- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - A relic that serves as a reminder of a deadly storm more than a century ago will return to Pointe aux Barques after being hidden from public view for many years.

The Times Herald (https://bwne.ws/2b30AIy ) reported that the small stone plaque commemorates the Great Storm of November 1913, when the White Hurricane swept through the Great Lakes, sunk 12 ships and killed more than 250 people.

The stone plaque was commissioned by Alex Umlauf, who survived the storm while he was aboard the steamer Matoa. The plaque, which is a piece of the rock near Pointe aux Barques on which the steamer grounded, came into Umlauf’s possession in 1963 after sitting as part of a larger rock in a front yard in Port Huron for nearly 50 years.

It was also stored in Dossin Great Lakes Museum’s archives on Belle Isle for many years. Beginning Saturday, the plaque will be on permanent display at the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse along with two knives Umlauf salvaged from the Matoa’s galley.

“His stuff needs to be put somewhere where it can be on display for the public to see and appreciate,” said Walter Kronner, Umlauf’s grandson. “I’m just trying to honor his intentions.”

Kronner said a man named John Peterson carved the stone to show a figure of God stretching his arms out over Lake Huron and the Matoa.

The exhibit will include interpretive signage created at YS Branding Solutions in Port Huron, said Douglas Bancroft, who builds museum displays.


Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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