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10 October 2014

Steam canal boat records circa 1900

Original documents offer clues into the past and questions to answer in the future. My research trip into the textual records of the NationalArchives at Chicago provided a digital copy of the "Consolidated Certificate of Enrollment and License" for the steam canal boat "Niagara." The archives is located at 7358 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629. See their website for hours and directions. Plan ahead. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful and willing to offer search suggestions.

  • ·         William John Schuler (1871-1964) of  Lockport, Will County, Illinois, in 1918 received a master and pilot, steamboat, license
  • ·         name of vessel last employed "Niagara"
  • ·         last trip with "Niagara" in October 1914, traveled from Peru to Lockport
  • ·         goal, history and description of the "Niagara"

National Archives at Chicago, Record Group 41, the Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation
 Alfred E. Legault (abt 1865-1928) is married to Jessie M. Pemberton (1878-1936). Jessie is the first cousin of William John Schuler. What is their canal connection?

National Archives at Chicago, Record Group 41, the Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation 
For more information on Record Group 41 read Steam canal boat records offer historical clues.

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