Apr 13-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: April: Apr 13-03
Historic Evening Copper Journal    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from R.C. Wetton

By R.C. Wetton, Dollar Bay, MI on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 12:08 pm:

I found this old newspaper at Teds. It's an 1912 issue of the Evening Copper Journal dated Fri Apr 16th, 3 days after the Titanic sank. It's in pretty fragile condition after 91 years. One of the articles mentions a Hancock woman.

By DJB-MI. on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 12:30 pm:


By Robin, MI on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 12:34 pm:

That is so cool. I envy you being able to read the articles in a newspaper that old. I love that sort of thing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia --- Was that Toivo that just drove past? on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 12:48 pm:

What an AWESOME piece of history! Only at Pasty Central, of course! I'm surprised it didn't crack when you scanned it!

By Troll, MI on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 01:32 pm:

I think that the paper was photographed.

By RCW $ Bay on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 01:52 pm:

Yes thats the only way (photograph) I could do it, its so fragile.Hopefully I can donate it to the museum so maybe it can be preserved.

By yopper wanna' be, Mid-MI on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 01:56 pm:

Titanic Sunk on 4-14 I was married on 4-14 66 years later. Both were disasters. COINCEDENCE or fate?

By pine street boy on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 06:02 pm:

MY dad was 21 in 1912-came calumet in 1911--also was on his way to the italian hall when the chistmas eve disaster happened in 1913--If anyone is interested in calumet history theres a new book out--CALUMET COPPER COUNTRY METROPOLIS by DAVE ENGLE and GERRY MANTEL--224 pages--gloss paper--the book is all articals taken from papers 1898-1913 has write ups of many many fatal mine accidents with the names of injured and killed--the 1913 strike info with many photos including one on the last page of Big ANNIE KLOBUCHAR CLEMENEC who was a strike leader in 1913--she looks like she was a very beautiful women --Lot of work must have gone into this book and i think best one about calumet yet one example from the book---AUG 11 1913--By tomorrow night nealy forty per cent of the state troops970 men,will have left the copper country.This will leave a force of 1,500 which will remain in the STRIKE ZONE until it is balived all danger of serious disorder is passed--little did anyone no then that 80 people would die mostly children when someone called out fire from the bottom of the steps--altho the man was never apprehended--most old timers belived it to be a member of the mining companies security police

By Julie Beck on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 07:19 pm:

From a book titled "Titanic-Women and Children First" by Judith Geller there were a number of passengers whose 1912 addresses and destinations were listed as somewhere in the Copper Country. Here are the names:
-Mr Andrew Frank Redruth, Cornwall to Houghton,
-Mr. Fredrick James Banfield, Plymouth England to Hancock, Michigan
-Mr. William J. Berriman, St. Ives, Cornwall to Calumet, Michigan
Mr. William Carbines, St. Ives, Cornwall to Houghton
-Mrs. Anges Mary (nee Friggens) Davis, St. Ives, Cornwall to Houghton
-Mr. Charles Fillbrook Truro, Cornwall to Houghton
-Mr. Stephen Curnow Jenkin, St. Ives, Cornwall to Houghton
-Mr. Joesph Charles Nicholls St. Ives, Cornwall to Houghton
-Miss Maude Sincock age 20 St. Ives, Cornwall to Hancock Michigan (there is a mistake in the book as Miss Sincock's destination is listed as Hancock, Minnesota. Those who know her family know that her married name was Maude Richards and that she has a son and his family still living in the Copper Country. My grandmother was a friend of Maude's for many years and we met her as children).
-Mr. Hayden Samuel James Sobey, Cornwall, England to Houghton
-Miss Jenny Lovisa Henriksson, Stockholm, Sweden to Iron Mountain, MI
-Miss Ellen Natalia Pettersson, Stockholm, Sweden to Iron Mountain, MI
-Multiple members of the William Skoog family, returning to Iron Mountain, MI
Estimates were that of the passengers, 528 were women or children and that 158 women and children died and 1365 men.
Having visited the travelling Titanic Exhibit in St. Paul, MN and knowing "Mrs. Richards" I have come to believe that the people of the Copper Country are especially strong and as the Finns say full of Sisu.

By Paul in Illinois on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 07:46 pm:

What a find! Thank you for sharing it.

By pikkuleipa on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 08:53 pm:

LOL yooper wanna'be!
Also just noticed Toivo's 2nd plate says Toto. Thought he couldn't decide which one he liked better!

By Dave Whitten, Farmington Hills, MI on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 09:56 pm:

Hey Pine Street Boy ... can you tell me where I might purchase a copy of CALUMET COPPER COUNTRY METROPOLIS by DAVE ENGLE and GERRY MANTEL?
Dave Whitten

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 09:59 pm:

It is amazing that paper is is such good shape for being nearly a century old. A nice piece of history.

Does anyone know what is wrong with the Bridge cam?I miss seeing it every night.

By Yooper at Heart, AZ on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 10:14 pm:

I remember when I was a kid growing up in Houghton in the early 60's getting acquainted with the grandmother of my friend Debbie Roberts (if I recall, her dad's nickname was Fuzzy(?) Roberts). Her grandma shared her story about surviving the Titanic as a very young girl, and even had some artifacts she was able to save. Probably about 30 years ago or more the Daily Mining Gazette printed a wonderful article about her experiences. Somewhere I still have a copy of the article. Does anyone else remember her? I only knew her as Grandma Roberts. She was a gracious lady.

