July 11-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: July: July 11-09
Old Victoria    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh
Buildings and grounds    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh
Where he hangs his hat    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh
Cook stove    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 07:38 am:

Donna MacIntosh recently made a visit to Victoria Dam, in Ontonagon County and we covered it here on the Pasty Cam. At the same time, she stopped in to check out the Old Victoria Restoration Site, near Rockland. The log cabins seen in Donna's second photo, were built 100 years ago and housed the miners who worked in the nearby Victoria Copper mine. Hanging on the hook in the third photo are a few of the items the miners used in those days. Then of course the last photo is where Mrs. miner prepared the meals to welcome her mining husband home after a long day underground. I sure do like that baby blue roaster pan sitting on the stove there.

Last year we had a Pasty Cameo featuring this attraction. If you'd like to view more of Donna's Old Victoria photos, you can see them in a slideshow by clicking on this link: Victoria Dam and Old Victoria Slideshow. Enjoy!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 07:45 am:

Absolutely love the stove!!!

By Therese (Therese) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 08:31 am:

After a summer of cooking on that stove I would look forward to the cold of winter! Mom described ironing as a child with a row of heavy irons that she heated on a wood stove; she would use one till it started to cool, replace it on the stove and move on to the next. And I complain about having to iron with a one-pound electric iron!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 08:59 am:

Would love to live in one of those cabins....just the right size. Simple living! Isn't it strange that the more we have, the more we realize we could live with less.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 09:10 am:

Wonderful photos...I grew up with a stove like that in our home...toasted bread on the hot burners, giving the bread a totally different taste than when toasted in the toaster. A log cabin, to me, is just plain "homey"!

By Morning Glory (Lucylu) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 09:33 am:

My Grandmother had a wood stove in her home in Dollar Bay. I
remember warming up really hard cinnamon bread, (it had a
Finnish name), and sitting in the warm kitchen eathing bread
with my Grandparents while they drank hot coffee. We listened
to "the rest of the story" on the radio. To this day that program
reminds me of breakfast at with them. My Aunt still has the
stove at her lake home in Dollar Bay and she uses it cut the cold
in the winter. I want one. When I purchased my farm house in
Missouri there was one on the front porch the old light green
color, I could have purchased it with the house for $800, I
thought it was kind of high. There is a place neatly cut out in my
dining room ceiling for a pipe just waiting for a cook stove!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 10:23 am:

Kudos 2 the group that helped preserve this ghost town. If only there had been a group like that 2 prevent the fate that fell upon the U.P. ghost town of Gibbs City on April 12, 1966.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 10:36 am:

I love visiting preserved old homes, etc, like that! My great aunt had a stove that looked like the one above. She burned corn cobs in her stove, though, as she lived in Iowa. She had some wonderful old quilts, which is what I wanted, when she passed away. Unfortunately, some thieves had broken into her home while she was in the hospital, and they stole all of the goodies, like the quilts and cool antique chairs, all of which were stored in the attic!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 10:55 am:

Mary: Thanks for providing the link, and Donna: Thanks for the
thorough job of photographing Old Victoria and the Dam. It
brought back enjoyable memories of a trip there with a cousin a
couple of years back.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:14 am:

Morning Glory (Lucylu):
"…warming up really hard cinnamon bread, (it had a Finnish name) …"

That would probably be "Korppu".
The Finnish translation is simply "biscuit", but it was much more, see Trenary toast, which is certainly still available in many UP grocery stores, or order online (available in Cinnamon Toast, Sugar Toast, or Plain Toast variants). Click on Order Online to see the available products.

I may have to order some myself, along with various of the Trenary Bakery's Rye bread variants. Oh how many years I've spent trying (unsuccessfully!) to duplicate my maternal grandmother's home-made-in-a-wood-stove Finnish Rye bread! (I would duplicate her recipe if she used one. What recipe? You know the drill: a handful of this "enough" of that, etc.) <Sigh!>

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:45 am:

The old wood stove in the kitchen would be roaring when mom would call," Mikie, the pickle boat wont wait for anyone." That was my cue to make it into the kitchen and dress between the stove and the wall. Warmest place in the house. Had to shoo Laddie the dog and maybe a cat out of there in order to have enough room. Was disappointed in 1949 when the electric stove suddenly appeared. The good thing was the new furnace in the basement that would warm the entire house. Then it was a fight between my siblings and myself over who got the good register. Being the youngest at the time I would end up at the coolest one. Seems the further away from the furnace the less heat you got. Back when mom cooked on the woodstove she had a kerosene stove to use in the summer. It was on the back porch and not in the house since it had an offensive odor all the time. Mom did her canning on that stove. Mom had a line over the wood stove where wet winter clothes hung and dried out. I don't think that Precious would like living like that now. It sure was nice sitting by the stove and warming frozen toes and fingers in the winter.

