Apr 30-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: April: Apr 30-06
Shoebox Memorial    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Clyde Elmblad

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 07:10 am:

On the last day of each month we dedicate a scene of Upper Michigan beauty to the memory of those who had a connection to this special place, and who have recently moved on to a better one.

On the first day of each week, our tradition includes a "Sunday Shoebox Memory", a photo of interest from this region's history.

Today we combine the two. Our thanks to Clyde Elmblad for this tranquil 1910 view of the old Catholic Church at Assinins. And we invite all to add to the list of those we remember:

Gino Becia
Trinity Ewert
Leonard F. Hartmann
Douglas G. Hiltunen
Rev. Richard W. Ingalls
Karl J. Kumbula
Melvin Schmitt
Katherine "Kay" Vairo

A few personal notes on this months memorial from Edie and I...

Our hearts go out to Nate and Marichiel Ewert and family, saying goodbye for a while to their sweet Trinity.

We pay our respects to Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, who will always be remembered for a morning in November 30 years ago when he rang the bell "29 times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Finally, we bid farewell to Karl Kumbula this past week, as he rejoined his Sharlena who preceded him almost one year ago to the day. Both were former residents of Still Waters in Calumet.

It's a peaceful morning here on the shores of Lake Superior. A little overcast... a little rain. But new life is budding all around us. And we move on with grateful hearts.
kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 07:38 am:

What a wonderful tribute, Charlie.

When was the church built at Assinins? Is it
still there? I know this is probably quite an
ignorant question, but I really don't know
anything about that community and in my
quest to find out more about Father Baraga
I was wondering if the church was around
when he was around.

Anyone out there in Pasty Cam land able to
shed some light on this?

By Helen Milan (Hmilan) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 07:48 am:

In memory of Sr. Janelle (Patricia) Cahoon who passed away during April. May she rest in peace!

By Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:03 am:

Please Remember The Servicemen And Women WhoHave Made The Ultimate sacrafice For Our Country.-----Sean D Tharp 21,Jeremy W Ehle 19,Joseph J Duenas 23,Darrell P Clay 34,Timothy J Moshier 25,Geovani Padilla-Aleman 20,Ty J Johnson 28,Israel Devora Garcia 23,Michael L Hartwick 37,Andres Aguilar Jr. 21,David A Bass 20,Patrick J Gallagher 27,Felipe D Sandoval-Flores 20,Brian R St.Germain 22,Abraham G Twitchell 28,Jacob W Beisel 21,Kun Y Kim 20,Eric A McIntosh 29,Scott J Procopio 20,Eric A Palmisano 27,Marcques J Nettles 22,Chase A Edwards 19,Dustin J Harris 21,Daniel L Sesker 22,Gregory S Rodgers 42,Jody W Missildine 19,Juana Navarro Arellano 24,Joseph I Love 20,Richard P Waller 22,Randall L Lamberson 36,David S Collins 24.James W Gardner 22,Kenneth D Hess 26,Shawn R Creighton 21,Joseph A Blanco 25,James F Costellio 3ed. 27 George R Roehl jr. 21,Scott M Bandhold 37,Roland E calderona-Ascenio 21,Philip J Martini 24,Marcus S Glimpse 22,Stephen J Perez 22,Andrew K Waits 23,Salem Bachar 20,Derrick J Cothran 21,Pablo V Mayorga 33,Justin D Sims 22,Ryan G Winslow 19,Darin T Settle 23,Clinton W Cubert 38,Mark W Melcher 34,Ian P Weikel 31,Robert J Settle 25,Patrick A Tinnell 25,Eric A Lueken 23,Jason C Ramseyer 28,Clayton L Adamkavicius 43,Travis C Zimmerman 19,Kyle A Colnot 23,ERic D King 29,Jacob H Allcott 23,Michael E Bouthot 19,Robert W Ehney 26,JasonB Daniel 21,Shawn T Lasswell jr.21,Aaron W Simons 20,Raymond L Henry 21,Metodio A Bandonill 29,Richard J Herrema 27,Michael L Ford 19,Matthew Webber 23,Edward Davis 3ed 31,Lea R Molls 22. 2401 Killed,17762 Wounded.

By Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:09 am:

In Memory Of My Cousin Gloria P Cady Who Passed Away Last Friday at The Hospital In Marquette,A Gentle Loving Soul.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:35 am:

Charlie, I'm even more ignorant than Kosk because I don't even know where Assinins is. Could you please tell me. Also, that was a very moving tribute. What are the words up next to the church? All I can make out is Lake Superior by moonlight.

Also, in memory of my Aunt, Dorothy Crouch, who died (I think) 4 years ago this May. I think of her often.

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:39 am:

In Memory of my folks, John & Betty Ravasz.

By dave sou (Davesou) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 09:19 am:

here's a site I found with images of Assinins and Baraga County...

Assinins is just north of Baraga

Editor's note Thanks for the link Dave, that's actually where today's Shoebox Memory came from, as Clyde Elmblad is the webmaster of the website you linked to.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 09:27 am:

Thanks Dave, That is so cool! I have to learn more about this place. You'd think I'd know being Catholic and having grown up in the Copper Country. Thank you very much. Do you know if it is still there?

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 09:30 am:

My friend and co-worker, Joyce Bos.

By Phil Kuusisto (Pkuusisto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 09:40 am:

Remembering our parents Norman and Helen Pooley, Ed and Sophie Kuusisto, our aunt Lyle Pooley, our niece Karen Kuusisto, cousin Janet Trasti and our brother in law and friend Wayne Hartmann. We love and miss you all.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:00 am:

Remembering my father, Walker Robertson, who died April 19. He didn't have a connection to the UP except through me; I wish he could have seen that beautiful country!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:16 am:

Assinins is an Indian community on Keweenaw Bay, almost a "suburb" of Baraga.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:23 am:

In memory of Michal White who passed one year ago April 9th. She is very missed.

By June A. Peterson (Jap) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:43 am:

In memory of Lisa Esther Peterson who died on April 23rd in 1965.

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:59 am:

Thanks dave sou for the connection of photos to the past. I'll cruise that site more this evening when I have more time. Wouldn't it be interesting to step back in time for a day? Margaret, I'm sorry at your loss of friend at work. God bless her spirit and those of all mentioned today in our memorial page. Life is so short. We must remember to treasure each day of our lives, good days or not.We're having a chilly, windy and rainy day here in NW Illinois. Not a good day for a meeting this afternoon but we'll hunker down and wait for next sunny day :)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 11:34 am:

My mother Katherine Stanton Du Long died in April six years ago. When I was a kid mom and Mrs. Koepell would take our used clothes to the orphanage at Assinins. Mary Koepell and I were given suckers that were in celephane [sp.]rows and we were supposed to give each kid a sucker. All I did was hold them out with one hand as far away as I could get them from me and the orphans would attack us and take all the suckers. I would always feel good on the way home. My grandmother on my moms side was raised at the orphanage. Kosk where in Farmington is the church that make the pastys? My son is the shift commander at the Farmington Police Dept. now on midnights. Still no baby.

By Marie Dessellier (Maried) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 12:14 pm:

In memory of Mike Clouthier who left us 12 years ago on April 15. Always remembered, always loved...

By Alex J. Tiensivu (Ajtiensivu) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 12:15 pm:

It's hard to believe, but a year has past. We remember Hal, (Fran from GA's husband), who died a year ago yesterday. May God bless the family at this hard time. Hal will always be missed.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 12:15 pm:

In memory of my son, Andy, who left us 7years ago April 2. He was 34 when he died and we, his Mom, Dad, and brother, miss him very much. He was a special ed high school teacher and the kids loved him. I remember the notes some of them brought to the funeral home to put in the casket.
Also, in memeory of my parents Don and Betty Rogers and Grandma Wilma Welcome, all would have celebrated birthdays this month. They are missed.

