Mar 23-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: March: Mar 23-03
Keweenaw cabin, late winter, 1890's    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Bill Balmer
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Photos from Bill Balmer

By William Balmer on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 12:41 pm:

Thought you might appreciate seeing these pictures of late winter scenes in the Copper Country around 1890. They were made from contact prints from glass plates.

My mother-in-law, Anna Paquette, bought a garage in Houghton and found a box of plates in the attic in the 1950's.

I graduated from Tech in 1949 and my family used to visit the Copper Country frequently until her death.

By California on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 12:56 pm:

I hope all those glass-plates have been archived somewhere so they can be kept for historical purposes.


By KKoski on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 12:57 pm:

If you are tuned in today Peggy Koski....Happy Birthday!!

Cool old picture, love the ties at DC.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 12:59 pm:

Great news! It appears our goal of $20,000 for the new Resident Van at Still Waters was reached yesterday. We are still totaling all the secure credit card submissions, and the pledges of those who indicated they would mail a contribution (tax deductible, whichever method of donating).

We hope to finalize the arrangements this week, pick up the keys and bring you a report as this new transportation is put into service for Still Waters' residents. Thanks to all for your generous support!

New van

Alex Eating a Pasty Tiensivu on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 01:19 pm:

1980's... WOW! That is really something! Just a quick word to everyone... Since Fran from GA is teasing me about her homemade Pasties, I just wanted to announce that as I'm typing, I have a BEAUTIFUL Pasty, baking in the oven! So... I am having a Pasty for lunch, and Fran's NOT!

By Tiensivu means On The Roadside! on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 01:21 pm:

By Alex Eating a Pasty Tiensivu

HAHAHA! I realized after seeing that header above... If you speak Finnish, I just said, Alex Eating a Pasty ON THE ROADSIDE!

By EM,MI on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 01:25 pm:

Great picture! Does anyone have any idea who the people in it are?

By Karen P. MN on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 01:55 pm:

Alex, You have more puns than you were aware of. The year was 1890, not 1980.

These fellows are sure dressed up. They don't look like fur trappers or loggers. Could they be going to church? or maybe out courting!

By Alicia Mi on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 02:05 pm:

They sure were dressed up. Notice the dinner bell
on the right side wall in the first picture.Maybe it was Sunday and they had pasties cooking (like Alex by the Roadside).Ha!
Wonder old photo.

By bob on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:22 pm:

I wonder how many pictures taken today will be able to be reproduced with that kind of quality 100+ years from now. I love old pictures and the stories that go with them. This one has a lot of clues, I hope somebody comes up with the story.

By DB LAKE LINDEN on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:33 pm:

There was a Larson family that lived in a log cabin{still partly there} 1/2 mile west of Ahmeek. the two sons were Ray & Will. Does anyone have any info on these people. 1920 to 1940. I believe it was Mahlner's farm, near the bluff & spring,near old track to Allouez mill,towards Gratiot River.

By Fran.Ga on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:43 pm:

Alex, I would have been eating YOUR pasty by the roadside if I knew they had been on the way to your house!!! My pasties are still in the freezer.I Know you enjoyed it.

Hey everyone!This is a Great Day! of people. I knew if we pitched in we could get that remaining amt for the Van. Pasty Cammers are a good bunch

By DB-lake linden on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:48 pm:

Once upon a time ther was this hermit named Poit Coilander, lived in the hills of Keweenaw with his dog Snuffy, in the one room log cabin. A. cross the old RR track he had this garden near a slow flowing spring, with some of the coolest clear water you ever tasted.He seemed to be poor & simple but he was rich in the peace & serenity of the pines & thimbleberry bushes.----just a little entertainment for you---chuckle

By Fran.Ga on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 05:49 pm:

Something got messed up,"of people" got moved up a few lines.Sorry

By bob on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 06:32 pm:

Even though the picture looks like it could be from the 1890's. I wonder. Are those license plates on the lower right? I don't think they had plates then. Told ya there are a lot of clues in this picture! Sure would be nice to be able to get some more close up's

By ME on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 07:02 pm:

Went to a picture album party, and was told we should all have black and white pictures of things we want to remember (especially our precious little ones), because the colors will fade. Now I've noticed our childrens graduation pictures are starting to fade. Does anyone know if they have improved color film?

By Ansel Adams, NM on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 07:58 pm:

Modern color film will last 100+ years if stored under archival conditions: low temperature and humidity (like in a sealed inert plastic envelope in a freezer).

