July 26-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: July: July 26-09
Quincy Hill around 1905    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo scan by Ted Holmstrom
Looking North/East    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo scan by Ted Holmstrom

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:46 am:

For a CCISD Social Studies project, Ted Holmstrom has assembled an excellent collection of photographs, maps and documents from the early 1900's operation at Quincy Mine in Hancock. The two angles above give a good perspective of the the current gift shop and mine hoist buildings. Along with some shots of the men heading down in a tram, these are also the backdrop of today's Day in History, which tells of the earthquakes that occurred during this time period. You can read more about earthquakes in Michigan at the USGS website.

Have a good week :o)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:03 pm:

Ooooohhh, that is all very cool!

By Martha Kirk (Misschiefie) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:38 pm:

Charlie, your link to the Day in History in your note on the Cam Notes page takes you to Saturday's DiH.ue
Thanks, I fixed it for Charlie. Guess he didn't catch it.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 02:53 pm:

OK, Helen Chamberlain or someone, help us out here! I'm a bit turned around or something. I see our old school in the upper left center. I see what looks just like our old "duplex' house at the lower left with the clothes hanging. However not oriented right. Ours faced in the front away from the shaft and hoist house facing over where yours was across the main road coming down from the highway. I'm thinking then ours would be at the left just out of this pic.(?)As I recall (that was a LONG time ago though) we looked straight down the road in our front yard at the school. Where then is your old house? I realize this pic is 1905 and things can change a lot in those days to 1948! Note hardly any trees anywhere, but I noted last year LOTS of trees compared to 1948, 1958, 1960, 1978, 1985 which I have photos of. Trees do regrow thank God!
2nd pic I see the old Franklin Mine in the background. Where/which building across the Hiway is the old grocery we went too if it's there?

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 04:03 pm:

Always enjoy looking at historical pics like these. Thanks 4 sharing.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 05:54 pm:

What absolutely NEAT pictures and talk about bringing back GREAT memories. Russ, I think your house was more to the left, ours is in the dark cluster directly in front of the Pewabic School. I had to go through one row of houses, a field, then hit the Pewabic School. A hop, skip, and a jump. I recall your coming over the railroad tracks to get to my house, which was right on the corner next to an empty lot. Very few trees in the area at that time, mostly lilacs, and even the empty lot had no trees. Re: the grocery store...there were 2...one straight up Johnson's hill, where the firehall is now located, across the main road and to the left was a road leading to Frenchtown where the store was and to the right, on US41 a ways down from the Quincy Firehall was the Quincy Market.
How unique this entire setting was and we, as children, felt we ruled the world, similar to Lord of the Flies, no adults around, and the mine and surrounding buildings and railroad cars were a kid's awesome playground! Amazing we all lived to tell the tales as we were around some pretty dangerous settings and equipment, including ponds. Not too many people can say that about their childhood.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 08:50 pm:

Helen, your correct they are too busy texting now days.....drove 3 grandkids 30 miles to Toledo last week and they texted all the way..sometimes even to each other...was a nice quite drive tho.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 09:52 pm:

That's exactly why my daughter does not have texting on her phone. I'm not paying for her to text the person sitting next to her. She can talk to them. Imagine that, actually talking to someone face-to-face. I'm finding that kids don't know how to socialize in person, only via electronic media. Sigh....

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 10:16 pm:

Amen, Cindy. That's also why we have text messaging blocked on our cell phones. :-)

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 10:32 pm:

Amazing....no trees.......

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 02:19 am:

Upon going over Mr, Holmstroms very fine collection of photos , something caught my attention regards the seventh one down titled 1908 QMC #2 Rockhouse. First the photo in compressed form is way exceptional for 1908. Also I note a modern antennae atop #2 behind the flagpole. I also note a modern type radio/TV transmitter tower to the left down along US41. Mostly though, when we lived there in 1948 most of the cable roller trestles were standing! Note there are only 2 in this photo! Upon checking in my pasty guest gallery I find this not so good for 1960 pic I took about April 15,1960 on our honeymoon. (Yes it snowed that weekend!) note the similaritys in the 2 pictures taken from only a slight different angle. A couple of the trees appear about the same. In 1948 I think I remember the tall radio/TV tower down the road. If my memory serves me I think they moved it some time later up on Arcadian Hill not far from the present airport(?) I do not remember any 'modern' antennae on top of #2 or for that matter I don't think the flagpole was there then either. In any event our old company house would have been in the lower right corner of both these photos and it was torn down sometime in the 1950s. In my guest gallery I have another pic of #2 taken Labor Day weekend 1963 whereas the further deterioration is evident in just 3 years. All in all though very interesting quality photos!


By Charles Pomazal (Cpomazal) on Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 05:33 am:

That first picture could not have been in 1905. the Big Hoist was built in 1917 and Boilerhouse #5 was built in 1912.

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