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Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 01:01 pm:

I have the Norwegian( means forward or ahead) Fremad ledger from the Calumet society branch with members listed starting in 1890.
In most cases it tell what part of Norway that they were born in. There has to be list members with Olson, Larson, Nyhus, Nelson, Anderson, Pederson/Peterson, Frimodig,
Tingstad, Erickson, Bringedahl, Simonson, Johnson,Berg,
Abramson, Ivarson, Beckstrom, Winsjanson, Ulseth, Gronlie, Galby, Solberg, Risvet, Sandtroen, Karlson and many more.
I will do lookups,many of these people moved away, alot
to Minnesota.

By Thomas L. Helppi (Ippleh) on Friday, March 2, 2007 - 07:10 am:

A few years ago someone was looking for Helppi information. I recently came across the message in the archives.

Tom Helppi

By Doug Smith (Smitty) on Monday, March 5, 2007 - 06:48 pm:

How cool to see this photo heading up the Ancestors 2007 Forum. This is a shot of a few of the 7th Street Plautz "Girls" of Calumet. From Left to Right.... Margaret (Maggie)Plautz, Bernadine (Dolly) Smith-Plautz ... my mom :0) ... Mary Strucel (the mother of the women) and Clara Eastland -Plautz.

By John W (Jwahtola) on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 06:05 pm:

Anyone have information about a family by the name Wahtola. They lived in the Mohawk/Fulton area. If you do please email me at

By John W (Jwahtola) on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 06:47 pm:

The Wahtola's also lived in the Gay Michigan area. If you have information please email us at email,

By Christine Kucinski (Ckucinski) on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 01:24 am:

Clara Kucinski - Formerly Clara Ponozzo daughter of Mary (Maria) and Joseph Ponozzo. She died at the age of 93, Friday March 16 in Tacoma, Washington. She is survived by two sons, Raymond James (Jimmy) and Gary Stanley Kucinski, four grandchildren, Christine, Julie, Kathryn and Michael Kucinski, and seven great grandchildren. She had a long and beautiful life and will forever be missed. I will continue to make her pasties though no one here in Seattle knows what they are.

By Leslie Ann Strand (Strand) on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 11:32 pm:

Hi Smitty,

I was reading this web site and noticed that you knew who was in the picture. I am Leslie Strand and am the daughter of George Strand and Rita Harter. It seems to me I have heard my parents talk about Frankie Plautz. Did you know my parents? They have both passed away My Dad in 2002 and my Mom in 2004.

Leslie Strand

Anchorage, AK

By Leslie Ann Strand (Strand) on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 11:51 pm:

I work on geneology and have been trying to figure out my great great grandfather. This is what I know. My dad is George Edward Strand (born Apr 7 1921), his dad was Edward Peter Strand (Born Jan 14, 1894), his dad is Anton Strand (Born in Norway Dec 21, 1865 and died in Calumet MI on Aug 13, 1935). Anton was married to Anna (Annie) Hammes who was born in Norway on Jul 23, 1872 and died in Calumet on Oct 19, 1929. I think Anton dad is Edward Strand (Born in Norway Oct 1831) and he was married to Hannah Strand (born in Norway Apr 1835.) Do you have any information to confirm my guess about Edward Strand and Hannah Strand? Do you know what city in Norway any of these ancestors came from? I read about Edward and Hannah Strand in the 1900 census. They immigrated to Us in 1880.

By Sandra Kay Vrooman Turner (Sandraturner) on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 12:26 pm:

Looking for any one who may have information on Matthew Turner born abt 1843 and Margaret Turner born abt 1846, they had around 11 children, one being Frank "Grout" Turner. Of what I know they came from England and all but 1 of their children were born in Chicago. Frank 'Grout" Turner married Lillian Johnson in about 1903. They lived in Chicago. He was murdered in 1927. I am trying to find info on them for they are my husbands grandparents.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:44 am:

Hi Sandra,
I can find Frank aka Grout in the early census with his parents. I cannot find him with Lillian in 1910 or 1920. Did they have any children, what were their first names and approximate birth years?

