Celebrate Tri-Cities history and ancestors

From female fur traders to teachers, local historian Wallace Ewing will explore the women who helped shape the Tri-Cities' past and present. Ewing will present "Fur Traders, Doctors, Poets, Orators and More Local Notables' at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.
Marie Havenga
Mar 13, 2012


Ewing, who has authored several local history books, will delve into the lives of women whose stories are woven into the fabric of the Tri-Cities community. Among them is Mary A. White. She’s the namesake of a Grand Haven elementary school and often considered Grand Haven's first teacher.

White arrived in Grand Haven in 1835. She was the sister of Amanda Ferry, wife of early settler the Rev. William Ferry.

Wednesday's conversation will also chronicle the life of Magdalene La Framboise, who started managing her husband's fur trading business in 1809 after an irate Native American killed him.

“The husband (Joseph) would not give the Indian liquor,” Ewing said about the motive behind the slaying. “She stepped right in and took over after he was killed. She's recognized statewide and was one of the first women inducted into the Michigan Women's History Hall of Fame.”

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