Music Programs
The Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund supports music and musical programming @ PWPL.

Helen Longyear Paul established the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter white Public Library in honor of her husband, Carroll Paul.  The Library's extensive collection of compact discs, video-cassettes and DVDs has been developed with the income from this trust.  The Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund also sponsors musical performances and concerts at the Library.  This trust fund provides funding for Library programs, equipment, facilities and materials related to music.  Helen Longyear Paul was an ardent Library supporter and served as a member of the PWPL Board of Trustees for many years.

More about Carroll and Helen Longyear Paul & the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund

Carroll Paul was born May 5, 1882 in Tokyo , Japan , to Professor and Mrs. Henry Martyn Paul. He was awarded a B.S. degree from Dartmouth in 1903, followed by a civil engineering degree in 1904. He entered the U.S. Navy engineer corps in 1907, and rose from ensign to lieutenant commander. On March 25, 1911, he married Helen Longyear, and they became the parents of two sons and two daughters.

Helen Longyear, the fourth child of Marquette pioneer John Munro Longyear and his wife, Mary Beecher Longyear, was born in Marquette on January 20, 1885. She attended Burnham School for Girls, Northampton , Massachusetts , and after one year at Smith College , she entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture. She earned a B.S. degree from M. I. T. in 1909.

After their marriage, Helen accompanied her husband on a tour of duty in the Philippines . Returning to the U.S. in 1913, Carroll Paul was transferred to several stations until being assigned to Guam in 1917 to supervise the construction of a naval radio station.

After the death of his father-in-law, J.M. Longyear, Carroll Paul resigned from active duty in the Navy in 1922, and relocated to Marquette to become a trustee of the Longyear estate. Carroll Paul died suddenly on May 23, 1937 at 55 years of age, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery .

His widow remained a Marquette resident. Among her civic involvements were serving on the Board of Trustees of the Peter White Public Library, and curator of the Marquette County Historical Society. Helen Longyear Paul died on October 30, 1960 while returning to Marquette from a Detroit conference on local history.

One of the lasting legacies Helen Longyear Paul left to the Marquette community was the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund. In the late 1950’s, Mrs. Paul established the trust as a memorial tribute to her husband. The earnings of the charitable trust are to be used by the Peter White Public Library to purchase materials, equipment and furnishings, facilities and other items that contribute to the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of music.

Over the years, the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund has been used to buy music-related books, periodicals and recordings. Thanks to Mrs. Paul’s foresight, the wording of the trust includes  “...any other equipment now existing or hereafter developed, designed for the appreciation and enjoyment of music.” As a result, compact discs and players, video cassettes and players, and CD-ROMs and computer equipment have been acquired for the library collection. In addition, the trust fund has been instrumental in presenting numerous concerts by local musicians, as well as artists of national renown.

The Peter White Public Library is indeed fortunate to have the benefits of the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund. The residents of the Marquette area owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Paul for her generosity.