By Sandra Kay Vrooman Turner (Sandraturner) on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 10:13 am:

Hi Alicia,
yes, Frank and Lillian have children they are:

Raymond Turner 1905-1979
Hazel "Red" Turner Flynn 1907-1990
Margaret "Marge" Turner 1909-2004
Bertha Turner 1910-1935
John B. Turner 1912-1974
Howard James Turner 1919-1990
Virginia Pearl Turner 1922-
Frank Harold Turner, Sr. 1924-1992 my father in law
Lillian Turner 1927-1988

I know more about them if you have they are under the Vrooman Family Tree. I am trying to find more on Great Grandma and Grandpa Turner which are Matthew and Margaret they had several children as well:

George Turner born in England 1871
Alice Turner born in Chicago 1875
Fred Turner Chicago 1877
Emma Turner Chicago 1879
Josepha Turner Chicago 1882
Frank "Grout" Turner Chicago 1884-1927
Grace Turner Chicago 1886
Mary L Turner Chicago 1889
Florence Turner Chicago 1893
Margurite F. Turner Chicago 1897

They arrived here in 1872. I have no idea for sure when they died, Margaret was dead before grandpa's murder and that was Sep 1927 for they had her deceased for the obituary. Matthew was still alive in 1930 census living with one of his daughter's family.

Thanks for any help you might be able to give.


By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:41 am:

Hi Sandra,
Unfortunately I do not subscribe to any English or Canadian records at Ancestry as all of my family was Scandinavian.

By Robinohio (Robinohio) on Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 09:23 am:

Fraki- I just wanted to post a reminder that Im still looking for Relatives That I have not been in contact with yet that want to share Photos and info. Looking for any photos of Fraki's Market and items that have the store on.Old calendars or advertising.
My Michigan surnames- Korpiniemi,Niemi,Merilainen,Merila,Fraki,Karppinen,Turja

By Debby Hall Perkins (Yooperdescended) on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 12:45 am:

I am looking for information about Dennis Dunn and his wife, Johanna Sliney Dunn. They had 6 children: James, Dennis, Michael, John, Margaret (who is my great grandmother, she married Fred Hall who was the son of Captain Josiah Hall) and one other daughter, whose name I don't know. I know she died in January of 1925. I don't know when her husband Dennis died, maybe between 1897 and 1890. I would appreciate anything someone might know about them. Thanks. Debby Hall Perkins

By Denise Heater (Denise) on Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 10:52 pm:

Does anyone have a photo taken by a photographer named F.C. Haefer printed on the BACK of the photograph? And can it be dated? I am trying to help a friend in Finland find a missing relative, and the only clue she has is a photograph taken of him with the name F.C. Haefer on the back. F.C. Haefer worked both in Houghton County and Ontonagon County. I have a photo of my great grandfather taken by F.C. Haefer, but the photographer's name is on the front as well as the city HANCOCK, and I can date it as being taken in 1902.

By Kris Paull (Kpaull214) on Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 12:56 pm:

Hello to all! My name is Kris Paull and I am doing some family research on my hubands family. His great grandfather was Stephen J Paull b Oct 23, 1878 in Cornwall England d Nov 28, 1942 and immigrated to Houghton County, Osceloa Township in 1896. He married Albreatha Bennetts b 1878 in Copper Falls Mi on Oct 23, 1901. The had 8 children-Gordon b 9/28/1902 d 7/24/1984, Mildred b 7/4/1904 d 7/29/2000, Albreata Mary b 6/23/1906 d 2/20/2001, Wayne C 3/16/1908 d 2/1/1981, Willfred b 1909 kent county mi, d 1942 kent county mi, alvin b 2/11/1911 d 3/31/2001, Donald b9/24/1915 d 4/1985 and Ruth b 1919 d 1969.

I am looking for information on the children, parents and pictures of the families. My husbands grandfather is Wayne C Paull.
Please feel free to contact me at

Thank you
Kris (Adams) Paull

By Nancy Gomez (Nang) on Monday, August 6, 2007 - 02:43 am:

Does anyone have any information regarding Mary Dimmer of Laurium, Michigan? I believe she had a brother Al, and a sister Julia?? They were born in Wisconsin, and moved to the UP around 1900? She is my grandmother.

