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Michauds celebrate 70th anniversary

Terry and Doris Michaud, present day
Terry and Doris Michaud, 1950

Doris and Terry Michaud are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The former Doris Martin married Michaud on Aug. 19, 1950, in St. Anne’s Church, Alpena.

They have five children: Mary Baese, Patricia Messinger, James Michaud, Terry Michaud and Kimberly Michaud. They also have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Terry worked for Dow Corning for many years. Doris worked at JC Penney. They started Carrousel, an antique and teddy bear business, later called Carrousel by Michaud. Their business gave them the opportunity to travel around the country and around the world. They were recognized as among the foremost experts on antique and collectible bears and built what at the time was the world’s largest teddy bear, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was displayed at many locations, including Disney World. They also wrote several books on bears, including stories of the bears they “adopted,” as well as price guides on collectible bears.

For their anniversary celebration, their family will see them, observing social distancing. A larger celebration will be held in the future in a post-COVID timeframe.

Terry and Doris grew up near each other in Alpena. Terry used to throw snowballs at Doris, which got her attention. Later in high school, they began dating and corresponded through letters during Terry’s Naval service at age 17 on the USS Dennis J Buckley. Terry bought two engagement rings while in the service, having lost the first one in a poker game.

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