Mar 09-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: March: Mar 09-03
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Photo from Joan Shiroda Norton

By Joan Shiroda Norton on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 08:26 am:

Another shoebox photograph taken on a cold snowy day in Calumet, Hancock or Houghton or maybe South Range? Guess again! Need a hint? When you look at the bridge cam aimed at Houghton, what small town is about a mile straight up the hill? The picture is of Hurontown taken around 1920 looking up Main Street. The buildings on the left stood on the block where the Hurontown Fire Station stands today. The tall building with the cone shaped roof on the left was the old Hurontown Fire Station that burned down around 1935. One of the stores across the street was Kohl's Butcher Shop. At one time the main street in Hurontown was a bustling community with a tavern or two, general stores, Mutter's pool hall, a shoemaker shop and Champion's Monument Company to mention a few.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 08:41 am:

Looks like one of those Hurontown taverns was fond of Joseph Bosch's brew. If you tuned in the Pasty Cam last week, you heard that the former Bosch mansion in Lake Linden was lost to fire.
Last Week
Photo by John Dee
But it wasn't all bad news last week. Copper Country folks are still celebrating another state championship for Calumet High School's hockey team. Way to go Copper Kings!
Also Last Week

By me on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 08:56 am:

I remember a man telling us once, about "when I was a kid, herds of cows used to run through the streets here". And he was talking Hurontown.

By Steve troll on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 09:19 am:

I lived in Hurontown with three other Tech guys in 1969 in a house one of the guys bought for $1,000.00 It flooded pretty bad in spring, but we had a ball and it was within walking distance of campus. I re-visited last July and it looks pretty good. I never knew Hurontown ever had a real main street though.

By on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 10:26 am:

It is amazing to see photographs such as the above from the past. One could hardly imagine Calumet and Hurontown being busy, populated and built up from what we see today. A lesson from history would be economic diversity as the cultural diversity that others push today had been achieved. Thanks for the photograph.

By JoAnne & Dave Stefanac, Port Orchard, WA on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 11:10 am:

Can someone give us displaced yoopers the lowdown on the Copper Kings win? Who'd they play? What was the score? WAY TO GO, KINGS!!!

By ed on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 11:21 am:

The Kings beat Riverview Gabriel Richard yesterday 3-1 at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

By John, MI on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 12:12 pm:

Yesterday's Pasty Cam notes also has a picture of the scoreboard at the end of the game. Calumet outshot them 44-12, so they really outplayed them. Riverview's goalie was pretty busy and probably kept them in the game, keeping the final score from being as lopsided at the shots on net were.

By DAN BELO- LAKE LINDEN on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 12:32 pm:


By Darrell Oinas on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 12:48 pm:

I remember Bosch beer, although I was a little underage at the time my parents would let me have a sip now and then when no one was looking when they use to go to eva's in calumet during the late 60's and back then a bottle of Bosch was a dime a beer, put a dollar on the table and get 10 beers if you wanted and I remember The furor it created when the price went up to 15 cents in the early 70's. People were talking about boycotting the place, but you know that never happened. And to all who think he must have had awful parents to let him have a sip of beer every now and then, pooh on you, they were cool.

By Darrell Oinas on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 01:14 pm:

One more note, it brings back memories of the old eagles club and many of you might remember it was located downstairs of the Italian Hall, they had a pool table or two and a stuffed eagle in the bar and a real beautiful wood bar, too bad they tore the building down as it would have made a great tourist attraction, but lack of funds and possibility of colapse and short sightedness led to it's demise, a lot of other building's in calumet should be preserved also but I know the funds only go so far.

By another yooper, mi on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 01:24 pm:

To Dan Belo, Chopp,s and Herlevich's were on the Main St in Dodgeville not Hurontown. Dodgeville was quite a liitle town during the mining days also. Does anyone have any photos that can be posted.

By jj_greenville_mi on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 01:30 pm:

great history lesson today on a once busy downtown or uptown, whichever.
power poles show many rows of wires. winter time and the lack of automobiles or horse/wagons on the street. bet the pool hall and taverns were full of people though. keepin' warm and talkin' about the local news AND THE WINTER WEATHER of the day.
hope someone has some photos of the home BEFORE it burned. must have been a great landmark. the interior and outdoor design was probably superb.

By Luanne, Dickeyville WI on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 02:34 pm:

Short sightedness was not the downfall of Italian Hall. Lack of funds, lack of public interest, poor shape of builing was it's eventual downfall. The American Federation of State, County and Munincipal Employees Union (among others)tried very hard to save the building. But these were the days before Historical Preservation caught on in the Keweenaw. Before there was grant money to be had from the feds to save our mining and labor heritage. But don't ever think it was short sightedness or lack of trying to save this landmark.

By rtt, mi on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 04:07 pm:

JJ Look again on the left it sure looks like a horse with blanket hooked up to a sleigh. Hard to tell but maybe two more up the street, one on each side. Neat photo.

By Uncle Bud/old Mohawk guy on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 04:26 pm:

There was a slogan in the 50's:
"Busch or Bosch we all agree, it was the best beer in the whole UP".
Pounded down a lot of it in those days w/the Grasshopper Club.