By Judith M. Usher (Judydetroit) on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 03:34 pm:

Hello Everyone,

I am seeking information on my father, Stephen Barich, and his parents, Servasi (John) Barich and Mary Lakner. All lived in Calumet in the early 1900's with an address of 3005 Swamp Road.

My father was born in Calumet in 1917, served in WWII, then settled in Detroit as a sheet metal worker. His parents are listed as being from Austria, with his father dying in a Calumet mining accident, and his mother dying in Calumet in the 1960's.

My father was best friends with a Peter Sunich, who I believe is listed in the 2-3-2005 email from Alicia, MI. Peter is also shown as my Godfather on my Detroit baptismal certificate.

Thank you so much to anyone who has any information!

By Mike Bynum (Mjbsports3) on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 11:37 am:

I am editing a book on the life of George Gipp for the Gipp relatives from Chicago. I am trying to locate and make contact with the various Gipp family members in the U.P. and elsewhere, as well as locate any photographs of George Gipp from his Laurium/Calumey days and as a baseball, hockey or basketball player.

By PauLinda weluvdaUP (Paulinda) on Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:58 pm:

My wife's father was baptized at the (I believe) Finnish
Apostolic church in the mid 1920's.(in Mohawk, I
believe)His father and mother went to seperate
churches back then. It wasn't uncommon then.
His mother and father were a mining family and lived in
Mohawk for a few yrs.
His last name was Dahlman(German) but his
grandmother's name on his mom's side was Keapii.
That's where the Finn comes in.
My wife, Linda was able to get family records from
Eagle River court house when we were up there
vacationing in the fall of '04.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 10:01 am:

Hi Paul and Linda
The only Dahlman names that I could find in Keweenaw county were born in Finland and Norway.
If you post the full names , maybe I can find a
little more.

By Ceil Jensen (Cjensen) on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 05:03 pm:

Hi Chris (Kramer),

I read your email online about Mary Bratetich
(2003, March 23: My husband's grandma was Croation, Mary Bratetich, who was very self-sufficient, after having lost her husband in a mining accident in 1921, she still managed to raise 4 small children. )

My husband and I were in Calumet this summer. I bought the Swedetown book from Tony's shop. I was VERY surprised to see the photo of the log cabin at 3025 Bridge St. It said the photo was from Mary Bratetich. Later in the book it mentions that the cabin was owned by the Garbareks in 1897-1899. Antoni Garbarek was my great uncle. I didn't even know he had come to the US!

I would like to find out more about the history of the cabin. I am doing research on the Polish community of Calumet. My great grandfather worked at the mines- but came to Detroit after he recover from a mining accident.


Ceil Wendt Jensen (Rochester Hills, Mi)
Michigan Polonia

By Ceil Jensen (Cjensen) on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 05:24 pm:

Two down-state genealogists are working on researching the past and present Polish community of Calumet.

We have identified where our ancestors lived and are looking for more families from Poland.

My relatives included: Adamski, Garbarek and Wojtkowiak.

A rough draft of miners and their home villages is at:

By Connie Julien (Cjulien) on Monday, November 26, 2007 - 02:03 pm:

Anyone interested in their Norwegian Copper Country ancestor connection may want to check out the webpage for the local Sons of Norway Ulseth Lodge headquartered in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Calumet:
All are welcome to join the Ulseth Lodge named after the Calumet builder at the turn of the century.
Connie Julien, officer, Ulseth Lodge &

By Kay Ogden (Kayogden) on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 11:51 am:

Hi Judy in Detroit.
I believe that Mary Lakner, your grandmother, was my grandmother's sister. My grandmother, Frances, immigrated to Calumet, Michigan in 1907. If you are interested in sharing information, please e-mail me.

