Jun 27-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: June: Jun 27-04
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 07:36 am:

One week from today there will be a crowd of visitors in Agassiz Park, just above the long white building with the curved roof (lower right corner of today's photo). That's where Pasty Fest 2004 will take place, brought to you by the folks at Main Street Calumet and Pasty Central, from 11am - 4pm on July 4th. Our buddy Toivo from Toivola will see the current view of this approach, as he flies over to parachute into the park, sometime in mid-afternoon (at least, that's the rumor).

Chuck Voelker has assembled a treasury of visual history in Copper Country Reflections, where you'll find more vintage 'birds-eye views' of the Keweenaw, and many historical street level views of Calumet and surrounding towns.

This week brings our long-awaited Copper Country Homecoming, with events at Dee Stadium, Calumet Theatre, the MTU campus, and other locations. The Keweenaw Star will be featuring scenic cruises of Portage Canal and Portage Lake. A 2-day symposium Thursday and Friday at Michigan Tech (and various historic sites) will present over 40 local speakers on a wealth of topics. Saturday evening at Dee Stadium, the "Old Settler's Ball" will take up where it left off in 1890. The week will be capped off by Pasty Fest 2004 in Calumet, and fireworks in Copper Harbor on the 4th. Many other parades, fireworks, reunions, and celebrations are planned for the week.

If you can't make it in person, keep in touch with U.P. activities right here at Pasty Central. Have a good week!

By Dave IL on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 07:43 am:

Good Morning! Great picture!

By tc on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 07:53 am:

Makes me wish I was from Calumet so I could come home to it this week. Guess I'll try to accomplish something at work all week instead. Nice photo: I love birds'-eye view photos.

By SMN Clearwater, FL on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 07:55 am:

Thank you for the information on the Jam Pot. Looking forward to seeing it in August.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 07:59 am:

How about a joke on this fine Sunday morning? A farmer named Clyde had a car accident. In court the trucking company's lawyer was questioning him. "You are claiming to have been injured in the accident, but when the policeman asked how you were, didn't you say , 'I'm fine'?"

Clyde responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favourite mule Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road, when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road, gun in hand, looked at me and said, "How are you feeling?"

"Now, what was I supposed to say?"

By Susan, Fl on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:00 am:

SMN Clearwater, FL.....lucky you....I'm in Clearwater too, Lake Ave and Belleair....back up to the Taylor property....the new Eagle Lake Park. Wish I could join you on your trip...jealousy is a terrible thing! :)

By Jerry Fl. on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:09 am:

Good Morning , great picture I will be there on the 3rd of july , can't wait

By David, MI on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:14 am:

Great Joke,Theresa, it brightened my day

By RJW-WaMe on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:27 am:

For all you true Yoopers that graduated from a U P high school. Check out www.yooperalumni.com

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 09:48 am:

Thank you for C. Voelker's album. The scene of the Kerredge Theater and Scott Hotel with its multiple front porches is worth the time. The FSA photos are priceless. Thank you Chuck!

By anita, MI on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 09:53 am:

get pic. I found my grandmothers home. love it.

By Kate, CA on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 09:59 am:

Charlie, I hope you will put lots of photos of pasty fest up on this site for us yoopers who couldn't make it to Calumet this year to see. Thanks!I hate feeling left out! Guess I'll have to make some pasties of my own, or order some from you! Fortunately when I was in the U.P. earlier this month I bought some Eino and Toivo sauce and brought it home with me. Last year around the 4th of July I made a big batch of pasties and took them on a picnic to the coast with friends. Those pasties literally flew off the plate everyone enjoyed them so much. They'd never tasted one before. Hmmmmm. Maybe I need to initiate a drive-through pasty hut. (Is this how McDonald's and Taco Bell got started?) Imagine "Pasty Huts" across the nation?? ;-) Maybe Aahnold would give me a loan? Oh well, maybe I should just drink some coffee and shut up, haha! Have a beautiful day everyone.

By Liz Benson, Pocatello ID on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 10:00 am:

What a wonderful picture! Another Joke to add to the list above...but really not a joke. My sister uses hipster.net for her e-mails to friends. But, recently, hipster.net has refused to send her emails to family members with pasty.com addresses!
They seem to think Pasty.com is an X RATED SERVER!
Now, when you rile my sister Barb, our Nevada wonder, watch out hipster.net! On the other end of the spectrum, there is Mom who says how come you girls are not telling me everything...why do I have to find out through the grapevine? Okay, so watch out Hipster.net cause when Mom is grumpy, daughters/sisters jump into action!