Ultraviolet light wears photos out. If your photos are hung on a wall and displayed, especially if they are hung where sunlight can hit them, they will fade and shift color in a short matter of months or years.

Today's digital photos? Well, if you can access the medium that the data is stored on, they should last indefinitely. But that's another guess.

By copper country lover! on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 08:04 pm:


By Yooper's Son, IN on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 08:27 pm:

Was the stump in the foreground cut with a two man saw or a chain saw? Looks like a very even cut. Great picture though, any way you slice it!

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 09:07 pm:

In the picture I can make out the letters ACKE on the item Bob thought may be a license plate.Maybe it was a crate instead-could it have been MACKEREL.I guess they would have had to get it dried in the winter.

By ME on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 09:39 pm:

When did they first issue license plates?

By PKoski, Harrison, Mi. on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 10:00 pm:

KKoski, thanks for the b-day greetings, Glenna
says, ha ha, for once she was the first one
with greetings.

By Ken from da UP on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 10:06 pm:

Those guys look like they are related. Brothers? Father and son? Maybe those are boards from a fish-box. If it was mackerel, it must have came in on a train or a boat. When that bell rings you'd better not be late. :o) The one doing the dishes doesn't look too happy, does he? Does that stump look like yellow birch? Does to me.

By Marc, offshore GoM/Tamrack City on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 10:07 pm:

Hello Alisa,
It has been two wonderful years, today and I look forward to many more. Happy Anniversary!!!
Your Husband at large...

By Alex Tiensivu, presently filled with Pasties! on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 10:09 pm:

AHHHHH! I meant 1890's. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

By Marsha, Genesee on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:03 pm:

To Ansel Adams of NM: Are you related to THE Ansel Adams?

By deer hunters wife!!! on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:05 pm:

i noticed above the snowshoes the log is slanted to make a perfect deer stand looking between the trees...think so?

By Pikkuleipa on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 11:53 pm:

Eino & Toivo?

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 12:21 am:

Close, CLOSE look at the dishwasher and his cracker crate.

From Milwaukee

By Suomalainen on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:48 am:

Holy mackerel, it's a cracker crate! LOL
Had to chuckle when I saw that it was actually a cracker crate and not a mackerel crate as some thought. That picture sure has stories in it without even knowing it. I took a closer look from posts of what others saw that I orginally did not see. This would be a good picture for students to write an essay on.

By BCTMi on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 08:43 am:

How about the toboggan,is that 19th century technology?

By Arfie U.P. on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 09:09 am:

Looks like the guy on the left has a shotgun. Dressed the way they are they were probably going to shotgun wedding.

By Pikkuleipa on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 09:20 am:

They're getting themselves a woman so they won't have to do dishes anymore.

By Dawn Marmor on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 10:09 am:

The folks that specialize in these things suggest any digital pics one really wants to keep should be made into prints (, etc.) and stored in archival conditions. The reommendation also is to have multiple copeis in various places (hard drive, CD, friend's house, etc.) and be sure to update the format as technology changes.

By Mary on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:13 pm:

Pretty quiet here today, everyone must be out enjoying the 50 temps! Finally!!

By Doug, Wixom MI on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:20 pm:

I would imagine the toboggan was used to carry in supplies, or drag that buck out of da woods with. Amazing what all is in this photo, and you don't see any of it at first glance.

By Mary Lou on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:26 pm:

Hi Mary: I think our hearts and minds are with our men in Iraq .....I for one can't do much else but check the news...& say a mind won't move off the subject of the bravery these young men show............God speed them home.

By bob on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:50 pm:

I thought it was a shotgun too. But then I wonder if the metal shown coming down to the pistol grip might be a lever? Can that be a "yooper icebox" next to the door? This picture has been a lot of fun. Hope we see some more.

By anxious in the flatlands on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 01:51 pm:

To Mary Lou: My exact feelings, even if the temps are in the 60's. Cannot enjoy the first warm day of sping with the war going on and all the reports of casualties and POW's.

To the rest of the reading audience: PLEASE DON'T START A DEBATE ON THE PRO AND CONS OF THE CURRENT SITUATION. The reality is it IS happening, lets just pray for a victory and safe return of our military men and women.

