Mar 31-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: March: Mar 31-03
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Toivo from Toivola, visiting the Golden State on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:14 am:

As always - - you are welcome to add to this month's tribute memorial.

Grandma Roberts
Martha Orquist
Ryan Kilpela
Edwin Williams

Thanks to Donn de Yampert for another glimpse of the heavenly beauty of Lake Superior's shore.
Kathi, near Detroit on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 02:41 am:

I'd like to add a tribute memorial for all the military personnel who've already died in this war and all those yet to make the ultimate sacrifice. May peace come swiftly to that troubled region, so that all families may be reunited.

By ywb/yooperwannabe/richmond on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 06:02 am:

Robert Simpson
Susan Simpson
Suzanne Spruytte
Joe Berry
John "Mr. Bud" Vargo

By Jon, Ypsilanti on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 06:34 am:

I would like to add to the military tribute given by Kathi - and that is all those who gave their lives in Afghanistan and the last Gulf War.

By Mike, Michigan on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:00 am:

I too would like to remember the lives given in Iraq to allow us to be free. Thank You to all of you serving in the military. Our prayers are with you and hope you can come home soon.

By Mary Lou on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:16 am:

Remembering....Edward "Gary" Curtin..on his birthday.......he is missed so much!!..with love forever.....

By Jodi from NY on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:34 am:

Where is the Keweenaw and is it an Indian name?


By BELO-LL on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:38 am:


By CT on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:51 am:

Teri Hall, who loved Up North.....

By Me on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 09:02 am:

I would like for people to remember Billy Wheeler who passed just recently.

By A Friend in Indiana on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 09:10 am:

Remembering George Ekstrom, 60, of Porter, Indiana and the Escanaba area who passed away March 18th of ALS.

By B.R. , Houghton on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 09:18 am:

In Memory of
Linda Sauvola
Stanley Kestie
Joseph Baril
Special thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

By Susie, IN on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 09:41 am:

I would like to remember Guy Gerber, a sweet little 93 year old man who was a frequent visitor to the cycle, snowmobile and atv repair business that my husband and I own. He would ride in on his Honda Helix scooter. Unfortunately last Thursday he did not see the railroad signal and the arms came down, knocked him off his scooter into the path of the train. We will miss him so much. May he rest in peace.

By PJS, TX on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 09:53 am:

I'd like to add Eino Hannula. He was my great uncle. I also echo the comments regarding our military personnel. As a mother of a soldier in the Army Special Operations Forces in Afganistan, I am proud of and worried about our boys in uniform! My heart goes out to those families who have lost so much for our freedom and the freedom of the Afganistan and Iraq people.

By missing the yoop on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 10:36 am:

Aileen Lahti
Dwaine Mills
Dr. Robert Ziegler

By Sarah, St. Clair Shores, MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 11:16 am:

Remembering our dear friend and "Grandma", Laura Christman.

By Char, WI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 11:18 am:

In memory of my sister, Vivian Wood. The
author, photographer, and webmaster of
Exploring the North. She so loved the woods
and water of the Upper Peninsula.

By P.K., Nashville on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 11:54 am:

Thanks for the tribute to those who have left us. It touches my spirit.

Each day our men and women in the military are in my prayers as well as their family members. This is a difficult time for all of them. May God speed their safe return home.

By Martha L., Mishawaka, IN on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:00 pm:

I would like to remember my father, William Howard Bergh, a lifetime resident of Keweenaw County. He so loved the Copper Country. Mom and my sister and I miss him so much since his "homegoing" on March 28, 1999. It is such a comfort to KNOW we will meet again in heaven some day!

By Donna Utzman, Muskegon, MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:16 pm:

Would like to remember an old and good friend of my family, Billy Wheeler. His parents owned Wheeler's Bar on Fifth Street in Calumet. He worked out of Wisconsin for Ford. The last few years he has been at his cottage home on Lakeshore Drive on Lake Superior. His funeral is today and I know he will surely be missed by his many friends and family.

