April 2001

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MJ Beaudoin Rowley on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 12:09 pm:

Just want to say thank you for your promt handling of my recent small order of pasties. They were sent on the 24th and my brother received them in Santa Rosa, CA the next day. He promptly put one in the oven to bake then and ate it on the spot.I might add he is 68 and has never lived in the UP, our family left in 1933 for Oregon, and my mother continued baking pasties for my Dad,who was the youngest surviving son of Peter and Marguerite Beaudoin and was born in Bumbletown in 1892.

By Alicia ,MI on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 09:07 am:

Hi Jim Rosenberry,
There was an Ojibway Indian Chief named Kitchie, who in 1781 along with 4 other Ojibway Chiefs,Negon,Pouanas,Koupe and Magousseihigan ceded Mackinac Island,(La Grosse Isle) to the British.In a formal ceremony for 5,000 pounds of goods and merchandise.The town of Kitchie is on a Michigan 1895 map listed with a population of 56,Houghton County,with a post office and a railroad.The Kitchie Cemetery is listed as being near Glitter Lake in Duncan Township.I do not know if the town was named for Chief Kitchie.I hope that someone who lives near it can go out and record the cemetery and get the information on line at the Houghton County rootsweb site.

By Julie Kent on Sunday, April 29, 2001 - 09:03 pm:

I would like to thank Charlie and his staff for all of the patience they showed in our attempt to send pasties to our son in the service in Texas. They arrived, and were thoroughly enjoyed by my son and his friends who had to be taught the fine art of eating a Copper Country Pasty! He said they were great mom, and to send more!

By Janet Mikkola Rosenberg, New York on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 - 01:23 pm:

Hello Charlie,

Thank you for all the attention you gave my recent order for two dozen pasties. The postperson at our little rural post office called shortly after nine this morning to let me know that the priority mail packages shipped out on Monday had arrived. That was a good excuse to visit the post office. Sometimes I'm given a cup of tea and even some delicous homemade pastry that a friendly citizen has made--something that NEVER happened when I went to my (huge) post office in New York City!

Just for your information, the veggie pasties had thawed much more than the meat ones. Most are now tucked away in the freezer to be used after long hours of working in the garden this summer, after which one is too tired to cook. Some are in the refrigerator to be eaten tonight when two friends come over for an evening of rag-rug making. During my childhood in Toivola, pasties and the weaving of rag rugs by my mother were a way of life. I am now carrying on that tradition and am so glad that I can share it with my very creative and dear friends.

Any rag rug weavers out there?

Again, Charlie, thank you so much. I enjoyed our conversation and hope to chat again before too long.


<Charlie>: Thanks for the note, Janet. Reminded me of a project in grade school. We cut the tops of old socks, joined then in a long braided rope, and spun it into a circle rug.

While most pasty deliveries are by Airborne Express, some areas (like Jan's) don't have 2 day guaranteed delivery, so Priority Mail is usually a good alternative. When I looked at the pasty counter today it stood at 86,666 - and I suddenly realized: that's over 40 tons of pasties. As Toivo would say: wah!

By Jim Rosenberry, MI on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 - 11:34 am:


Do any of you fellow yoopers (or wannabes) have pictures or stories about the town of Kitchie (Houghton County)? It's remains are just off M28 between Sidnaw and Kenton. The only thing remaining is the Cemetary and a clearing area with some faint remains of several foundations. There's also a hole in the ground that may have once been a a root cellar. Looks like the town site was built near the Rail Road as usual, so it's a short distance N of M28. I've always wondered what was there - how many houses, etc. Does anyone have a story or picture to share? Many thanks!

By Roger Herman on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 - 01:40 pm:

As a former temporary Yooper (410 FMS and MMS,KI Sawyer 1975- 1984) it is exciting to find a new site once in a while. I found you on Google while looking for another site that seems to have disappeared. It was called kisawyer95.tripod.com. It is no longer on Tripod and I was wondering if anyone knows where it went? It was a huge photo album of Sawyer since it closed. Please write to me at rhe4bwi@execpc.com. I retired from the USAF in 1991 from Offutt AFB, NE. Thanks. Roger

By John Judnich, Nevada on Sunday, April 22, 2001 - 02:08 am:

Hi Yoopers!
I was just in the beautiful U.P. last week but didn't get a chance to enjoy a good pasty. My folks live in Houghton and I enjoyed many of them there over the years.
I now live out in Las Vegas and can't wait to introduce my new wife to the greatest treat known to man: A U.P. PASTY!!
Thanks for a great site with great photos

By Carole on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 07:37 pm:

Since all the snow is melting can we have a picture of Eagle River Falls. Should be a sight to see.

By Retired on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 05:41 pm:

Would like to hear from members of the 674th Utility Engineer Detachment, US Army Reserve Center of Calumet who attended monday nite drills on Portland Street during the late 1950's.

By David Puline on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 01:17 pm:

Hei from Heinola, Finland! I use to be a yopper back in the late`70´s and early ´80´s. I haven´t had a good pasty since than when I moved to Finland. Anybody got any good recipes that they can e-maíl me. Thanks.