By Jan, Edmonds, WA on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 03:09 pm:

Cool picture! It's amazing...all the details in this old picture. Speaking of pasties (Alex Eating a Pasty Tiensivu), that's what I'm having for lunch today. It was frozen when it was delivered to me late last week, via a mutual friend in Butte, Montana...but it came from the wonderful pasty maker, Pat Ojala, originally from Quincy Hill; Pat now lives in Butte. A good Yooper-style pasty is so popular with us that it has to be hand delivered to us in the Seattle area, & it comes via Alaska/Horizon Air "flying-culverts", as my husband calls 'em.

By leslie on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 03:52 pm:

Wonder if Charlie's out joy riding in that new van... These two in the photo must be brothers. One looks happy; one sad. One seems to have a loud tie on; the other conservative. And one seems to have something binding below his knees. Funny he's the smiling one.

By Ansel Adams, NM on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 04:45 pm:

Marsha, in Genesee:
Why, thank you for noticing and asking. I am THE Ansel Adams. I didn't die. I got tired of all the fame and hero worship so I faked my death, and bought one of those MotoPhoto kiosks at the mall. And I've never been happier. I do weddings on weekends and team photos in the summer, in addition to film developing and printing. Jim Morrison runs the cigar/lotto store next door and Jimi Hendrix has the guitar store on the other side of town. I'm telling you, life is great in America these days if you're not afraid to work hard. [Bring in this message for 10% off your next enlargement order.]

By Onetangogolf on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 06:00 pm:

You have the advantage of viewing the image as it was sent to you. The image that you posted didn't include the tree to the left of the dishwasher.

How about boosting the resolution to make clue hunting a lot easier?


By Les Bammert, Buffalo N.Y. on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 06:59 pm:

To DD Lake Linden, Yes I remember when Larsons lived below the Bluffs in Ahmeek. We identified the bluffs as "Steep Bluff", the one on the south end and "Big Bluff" on the North. Larsons house was just below the rail bed closer to "Big Bluff". The spring was across the road just where the path led to the top of Big Bluff. As kids we used to walk up to the spring to get the ice cold water and hurry on home to make Kool Aid. Most families did not have refridgerators at that time. I remember "Rumbo" Larson as he was a teenager just a few years older than us. He used to hang out with us in front of the stores which lined the "main street" at that time. I remember them moving but can't remember to where.

By Walt, Ohio Still completely Yooper Finn on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 07:29 pm:

The tree you speak of (appears to the right of the dishwasher as you view the photo) is most certainly a cedar. Ken from da UP, I agree with you , yellow birch stump. With the snow on the stump one cannot tell what type of saw cut the tree, but did you notice the crosscut saw hanging in the tree (also yellow birch) that has the snowshoes leaning on it. Then the tree to the left of the last mentioned one looks like a balsam. Enough Dendrology for one day!

By Marc, offshore GoM/Tamarack City on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 07:46 pm:

Tell Jim I too, eat a lot of chicken. He'll know what I mean.

By EM,MI on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 08:01 pm:

Did anyone notice the wrong pictures are posted for the week of the 16th to the 22nd under if you missed last week?

By Martha K., Pinckney, MI on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 08:13 pm:

Yep, Charlie must still be cruisin' in that new van. That's the good thing about buying a used vehicle, no break-in period where you have to keep it under 50! Anybody been hearin' tires squeal near Still Waters?

By Victor P - Houston on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 09:23 pm:

Did you notice the late model Dodge van parked behind the shack?...something about enough funds raised to fill it with gas? LOL

By Proud Yooper - MI on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 11:22 pm:

What is the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." This one sure has been interesting.

By Toivo, still in Hoquiam/Aberdeen, WA on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 12:06 am:

E.M. - -

Thanks for noticing the error on the weekly review, at bottom of Pasty Cam page. I just logged on and fixed it for Charlie - - having done it several times on the weekly change-over. Most people don't know, but those thumbnail photos are uploaded each day. So all I had to do was change what was being pointed at.

Tomorrow is my last day here in Washington for a while, as I embark on a new adventure Wednesday - - headed south to Oregon. More later, but now I'm pickin up Tina for a late dinner.
By Proud Yooper - MI on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 08:16 am:

Toivo, Oregon is beautiful! We have relatives that live there. They love it, but it's too rainy for us this time of year. We were there in June one year and it was fantastic weather then. The Coastline is gorgeous! Have a safe journey where ever the road takes you. May your heart (and Tina's) grow fonder with this temporary separation. If it's meant, it will happen. Keep us posted in your travels. Stay safe and out of harm's way.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 02:13 pm:


I hope you get a chance to check out Astoria, OR -- reputedly the Finnish capital of the northwest, and quite the interesting town besides.

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