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Charles Trezona family movies

 Collection — Box: VHS
Identifier: S4537

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one videocassette of home movies shot in Houghton, Michigan, and includes Minnesota Iron Range footage shot by and about the Trezona Family dating between 1925-1929, narrated by Richard J. Trezona. Many Trezona family members are identified by name. The color video is 90 minutes long. The tape has been digitized and is available on request.

Content warning: This collection contains footage of a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) march. In the digitized version of the item, the footage runs from timestamp 49:11 to 50:05.


  • Creation: 1925-1929


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Charles (8 September 1863-26 June 1931) Trezona was born in Cornwall, England. Charles was the last of a family of five notable iron mining men of the Lake Superior district. The son of a miner, William and Maria, he came to the upper peninsula of Michigan to the copper mines at the age of 22. One by one, he and his brothers moved to northern Minnesota. Charles was general superintendent of the Vermilion range mines of the Oliver Iron Mining Company from 1902, one year after the company became the mining division of the United States Steel Corporation. About 1895 he was at the Franklin group of mines, Virginia, Minnesota, and in 1898 went to the Pioneer mine on the Vermilion range as mine captain. He was appointed superintendent of the Pioneer in 1900. He was elected Mayor of Ely, Minnesota in 1930 by the largest majority ever given a candidate. He died unexpectedly after a stroke at the age of 68. He married Amelia Pederson of Blair, Wisconsin in 1888. They had two sons and three daughters: William, Richard, Charles (died at age 3), Mrs. Edith (W. H.) Budge, Elsie, and Mrs. Martha (R. G.) Schreck. Amelia died in 1919, and is buried in Ely. Charles is buried at the cemetery in Ely also. Mrs. Elizabeth Trezona (1871-1958), a native of Cornwall, England, was Charles’s second wife. She died in Duluth.


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The collection consists of one videocassette of family movies shot in Houghton, Michigan, and includes Minnesota iron range footage shot by and about the Trezona Family dating between 1925-1929, narrated by Richard J. Trezona.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.

Guide to the Charles Trezona family movies
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526