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:24 pm:

To Jodi from NY -- Check your USA map and find
Lake Superior. On the southern shore there is a large "finger" pointing NE. At the finger's tip is a village called Copper Harbor. At the base of the finger are twin towns called Hancock and Houghton. At the mid-point are twin towns called Calumet and Laurium. Also at the base of the finger is a waterway extending from the northwest to the southeast. The "finger" is The Keweenaw. The waterway gives the area its name: it is the Ojibwe (formerly known as Chippewa) word for "portage." The waterway was a main route for Native Americans and early explorers but the NW end was a swamp and had to be portaged. In the mid 1800's that area was dredged to make what is now known as the Keweenaw Waterway. The middle section of the waterway is a large lake named Portage Lake. The SE end was a river which was "straightened" and dredged. 500 and 750 ft. lake freighters frequently used the waterway as a short-cut and refuge from Lake Superior's storms. Now the 1000 ft. freighters cannot navigate it. Lake Superior, with Duluth, Minnesota on the west and the "Soo" (Sault Ste. Marie) locks on the east
carries more tonnage in shipping than the Panama Canal. Check your library for books about "The Copper Country", early copper mining and fur-trade in the USA.

By Rivera on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:48 pm:

Indeed let us remember our brave soldiers who have given all in this war and every past conflict, let us also remember their families who must bear the loss of a loved one. The least we can be is a grateful and supportive nation.

By cal, Oshkosh WI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 12:48 pm:

I'd like to add my uncle, Clement Lundquist, to the memorial list. He was a lifelong resident of northern Menominee county.

By Alice, Ventura, CA on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 01:11 pm:

Thanks JAD, Oskar,MI for the info. I knew some of this, but it was nice to see it all again! I didn't know Ojibwe (formerly known as the Chippewa) or that Keweenaw was the word for portage. Makes sense!

And add in memoriam my aunt Erma Erickson of Greenland, MI, whose birthday would have been today also. She was loved by all.

By Pat, WI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 01:16 pm:

Edward L. Kolka who died March 2, 1968 in Vietnam.

By MM LL MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 01:49 pm:

For my Mother, Rosemary LaBelle who would have also celebrated a birthday today. Her "homegoing" was 4-11-1999. She is missed by us all, but her memory still brings comfort. On a lighter note, my neice (my mother's first grandchild) also celebrates a birthday today. Happy birthday Jessica! What a birthday gift my mother was given.

By PA on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 02:58 pm:

To JAD, Oskar,MI: Thanks a million for letting the secret out. Now God's Country will be inundated with even more foreigners! :-)

By East Coast Foreigner on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 03:21 pm:

Thanks for the info JAD - don't worry PA I consider anything with a wind chill below "84 degrees" non-tourist areas.

Does Lake Superior have beaches and also isn't it the MOST shipwrecked Great Lake? But the least polluted?

Thanks.... it surprises me how pretty it looks - it was never a place I thought would be interesting till I started reading this board.

By Al,Ca. on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 03:39 pm:

To PA, most of those foreigners only show up in the summer and keep the area "green" with $'s

By ELDRED AZ. on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 04:42 pm:


By Jan, Illinois on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 04:59 pm:

I remember Aileen Lahti if it is the same one who lived in Wainola. Lovely lady, friend of my mother.

By Sandy, MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 05:27 pm:

Bill Clay - U.S. Air Force - Korean War

In memorial and devotion to those who sacrifice to make and keep us free - yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

By A Yooper in Illinois on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 05:34 pm:


There are beautiful unspoiled beaches and
sand dunes as well as sandstone cliffs and
caves (see Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore)
along Lake Superior and the water is so clear
and cold that you can see the bottom even in
very deep water...(upwards of 30 feet).

It is one of the most gorgeous places in the
US in summer and winter (and in autumn the
foliage is equal to that of Vermont etc) but
summers are definitely more inviting to those
not used to the deep snow and cold.

And there's nothing more refreshing than
jumping into the clear, cold Lake Superior
waves from a sauna on the beach and
jumping right back out and into the sauna to
warm up!

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 06:55 pm:

May I please say that I am touched by this Memorial Page each month. What a wonderful thing to have each month, to remember our loved ones by.

By Ann in Mi. on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 06:56 pm:

To PA,
After people start talking about how lovely the CC is, I say, "Yes, it is, but sometimes the weather is bad and the bugs are awful." This usually elicits a lengthy discussion of how bad the black flies were the last time they visited. It works every time :)

By r on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 07:35 pm:

Also Remembering Shelby Normand.

By Ned, Kingsford. on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:14 pm:


Harry Aldridge
Patricia Aldridge
Ned Bovee
Billie Bovee
Ray and Sophia Aldridge
Jim and Cordie Aldridge
Elmer and Beatrice Aldridge
Frank and Pearl Aldridge

By J, MI on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:20 pm:

To Ann in Mi. Wear a bug net and wait 5 minutes, the bad weather will change! Gotta love it.

