Detour Having A Building Boom
(Saturday, July 15, 1893 Paper: Sault Ste. Marie News Page: 1)
A place of Great Natural Resources and Pleasant Attractions
-- That is Rapidly Becoming of Importance

Detour has a boom. No not a "boom," for that word has come to be more or less odious. It is awake and growing in a decisive and healthy manner. There is more fishing, more farming, more sawing and building than ever before. Detour is going to be a town. It wants a railroad. It needs a railroad. Some railroad needs Detour. It is bound to get one. Not right away tomorrow, during the season of democratic depression, but some time soon; some time before middle aged Detour men and decrepit and before Detour babes are men and women. Just how much sooner THE NEWS cannot say, but it would not be surprised if that railroad came a long time before, for THE NEWS believes in Detour.

It believes in its enterprising men and women; in its advantages; in its resources. Detour has not acres and acres of good farming soil and hundreds of good farmers and more to come of it, for nothing. Detour has not waters full of fish and good, hale, hardy men to catch them, all around it, just for fun. Detour has no pine and cedar and hardwood tributary to it that will not be utilized. Detour has the great advantage of earlier and later navigation. Detour also has fine air, sweet cold water, beautiful scenery, many outing attractions and all that is required to make a popular summer resort. All of these things and more not enumerated are why Detour will have a railroad, if not more than one, and will be a town.

As stated above, its people are hustling, hopeful and confident. It now has stores, blacksmith shops, millinery parlors, docks, saw mill, hotels, fishing and other industries. The new dock of T.H. Watson is just ready for business. It is a good one, with plenty of water and convenient. The new store, saw mill, dwellings and dock of the Island Cedar Co., are notable additions to Detour. The mill buildings are modern and give one the best kind of an impression. An average of 40,000 feet of lumber is cut every ten hours and cedar shingles second to none in the market are turned out. In fact, nothing goes to waste that can be utilized. Among those who are now building, or have recently completed new structures in Detour are; John Murray, dwelling; J.T. Bennett, dwelling; Thos. Sims Sr., dwelling; Herman Lahmen, dwelling; Abraham Pearliment, dwelling; Goetz Bros., addition to Park Hotel; Jos. Oberlie, blacksmith shop and house; Alex. Fosberg, dwelling; John Cameron, dwelling; Ben Robinson, dwelling; Oliver Fisher, dwelling; Peter McRae, dwelling, and others.

So it will be seen by this that Detour is foregoing ahead and the half has not been told. Just keep on, Detour. You and yours are all right. You will help Chippewa county to grow and Chippewa county will help you.


Detour Michigan 1905

Merton Seaman went to DeTour and back Saturday.

James Burns made a business trip to DeTour Saturday.

David Gibbons accompanied the mail to DeTour Monday.

P. S. Church made a quick trip to DeTour and back Saturday.

Captain J. W. Church made a business trip to DeTour Saturday.

Miss Emma Watson intended returning to DeTour Monday, but ice conditions prevented.

The mail was taken to DeTour Friday and Saturday with a single horse, but Monday the ice was found to be heaving with the undertow and unsafe."


Detour Michigan 1906
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bailey visited DeTour Friday.

George Foreman made a business trip to" DeTour Saturday.

Captain J. W. Church made a business trip to DeTour lately.

A. N. LaPoint went to DeTour Friday, returning Saturday.

James Burns made a trip to DeTour for feed and supplies for his camp Saturday.

George Bowyer. assisted Dave Graham, Friday, to lake a pair of colts to DeTour

Angus Parrish, who has been at DeTour some time on business, returned Saturday.

Ben and Will Butler, who have been in Lehman’s camp this winter, returned to DeTour Friday.

Albert Lehman brake up camp and returned to DeTour, Friday, taking of his camp equipage with him.

Henry Anderson made a trip to DeTour Saturday for a load of supplies. He was accompanied by his son, Will.


Detour - Isolated for 16 Days
17 March 1928 - The Advocate
Army Plane and Dog Team Reach Detour

An army airplane and dog team today broke the snow blockade which had isolated the village of Detour Michigan for 16 days. The dog team got there first. Their threat of famine averted, the villagers abandoned their canned food diet tonight, to eat their first square meal in more than a week and scanned the first mail they had received in nearly three weeks.

It was a joyous holiday with the school house closed and work abandoned as virtually the entire population of 600 inhabitants gathered around the improvised landing field on the ice at St. Mary's river to great the arrival of the army transport plane, several hours after a dog team, carrying a lighter load of provisions had been welcomed.

It had taken the team of seven dogs since Wednesday afternoon to make the trip in the teeth of a blizzard while the big airplane carrying 300 pounds of mail and 800 pounds of food principally bread, landed gracefully on the ice field just 87 minutes after it took off from the same place at at 11:40 a. m.

Immediately upon discharging its cargo, the plan3 returned home carrying Russell- Goetz, critically ill from blood poisoning. He was removed to a local hospital. Dr. T. R. Laughbaum, village physician who accompanied the patient, said the trip would probably save Goetz's life.