd Prince, undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Franklin S. Dewey, undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Fred Dorr, undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Geology, undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Gilcrist, undated
    Box   3 F   8
    Hagen, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Hagen, Mable, School Report Cards, undated
    Box   3 F   10
    Historical Society of Michigan, undated
    Box   3 F   11
    History of Alpena, undated
    Box   3 F   12
    Home Guard, undated
    Box   3 F   13
    Harrisville, undated
    Box   3 F   14
    Hunter Savidge, undated
    Box   3 F   15
    Inland Lloyds Handbook (on boats), 1905
    Box   3 F   16
    Jaques D. Vallier, undated
    Box   3 F   17
    Jim Howick, undated
    Box   3 F   18
    John Bloom Egge, Norwegian Bank, undated
    Box   3 F   19
    Jules Chardin or The Smugglers of Thunder Bay, undated
    Box   3 F   20
    Kelley, undated
    Box   3 F   21
    Kennedy's Assassination Scrapbook, 1965-1970
    Box   3 F   22
    Ledger, undated
    Box   3 F   23
    Letters, Old Friends, undated
    Box   3 F   24
    Letters, D. Megnity, undated
    Box   3 F   25
    Logging and Lumbering, undated
    Box   3 F   26
    Lumbering and the City of Alpena, By Phillip Potvin, Scrapbook, 1968-1975
    Box   3 F   27
    Mackinac Isle, undated
    Box   3 F   28
    Marine City, Burned, 1880-1953
    Box   3 F   29
    Masonic, undated
    Box   3 F   30
    Masons, undated
    Box   3 F   31
    Mary Weise, undated
    Box   3 F   32
    Mayor of Alpena, undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Memories of John and Angeline Atkinson, by their daughter, Mrs. Ella Atkinson (Frank) Morris, 1977
    Box   4 F   2
    Memoirs of Llewelly E. Hart, Scrapbook, 1965-1967
    Box   4 F   3
    Methodist Church, undated
    Box   4 F   4
    Michigan Maps, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Mineral Springs, undated
    Box   4 F   6
    Miscellaneous (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   7
    Miscellaneous (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   8
    Miscellaneous Clippings, undated
    Box   4 F   9
    Miscellaneous Historical Papers, undated
    Box   4 F   10
    Miscellaneous Notes, undated
    Box   4 F   11
    Miscellaneous Wrecks, undated
    Box   4 F   12
    Montmorency County, Maps, undated
    Box   4 F   13
    Mottos, undated
    Box   4 F   14
    Museum, undated
    Box   4 F   15
    National Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   4 F   16
    New York (State) Map, 1936
    Box   4 F   17
    Newspapers (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   18
    Newspapers (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   19
    Noordmeer, undated
    Box   4 F   20
    Oliver's (From D. D. Oliver's History of Alpena), Emily E. Oliver, after 1877
    Box   4 F   21
    Orton Goodwin, undated
    Box   4 F   22
    Oscoda County, undated
    Box   4 F   23
    Otsego County, undated
    Box   4 F   24
    Paper making, undated
    Box   4 F   25
    Paxon, undated
    Box   4 F   26
    Paxon Journal, 1848-1875
    Box   4 F   27
    Mrs. Kurt Pines, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Personal Scratches, undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Perfectionists of Alpena (Michigan), 1882-1910
    Box   5 F   3
    Pewabic Wreck, undated
    Box   5 F   4
    Physicians, undated
    Box   5 F   5
    Pioneer Tree of Alpena, undated
    Box   5 F   6
    Politics, undated
    Box   5 F   7
    Portwood, undated
    Box   5 F   8
    Postal Services, undated
    Box   5 F   9
    Presbyterian Church, undated
    Box   5 F   10
    Presque Isle County (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   5 F   11
    Presque Isle County (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   5 F   12
    Presque Isle County Historical Society, undated
    Box   5 F   13
    Puzzles, undated
    Box   5 F   14
    Railways, undated
    Box   5 F   15
    Regional Survey of Alpena County (Michigan), William J. Parmenter, 1964-1965
    Box   5 F   16
    Richard Wright, undated
    Box   5 F   17
    Saginaw Sorting Pens, Correspondence, undated
    Box   5 F   18
    Sagonahkato, undated
    Box   5 F   19
    The Salvager, undated
    Box   5 F   20
    Sault Sainte Marie (Michigan) Scrapbook (folder 1 of 2), 1915-1963
    Box   5 F   21
    Sault Sainte Marie (Michigan) Scrapbook (folder 2 of 2), 1915-1963
    Box   5 F   22
    Saw Mills, undated
    Box   5 F   23
    Schools, undated
    Box   5 F   24
    Sepull, undated
    Box   5 F   25
    Sony Transition Radio Manual, undated
    Box   5 F   26
    Soo, undated
    Box   5 F   27
    Sports, undated
    Box   5 F   28
    Spratt, undated
    Box   5 F   29
    Summerville Hotels, Long Lake (Michigan) Scrapbook, 1881-1903
    Box   5 F   30
    Supplement to Alma Weekly Argus, 1880
    Box   5 F   31
    Surveys Notebook, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties, undated
    Box   5 F   32
    Survey, undated
    Box   5 F   33
    Targhts, undated
    Box   5 F   34
    Thunder Bay Island, undated
    Box   5 F   35
    Thunder Bay and River, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Trelfa, Fred R., Biographical (Obituary), 1979
    Box   6 F   2
    Trelfa Correspondence, undated
    Box   6 F   3
    Trelfa Family and Friends, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    Trelfa, William, undated
    Box   6 F   5
    Tugboats, undated
    Box   6 F   6
    Turtle Lake Club, undated
    Box   6 F   7
    Turtle Lake Club, The Story of Upper South Branch, by Harry S. New, 1901-1937
    Box   6 F   8
    War, undated
    Box   6 F   9
    Wayne State University, undated
    Box   6 F   10
    Weights and Measures, undated
    Box   6 F   11
    William Schmitz Papers, undated
    Box   6 F   12
    William Martin Account Book, 1840-1842
    Box   6 F   13
    Woods, undated
    Box   6 F   14
    University of Michigan, undated
    Box   6 F   15
    Upper Peninsula of Michigan, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Alpena (Michigan) Butterfield County Daybook, May 1869-June 1870
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder, Alpena County (Michigan) Map, 1929
    F   3  
    Oversized Folder, Montmorency County (Michigan) Map, 1930