By Albert Silfven (Aappo16) on Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 09:06 pm:

I would be interested in any information concerning an Elizabth "Liz" Kulvander or Colwander who resided in Calumet about 1900.
I believe she had a daughter Clara who taught school in the Copper Country before relocating to Stambaugh, MI.
I may be contacted at:

By brian paulson (Ohmygreen) on Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 07:45 pm:

Hi. My name is Brian Paulson. I was born in Laurium.
My grandfather was Al Paulson. He owned the Cloverland Museum and grocery in Osceola. My parents
are Eldred Paulson and Ruth(Rader) Paulson. I am
looking for any info on this Museum. Thanks

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 11:14 pm:

We'll be adding a 2008 page, and Brian's note will be the first.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 08:17 am:

Hi Bryan
I can't tell you anything about the ownership of the museum but I can give you some information on your family.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Alfred Paulson
Name: Alfred Paulson
Home in 1930: Osceola, Houghton, Michigan
Age: 30
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900
Birthplace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Lillian
Race: White
Parents' birthplace:
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Alfred Paulson 30 married at 22 parents born Finland grocery store merchant
Lillian Paulson 28 married at age 20 parents born Finland
Eldred Paulson 7 children born Mi.
Mervin Paulson 6
Allen Paulson
Matt Paulson 21 brother born Mi. salesman in grocery store

1910 United States Federal Census
about Jacob Paulson
Name: Jacob Paulson
Age in 1910: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
Birthplace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Spouse's Name: Idia
Home in 1910: Osceola, Houghton, Michigan
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1884
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Paulson 55 miner emigrated 1883
Ida Paulson 43 emig. 1884
Emil ?Paulson 24 miner
? daughter Paulson 19
Victor Paulson 14
Elmer Paulson 15
Rosie Paulson 12
Alfred Paulson 10
Lilie Paulson 7

1920 census
Name: Jacob Paulson
[Jacob Pando]
Home in 1920: Osceola, Houghton, Michigan
Age: 65 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
Birthplace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Widow merchant in grocery store
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of Immigration: 1884 naturalized 1910
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 560
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Paulson 65
Alfred Paulson 20
Lillian Paulson 16
Matt Paulson 10

1900 United States Federal Census
about Jacob Paulin wrong spelling of name
Name: Jacob Paulin
Home in 1900: Osceola, Houghton, Michigan
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Finland
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Ida
Race: White
Immigration Year: 1880
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Paulin 40 can't read profession
Ida Paulin 30 emig. 1883
Emil Paulin 15 drill boy in mine
lile? Paulin 12
Lempie Paulin 10
Victor Paulin 8
Yelmer Paulin 6
Rosie Paulin 4
Alfred Paulin 2.12
Here is a link to an article about his museum
type in Paulson in search engine and it is article #5

By John W (Jwahtola) on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 01:02 pm:

Does any one have an Idea where a person could look for birth records other than the courthouses in Houghton and Eagle River as I have all ready tried there. I am looking for a birth record for a John H Wahtola born in Demmon Michigan(north of Boston)around 1884 or 1885 or 1886. He also had a sister Margaret born in 1888 in same area.
Can anyone help?

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Friday, February 8, 2008 - 08:48 am:

Hi John,
It was probably a home birth back then and never reported to a court back then. The Houghton county court house has births which were reported starting in 1867 to present.

By John W (Jwahtola) on Friday, February 8, 2008 - 10:13 am:

Hi Alicia,
Is there any place a person could look for the midwife records or Church records?
We have had the courthouse look twice with no luck. Sure would like to find it do you have any ideas?
The father died in 1889 in Allouze. We found that record in Eagle River at the courthouse.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, February 8, 2008 - 10:28 am:

Many birth and death records have been kept in family Bibles. If your family has one, you might want to check around to see who might have it, so you could look to see if the information that are looking for is in it.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Friday, February 8, 2008 - 01:43 pm:

Hi John
Many birth records were not recorded officially back then. Most people entered them in a family bible. I don't think that you will be able to find anything from that time period.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Friday, February 8, 2008 - 01:45 pm:

Here is a the main genealogy site in Houghton

By Connie, Eagle River Alaska (Connie8792) on Monday, February 18, 2008 - 12:41 am:

Thank you for posting the link. I was wondering if you could tell me what some of the abbreviations mean after the names of the folks under the secret societies. Maybe the position they held? Im not sure if its my John Rowe but in the Improved Order of Red Men there is AC of R after his name and under Ancient Order of Foresters of America after his name there is RS. Does anyone know what Improved Order of Red Men did? Thanks.

