Aug 06-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: August: Aug 06-06
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 08:25 am:

Here's something unusual for a Sunday Shoebox Memory. Have you heard about the 'Silent Auction' fundraiser at Still Waters in Calumet? Many area businesses have donated items of value to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to support the non-profit Home for the Aged where Pasty Central was born more than a decade ago. Over the years Edie and I have collected items of memorabila from the U.P., and we've decided to donated some of them for the cause.

If you have a button collection (or would like to start one) you may find some of these of interest. You can submit an email bid to any time this week, with the winning bids being announced next Sunday, the day of the Silent Auction.

Just refer to the Button Number when you submit a bid. We'll start with Button #1 above. Centennial celebrations in the mid-twentieth century often featured the combined competitions known as "Brothers of the Brush" and "Sisters of the Swish". (Believe me, I'm not making this up). For the men, they would judge the quality of their beards, and the ladies would parade in their Victorian style long dresses. Apparently in 1963 they made numbered buttons for each of the participants in Hancock's celebration.

So there you have it... Submit a bid on this button and any of those below. (or submit a bid on the entire set if you're a serious collector). The delivery method and cost will be your responsibility, and we'll anounce the winner(s) next Sunday at the Silent Auction.

Have a good week :o)

Button #2

Born in 1668 in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Mary's is not only the oldest parish in Michigan, but the 2nd oldest in the whole USA (San Miguel Mission in Socorro, NM founded in 1598)

Button #3

When Hancock hosted the Firemen's Diamond Jubilee the event was supported by the sale of Booster buttons.

Button #4

A couple of specimens for the Hockey enthusiast... this one from the infamous "Copper Stick" Tournaments.

Button #5

A recreation area in East Hancock with roots reaching back to the birthplace of professional hockey.

Button #6

In the mid-80's Lake Linden marked their Centennial with this Town Hall image.

Button #7

The only other piece in this collection with no visible date.  Judging by condition, could be from the 60's.

Button #8

Click on the picture to see detail of the old swing bridge, from this pre-Bridgefest celebration in 1975

Button #9

A show of support for Lake Linden's volunteer fire fighters, first worn when Jimmy Carter was president.

Button #10

For a millage proposal sometime back in the 70's(?), sporting a hard-hatted Hancock Bulldog

Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 08:31 am:

I remember the '78 ones.

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 10:01 am:

The "Hootin-Hankenany" button must be extremely rare, because you can't even find "Hankenany" on the Internet! Would $50 be an acceptable bid?

Please email bids to, and reference the number (Button #8 in this case). 100% of the proceeds will benefit Still Waters Assisted Living Community. Bid amounts in excess of $20 per button will be receipted as a tax-deductible donation.

By Ed (Ironton) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 10:56 am:

Button #7 - I recall a band in the 70's that toured the state and I think it was called the Copper Country Band. I don't recall any drill team. It was directed/lead by a man who worked in Wadsworth Hall when I was a freshman at Tech. I only recall him as Janitor Bob. He distinguished his band from the drum and bugle corps that also toured local festivals. I donít know if this is from his band or not Ė but coincidentally I was thinking about that band just a few days ago.

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 12:07 pm:

How cool.... There is such history up here. Wish I could buy them all!!!!!!

Can you see everything at Stillwaters or is there a site you can go on to view what's being auctioned ????

It would be nice to see pictures of the boom town queen!!!! I didn't get to go.....%^(.... God's blessings to all.............

By Al Harjala (Alsocal) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 04:38 pm:

Try here for "Boom Town Queen";

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 07:28 pm:

Pretty girl

By k j (Kathiscc) on Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 10:49 pm:

Very nice, indeed.

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 07:13 am:

Thanks for the bids which have been emailed for the buttons. The general concensus seems to be about $50 for most of these. Remember, the proceeds go to benefit the Still Waters home in Calumet, with a donation receipt to be issued for amounts in excess of $20.

By the way, at this point no one has submitted a bid on the entire set of 10, it has all been per-button.

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