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By smf in troll land on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:26 am:

First Post

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:27 am:

Whoa! how'd those Texans get in there

By Ann, IN on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:27 am:

Good morning from snowy Indianapolis, IN

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:49 am:

WE GOT SNOW! Good morning from Mishawaka IN. It's a winter wonder land here this morning. I guess we will get 4 or 5 inches. Have a good day everyone.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:59 am:

Ooops. The weather man just said 6 to 12" of snow. My mistake.

By troll with connections, Mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:40 am:

I just finished reading Our daily Bread by the Finnish author Kalle Päätalo. It was translated into english. I am looking for any other Finnish authors, with books translated to english,that you would suggest.

By danbury on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:07 am:

There's a little piece about a local victim assistance program with the Houghton Sheriff Department in yesterdays Mining Gazette, as seen on their website. Think there were some posting recently who might want to look it up.

By troll with connections on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:09 am:

Looks like a bad time to be driving on the Mackinac Bridge.

By julie b., MI on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:22 am:

Campbell carefully recorded history of mining railroads


With his full beard and old hat, John F. Campbell looked like he could have stepped out of the pages of a history book.

Instead, he was something of an amateur historian, specializing in the history of mining railroads in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

"I think he just had a fascination with trains ever since he was little," said daughter Mary Gorski. "And he took it several steps beyond that and really wanted to know about the railroading life and the businesses, how the railroads were interconnected and the impact they had in the communities."

Campbell also studied effigy and burial mounds in the Wisconsin and the Midwest. In more recent years, he became increasingly interested in the rock art of ancient peoples, especially in the southwestern United States. He maintained Web sites - one with railroad research and another on rock art - that featured his writing and photographs.

Campbell died Wednesday of an abdominal aneurysm. He was 65.

He earned a reputation as a man intensely dedicated to his research and getting the facts right, said Chuck Pomazal, a model railroader specializing in the old Quincy & Torch Lake railroad near Hancock, Mich.

"Bad information is worse than no information," Campbell would say.

Campbell seemed to know everything about the Quincy copper mine, which operated six miles of narrow-gauge track to haul rock and coal, said Pomazal, now of Dixon, Ill.

"I kept seeing his name crop up on the references," Pomazal said. "He had this wealth of knowledge and photographs. He had some heretofore unknown photographs, including huge glass plate negatives."

The Quincy line was one of many that Campbell researched. He was also active with train groups, including as an earlier president of the Soo Line Historical Society, said Pomazal.

A lifelong resident of Milwaukee's east side, Campbell graduated from Riverside High School.

He long worked for Helix Photoart downtown, where he was responsible for audio-visual rental equipment. He married the former Barbara Kuester, soul mates until her death from breast cancer in 1993.

Campbell shared what he knew, easily communicating with those more amateur or more credentialed, said a friend, Deborah Morse-Kahn, director for Regional Research Associates of Minneapolis, Minn.

Campbell assisted Morse-Kahn in the research for two books, "A Guide to the Archaeology Parks of the Upper Midwest" and "Clinton, Iowa: Railroad Town."

"He was the person who showed me where all the sites were - and many on private land that we visited with permission," she said. "Half of the effigy mound parks I knew about only because of John.

"He was the go-to guy for a lot of us. He was Wisconsin history. It was all in his head. And he was loved by so many people."

In addition to his daughter, survivors include mother Marion; sister Penny Stanley; mother-in-law Lillian Kuester; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Northshore Funeral Services, 3601 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m.

To see Campbell's Web site on train history, visit my.execpc.com/~jcampbel/ageir.html; visit my.execpc.com/~jcampbel/ for his rock art site.

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:16 pm:

Thanks Danbury,

Yep, I saw that in the paper last night too. Cheers to the wonderful volunteers on the Houghton Sheriff Department Crime Victim Unit who give so unselfishlessly of their time and of themselves to help others. :)

Yes! We got more snow last night..it's so beautiful outside. I was up until 4am last night working on, (but of course) paperwork...and enjoying watching the snow fall...so peaceful. It's something how the snow on the ground lights up the night, eh.

Well, I have to get back to work here...I am on a seven day deadline. Hope everyone has a wonderful day. :)

By James - Il on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 03:18 pm:

Does anyone know Mike Roach? He use to live in Calumet I think, and if I'm not mistaken his father was a doctor. He worked at the Sound Center in the late 70's and also did a radio show at the station at MTU. I would guess Mike would be in his mid 50's now. I would like to get in touch with him if I can so if anyone can help that would be great. Thanks.

By SarahK, MI troll in FL on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 03:57 pm:

Here's some of the viewmaster (left right type)slides in the group we found in a storage unit:

Don't know if I can scan them, I could try...I suppose. Do you think they are worth anything?

4"x 1 1/2" color viewmaster slides excellent conndition 1955 (2 exact pictures on each card)
Kodachrome Stereo Tranparencies, processed by Kodak.Labor Day Weekend 1955, 18 slides
Little Traverse Bay Petoskey
Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Vase Rock Pictured rocks Lake Superior
Indian chief Profile Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Upper Tahquamenon Falls Upper Peninsula
Diamond rock Indian Chief Profile Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Upper Tahquamenon Falls Mich's Upper Penin.
Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Mother and Dad on Tahquamenon River
Painted Cave Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Caves at Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
Castle Rock St Ignace Mich.
Dettmans Motel Lake Huron St Ignace, Mich
Pictured Rocks Lake Superior
State Ferry Straits of Mackinac Michigan
Tiger Lady, Captain Claude Hansen Tour boat for pictured rocks tour Munising, Mich

By Laurium Resident on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:00 pm:

James - IL : The last name there is spelled "Roche". I don't know how to locate Mike Roche but I am sure of the spelling.

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:01 pm:

Sarah K,

I bet there is a museum or two in the UP who would be interested in them. ;)

By Charles in Adrian,MI on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:30 pm:

I saw an article today on the Yahoo site that talked about a
pattern in the deaths of teen-age drivers. So many tended to be
young (16), driving with other teens, and then some other
things. It brought back memories of growing up in Esky in the
1950s. I still recall at football practice one day having the coach
tell us that we had lost one of our team-members, Jim
Mongrain, to a car accident. He was several years ahead of me
in school so I did not know him very well, but you can see what
an impression his death made on me just from my remembering
50 years later. I remember thinking how many and whom from
our class would join the ranks of auto fatalities. As it happened,
we had our share, and I suspect alcohol was part of the reason.
What this is leading to is a question that current Yoopers
could answer better than others. And that is: is the death toll
still pretty high among young U.P. drivers, and if it is, is alcohol
still a leading reason? I can see where maybe it might not be.
There sure aren't as many taverns around as there were in the
"good 'ol days."

By Pat Roche - IL on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:03 pm:




Mike lives in Marquette.

From his brother Pat (In IL by the way.)

By Bruce Laurium Mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:25 pm:

Hi Pat Roche from your old buddy Bruce (WGKB)

By DH, No longer flooded Temecula, CA on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:30 pm:

Teen drivers:

My son is going to be 16 in April and I think California is doing the right thing in restricting their licenses for the first couple of years. I haven't read all the rules, but I don'think he's allowed to drive late at night or with other teens in the car until he turns 18. This may not be restrictive enough. Our neighbor's son has done $25K in damage to their cars in three accidents since he turned 18 a year and a half ago. All three with friends in the car.

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