By Gustaf O. Linja (Gusso) on Monday, February 18, 2008 - 05:25 am:

"Connie" Go to Google and use the key words; "Improved Order of Red Men" and you will find plenty of history about the organization.

By Connie, Eagle River Alaska (Connie8792) on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:35 am:

Thanks Gustaf.

By John Robert (Mudlaker) on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 09:45 am:

This is a picture from the Lincoln School in Hubbel I beleive 1944, a friend of mine is Jim Laroux in the second row first boy from right, anyone have relatives from this?


Here's another w/ his brother Norbert jr pictured 2nd row 2nd from left also lincoln School

I have recently scanned many old pic's from Jim and his dad's property out near Mud lake in Torchlake township, I'll show more soon.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 01:11 pm:

John my sister Mary Kay Du Long is in the picture with Norbert, we have been friends with the LaRues all our lives. Jean and I were in school together. Thanks for the pictures.

By John Robert (Mudlaker) on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 10:39 pm:

Michael that's fabulous!, I'm so happy some one from the area knew someone in there, Cant wait to tell Jim!! Take care, and thanks.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 09:16 am:

John, if you send me your s-mail addy I will i.d. all the kids in the first picture for you and send you a copy.

By Debby Hall Perkins (Yooperdescended) on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 03:27 pm:

I am looking for a photo of Hoyem Bakery. Any help on this would be appreciated.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 11:17 am:

I recently found out I have multiple ancestors who worked for the Isle Royale Copper Co. on Portage Lake, internet came up scarce on info on that. Any ideas?

By Sherri Brandt (Sjb25) on Monday, April 14, 2008 - 07:33 pm:

Our group, Painesdale Mine & Shaft is looking for pictures and stories for a display we would like to get together in the old library. Mainly looking for Painesdale, Trimountain, and Baltic to start with for the display and than go from there. We could also use some volunteers to get the pictures ready to display.

By Ceil Jensen (Ceil) on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 12:44 am:

Call for Calumet Polish Miner Memorabilia

A team of researchers is documenting the Polish Pioneers of Calumet, Michigan. We are looking for families who would like to be included in a forthcoming book. Do you have family stories,photos, parish booklets, or documents to share? Ceil Jensen will met with collection owners to scan or photograph items in the metro Detroit and Houghton Co. Please call or email to arrange an appointment. or 248-841-6747. See what we have so far:

Can't meet to scan? Contact Ceil for further information on how to scan and send the files via email or the free website

By Ceil Jensen (Ceil) on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 12:15 pm:

The correct link for the Pioneer Poles of Calumet is:

By Carol Fritz (Speleobat) on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 06:39 pm:

Hi all,

I've never posted here before though I've been reading your messages for a while. Two questions: I have a picture of my grandmother, aunt and two friends in Beacon Hill in the late 1940's--how do I post it?

And, does anyone know if there are any records available from Copper Range Co. showing who lived in which house in Beacon Hill. I know they were all rentals and that most of them are gone, but my sister and I remember Mom talking about many families and we are trying to figure out which houses they lived in. Our mother was Hilma Kuosa and lived across the road from Isaac Keturi and his family.

Many thanks,

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 08:21 am:

Hi Carol
In the 1930 census there are only 8 pages of
families in Beacon Hill. The streets were not named and only house numbers appear. Your family lived at #23 with thier neighbors being Frank Aho and John and Maria Isaacson family living next door. You could check at the Mich. Tech Archives for Copper Range records.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 08:21 am:

Carol- go here-

By Carol Fritz (Speleobat) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 11:10 am:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for the reply. I have the 1920 and 1930 Census information too. Now all I need is a better memory! Haven't had a chance to get in touch with the Mich. Tech. archives yet.


By Carol Fritz (Speleobat) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 11:16 am:


I printed out the formatting instructions and will try the picture. This picture was taken in front of my grandparents house in Beacon Hill probably in the late 1940's. From the right: Tekla Kuosa,Hilia Kuosa, Ina Naasko,and Minnie Loukinen Luke.


