Jul 04-04

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Photo from Chuck Voelker

Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:34 am:

It has been a week of celebration all across the U.P., including "Copper Country Homecoming" here in the Keweenaw. Today's Shoebox Memory takes us back to 1913, marching past the Mining headquarters in Calumet, courtesy of Chuck Voelker's Reflections website.

Looks like we might need some tents like these at today's "Pasty Fest" in Agassiz Park, as rain is in the forecast throughout the afternoon. We'll try to bring some pictures of the festivities for those who can't be here in person.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

By jim troll greenville on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:40 am:

good morning
First Post

By B+E on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:41 am:

We're coming, rain or shine!

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:47 am:

Happy 4th from Ca.

By Lauri Kneebone on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:49 am:

This is my 6 year old nephew Brandon in our back yard last summer. It was truly a beautiful night. If you look through the flag, you can see the fire in the fire pit.

Happy 4th!

flag boy

By smn/Clearwater, FL on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:53 am:

God Bless America! Happy Independence Day to everyone and Happy PastyFest to you Yoopers and guests.

By Julie Barrie The Nethlands formly Michigan on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:55 am:

Happy 4th from Holland ( Netherlands ) enjoy be
safe :)

By Walt, Ohio still completely Yooper Finn on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 08:21 am:

Pasties are great RAIN OR SHINE have a great one!

By Justin Brewer on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 08:48 am:

Hey, keep a pastie hot for me, I am coming home soon. Somebody say hi to the germains for me....and my uncle ed on 8th street
-Justin Brewer

By Pete Wi. on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:06 am:

Love the picture, lot's of history there. Checked the MTU web cams and it looks like there have been much better fourths in the Copper Country weather wise. All our kids are in Lake Linden, I sure they'll have a great time despite the rain.

By Cindy in Iowa on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:14 am:

Happy and safe fourth to all. God has truly blessed America!

Take care,
Cindy in Iowa

By jan, troll on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:18 am:

Happy 4th of July from Holland (Michigan). Wish I could be up there for the party.

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:38 am:

Happy 4th of July from St. Clair Shores. I sure would like a pasty today, but I guess I'll have to wait until next month. Wish I could be there to join in the festivities.

By PFD, MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 10:06 am:

Good morning and a Happy 4th from Houghton, where it is raining, but a good soaker, which we need.
The Houle's had great weather for their reunion yesterday...and a good time was had by all who attended!!!!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 10:27 am:

Happy 4th from the great state of Texas! We have a lot, but no pasties in sight.

By Troll in Eagle Harbor on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 10:27 am:

May all of you have a safe and happy 4th.Our "round the block" parade was rained out...gonna try again tomorrow.

By Kate, CA on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 11:16 am:

I'm grateful for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They are what unite us all as Americans. I have the right to enjoy a pasty whenever I want one! I'm grateful to those in the armed services who are protecting those rights. Happy Fourth, everyone!

By Lowell MO on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 11:23 am:

"Happy 4TH of July " from Missouri. High of 90 here today and clear, tho we have had our share of rain for the last few days.
Charlie: Aren't those tents in that picture Army Tents from when they had the troops up there?

By Bill, Ca. on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 11:23 am:

It is amazing that you get these beautiful,clear pictures for your Sunday historical feature. This one was taken during the big Strike against the copper companies and the tents are military tents of the troops called in repotedly to maintain some sort of civility in the area. It was to be a real tough year for the Copper Country.

By David, Midland, MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 11:42 am:

God Bless America and especially our men and women in the military, and all the people behind the scenes who support them and work for their safety.

By Stuart in Michigan on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 12:11 pm:

Be proud of the great and free country we live in.
God Bless America.

By Bill, Ca. on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 12:23 pm:

After thinking about it--those tents,if the picture was taken on the Fourth of July, were probably put there by the Pinkerton men that were called in by Calumet & Hecla. The Michigan National Guard was called in later in the summer of 1913 by the Houghton County Sheriff.

By danbury; germany on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 12:54 pm:

Happy Pasty Fest! Wish I could be there. I could do with a little rain!;)

By Paul in Illinois on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 01:09 pm:

The strike started on July 23rd, 1913 and the Guard arrived on the 27th. The picture above is one of the more peaceful Striker's parades. The tents are for the Michigan National Guard, note that a fair number of the spectators are wearing campaign (Smokey the Bear)hats which were standard issue for the military. The Guard were the only tent dwellers during the strike. The "Special" police and strike breakers stayed in "safe" houses. The Mining Companies for the most of the strike refrained from evicting the Strikers from their company houses. True, there were some exceptions, but nothing like the mass evictions like CF&I did that same year in Colorado.
While C&H and McNaughton set the tone of the Companies response, just about all the Companies hired guards from outside.
As one writer quoted an oldtimer "it was the year the Copper Counrty committed suicide". The area never fully recovered from the strike and emotions still run high to this day. The most objective account of the strike is Thurner's REBELS ON THE RANGE

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By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 01:46 pm:

Happy 4th to everyone, if you have a high spped connection I think you would really enjoy this site I just posted above. I found it very appropriate for a day like today...but you REALLY NEED A HIGH SPEED CONNECTION to enjoy it as it takes a while to download....

