Old Mission History: OMP Deer Hunters, Circa 1940s

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Today’s installment of Old Mission History comes to us from the Solomonson Family Archives. It’s a photo of some deer hunters, which is perfect for today because we’re smack dab in the midst of deer hunting season right now.

While I know who’s pictured in the photo, I’m unsure of the date and location. I’m going to guess maybe 1940s or 1950s, based on the hunters, which are of my dad (Walter Johnson) and grandpa’s (Lester Johnson) era.

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I’m hoping someone can shed more light on the photo, like where it was taken, whose truck is pictured on the right, the circumstances surrounding the photo, etc.

Pictured in the photo (left to right, per Ginny Dohm Coulter, Fred Dohm’s daughter):

  • Harry Christopher
  • Archie Helfrich
  • Fred Dohm
  • Leslie Gore
  • Fay Dohm
  • Perry Christopher
  • Burt Kroupa
Old Mission Peninsula Hunters, Circa 1940s | Solomonson Family Archives
Old Mission Peninsula Hunters, Circa 1940s (?); left to right: Harry Christopher, Archie Helfrich, Fred Dohm, Leslie Gore, Fay Dohm, Perry Christopher, Burt Kroupa | Solomonson Family Archives

If you have more info on the photo or corrections to my info, leave a comment below, or feel free to email me, jane@oldmission.net, and I’ll update the story.

UPDATE: I originally had the names backwards, but have corrected them per Ginny Dohm Coulter, Fred Dohm’s daughter.)

Also, Becky Wells shared this note below about the location of the photo (thank you!):

Terry has another picture of the same group after they got back home, and it has the same guys and four of the deer hanging where Dale Christopher used to live on Center Road. Your picture was taken at Traverse Lodge in Kenton Michigan in Houghton County. Harry Christopher was Terry’s grandfather, and Perry Christopher was Terry’s uncle.

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  1. Jane, I think you have the direction reversed for the hunting picture. I’m pretty sure Uncle Bert (Kroupa) is on the far right and my dad, Fred Dohm is third from the left.

  2. Jane, Terry has another picture of the same group after they got back home and it has the same guys and 4 of the deer hanging where Dale Christopher used to live on Center Rd and your picture was taken at Traverse Lodge in Kenton Michigan in Houghton County. Harry Christopher was Terry’s grandfather and Perry Christopher was Terry’s uncle.

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