By Lori Houle (Runnerlori) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 12:38 pm:

I believe my Grandmother, Saimi Briita Koski's loom is there at the Old Victoria historical site. I will have to get ahold of my sister to confirm. I have pictures of it somewhere.
Oh and Hi to Dick Wieber...Yes it is my family the Houles from Hancock that you remembered. Be well...

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 04:39 pm:

My grandparents had such a stove when I was a little kid. In Woodside just outside of Dollar Bay. As I recall it was a "Garland"? and blue colored? (help me out here cousins!) We had one more like the one pictured when we lived in Pewabic a few doors from Quincy #2 in the 40s! My mom made excellent homemade bread in the old thing that was in bad shape even back then.

I have right now here a match box holder, same color, exactly as the one pictured. It hung in the same spot behind my grandparents stove many, many years ago!

By Lisa R. (Sisugirl) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 07:29 pm:

That is a great stove pictured! Mikie, I wonder if your kerosene stove had to be kept out on the porch because of carbon monoxide poisoning? I'm not sure if that would be a problem, but I'm guessing it might.

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 08:54 pm:

Welcome Kosk!

That was such a great ride and an informative evening for sure! Not to mention, great chow! (As was mentioned in the previous post for this road trip! https://www.pasty.com/discus/messages/4918/5345.html)

Way to go Mary Drew!!! Great slideshow! Thanks!!

By Therese (Therese) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 09:09 pm:

Mikie, Mom used to tell me about running downstairs from the unheated loft to dress by the woodstove, the only warm place in the house -- and bathing by the stove also. That old farmhouse had no insulation and snow blew in on windy nights to cover her quilt. In more modern times our house had gas forced air but Dad didn't heat the upstairs where us kids mostly slept, and I can remember shivering for a half hour before the blankets would warm enough for me to fall asleep. Don't think I was ever really warm in the winter. I don't heat my bedroom even now, though now hot flashes keep me warm all winter.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 09:55 pm:

We didn't have a stove like that in our kitchen, but I do remember draping my clothes over the oven door to warm them up before getting dressed. We had a wood stove in the basement and then an oil burner on the main floor for extra heat in the coldest part of the winter. I sure do love my waterbed that is always warm when I get into it...no freezing until the covers finally warm you.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:58 pm:

Precious and I spent the first year of our marriage in Germany. The first night there was in Feb. and when we went to bed I opened the windows to get some fresh air in the bedroom. Precious spent the entire winter under two army blankets, two feather quilts and when she got up next to the oil burner in the hallway. Our stove was coal and so was the hot water tank. 1966/67 were the happiest years of our lives. That is till the kids were born. She can still make a fire in less time then it takes me.

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Monday, July 13, 2009 - 01:45 pm:


I'm probably too late to catch an answer but does anyone recall the flat 3/8 inch thick by 8-10 inches in diameter, cinnamon - pecan - molasses breakfast pastry? It was like a 'sticky bun' that was rolled flat.

They were sold in Calumet and at the Finlandia in Hancock. Basically, with coffee, a breakfast in one hand.

The pastry might have been called by a Finnish word and the non Scandinavian UP residents had a more direct name for the pastry.

Thank you.


By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 05:09 am:

I don't know, JT, but I hope someone else does. It sounds like it
would be delicious.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 11:24 pm:

Speaking of korppu … (see above):
By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:14 am:

Lookie what I found just tonight in the Finnish Wikipedia:
Click → Korppu. Now don't that look just like Trenary toast?

And here I mistakenly thought korppu was only one of those "Finnglish" words we used on da farm, unique to the UP.

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