Jan 13-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: January: Jan 13-04
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 06:36 am:

Now I'm not sure where in Calumet this sign is, but by the looks of those twin steeples, I'd have to guess somewhere near St. Paul the Apostle Church. John Wrycza sent us this shot from his UP Snowmobile Photo Gallery. Calumet sure does have a lot of history, in it's buildings, it's people and even it's brick paved streets. So I wonder what's the history of the black item hanging over the top of this sign? :->

By D.BELO , LAKE L. on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 07:44 am:

I painted this sign about 15 years ago. It's across the street from the Calumet Armory.

Editor's note: Then the church in the background isn't St. Paul the Apostle...my mistake!

By ed on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 08:11 am:

I grew up admiring Dans painting while a student at St. Cecilia's in Hubbell. Great that he is still putting his talent to use.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:20 am:

As a follow-up to yesterday's topic, I was unaware at the time we posted the picture that it was Grace LaMotte's birthday. What a treat to see her smile in NEWSWEEK :o}

Happy Birthday!

George on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:31 am:

Back in the late 60s / early 70s there was a sign just past the armory at the intersection heading toward Laurium that had an Indian chief in headdress and "Welcome to Calumet" or some such. Is that still there?

By Leslie, Illinois on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:46 am:

It looks like there might have been more to this sign? On the bottom?

Wanted to say congratulations to Pasty.com and Still Waters for the Newsweek gig. I wonder if pasties will become the next Big Thing? With the whole country debating rutabagas or not. Ketchup or gravy or secret pasty sauce or not. Might be a good thing.

And a belated happy birthday to Grace!

By J, Illinois on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 10:12 am:

Does anyone know if 413 8th St sold? I'm hoping it will be my future retirement home and want to make sure it is in good hand :) Just have to convince the husband!

By Dave of Mohawk on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 10:32 am:

This sign looks like it's on the snowmobile trail entering Calumet from the south. It's a block before the old Calumet train station and that is St. Paul the Apostle Church. The next street crossing is Portland and then Oak. I grew up a couple of blocks from there. Maybe the sign was moved from its original spot near the Armory?

Editor's note: Ok, so I was correct after all then? :->

By Viki, Upstate NY on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 11:01 am:

Just wanted to give a big thanks to Jean P and Dan/pipewrench70 for the info about the Bear Butt!! :o) I sure would LOVE to be the new owner! :o) (Now to come up with the $500,000!!) Lotsa love to all!

By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 11:08 am:


By DAN- LAKE L. MI. on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 12:02 pm:

your right, the sign was moved.

By CK in Chassell on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 12:57 pm:

Calumet is a great little town, and I like making the trip up the hill every now and then. There are some nice shops in Calumet, such as Cross Country Sports, and it's the home of Baroni's spaghetti sauce--the ONLY proper thing to spoon over pasta.

A true Yooper diet consists of pasties and Baroni's on alternating days. It's perfect stuff to fuel you up for blowing snow. Life just doesn't get any better than that!

By Leslie on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 01:03 pm:

Baroni's is the best spaghetti sauce. Keweenaw Kitchens is the best jam. Why is it that all the best food is made up there?

By proud yooper cooker on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 02:39 pm:

lots of T.L.C. goes into copper country kitchens!

By ELDRED AZ on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 03:11 pm:


By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 03:30 pm:

Don't forget Baroni's frozen ravioli and yummy Mackinac Island Fudge Ice Cream! Those are a must when I get to go back home....July can't get here fast enough!

By David S. - Irvine, CA. on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 04:41 pm:

If that sign is across the street from the Armory, then I doubt that the church in the background is St. Annes. I think St. Annes is on 5th st. across from Copper World. Anyone else have any input?

By Mike R. New Berlin, WI on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 04:49 pm:

Speaking of local food. Can you get Cudighi anywhere but Negaunee and Ishpeming?

By Lorelei, Michigan on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:00 pm:

I have purchased cudighi at the corner market right across from the UP Ski Hall of Fame. It was fantastic. I would suggest giving that place a try when in Ishpeming.

By Jean, West Texas on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:02 pm:

Greetings from 70 degree West Texas!!!! We actually have moisture in the forecast but unfortunately not the white kind. Happy Birthday to my dad, Pete from Wi....the card will be late, but then when isn't it:)Nice picture from Calumet!!!!!!

By Amber Detroit -formerly Calumet on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:03 pm:

The church is St Pauls on 8th Street-Calumet!

