The Governors Residences

Duck Island

The old Osborn "Little Duck" vacation home is now the Osborn Preserve. It is located on the southeastern shore of Sugar Island (including Duck Island - a small off shoot of Sugar Island) which is squeezed between mainland Michigan at Sault Ste. Marie and Ontario. The preserve encompasses some 3,000 acres, and is managed by the University of Michigan which utilizes it for biological research. The graves of former Michigan Governor Chase Salmon Osborn and his second wife Stellanova are located here.

WILDERNESS GRAVE
Inept the rake,
The scythe, the spade!
For the plot where we are laid,
With bright blossom and green blade
He Who made wild beauty be
Will give us for the common sake
Care in perpetuity.


-- Stellanova Osborn
Page 28, Iron and Arbutus, copyright 1962.

POSSUM POKE
Located in Poulan, Georgia the winter residence of Michigan's 27th Governor, Chase Salmon Osborn (1860 - 1949) still remains. Although closed to the public long ago it was here on April 11, 1949, the Governor passed away at 89 years old. His wife of two days Stellanova Osborn was at his side. A noted author, newspaperman, and conservationist he would retreat to this rural community in Southwest, Georgia for the winter months.
The winter residence of Michigan's 27th Governor, Chase Salmon Osborn (1860 - 1949)
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