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History

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Past Houghton County Sheriffs
(Organized in 1846; reorganized in 1848)

Years in Office

 

Sheriff

 

Years in Office

  Sheriff

1846-1848

Joseph Raymond 1897-1900 Charles F. Lean
1848-1850 John Atwood 1901-1904 Joseph Willis
1851-1852 Samuel P. Bell 1905-1908 August Beck
1853-1854 John Q. McKernan 1909-1912 James J. Byers
1855-1857 John Burns1 1913-1916 James A. Cruse
1857-1858 Francis Mayworm2 1917-1920 Joseph Trudell
1859-1860 Michael Finnegan 1921-1924 Joseph G. Kohlhaas
1861-1862 Mark W. Fechheimer 1925-1928 John T. Rowe
1863-1864 Edward Ryan 1929 Gustav Hamina3
1865-1868 August Koppelkom 1929-1930 Frank A. Francisco4
1869-1870 Michael Foley 1931-1936 Frank A. Francisco
1871-1872 Bartholomew Shea 1937-1940 John G Salmi
1873-1874 William Wern 1941-1944 Jay R. Pearce
1875-1876 Bartholomew Shea 1945-1948 Emil J. Schumacher
1877-1880 Henry Northy 1949-1956 Fred J. Paulson
1881-1884 James T. Healy 1957-1962 Raymond A. Smith
1885-1888 William J. Ryan 1963-1980 John W. Wiitanen
1889-1892 Frederick J. Bawden 1981-1995 James N. Ruotsala5
1893-1896 William Alexander Dunn 1995-1996 Gary Beachamp6
1Resigned in 1857. 
2Appointed upon resignation of Burns. 
3
Died in office, December 25, 1929.
4Undersheriff. Served Dec 25, 1929 to Dec 31, 1930.
5Resigned, Nov 2, 1995.
6Undersheriff. Served Nov 3, 1995 to December 31, 1996.