July 15-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: July: July 15-09
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Photo by Cindy Freeman
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Courtesy of Dick Mintken

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 08:06 am:

Last summer we featured a number of landmarks from Gay, including the old school. As you can see by the poster, the Keweenaw County Historical Society has taken on the challenge of restoring it, with lots local folks pitching in to help. This was mentioned in the recent press release from the State Historical Society, when it gave KCHS with the Superior Award. We look forward to the afternoon and evening of music coming up at the end of the month.

Thanks for all the comments about our "history minute" each day. Today concludes the four-part Day in History about the only person wounded in the Toledo War back in 1835. In case you've ever wondered why the U.P. is not a part of Wisconsin :o)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 08:11 am:

Sounds like fun. But we'll be in St. Ignace that evening! Can't wait!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 09:12 am:

Charlie: I had forgotten about the "Day in History." Thanks for the
reminder. I went back and listened to the history of the Toledo
strip. Without a doubt, we natives of Michigan got the better end
of that deal. Though on the football field, things haven't been
working out as well. Thanks for educating us on this matter.

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 09:26 am:

Like many doings in the Copper Country over the years, the ability to contribute is reserved only for those local residents of the Copper Country.

If the many thousands of former Copper Country residents and UP aficionados scattered far and wide wanted to send a cash donation for the benefit of the school's restoration where would they mail their checks to?


By Sconie (Sconie) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 10:06 am:

Hello JT (and others),

Tax deductible donations for the Gay School restoration project may be sent to:

Keweenaw County Historical Society
670 Lighthouse Road
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950

Membership in the KCHS is also very worthwhile and I would invite you to consider joining the organization:


Thank you for your considation of this.

Kind Regards,

Paul LaVanway

By JAD, Oscar, MI (Jandalq) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 11:52 am:

Wonderful that the school is being restored. What are the intended uses?

By DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 04:40 pm:

Wow, talk about good timming. We will be in the C.C. on Friday morning. The wife said we will be at the Musicfest in Gay, looking foward to being there.

By Kenty (Dashamo) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 05:35 pm:

I remember Reed Harjala from back in the mid 60's when he played in a band called Headchoppers Ltd. Glad to see he's still rockin' and rollin'.

By Nancy (Nsanderson) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 09:09 pm:

I have waited a long time for my old school to be restored to its glory. I went to school there in the late 40's and early 50's. One teacher for all eight grades. Wow! Donations should be earmarked for the Gay School. Consider joining as we are the largest historical society in Michigan. A local artist has done a painting of the school which is a fund raiser with raffle tickets. Drawing will be in Sept. and you need not be present to win. I have seen the painting and it is outstanding. Introduce yourself to me at the reunion or the music fest. Should be a fun evening.

By Nancy (Nsanderson) on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 09:17 pm:

If you were in Gay on the 4th of July, you would have seen a new flag pole with our flag flying. Sure looked good. Also a thank you to all of you who stopped at our bake sale. Did you notice that the steps to the school have been redone? Looks great. Thank you guys for the work you have done.

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