A Keweenaw romance began when Danish immigrants Sophia Peterson and Hans Larson met and married in Calumet in about 1873. By 1880 the young couple lived with their two children on Seventh Street in the village of Red Jacket. Hans was an express (delivery) man operating his own company; a young man named Richard Mody lived upstairs and worked as a teamster for Hans.
Their marriage was cut tragically short on August 18, 1885 by Sophia's unexpected death. Hans waited nearly five years before marrying Catherine Peterson in 1890. The couple had one child, and lived for a time at the corner of Seventh and Elm Streets in Red Jacket, near the Italian Hall.
Sophia might have been proud, yet concerned, to see her son Frank serve with the Calumet Light Guard as a musician during the Spanish American War. Today Sophia rests quietly in Calumet's Schoolcraft Cemetery, her contributions to her adopted homeland unknown to most who walk past.
Last updated: January 24, 2018