By walter p tampa on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:07 pm:

h b gracie what is cudighi? thanks i remain walter p

By Andy Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:20 pm:

Beccos Italian market in IM for great sausage. Unfortunately he's become a sausage nazi lately. Bimbo's for pizza. All on "the Nortside". Chance of "mooch" siting at Bimbos. Former Nortsider, Andy

By Dan Belo- Lake Linden on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 06:50 pm:

I am a litlle unsure of the present location of the sign. However I recall it's location about 300 feet south of the armory. Also, it may be a double sided sign and I can visualize St. Anns in the background if I am looking north at sign.---
The arrow at the bottom of sign has been removed, which adds more mystery.

By Dave of Mohawk on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:09 pm:

The stack seen sticking up from behind the church is Morrison School. I went to that school K thru 5. Definately St. Paul the Apostle on 8th street. Also went to that church for many years.

By PJ, MI on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:13 pm:

One used to be able to buy cudighi sandwiches at the Ambassador in Houghton - really good! Heard Tony's in Laurium has them, but haven't tasted them.

By MP, Iron Mountain on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 10:39 pm:

That cudighi shop in Ishpeming (across from the National Ski Hall of Fame - celebrating 50 yr. anniversary this month), is Ralph's Italian Deli.
Website at:


And in Iron Mountain, another northside Italian pearl is Crispigna's market.

By Connie - Colorado on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 11:11 pm:

Dan - I've always admired your signmaking talent ever since I was a kid. I used to wonder how you could make the letters so beautiful. Now we have computers to make them. You should have a gallery of your signs on a web page. It would be very interesting!

By CK in Chassell on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 02:49 am:

Who's this mooch guy? I don't care who he is, as long as he can turn the Lions around. Hey, we weren't the worst team in the NFL, so things are looking up. Go Mooch! (Did I say that?)

By Mary Lou on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 08:18 am:

For Christmas....everyone in our family receives a case of Baroni's ......the combiation kind, from our 93 yr old great-grandma Curtin. It's a great gift! and we all love the stuff. Her pasties are still the best ever made!!!! She uses great- great-grandma Polkinghorn's original Cornish receipe with suet.....the best ever!!!!

By Mike Mehrman, Michigan on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 08:33 am:

My guess is that the sign was moved. The thing hanging from the top was a light, and the bottom of the sign has been chopped off, it was an arrow pointing in the direction of the turn.

By Karen P, MN on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 02:02 pm:

Thanks MP, Iron Mountain for the website of Ralph's Italian Deli and a mention of an Iron Mountain shop. It's good to here from someone who lives near my parent's home towns (Norway & Quinnesec). However, Ralph's website does not give a description of Cudighi. My mother's father was Italian but since she didn't care much for Italian cooking, I grew up with little knowledge beyond spaghetti. I now know about knoedle, gnocci and polenta. Please someone, what is cudighi and how is it pronounced?

By John P MI on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 03:42 pm:

Karen P--Go to google and set up a search for cudighi, results tell you everything except pronunciation. Sounds like a very good sausage.


By Karen P, MN on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 04:23 pm:

Thanks John P MI, I should have thought of that myself.

By DAN B. LL. on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 06:37 pm:

one more time--sign was moved to near St.Pauls. I was in Calumet today{ saw double sided sign}. It's funny how the smoke stack of school & church are identicle & nearby.-same era. I believe when 6th street was extended ,the trail relocated with the sign.
St. Ann's has only one tower.

By Lisa, farfrom home in TN on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 06:48 pm:

Thank you Dan that was drving me insane, I just knew it couldn't be St Anne's because the way the picture is facing there are no houses and I don't remember any pine trees there either.
I had told my mother I thought the smoke stack looked like the one from Morrison School but I wasn't sure.
Thanks for putting my mind at ease!

By Kathy, Mi on Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 04:27 pm:

cudighi - sounds like "could i ghee"(soft g)

COU di ghee accent on first and syllable... sound right anyone? or "cou duh ghee"

ha ha...

By MP in Iron Mountain on Saturday, January 17, 2004 - 11:02 am:

And the rumor is...it's pronounced after "Good eh?" Therefore the adopted name. Some say its a poor man's Italian sausage from the "hard days of depression" and before. A way to s t r e t c h the sausage by adding some pork and making it last longer.
Sounds like good folklore to me!

By grandma in I.M on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 08:47 pm:

Crispigna's Is a pearl of the Old World. What a tradition! Ravioli that smells and taste like home.

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