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:05 am:

Hey, I can see where I lived most of my early life, the large apartment building on Pine Street just below Calumet Dam, Martha Murphy's old place, it's a vacant lot now. To think I may actually be playing down there at the time this photo was taken....nice shot of the fall season too. See you all Sunday for a free pasty, think I'll bring a disguise and get a second one.....:)

By Doug from Wixom on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:36 am:

I think a "Pastyfest Album" would be a great idea!

By Mary Lou on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:52 am:

It's a beautiful, perfect, sunny day in Escanaba and I am starting to pack the car for the trip north for Pastfest 2004....Lake Linden's all school Reunion....the Copper Country Homecoming & Settler's Ball and Gary's, LLHS class of '49... 55th reunion on the 1st of July. Thoughts of pasties & friends dancing through my mind as I pack. Hope the weather holds out for all the festivities. Only wish the LLHS Pasty picnc wasn't on the same day as Pastyfest 2004.....what a choice!!

By Paul in Illinois on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:08 pm:

Nice shot! Note the C&H foundry is at work at the bottom of the photo. If you look closely, you can see the yellow nose of the Copper Country Limited's locomotive at the depot. What a difference 40 years makes.

By yoopereyes4u on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:28 pm:

i notice forth street is just being cleared.great picture!!!

By Cousin Jack on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:28 pm:

This is the magical Calumet that was seared into my summer childhood memory banks so many years ago. Now, if Pleasantville's Don Knotts would just drop by with his special "remote control" way-back machine, I could zap myself through time and space and visit all those wonderful people and places that are longer there.
Great autumnal panorama, Chuck and Charlie!
What a place!
What a time!


By Ron, Michigan on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:44 pm:

Aahh yes!! The good old days. Spend many Friday/Saturday nights at the Calumet Armory listening to the Kinetics. Anyone remember them? I'm really telling my age here!!! Like Dave from Laurium, I may be somewhere in this pic myself. Keep up the good work. Memories are precious and priceless.

By Anita, MI on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:54 pm:

Yes! The good old days. I remember the Armory and the Kinetics. Whoa

By Kid of the 60's on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 01:31 pm:

Anyone know whatever happened to the members of the Kinetic's, or Kinetic Energy, as they became in the late 60's? I used to go to the Armory and see them also. Lets see, Chuck Roberts was the drummer, Frankie Galles was a lead singer. Anybody out there have any info?

By Ron, Michigan on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 01:46 pm:

To Kid: Mike Krenitsky--guitar, C.J. Lindchamp--bass, George Aarola, hope the spelling is right George, on keyboards until 1968 I believe, then he was replaced, but I don't know by whom.

By CJ on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 02:28 pm:

I do recall going to a dance at the Armory in late August 1968, I believe. I don't remember the name of the band but what struck me most was the double moving formation of mostly girls but some guys dancing in a central circle while everyone else (mostly guys) walked in a steady counter-clockwise stag-line circle around and around the inner uninhibited.
I'd never seen anything quite like it before nor have since.

By Mary Lou on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

.......1964, the year we left U of M after Gary completed his graduate work and moved with our sons to Escanaba...never to live in the Copper Country again.......just summer Bootjack residents for all those years.......but the wonderful thing is Lake Linden never seemed to change very much....people did...became old and died.... but Lake Linden seems the same......Was it Thomas Wolfe who said"you can't go home again"????....I think I have always felt I could go HOME... to Lake Linden....

By Al, SoCal on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:08 pm:

At Teencenters all around the Copper Country, "Checking stock" is what you observed. So many shy,(&/or) not knowing how to 'fast' dance, guys. If the music wasn't 'slow' most guys didn't dance; and so we paced endlessly....LOL

By camwatcher on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:28 pm:

*Checking Stock* ROTFL. I haven't heard that term in a hundred years! I am laughing until the tears roll down my face. Yes, we girls did that too !

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:55 pm:

I remember it well, and how about the 'breath checks' they would have at the doors occasionally. Don't think I have chewed so much gum since.... smile

By Wright Mattingly Lily Ky. on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 04:04 pm:

Hello, Its a nice picture,I worked there at the C & H plant in 64, spring time. worked with Jutila the guy with the 63 Red convertible, from Jacobsville. Ran into him once more at Fort Knox. We all bid on jobs for the summer, replacing ties on the C & h railroad.That fall was sent to Headfeeding.Was good to leave for the Army after that.Good memories.