By Edward &Dolores Fulcher (Eddee) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 12:43 pm:

In memory of my parents Lawrence and Lorraine

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 12:58 pm:


Bethlehem Lutheran Church on 8 Mile
Road--next to the Finnish Center, West of

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 01:07 pm:

Davesou and Clyde Elmblad--

Wow, wow, wow! Oh how my dad is going to
love this site--if only he can figure out how to
get his computer to work. These are all his
old stamping grounds.

Still wondering--does the church in the
photograph still exist? Also, was it the
mission church when Father Baraga was

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 01:13 pm:


Reading your post made me cry. What an
extraordinary teacher and listener your Andy
must have been for his students to put their
messages in his casket. His influence goes
on, you can be sure of that. I'll bet many of
those students think and speak about him.

His ripples are there on the waters of life.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 01:29 pm:

Kosk, I'll say it again. What a way with words you have. And Charlotte, I'm so sorry about your son. He was gone too soon, that's for sure

Just talked to my folks in the Copper Country about the Church in Assinins and they say that services are still held there every Sunday. They also said that Bishop Baraga built the Church in Eagle Harbor too. What a legacy he left.

By Cotton (Cotton) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 01:53 pm:

Thank you for remember Rev. Richard Ingalls. He was a true servant of God & man. I'm sure he will reap many rewards up in heaven for the work he did here on earth. I plan on attending his funeral to pay my respects to him. The church will be overflowing again as it is each November service for the Edmund Fitzgerald's men. He had many friends & parishoners.
I'd also like to remember :
My sister Janice Cundy Miller gone 32 years
My Mother Betty Beaudoin gone 15 years
My Dad Ransom Cundy gone 30 years
All of my Ewen, Cundy, Du Long relatives who have passed. The families have sure gotten smaller with so many Aunts, Uncles & cousins gone but never forgotten
All the servicemen & women who have fought, died & been wounded for our country
Mike- I remember visiting the orphanage outside of Baraga when I was young. The nuns took us kids down there for the day. I felt so sad leaving there that day thinking those kids had no Mommy or Daddy. I pass thru there alot & still think of the orphanage & those kids. Wonder if any live around here. Would be interesting to know.

By Mary Lou Curtin (Marylou) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 02:17 pm:

Remembering all my Catholic relatives from Lake Linden/Hubbell...Studer, Fretter, Boudreau, Asselin, Cassabon, Marcotte , Gagnon, Schnotala....wonderful folks dearly missed.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 02:29 pm:

like Charlotte, I remember an extraordinary person, special ed teacher, and friend, Sharon Trybon. She left us totally unexpectedly at only 40 years old.

I also remember Pam Gershon, who died in a horrible car crash at this time of year on her way to Toronto with her husband, when she was only 32. Another wonderful teacher, person, and lovely friend. All the long years gone by have not dimmed my memories of Pam and her love of life and wonderful sense of humor.

By Clyde Elmblad (Clyde) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:08 pm:

Hi Everyone!

Here's a little information about Assinins.

Assinins was established as a Catholic Mission in 1843 by Father Frederic Baraga. It was the last mission he established before he became the first Catholic Bishop of the Upper Peninsula in 1853. Because there already was a Methodist Mission on the east side of Keweenaw Bay just north of L'Anse (Zeba), Father Baraga built his mission on the west side of Keweenaw Bay just north of Baraga. Assinins is named after Chief Assinins who was first to be baptized here by Father Baraga.

An orphanage building was built in 1881. During lumbering and mining days most of the orphanage's children were children of European immigrants whose parents could not support them during hard times, or because of one parent's death. By 1920 or so it housed mainly Indian children.

The church in the picture above is no longer there. A log cabin church was built in the early 1980's and is called "The Most Holy Name of Jesus Church".

Some of this information came from the link below.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:22 pm:


Thanks so much. This information will be
incorporated into my lesson plan for my
reading group tomorrow. The kids are really
getting into this stuff. So am I. I will definitely
need to do some exploring when I am up this

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:32 pm:


Just called my dad to tell him about your web
site. He was wondering if you're married to
his cousin Maria.

