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DEDICATION-A large crowd turned out for the dedication ceremony honoring Joseph Brault, the founder of Coleman, Saturday, June 17. Village President, Glenn Woulf spoke along with Marlene Skowron, a family member of the late Joseph Brault. The memorial bridge is located at Lillian Park in Coleman. TOP PHOTO-Family members and friends gathered at Lillian Park for the dedication ceremony. BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO-Village President Glenn Woulf and Marlene Skowron say a few words to honor Joseph Brault. BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTOMemorial Plaque displayed on the Memorial Bridge in Coleman.
Coleman Founder, Joseph Brault Day Big Success
Issue Date: June 21, 2017
A dedication celebration for Joseph Brault, founder of Coleman, was held Saturday, June 17 at Lillian Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dedication was at noon and music followed.
The bridge site at the park was renamed Joseph Brault Memorial Bridge and a memorial stone was unveiled. A Mass was offered at St. Anne Church on Sunday, June 18 at 8:30 a.m. for Joseph Brault.
Joseph and Eupherium Brault raised their nine children in Coleman including Eugene, Joseph, Justine, Odilon, Julianne, Sinai, Aarine, Edmund and Leon. A table was set out where information could be placed from each of the family trees descending from the children.
Marlene Skowron of Hartford, great, great granddaughter of Joseph Brault furnished much of the information on Brault. She began researching the Brault history in 2012 a few months after she joined ancestry.com. She learned that her great-great grandfather founded the Town and named the town Braultville, but the name changed to Coleman some years later.
When she and her husband drove into Coleman after that, they stopped at a gas station and asked if there were any Braults in the town. They were told Leonard Brault just lived down the street.
Leonard shared a booklet with information on their lineage of the Brault side during a reunion. She asked if there was anything acknowledging Joseph Brault as founder of Coleman, and he answered no in a way that seemed like he was surprised. Skowron told Leonard if it was the last thing she does, there will be a street named after Joseph Brault.
From there they stopped at the cemetery. She was flabbergasted. Almost the whole cemetery seemed to be of Braults. There in the front was the tombstone of Joseph Brault and her great grandfather, Odilon Brault.
She was told to contact Glenn Woulf from the Coleman Village Board. Woulf later contacted Showrom and said the Board thought they would probably not have a new street in a very long time so they were going to name a bridge in his honor.
The first white man in the area was Brault, who arrived in the summer of 1871 and shortly constructed a shelter for his family. He completed the house a short time before the Peshtigo Fire on the night of Oct. 8, 1871. The fire reached the home and between the family and a few friends, they were able to save the Brault home.