By ace,tx on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 04:33 pm:

Dave- Don't remember the teen center in Laurium much, but do remember the armory.The Midnight Sun with Mike Barryman,Rick Frisk,George Aarola & ? one other that I cann't remember. Then it was Dodge Street for many years, last time I hear them was at a class reunion. The michigan house sure would get wild on the week-ends when they would play. Mutta,Becks,& the crew,what good memories.We'll talk soon & thank you for the great pic of calumet.

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

Ace, Yes, I sure do remember the armory dances, I put on many miles walking those circles till I figured out how to dance. Another band was the Rock-a-Tones. I ran into Jim S, (the MH cook), in Eagle Harbor a few weeks ago. He will be around this week too. Looks like the weather is going to improve this week a little, 60's and maybe even 70's on a few days. Sure hope so, lately the weather has really been the pits. See ya soon, see if we recognize each other after all these years. Have a safe trip up....

By lj on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:00 pm:

Realize the picture for the day is Calumet, but how 'bout the dances in Lake Linden above City Hall? Lots of memories there too, same stag line going round and round. What was the name of the band...Gary Demars was the drummer?

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:09 pm:

Yep, you betcha, Lake Linden teen center and Lindells, I spent many a winter night on the corner at the bottom of the hill hitchin back up to Calumet from my girlfriends house, Hmmmm!! the things we did for love...:>)

By Medford on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:12 pm:

As a sometime visitor to Lake Linden ,I do remember the latter days of Dodge Street..and two groups called "Tree" and "Coke" at LLHHS dances. Did Dodge Street have some ties to a group up there callled Lude Nooogie ..I would say more but mom reads this site EH>>

By where is on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:18 pm:

Watching the movie dazed and confused now..Just like H.S. life on the range in the 70s.

By Ron, Michigan on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:28 pm:

Since I started us on the "old bands" subject, anybody out there have any pics of any of these bands? I remember the Kinetics had at least one single record, "I'm Blue" and I think they even recorded an album, all cover tunes I believe.

By Ron, Michigan on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:41 pm:

Just thought of another "old band" from the early 70's--"Timothy"--Members were Keith Polkinghorne, Dave Crowley, Mike Roach, Gary Koskineimi. I played with them for a 4th of July gig at the park in Mohawk back in '68 or '69 when they were called "5 PM". I even got "special guest" billing because I was a transplanted yooper from the Motor City!!! That was my 15 minutes of fame at 15 years old!!! LOL

By CJ on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 06:41 pm:

Wow...Mike Roche (Roach) and "Dazed & Confused". A wild personal synchronicity here. I knew Mike (if we're recalling the same guy) from summer time spent at Eagle Harbor. Visited him once in 1969 or '70 at the Laurium "mansion" with its built-in greenhouse where I had a chance to toy around with his electric guitar one night. My first choice of tunes? That mesmerizing and slightly ominous descending riff at the start of Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused".
There we were. A generation of guys raised on 19th century westerns ("checking stock" while "riding herd"?), trying to make teenage sense out of all that late '60's electric guitar psychedelia.

Now THAT was a generation gapper all in itself! (LOL)

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 06:46 pm:

What happens to Pasty Fest if you have bad weather, and have a downpour all day? Don't want to put a damper on things but have you made plans to maybe go inside the Armory or school gym?

By cd on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:03 pm:

People will bring umbrellas if it's raining. We're Yoopers, we adapt!

By M.E Mich on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:04 pm:

Is Mutta still around, I see where Joe Susi is not with us any more. I played football at CHS 37 38 39 40. What a team. couldn't get anyone from the Copper country to play us. Mishica had to go to the Iron country to get teams that would play us.

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 08:28 pm:

If you are talking about Mutta Musich (Jake), he passed away a number of years ago. I worked with him for several years at the Michigan House when he did some bartending there. He was a one of a kind guy, everyone who knew him really loved him. Inside that 'gruff' exterior he liked to put on, he was a real teddy bear. Made several trips to Green Bay football games with him and some of the Luigi's crew back then. I am talking the early to mid 70's. I believe he passed away either late 70's or very early 80's.

By Fran, Ga on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 09:55 pm:

I sure hope there is some way we can get to see a lot of pictures from the pasty picnic.It would be nice if the people in the pictures could be identified by their posting names. I sure wish I could have come home for it.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 10:12 pm:

Me too, Fran. I'm stuck here in TX this year. Next year if my class reunion is on a decent weekend and the 4th isn't, I'll be having pasty stuff!!Yum!