A typical UP story, no?

By Clyde Elmblad (Clyde) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:42 pm:

Youbetcha Kosk! Make sure to show your Dad my website called A Photo History of Baraga County where I have many old photos from the Baraga County area.

By Clyde Elmblad (Clyde) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:43 pm:

Nope, I'm a single parent.

By JAD, Oscar, MI (Jandalq) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 03:59 pm:

Some time back in the 50's there was a sign on US 41 by the mission. It said, "Sacred Heart Friary." As we drove by one day when my young daughter was just learning to read, she asked," Mother, what's a scared heart fairy?"

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 04:10 pm:

Alex, I can't believe it is a year that Hal passed away. We all miss him alot. It is actually worse now that there is a lull in the house repair.

Remembering also my Bro Norbert(99, brother-in- law Ken Anderson(04)who both passed away in the mo of April.

My sympathy to the family Becia family.His sister Mary and I are friends. I also extend my sympathy to the family of Doug Hiltunen and Mevin Schmitt.They both went to DBHS.

By Connie, Eagle River Alaska (Connie8792) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 04:23 pm:

In loving memory of Mary (Callahan) Tinetti who passed earlier this month, she was married to Frank Tinetti.

For all the service members who made the ultimate sacrafice. May they rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for their family and friends. If only just once Walter didn't have a list to post every month........Thanks for always posting it Walter.

By Betty A. Catalano (Old66kat) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 05:01 pm:

In Memory of my grandparents from Kingsford:
Juniata and Hugh Cadieu
AND my mother of Dunbar, WI/ Iron Mountain
Ella Cadieu

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 05:04 pm:

I have a wonderful book called Lady Unafraid by J Raleigh Nelson. It was republished in 1963 by Roy W Drier. It tells the story of Mr Nelson's mother Rebecca Jewel who at the age of 17 left her job as a teacher to the Ojibway Indians in Lanse. She was under the appointment of the Methodist church in Keweenaw Bay. She taught there for a yr. This book tells of her daily life and travels that year. Bishop Baraga was at the Catholic Mission.The Methodist Mission was located between the Catholic Mission and Sand Point.The Indian Village was located on the ridge across the bay from the Methodist Mission. Inside the cover of this book is a map showing these places. Crebassa's Trading Post was located right at the bottom of the hill on L'anse Bay. As you can probably tell this is my very FAVORITE book!! Oh, Bishop Baraga was at the Catholic Mission at the time. She liked him a lot

Mary says: I also have read this book (after a discussion of it back in the Archives: July 27, 2003) and enjoyed it immensely. My local library did not have a copy, but was able to order one from another library on loan to them. It took awhile to get it, but it was well worth the wait!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 05:08 pm:


Thank you. I will try to get my hands on that
book. I bet there's a copy at the Ishpeming
Carnegie Public Library.

Hang in there. I can imagine what a tough
month this is for you.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 05:59 pm:

My Dad James Russell Emmons, too many years ago April 24, 1967. Too soon, too young, too sensesless. He was a decorated World War 2 veteran. He was in the Battle of The Bulge. His division was one of the first into Germany.
I salute him!

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 06:04 pm:

Thanks Alex for the remind! I had thought it was in May.
Our thoughts and condolences to you Fran also as I'm sure from many others here!

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 06:09 pm:

Kosk and Deb S thanks for the kind thoughts about my son, Andy. I pray those students are still remembering him. He really loved teaching.

Fran in Ga my thoughts are with you. I know how hard it is for me every April.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:28 pm:

Thanks everyone,I really appreciate your kind thoughts. Pasty friends are the best!!:)

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:33 pm:

I knew him as Uncle Dougy Hiltunen and his wife as Aunt Donna.Fran: I'am like Russ said,one of the many others.I was in your neighborhood first week of April,we are not to far from you.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:53 pm:

kosk: I was about to post a message about my favorite book being Lady Unafraid when I saw the other posts! I, too, got mine from the library (in Genesee County). I would like to own a copy, but those listed on Amazon (I think) were priced exorbitantly.