By Urban St. Peter on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 02:52 pm:

A Happy Birthday to my brother Ray at Stillwaters. See you in May.

By MM, kalamazoo on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 06:49 pm:

April 16
The U.P. Snow Report (Snow Thermometer) hasn't been updated since April 2 - Did yous guys ever make 300 inches?

By Renee in IL on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 07:37 pm:

Hello all! Just wondering if ther is anyone from the Crystal Falls area that reads these boards. Or maybe someone familar with that area. There is a lake in that area called Runkle Lake. I was wondering about the origins of the lakes name. Anyone have any idea or know where I can find this information out?
Best wishes,
Renee in IL

By P.A.M.. MIchigan on Saturday, April 14, 2001 - 10:00 pm:

Jacos Northern Exposure Cafe inc Flat Rock mi,
Hi to every one in the UP I am stuck here in lower Mi So I opened my own pasty shop down here since I can't get up there like I'd like to. I've been making them for over 9 years now and still going. Patricia Ann

By alicia, michigan on Thursday, April 12, 2001 - 04:46 pm:

Another family in Finland looking for the
Tauriainen name locally.Many emigrated to Houghton and Keweenaw county.They would like any Tauriainens, that are interested in getting in touch with their Finnish relatives.
email me,
Click on my name

By Cornish Pasty Man on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 03:56 pm:

rrright i am a cornish lad and i was wonderin what u put in your pastys... at least u spell it right ne way i hate it when peeps put it pasties arrgh

i never knew that amerika had pastys well i learn something every day

By Alicia,Mi. on Sunday, April 8, 2001 - 10:58 am:

Posted on Houghton County Rootsweb.
Looking for his ancestors who emigrated to Houghton.Matti and Tekla Salmi/Haasiosalmi,born in the 1880's in Perho,Finland.Emigrated to Houghton in 1909.Most likey changed the last name to Salmi.Email me if you recognize these names.

By Patti, Tennessee on Saturday, April 7, 2001 - 09:15 pm:

Please bring back picnic-size pasties for the summer........:)

By Bill Nordmark Kalamazoo, Mi on Saturday, April 7, 2001 - 08:56 pm:

I just ate my last pasty tonight, they were really good! I'm going to order more soon. Any Hancock High Class of "53" around? Bill Nordmark wfnord@netscape.net

By Heather, London.England on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 - 11:59 am:

I came accross your site by happy accident. I
am a Cornish woman living in London, and
homesick for a pasty! I had no idea there were
pasties in America and I'm very impressed!
Are they the same as ours? (beef, potato,
onion and turnip/swede? Bon appetit!

By Sharon Niemi Edgewater, Md on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 - 07:18 am:

Hi !

WOW--these were worth waiting for !! Hard to stop eating just one, trying my best to make these last. Super website. Thanks again.

By Judy Q., Castaic, CA on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - 07:16 pm:

Hi everyone, Just finished eating the last batch of pasties, they were delicious! We eagerly await their arrival, and they are gone in a few days. We are transplanted Michiganders, living in southern California, and when we eat these wonderful pasties, the aroma reminds us of "home"! Thanks, and we will be ordering more very soon!

By Travis Ruetenik on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - 03:24 pm:

Aloha Pasty People! What a great site. Does anybody else read the email posts in that sing-song Yooper accent? As Uncle Eino says: "Dere's plenty of bass in dat dere lake, eh?"

By Bruce, Calumet on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - 02:14 pm:

Enjoying your pictures

By Shirley, MI on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 09:55 pm:

Copper sent me! Fun to meet others from MI playing cribbage and talking about food! keep up the good work--Squirrelly

By jcannilla@aol.com, CA on Monday, April 2, 2001 - 01:32 pm:

I grew up on the east coast on pasties, my family was from Lehigh Valley in PA, and all the men were coalminers. I am in Northern California now and miss them. Does anyone know where I can get them here?

By Sheila M. - New Mexico on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 07:34 am:

You guys are a hoot! I especially liked the page with Queen Elizabeth; you could almost hear her british accent. Hulk Hogan made me laugh the most.

By Bonnie from Wisconsin on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 08:51 am:

Very timely, I say! I just had a pasty from Pasty Central for dinner last night. Love your creativity AND your pasties!

By Susan, Ithaca, MI on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 11:43 am:

way to go Pasty Central, you made my day!
What a giggle, very well done, you even sent
some snow to Central MI to go along with the
pasties! Mother Nature in on April Fools Day
for sure here, and we thought April showeres
were supposed to be "rain showers" here in
the L.P., Ha! Heavy wet snow is more the fare
for today, Love your site, visit every day.

By Jan Milwaukee on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 11:59 am:


Hans the Hacker: very creative, thank you

By Charlie Cloutier - Michigan on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 04:03 pm:

Any Escanaba Class of 54 around?

Charlie Cloutier
9207 Woodland Drive
Onekama, MI 49675-9745
231 889 0863

By Carol, MI on Sunday, April 1, 2001 - 09:59 pm:

WOW! Pasty Central really outdid themselves on this one...talk about creative. Loved it. Had to pass it on to my friends! You made my day! Thanks.