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Edward Nequette photograph album

Identifier: RHC-157

Scope and Contents

Photograph album, 186 x 275 mm. 50 leaves; limp black faux leather-grained cloth covers. Contains 154 black-and-white photographs of various sizes, both captioned and uncaptioned. All are pasted down, some on both recto and verso of the leaves. Images cover a number of subjects. A. Manistique: views of buildings (exterior and interior), streets, and neighborhoods. Included is the Nequette home and photographic studio near Cedar and River Streets as well as the destruction of the Rose block by fire in 1906; B. Ships: views of lake freighters, car ferries, sailing vessels, and tugboats, both underway and docked at the harbor; C. Nearby attractions, such as Indian Lake and Big Spring (Kitch-Iti-Kipi), as well as camping; D. Local industries and leisure activities that include lumbering, fishing, hunting, charcoal kilns, power dams, Knights of Pythias meeting, and sailing; E. Groups and individuals, probably all residents of Manistique and vicinity. Some are identified: Edward Brault, Grace Quick, Mrs. Burley, Figan Shaw, and Meaton H. House. There are a series that show the residents of Mrs. Mary Brooks’ boarding house at 171 River Street.


  • 1905 - 1913


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.


Edward Nequette was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on 4 August 1872. He was the son of Adolph Niquette (1830-1914) and Martine (Matilda) Jantiz (Jentiss) (1832-1918). Adolph and Martine were French Canadian and had immigrated in 1846 and married in 1854. Adolph’s occupation was farmer, although it does not appear that he owned any land himself. The family lived variously in Mishicott Township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin from at least 1870 to 1880; in 1900 they were in Coleman, Wisconsin, and from at least 1905 through 1910 they lived in Pound Township, Marinette County, Wisconsin.

Edward had eight siblings: Lucy Niquette Brault (1853-1931), Eliza Niquette Simono (1855-1926), Olivia Niquette (1857-1899), David Niquette (1865-1914), Adelia (Della) Beaudoin (1867-1957), Amelia (later Emily) Niquette Brault (1867-?), Anna Niquette Robichaud (1871-1948), Alvina Niquette Fleury (1876-1944), and Julia Niquette Meany (1877-?).

The whereabouts of Edward between 1880 and his arrival in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan around 1904 is not known, nor is the source of his knowledge of photography and possible apprenticeship. He married Anna Bertha Benson (1882-1973) on 22 June 1904 in Manistique. She was one of five children of George Benson, a Manistique saw mill foreman and Anna Olson Benson. Edward and Anna had three children: George E. Nequette (1905-1975), Grace H. Nequette (1906-?), and Lloyd Everett Nequette (1909-1982). By 1907 Edward had a partner in his photography business, his nephew Edward Odelion Brault (1880-1962), the son of his sister Lucy. When Edward Nequette left Manistique before 1913, his nephew continued with his photography career in that city until at least 1940.

By 1918 Edward Nequette and his family were living in Ionia, Michigan where he was employed as a metal worker at the Hayes-Ionia Company, and continued in that field until at least 1940. Edward died in Ionia, Michigan on 28 April 1945 and is buried with his wife in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Ionia, Michigan.


0.8 Linear feet (1 flat box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photograph albums were purchased on an eBay auction from Docartaighclan (Newberg, Oregon) on 13 October 2018.
Edward Nequette photograph album
Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States