By Greta Armata (Gretania) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 08:59 pm:

Helen Milan...Is that the same Sr Janelle Cahoon from St Scholastica? She was a sweety. I had her sister, Sr Mary Odile, as an instructor. At the time I went to Scholastica, Sr Janelle ran the bookstore. Also, in memory of my father John Blomquist,who 2 years ago in April. We miss him a lot.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:02 pm:

I only paid $6.95 for the book.I'd say I got it in the late 60's or early 70's.

Dave,Corryton- everyone called him Dougie back then.You know $Bay and nicknames!!:) If you went by on 75 you were close by. Glad to have you back Dave.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:02 pm:

Mary Lou, Were You related to the Mrs. Fretter who taught at Lincoln school in Hubbell?

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:09 pm:

Marsha--I will also check with relatives.
Someone may have a copy stashed
somewhere. Anyway, looking forward to
reading it.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:21 pm:

Kosk, My daughter Dani teaches at Angel school in Berkley, fifth grade, and I made her a set of stocks for her room so she can take pictures of her kids in the stocks, she is teaching about the Rev war right now. Since the becentenial we have been doing reenactments of both the Rev war and The French and Indian war. now she can teach it using all of our equiptment to show how they lived in those days. I am making things for her to put in a dig for the kids to discover. I have a lot of repect for teachers.

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 11:19 pm:

Fran my thoughts are with you, also. I can't know exactly how you feel just as someone who hasn't lost a child can really "know" how I've felt. Each loss is so individual. The good Lord be with you each day. With love from a friend.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 11:19 pm:

In memory of those who lost their lives in the Upland Indiana trucking tragedy, this past week: Elizabeth Smith of Mount Zion Illinois; Bradly Larson of Elm Grove Wisconsin; Whitney Cerak of Gaylord Michigan; Laurel Erb of St. Charles Illinois; and Monica Felver of Hartford City, Indiana.

Fran, Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts.
Charlotte, As Kosk said, it is very evident, that your son touched many lives.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 06:41 am:


I was thinking about you and your hubby when
I heard about the Indiana trucking tragedy.
Figured it would cut close to the bone for you
guys cause there seems to be a real
fellowship among truckers.

By Yooper in MN (Yooper_in_mn) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 09:22 am:

In memory of my grandfathers, Tapio and Mala. And in memory of family friend, Ray Wiig.

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 07:34 pm:

in memory of the mahony clan who came from ireland to escape the troubles not of their own making

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 09:52 pm:

MsKatie and Su5er my pasty friends! Thanks for remembering me at this time. It has been a rough week for our family but we are coping pretty well. Fran

By Sldmi (Sldmi) on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 08:56 am:

In loving memory of my mom, Patricia Ann Spruce Porter and my brother Stephen Luther Porter. My mom was one of those orphans at Assinins and is buried there now (as well as my brother and many other relatives). We miss you mom and Steve and love you very much.

Dad, Jan, Ken, Susan and Sharon

By CAL, Oshkosh WI (Cal) on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 10:00 am:

For my dear "Sweetie" Willie Bertz who passed on April 19, at only 59 years of age. He had just celebrated a happy Easter with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and beloved granddaughter. He will be missed by many, but none so much as me.

By Carmen Makela (Mrsmaxx) on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 11:05 am:

In memory of my grandmother, a very special woman, Sylvia Olsen. She passed on April 22. I am forever grateful for the guidance and love she showed me throughout the years.

By clinton drake (Clint) on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 05:27 pm:

My wishes for warm memories for all of our loved ones that have passed away.

I would like to remember my grandfather, John Hilden, May 6th will mark 2 long years since he passed away.

Also, my grandmother, Joan (Dupuis) Drake, May 7th will mark 3 months without her.

You are both extremely missed and still alive in our memories.

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