By DJ Whitten on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 10:38 pm:

Is there a way for one of our talanted group to "telestrate" a circle aound the Italian Hall in this photo? I'm sort of sure I see it south of the High Scool, but not 100%. TIA

Italian Hall

By Mr. Pastyhead on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:10 pm:

Italian Hall is that pinkish brown rectangle just N-NE of the 7th Street school parking lot right near the center of the photo.

By Mr. Pastyhead Tries Again on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:14 pm:

Whoops. That would be West-WestNorth as the top of the photo points west.

By Mr. Pastyhead Has Struck Out on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:19 pm:

Actually the top of the photo points West-SouthWest so...well you get the idea. Italian Hall is just "above" the 7th street parking lot.
Can we get a telestrator in here?

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:52 pm:

The Italian Hall is one block left (in this pic.) of the Calumet Theater on 7th St. The lot is empty from the Italian Hall to Elm St. What a neat pic! Won't be able to get to the pasty picnic, Kilpela and Friends will be on their way back from Timmins, Ontario. Big FINNFEST 2004 there next week.

By Ron, Michigan on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 12:38 am:

CJ--The Mike Roach, if I spelled it right, was the son of Doctor Roach. If the Mike you are referring was the son of a Doc, then we are on the same page. I remember going to his house one time and he had an electric train set-up in one of the rooms that was huge. Like I said before, memories are priceless.

By Mrs. Pastyhead on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 12:47 am:

Poor Mr. Pastyhead. It's been a long long day. What he called a parking lot is/was actually a playground and Italian Hall is, yes, just above it.

Italian Hall

Cousin Jack on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 09:03 am:

Ron: Yeah, Doc Roche. I'm pretty sure that's the right spelling. It's a French name, I think. Their "mansion" still sits, with new owners, kitty corner from Daniell Park. They still have their cottage in Eagle Harbor though.
The last time I saw Mike was in the early 1970's when he DJ'd a weekend(?) radio show at either WMPL in Hancock or at a Houghton station. We we're both into "progressive rock" at the time and talked about favorites.
Great guy.

By MARY JENNINGS WISCONSIN on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 09:44 am:


By uper1 on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 09:45 am:

NOTE...you are looking West-Northwest from this view......

By anon on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 09:47 am:

"Swedetown" is not visible in the picture....is is off the bottom left corner of the picture..

By Toivo from Toivola on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 10:31 am:

The long streets in the middle of the photo (5th and 6th street) run almost exactly north and south, so the view of the photo is indeed looking slightly to the west:


By Northend Boy on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 12:57 pm:

The Midnight Son include Mike and Ricky (Leroy) Frisk, Mike and Burton (Beast) Arohla (sp?), and Mike (Skin head) Berryman.

By walter p tampa on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 06:00 pm:

would that not be baranowska

By John Birk, Ladera Ranch, CA on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 06:17 pm:

Good photo - brings back memories of my childhood visiting my grandpa in Osceola in the 60's (his son, my father, had relocated to metro Detroit in the 50's). Back then, some of the mines were still operating, and Calumet had the feel of a rusting blue collar mining town, not the quaint tourist stop it is now. All those red brick C&H buildings with a lot of rusting iron laying around.

Hey, is the Parkside Inn still there in Calumet? They had the best hot fudge, tin-roof sundae!

By TLM on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 11:27 pm:

John Birk -

The Parkside is now the Evergreen Restaurant. Not much changed inside over the years that I noticed. It has been listed for sale for a while, at this web site: www.keweenawrealestate.com

By Justin Brewer, MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 08:25 am:

I have lived down with the apple knockers most of my life but still concider Calumet home. I can almost make out my house on 8th street. Gosh, I miss home. By the way just so you all know who i am I am Dennis and Joy Brewer's youngest son, Justin. Most of you--if you remember me---remember me as a baby. Well, i am all grown up and an actor now. Feel free to drop me a line...one of these days i am going to do a show in the Calumet theatre. Well...gotta go.

By Carl on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 11:46 am:

Justin Brewer

So is Elliot Erickson your stage name??

By jetta morgan Virginia on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - 07:58 am:

Anybody heard of the "ROCHE COTTAGE" @Eagle Harbor, Mich. ???

I have a 1928 postcard/photo with a pic of it and it means nothing to me but i hate to throw it out.
anyone want it? send me your address and i will mail it to you.. first come first serve... its postmarked Aug 16, 1928 from Laurium, Mich with a 2 cent stamp...

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