By Mary Veale on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 04:38 pm:

My Dad, Joseph Hawke, was an errand boy for the Bosch Brewery in Lake Linden. It was his first job. During his lunch time on school days he ran to the Post Office, picked up Bosch's mail, delivered it to the brewery, and ran back to school with a quarter in his pocket.

By copper king fan on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 05:09 pm:

sounds like the CALUMET COPPER KINGS have just arrived home safely with the state title.the firemen are on the job again in this cold wheather but with SMILES on their faces!i'm feeling that small town pride!WAY TO GO KINGS!!!

By Ron Sibilsky Lake, Mi. on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 05:16 pm:

Interesting to see the picture of Hurontown. Recognized it immediately as I have an oil painting of that picture in my home. The picture was painted by my cousin, Fredi Taddeucci,from that exact photo. However I do not any longer have the photo. I grew up in Hurontown during the 1940's and 1950's. Hurontown looked much different fron the photo when I was growing up and it sure looks much different today.

By Dave Whitten on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 05:34 pm:

Can someone give more specific location info for Hurontown? A map relative to Houghton would be great.
I remember my dad and moms brothers drinking a Bosch or ten. I think their slogan was "Busch, Bosch, Hog Wash!"

By Darrell oinas/Dewitt MI. on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 05:45 pm:

Luanne, I am sorry if I offended you with my comment on short sightedness. But you must admit that back then the community as a whole was short sighted as many thought of such buildings as an eyesore and should be torn down and for many years they had heard about big plans for calumet, copper town usa and such and as many years go by and nothing changes there is no way the community would support saving an old building, but now the years have passed and now it is a historic park, and that is what I ment by short sightedness.

By bh on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 06:26 pm:

saw the kings game also.......
ben from livonia...a former or still a U PER

By K on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 06:39 pm:

Complet lowdown on Calumet victory...

By Luanne on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 06:56 pm:

Okay Darrell I see what you mean. I agree whole heartedly with that. The community as a whole (and not just Calumet) was shortsighted. I think Americans as a whole tend to tear our heritage down instead of preserving it. "Pave paradise and put up a parking lot".

By Joan, now living in Florida on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 08:15 pm:

Glad to read so many of you enjoyed the picture of Hurontown. I bet Ron S. remembers Matt Dillon's cows getting out and roaming the streets of Hurontown.

By Daryl Laitila on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 09:10 pm:

I've been following your postings here and thought it
might be a good chance to let you know that I've been
updating the Heritage Center's website. This is a great
example of what the community is doing to save historic

Please take a look at the Heritage Center website
what you can do to help.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 10:32 pm:

When you visit the Heritage Center website, be sure to take a look at the new photos showing some of the current renovation, and some of the wonderful stained glass artwork of Karen Bell-Hansen.

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 11:10 pm:

Looked at the Heritage Center Site and Photos.I was amazed at the progress they have made since we got to just peek in thru the doors 7 years ago. Last summer we just didn't have the time to get in there. It is really progerssing nicely. The stain glass work is beautiful. The next time we are home we will have to go and see it. I am so glad they are saving those beautiful old buildings.

By Ron S.----Lake, Mi. on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 07:54 am:

Joan-- Sure do remember Matt Dillon's cows. Also Onkala's cows. Helped the Onkala boys get them back to the barn at night for milking. Dave Whitton--- Hurontown is directly south of the Portage lift bridge. As growth takes place in the area Houghton & Hurontown are getting to be almost one.

By priscilla on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 06:01 pm:

Didnt Bosch have a billboard in Laurium at one time?

By FRNash/Phx, AZ on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 06:02 am:

Dave Whitten said:

Can someone give more specific location info for Hurontown?
A map relative to Houghton would be great.

Here 'tis:


George Landis, Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 01:05 pm:

I think the Hurontown fire station burned down later than 1935. I started Kindergarden at Houghton in 1935 and I remember the fire station burning when I was in either in first or second grade. The reason I remember so vividly is that Frederick Pernaski was a classmate and his father was the Fire Chief at the time of the fire.
We all thought it was hilarious that the fire truck was destroyed in the fire, but of course it wasn't very funny to Chief Pernaski or the residents of Hurontown. Fred lives in Hancock so he could probably provide a more exact date than I can.

By Joan in Tampa on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 06:41 pm:

George.....According to my mother, the Hurontown fire station burned down in 1934. Her sister's family were living in an apartment in the back of the station when it went up in flames. The station was dedicated on 9/25/1903 and was the second "hall". I believe the first fire station (built in the 1880s)also went up in flames. It was on a side street near the old school The present Hurontown fire station was a WPA project that was completed in 1937. I have old pictures of all three fire stations with the firemen standing in front their new "hall". One of these days I'll dig them out of the old shoe box. Maybe Charlie will see fit to put them on

By fritz ahola MI on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 11:35 am:

Dan- Chopp and Herlevich's taverns were on the main street of Dodgeville, not Hurontown. The Hurontown Bar was on the corner of what is now Sharon and Main. Spent some of my misspent youth there.

By amanda, michigan on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 06:29 am:

okay. i lived here all my life, (i'm 20)and i've never heard of hurontown..where is it?

By amanda, michigan on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 06:29 am:

oh nevermind. i just saw the map. lol.

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