Part VII: Fred E. Sabin and James Goulette
Michigan residents must be registered to vote by October 9, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the November Mid-Term General Election.
The 2018 Michigan Mid-Term General Election is November 6. On this year’s ballot are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, thirty-five of the one hundred seats in the Senate, thirty-nine state and territorial governorships, and some other state and local elections. The Secretary of State Webpage, Michigan Voter Information Center, provides information on voter registration, absentee ballots, primaries, polling locations, sample ballots, and more. The 2018 Michigan Election Dates Booklet, published by the Secretary of State, is an excellent source for following the State’s electoral process. The document provides a detailed calendar for the elections including a timeline for the stages in the 2018 election process, filing requirements for nominating petitions, a listing of offices to be elected, and recount filing information.
Dr. Fred Sabin (1924-1997) was an ophthalmologist who lived and practiced in Marquette, Michigan for nearly 50 years. Born in Little Falls, New York, Sabin attended Albany Medical School and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sabin was a veteran of World War II and spent three years in the U. S. Army. He came to Marquette at the request of Dr. Dan Hornbogan in 1957 and was a partner in an ophthalmology practice covering the entire Upper Peninsula until 1985. Dr. Sabin helped to found the Marquette Medical Center, served as President of the Association of Mayo Eye Fellows and the Marquette-Alger Medical Society. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and served on the Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine from 1963 to 1967.
Dr. Sabin served as Chairman of the Marquette County Republicans, Vice-Chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee and Chairman of Citizens for Ruppe, as well as, a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964. He was President of the Marquette Rotary Club (1963-1964), a member of the Northern Michigan University Board of Control (1967-1984), eventually receiving the rank of Trustee Emeritus, and served on the Alma College Board of Trustees for twelve years. In addition to his work with NMU and the Republican Party, Dr. Sabin was involved with innumerable community organizations working to improve economic conditions, expand medical facilities and the availability of medical care, and involve community members in the democratic process.
The papers document Dr. Sabin’s interaction with Marquette area community leaders, Northern Michigan University Administrators, colleagues in the medical profession, Young Republicans, Republican Women’s groups, the Republican State Central Committee, and the Marquette Rotary Club. The collection is an accurate documentation of Republican politics in the 1960s; as Dr. Sabin wrote in a letter to the 6th Precinct Republican Organization, “[Voters are] divided into the Saints (i.e. Republicans), Savables (Independents) and Sinners (Democrats). We, of course, are not interested in getting the latter group to vote.”
The bulk of the material focuses on the election of the 43rd governor of Michigan, George W. Romney (Republican). Perhaps due to the comedic personality present in his writings, or perhaps due to his obvious aptitude for politics and the public sector, Sabin’s “hob-knobbing” with notable characters such as George Romney, Dominic Jacobetti, Ogden E. Johnson, William G. Milliken, Edgar E. Harden, John X. Jamrich, Alexander Haig, and many more are documented in a large collection of photographs. Of particular use may be the project files that denote the handling of significant events in Michigan politics by the Republican Party, such as the 1963 Constitutional Convention and recount, the re-apportioning of Michigan voting districts, fundraisers and campaigning events, and elections.
James Goulette (Republican) served as a state representative from the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goulette (1906-1993), born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, was eighth in a line of twelve children, and attended the Iron Mountain public schools. At the age of twenty, he went into business with his brothers selling ice, beer, and cold storage. In 1936, Goulette started a mink farm.
Elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1938, Goulette served nine terms from 1939-1958. He served as Chair of the Committee on Northern State Teachers’ College (1939-1940), the Committee on Aeronautics (1941-1942), and the Committee on Liquor Control (1945-1948). Goulette also served on a number of committees while in office, including committees on Aeronautics (1941-1948), Apportionment (1939-1942), Fish and Fisheries (1947-1948), Geological Survey (1947-1948), Labor (1943-1948), and Liquor Control (1941-1948). Other committee service included Michigan College of Mining and Technology (1939-1948), Military and Veterans’ Affairs (1941-1946), Newberry State Hospital (1939-1942, 1947-1948), Northern State Teachers’ College 1939-1940), State House of Correction & Branch of the State Prison in the Upper Peninsula (1939-1940, 1943-1946), and Ways and Means (1951-1958).
After leaving the House, Mr. Goulette served on the Iron Mountain Board of Water Works as commissioner for 25 years, as president for five terms, and as secretary for two years. He owned Goulette’s Cold Storage Plant, a milk ranch, was co-partner of Northern light Distributing Co., and was a distributor of the United States Surplus Foods for the Upper Peninsula. Mr. Goulette was selected as the Upper Peninsula Person of the Year for 1979, he also served as committee head for the Cornish Pump Museum, and was a member of Chamber of Commerce, Elks, and Knights of Columbus.
This collection documents the political career of James Goulette covering the period from 1936 to 1993. The collection consists of awards, correspondence, memorabilia and scrapbooks of James Goulette, pertaining to his terms of office while serving as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Iron Mountain, Michigan. One component that may be of interest to the researcher is a folder and a scrapbook pertaining to the Cornish Pump Museum in Iron Mountain, Michigan.
The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan Archives seek to acquire the records of political parties and organizations and the papers of politicians and political activists that document the history of public participation in politics and government in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you are aware of the existence of such records and papers, or you are interested in donating such collections to the Archives, please contact Marcus C. Robyns, University Archivist, at 906-227-1225 or email@example.com.
Part VIII: Dominic Jacobetti and Robert Davis
Series developed and written by Glenda Ward