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 01:50 pm:

Oh, and by the way, when you go to the site above, make sure the sound is turned up on your computer, it really adds to the effect, and for those who cry easily, have your kleenex handy....

By ed..mi on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 01:53 pm:

Happy 4th of July to all from my outlet here on Lake Erie. I miss the parades and fireworks but we had a great family reunion yesterday out in Highland, Mich. I have a picture showing the National Guard crossing the Straits of Mackinaw aboard the car ferry WAWATAM. Give me a buzz if you would like a copy as it comes free and on jpeg...

By Bob Brown, Alabama on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 01:58 pm:

Laurie Kneebone:
I would like to get your e-mail address to give to my friend from South Carolina, Rick Kneebone. He came from Cornwall about 1992 to work with the engineering company that I worked for. He was born in Illogan, but had worked all over the world as an engineer. Told me that the name was a bit unusual and he liked to look up other Kneebones. We managed to find reference to Thomas Kneebone, a blacksmith in Redridge in 1905, in the book Michigan Ghost Towns.

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By Gary, CO on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 03:59 pm:

Happy Mile-High 4th of July. I notice that they wisely placed the trombones with their long slides at the front of the line of musicians to avoid causing anyone from doing the "Goose Step."

By Cheryl Mi on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 04:00 pm:

Dave, that was a great tribute to our servicemen and women. We need to show them that we're proud of all they're doing for us. Protecting us & our freedom. I am proud to be an American & live in the land of the free & the brave!!!! Let's all take time today & also everyday to think of these brave people doing this for us. Enjoy your 4th of July & pray that they will be home next year to enjoy it with all of us.

By Dave of Mohawk on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 04:37 pm:

I was at pasty-fest earlier this afternoon in Calumet. Pasties were great; but the cold rain sure put a damper on things.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 04:44 pm:

Happy 4th of July everyone. Sorry about the rain. Hope the Pasty Fest was a successful one.

By Elvira, Ca on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 04:58 pm:

Happy 4th of July everyone. "God's country" is everywhere, including California. I am new to this website. and enjoy some of the comments. I love the pictures that are posted.

By Louan-Elk Rapids MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 05:26 pm:

Happy 4th of July and a Pleasant Pastyfest to all. I assume you are having lots of fun and wishing I was there.

By wondering on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 05:37 pm:

does anybody know if copper harbor fireworks are still on r they cancled from the rain???

By pf on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 05:59 pm:

This land is your land,
this land is my land
from California to the New York islands
from the redwood forests
to the Gulf Stream waters
this land was made for you and me.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

By walter p tampa on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 06:34 pm:

thanks pf woody would appreciate the use of his words

By yellow on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:06 pm:

4th of july

By Therese from Harbor Springs, MI on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:12 pm:

Hope everyone up in Keweenau is enjoying the Fourth. Here in Harbor Springs (NE corner of the Lower) we had a great parade in the rain. Lots of various breed dogs from the rescue groups, including about 2 doz weiner dogs in costume, the Dachsund variety. Lots of Golden Retrievers, lots of tail waving and free dog kisses to those in front who were willing. Everyone stood and cheered the veterans. The fire trucks came through blowing their horns, and the tank trucks sprayed water onto the already wet crowd. Old cars, floats, and we even had a bagpipe group from Soo Ontatio, bless them! It's not a parade without bagpipes.

Don't know if there'll be fireworks tonight; it depends on whether Mother Nature sends her own.

By wondering on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 07:29 pm:

well does anybody for sure if there will be fireworks in copper harbor?

By smn/Clearwater, FL on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 08:26 pm:

Sorry you all had bad weather today. We had some rain around noon, but the skies look clear now. We will have fireworks down here, wish you could join us. Have a nice evening. Let us hear how good those Pasties were!

By sa on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 08:47 pm:

:( yucky weather for the fort of july here in the copper country. oh well..

By picky picky me on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:25 pm:

So sorry but it is Keweena{W}

By Dave Hill Sacramento, Ca on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 09:35 pm:

Anybody remember the Sad Sack picnics in Bete Grise. Never rained.

By Kosk in Toronto on Sunday, July 4, 2004 - 10:25 pm:

Happy 4th of July!
I managed to be in the UP this weekend and
had a chance to visit the Covington doings
with my dad. Saw fireworks last night at the
lake near the family camp.
God bless my country (the USA)!

By jimj_trol_greenville on Monday, July 5, 2004 - 12:02 am:

charlie and all...very wet 4th of july in greenville also.. have a great summer in cc :)

By Jim/Washington on Monday, July 5, 2004 - 12:45 pm:

Dave, the site you posted moved me and we should not forget those serving in Iraq and around the world.
I hope Pasty Fest was a success despite the weather. I can smell them cooking, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

By Marcy Black-Keogh on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 - 11:48 am:

hello from Arizona, wish we were there, we would have loved to be there for the festivities! rain or shine we yoopers know how to celebrate. I check the site everyday to get my UP fix! I really enjoy the live cams.

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