Monroe Rutty was born March 31, 1860, one of six children of Edward and Polly Rutty. When he passed away at the Ottawa County Community Haven Home on May 30, 1971, at the age of 111, he was the oldest living person on record in Michigan.
Great Lakes maritime buffs and historians are highly familiar with the sinking of the Goodrich side-wheel steamer Alpena in Lake Michigan on Oct. 16, 1880. Up to 80 lives were lost — the entire crew and all her passengers.
The most unusual series of articles appearing in the pages of the Grand Haven Tribune has to be four published during the summer of 1909 concerning a creature witnessed in Stearns Bayou by several men of prominence.