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The Story of the Rouse Simmons 14 years 3 months ago #55

  • magus
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A precious cargo. A deadly storm. One Christmas, an aging schooner cast off for Chicago and sailed into legend.

    Everyone at some point in our lives believes in Santa, but for many people from the Chicagoland area there was an even a more special person they called "Captain Santa." Others called him by a name they knew in which he provided a service, which was the "Christmas Tree Captain." This "Captain Santa" was the warm-hearted Herman Schuenemann of the [amazonsearch]Rouse Simmons[/amazonsearch].

    At a certain time of year, [amazonsearch]Captain Schuenemann[/amazonsearch] would make a yearly voyage from Michigan's upper Peninsula to Chicago with a load of freshly cut Christmas trees. Upon making his way into Chicago he would tie up along the SW Corner of the Clark Street Bridge. This was the place he even listed as his business address, the Northern Michigan Nursery.

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