By Marc, offshore GoM/Tamarack City on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:27 pm:

LOOK AT THE BRIDGE CAM!!!!! IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL RIGHT NOW @ 7:30 PM, I mean 6:30 pm keweenaw time. WOW
Gotta call my buddy Mike from Laurium, he's only one boat away down here in Galveston. Hey Mike, wake up:)

By marc on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:36 pm:

Got so excited I put the wrong time:) Guess it's 8:30-ish there...

By Charlie H., in Eagle River on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 08:49 pm:

My wife and I were driving across the bridge, just about the time this was taken. Snow/rain mix tonight in Houghton/Hancock.


By Fran,Ga on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 10:10 pm:

It is fascinating to view the bridge each night and to see how different it looks each time.It always looks beautiful.

I add my support and prayers for all of our brave troops. Let them come home safe and sound to their families.

By Janice Herendeen Greenville, Mi on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 10:24 pm:

To my brother, Dennis Arden. I will always remember you with a smile on my face. No one will ever take your place

By Svea, San Diego, CA on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 10:36 pm:

Martha Orquist of South Range, who passed away this month, was my aunt. A wonderful woman....sweet, gentle, caring, and kind. For many years she traveled with her "gentleman friends," Mr. Parkinson and Mr. Arthur(itis), and they were with her when I last saw her in 1994. Aunt Martha was preceded in passing by one of her daughters not too very long ago. Although I seldom saw her in my adult years, she is missed. She was a really neat lady and continues to live in my memory.

By Steve the Troll on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 11:00 pm:

Remembering with his family Arlen Ollanketo.
I never met Arlen Ollanketo, but I bet I would have liked him. We shared a very good friend.

By molson,, twin cites mn. on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - 01:11 am:

In remembrance of Wilma E. Olson, Born April 1, 1930. Mom you past away before you time. I wish my daughters could have known you the way I do. The youngest has only your pictures to look at. She was born a couple months after you were gone.

I will keep your memory alive in their hearts.

By dm on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - 07:20 am:

In loving memory of my Aunt Ida Menard (nee Maki) the last of the children of the late Henry Maki and Catherine Harju marriage. Who passed away 3/30/03 at the age of 92. You will live forever in my memory.

By ed on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - 08:18 am:

I always enjoyed the gab sessions of the 50's with Billy Provost who passed away in March.He was a member of the popular country/western band from Hubbell in years gone by.

By Tony Shuty--Negaunne on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - 12:59 pm:

NEVER FORGETTING--BILLY WHEELER--BiLL you may be gone from here,but will never be forgotton by all your friends who knew you --and will be always
there conversations-- till we meet again--toniya

By Dave, Bakersfield, CA on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 - 03:24 pm:

Happy birthday Eldred! It was 88 in Bakersfield, CA yesterday. Your son Dave.

By Proud Yooper - MI on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 07:53 am:

Donn - You have a way of capturing the sun and the lake that I really enjoy. I still enjoy the one you named "Mixed Emotion."

By julie, MD on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 09:46 am:

I remember Dr. Ziegler, cardiologist right? If this is the right guy, I created a tricky situation for him when I was 9. I was supposed to be asleep during a catherization only the drugs weren't working. So, he promptly assigned a nurse at my head to scratch any itches and he went ahead and explained all the steps to a curious little girl. He was a sweetie!

By dab calumet on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 07:53 pm:

I would like to remember Jack Welsh a true gentleman and wonderful friend.

By Barb Bremigan, Elkhart, IN on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 08:25 pm:

To Martha L. in Mishawaka, IN

I believe that a friend and I stayed at your
family's resort in Copper Harbor in the summer of
2001. We had a wonderful time; the week went far
too quickly. Thanks to your mom for a splendid

By NOOR KHAN on Thursday, December 4, 2003 - 04:10 am:


By Cy, MN on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:26 am:

There was a night, in Wisconsin, when the moon was full and the loons were calling down at the lake, and I and my wife were sitting in the adorondack chairs remembering what it was like when our kids were small. You know, before the time when they were constantly calling for one or the other of you, and when all you wanted was to have just the very next moment (not a long time) to relax and to not have to run after the kids. Well, that was the night when we chose to not rush to find out what they wanted or needed but, instead, just sat and looked at each other in the moonlight. Oh, did I mention that the full moon had come up in the midst of one of the children's crys? Well, it did. And we looked at each other and sighed. Just sighed. And looked again at the moon before we went back in. What a great night.

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