By Ray Cassabon (Upray) on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 10:37 pm:

I am looking for the death dates of my great-grandparents - Jacques Boudreau and Victorine Asselin. They were born in Quebec, but I believe they were married in Michigan. I cannot find any marriage record for them in Canada and all of their children were born in Lake Linden. My grandmother was Ursula Boudreau.
Thanks, Ray

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 08:00 am:

Hi Ray
There is a new data base on line , some birth, marriage record here, type in Jacques name and you will find some informaiton


By Ray Cassabon (Upray) on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 09:13 am:

Thanks Alicia,
I've already been on that site and have found what's listed for him there. I know they lived in Lake Linden, but can't find anything for them there except for census records. They must have died before 1930 because I don't have anything for them after 1920.

By Lorcie Ford (Lorcie) on Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 09:13 am:

Good morning to all, I am looking for information on a man from the 1940's, he was in his 40's at the time and came in on a ship at
C & H Docking w/ the Core of Engeneer's from Minnesota. His named was told to me as John Bundya. I am not sure if the spelling is correct. This is a long shot I understand, but I really need to find this person.
Thank in advance...

By Ozzie W. (10330) on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 09:51 am:

Hi Alicia, There are 8 Winquist families in Rockford,Ill Are any of them our realatives to your knowledge?Ozzie

By George J. Plautz Jr. (Slovenechild) on Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 05:41 pm:

The Plautz family of Seventh Street will celebrate a family reunion the week of August 15 through the 17th. We will be staying at the AmericInn in Calumet. We hope to meet all our friends in Calumet during this time. The family is descended from immigrants from Slovenia, always interested in meeting any of our fellow country descendants.

Family Historian George Plautz

By Lucy Myers (Lucylu) on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 08:01 am:

Anyone know three brothers that went to school in the
Keewenau in the 70's?

I'm not even sure on the spelling of their name or if they still live
there or where they went to school?

Their names were Paul, Kevin and Curt/Kurt? Koulpus, not sure if
I spelled the last name right.

Anyone know of this family?

They may have moved to CA.?

By Susan Lahti (Finn_in_texas) on Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:13 am:

At the end of August, Ron Palosaari is on the list of those to be remembered. My great grandmother was Beatrice Palosaari, and she was married to Paul Anetjarvi. I only know of two of their children - Oscar Anetjarvi (b. 1893) and Hilda Anetjarvi (b. 1894). Hilda was my grandmother. She married Peter William Maki (b.1888), and they had 10 children, one of them my mother, Senia Marie (b.1928). I know little of the Polosaari's other than there were some cousins of my mother's generation named Henry, Charles, and Johnny. I am wondering if there is a connection with the family of the recently deceased Ron Palosarri, or if there is any other related info. available.

By Jill Pate (Kerber27) on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 02:10 pm:

Does anyone know about a curfew bell in Red Jacket/Calumet in about 1909?

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 03:18 pm:

Laurium still has the siren go off every night at 10:00 at the fire hall.

By Carol Fritz (Speleobat) on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:20 am:

Hi all,

Just received a link to the Seeking Michigan website from Renee Saari down at the Michigamme Museum. The website has the Michigan Death Records for the years 1897-1920 available free. It's easy to use and I've already printed out 11 records for relatives of mine. Cleared up two major mysteries and filled in lots of blanks! Here's the link:

Carol Fritz

By 4WDGreg (4wdgreg) on Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:24 pm:

I believe Michigan began requiring the registration of vital records about 1870-71. Almost all of those records would have been recorded in the county where they took place. ALMOST all of them. It's entirely possible that any record could have been registered in an adjoining county because of easier access to the clerk's office. Some early records were originally collected by traveling Priests and Ministers. They often recorded those records, but they may have been recorded 2,3, or 4 counties away depending upon how far the church official traveled. Some records were collected earlier in Michigan but anything (birth, marriage, death) that happened after 1870 should certainly be recorded. I'd also encourage anybody doing genealogy research to look for obituaries of their ancestors. There may have been just a two line death announcement or an obituary several paragraphs long for your ancestor. Most historical libraries have all the local newspapers on microfilm even dating back to the Civil War era.
You can also rent copies of microfilms from the Mormon archives in Utah for about $4 per roll. You order them at your local FamilyHistory library branch and they'll arrive for viewing in about 3 weeks.

