John Baptiste Soucie Papers
c.00581

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Lavigne, Guy
Creator - Donor
Oliver, Vera E.
Creator -
Soucie, John Baptiste
Title
John Baptiste Soucie papers
ID
c.00581
Date [inclusive]
1884-1996
Extent
0.25 Cubic feet , 4 folders, 17 photographs
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

John Baptiste Soucie was a professional cook from Oscoda, Michigan. His mother emigrated from Ireland, and his father emigrated from Quebec. Soucie's early jobs included head cook at various lumber mill camps in the Au Sable-Oscoda, Michigan area. He later owned a variety of eating establishments, including the Tivoli Restaurant, the Rendezvous Restaurant, and the Tourist Café. Soucie married Ada M. Alton in 1918. Upon retirement, they worked as cooks at YMCA Camp Nissokone.

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Scope and Contents note

The John Baptiste Soucie papers contain three versions of Soucie's autobiographical manuscript, Forty Years a Cookin'. There is an original, unfinished handwritten copy as was told to Soucie’s friend, Guy Lavigne, a typed version of the handwritten version, and a printed bound version that was completed by Soucie's daughter, Vera Oliver. There is also a copy of a news article originally printed in 1897 and reprinted in 1991. The article announces the closing of the Pack, Woods, & Company's lumber mill. Also included in the collection are photographs of the Alcona Dam Big Wheel preparation, chore boys in the camp kitchen, Coline Dam Mess Hall and staff, Cooke Dam, Five Channels Dam, Greenbush Inn, a horse drawn cart carrying lumber, Lost Lake building, lumberjacks walking into the cook shack, a mess hall at Coline Dam, Oscoda Fire, Soucie blowing the mess horn, a street scene, and a winter road scene.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 2005

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- Biography

Subject(s)

  • Cooks
  • Lumber camps -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Forty Years a Cookin' 

Folder

Handwritten Manuscript 1950s 

1

Typed Manuscript, Undated 

2

Printed Bound Volume 1996 

3

Revised edition 1996 

5
Folder

Newspaper Clipping 1991 

4
Box

Photographs 

Collection Photographs

Alcona Dam 

Coline Dam. Mess Hall 

Cooke Dam 

Five Channels Dam. Construction 

Greenbush Inn 

Lost Lake 

Lumbering camps 

Oscoda, Michigan