Magdalene Marcotte Laframboise was born in 1780 to Jean Bapiste Marcotte and Timothee, daughter of Ke-wi-na-quot, the powerful Odawa headman "Returning Cloud." Her father died when "Madeline" was an infant. Timothee returned to her tribal community located on Crockery Creek near Nunica, where she raised Madeline in Odawa ways. At age sixteen Madeline wed Joseph LaFramboise, a successful American Fur Company trader who operated twenty posts along the Grand, Kalamazoo, and Muskegon Rivers. In 1809 Joseph was brutally murdered by an irate native demanding whiskey. After Joseph's death the very capable Madame Laframboise assumed administrative responsibilities for the lucrative posts, which included sites in Grand Haven and at the mouth of Crockery Creek. Madame LaFramboise was celebrated for her ability to bridge cultural gaps that separate people by race, religion, and gender. When she retired to Mackinac Island a wealthy woman in 1821, Rix Robinson took control of trading operations in the Grand River region. Madame LaFramboise went on to actively support the Catholic Church and to train young native women as teachers. She died at age sixty-six in 1846. Her Mackinac Island home is now the Harbor View Bed and Breakfast, situated next to St. Ann's Church, where her crypt can be seen in the churchyard. Magdalene LaFramboise was one of the first to be inducted into the Michigan Woman's Hall of Fame.