By Sharon Marlene Schirmer (Saroni) on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 06:25 pm:

Hi Carol Fritz (Speleobat),

I am the youngest Keturi daughter and I came across your wanting information on families and where they lived in Beacon Hill...I can help you with that information...John and Tillie Isaakson's granddaughter is in touch with me and I also have heard from a Jarmo Itaniemi from Finland who wants information on Kuosas...Many years ago your Aunt Helmi and Uncle Uno went to Finland, he noted and obviously didn't satisfy their curiosity! (I have been there 3 times myself)...but, he wants more information that I can't provide...and some that I would rather not!

I hope you will get in touch with me if you are interested through this magnificent Website of the North which keeps the flame burning for us who (visit) but live there no longer.

Sharon Keturi Schirmer

By Carol Fritz (Speleobat) on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 08:41 pm:

Hi Sharon,

This was a surprise! I think you know my sister Phyllis. She stayed in the Kuosa's house one summer back in the 1970's with a friend. She was going to Mich. Tech. at the time. I've been in touch with Jarmo many times and have sent him some pictures.

Are you on Facebook? I got in touch with Patti Schultz on there after I saw the Keturi/Johnson pictures that she posted. I've posted a few of our family too.

I'll try to email you at the address you have listed here. These little boxes make me crazy!


By Mary Kordes (Mallouez) on Friday, January 29, 2010 - 04:23 pm:

Hi Kris Paull re: Your search for information on the Stephen J. Paull family. I tried writing to you today but, using your email addy on this page, my email to you was rejected as "user unknown". Do you now have a new email address?

By MC Horner (Ray_d_o_czech) on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 01:56 am:

Hi Pasty-Cammers, and especially Hancock residents.

The always excellent recently posted a photo of the old Hancock High School.

It's located here:

Is this building still around?
Where was/is it?
Can anyone add anything to the discussion over at regarding this image?


By Meg Langenfeld (Neverenoughmegs) on Monday, March 1, 2010 - 03:35 pm:

Hello. I'm Meg. My grandmother, Melida Gardener
Gillies was a school teacher near Torch Lake. I'm
trying to find the school and maybe a photo. I know
it was Aittema because it was on their property. My
Gram lived with the Cerizan family and walked to her
school every day. Would anyone have any ideas where
i could find more information?!

Thank you!

By Carol Van Der Woude (Cvanderwoude) on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 12:33 pm:

Hi Meg,
My mother attended a one room school along Bootjack Rd. She
said that at one time there were two schools. The one that she
attended is about 1/2 mile from the Dreamland Hotel--and is still
standing. The other school was on the Aittema's property. That
school was also along Bootjack Rd., and about halfway between
Lake Linden and Dreamland. I don't think it is there any longer.

By Carol Van Der Woude (Cvanderwoude) on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 12:37 pm:

Hi Meg,
Here is an update--I talked with my mother last night. She
said that at one time there were two schools. The one that she
attended is about 1/2 mile from the Dreamland Hotel. The other
school was on the Aittema's property. That school was also along
Bootjack Rd., and about halfway between Lake Linden and
Dreamland. I don't think it is there any longer.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 01:18 pm:

I just came across a website with a picture of my maternals' great grandparents, wedding photo. My, of course, moms', dads, parents. There was also a story about them, at least my great-grandmother. Her name was Jennie Mary Karjalainen. It was cahanged to Karjala when they moved to the United States. I loved coming across that site. I googled My grandpas' sisters' name, Irma Abramson-Hunulla, and the site popped up.

My grandpas' name was Ernest Wilfred Abramson.

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 01:24 pm:

I need information on my grandpa Nicholas Ewen's background. I have some but could use more. He came from Germany & married Mary Wenberg. They lived in Tamarack Mills (Hubbell) & raised their family there. He died sometime in the early 40's.Somehow he was related to the Bachs. If there is a site I can go to, pleease inform me please. Or if anyone has more information, just email me at or find me on . Thank you.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, January 23, 2012 - 02:35 pm:

A Genealogist's Prayer

Lord, help me dig into the past
And sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This Family Tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads
On which my fathers trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod

Lord, help me find a dusty book,
Or ancient manuscript
That's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul when I can't find
That missing link between some name

That ends the same as mine


By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 10:34 pm:

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