By Mary on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 10:54 pm:

Dave Whitten, Farmington Hills, MI:
One of the sponsors right here on Pasty.com, Copper World, is where you can order a copy of the book: Calumet,Copper Country Metropolis, by Dave Engel and Gerry Mantel. I bought one for my husband for Christmas there, and it was autographed by one of the authors!

ed. note: You may order the book at the Copper World site, or on the pasty
order form page. Shipping is free when ordered with pasties, or $5 extra if book order alone.

By Dan on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 11:20 pm:

The account of Agnes Davies:

"We were in our berths when the steamer struck the iceberg at 11.50 the night of Sunday. we felt the jar but did not imagine that anything serious had occured. However I rang for the steward for the purpose of making inquiries. He assured us that nothing of consequence had happened and that we could remain in our berths without fear. A few minutes later Miss Phillips' father, who was also a passenger on the boat called his daughter and told her to dress. She went on deck and returned shortly and said orders had been given for all the passengers to dress and put on lifebelts. By this time I had dressed, although my little son was still sleeping. The steward again came to the stateroom and said there was no danger or occasion for fear. I decided to dress the boy, however, and did so.

My son Joseph had dressed and he came to the stateroom and put lifebelts on us. Through all this time we had received no warning from the steward, no orders to prepare for anything like what we were to experience. Had it not been for our curiosity to learn what was going on we might have perished. we went on deck about 12.15 and my son and myself were placed in the third lifeboat.

My older son, Joseph, helped to place us in the boat and asked permission to enter it himself, this being refused with the threat that he would be shot if he attempted to get in. I pleaded with the officers in vain, that he be allowed to come with me. There were about fifty in the boat, but there was room for more. After we were lowered away and before the boat left the ship some men entered it by sliding down the davit ropes. The men in charge of the boat rowed as hard as they could to get away from the ship. By the time she sank, which was at 1.45, it seemed as if we were miles away, although I could hear the screams, cries and moaning of the drowning passengers."

Agnes and her infant son spent about 5 hours in the boat before being picked up by the Carpathia, once on the ship she commented that 'everything possible was done for the saved'.

On arrival in New York in addition to overnight accommodation she was given a train ticket, $5 in cash and a lunch box by the White Star Line. She left New York by train heading for Mohawk, Michigan. Once in Michigan passengers on the train between Negaunee and Calumet recognising her need, raised 'a neat little sum for her benefit'. A subscription list was also started for her benefit in Calumet. The Calumet News also went on to say that Mrs Davies was a 'pleasant and refined woman but greatly overwrought and nervous as a result of her experience, suffering and bereavement. The sinking of the Titanic had taken from her, her almost sole support, a nineteen year old son. The loss of whom seems to her to have been unnecessary, too, which makes it all the harder to bear. '

The following appeared in the St Ives Times in early May 1912:



We have received welcome news this week that Mrs Agnes Davies, formerly of St Ives, and her nine year old son - Master John Morgan Davies - have at last reached Mohawk. On arriving they were met by Mr Richard Henry Nicholls, Mrs Nicholls, and Mr G P Curnow, the latter being a close personal friend of Mrs Davies's family. There was a most touching scene between mother and son, after their trying ordeal. the last time they met Mr Joseph Nicholls - who perished in the 'Titanic' disaster - was a member of the family circle which then gathered. Mrs Davies's sufferings were very noticeable, and the suspense and agony of mind and body have left their marks upon her.

She later recounted her experiences on the Titanic at the Calumet Opera House.

Agnes remained in Michigan for the rest of her life during which time she married a Mr Richard Edwards, they lived at 949 Railroad Avenue in Hancock. She passed away in St Joseph's Hospital, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan on 4 August 1933, aged 70. She was buried on 7 August 1933 likely in the Lakeview Cemetery, Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan. This cemetery also holds a memorial to her son Joseph Nicholls and the grave of her son, John Davies who died in 1951.

By Alex Tiensivu on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 12:29 am:

This is unreal... The history today! I am enjoying this so much. Oh, I love this place!

By Paul, Calumet on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 01:33 am:

This is what I really like about the PAsty Central message boards. So much informatrion can be found here. What an educational web site this is turning out to be!

By Sherry, Gulfport MS on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 05:04 am:

Wow, what a treasure you've found. Imagine what other nostalgia you might find!!!

By Donna/Lake Linden on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 05:15 am:

Simply incredible. Thank you all.

By Julie Beck on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 07:07 am:

OOOps I must correct myself, Maude Sincock was married to a Roberts and yes her son's nickname is "Fuzzy". The Roberts family still lives in the local area. My grandmother lived across the street from them on Calverley Street in Houghton while we were growing up. I remember Patrick their son and Missy one of the daughters. Sorry for the error. I stand corrected.

By Mar, Michigan on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 08:04 am:

Wow must say you learn something new every day all this was very interesting...thanks for sharing all..

By Marie/Lake Linden on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 12:09 pm:

I remember Maude Roberts as a cousin of my father Irving E. Dulong. He always visited her when they were young and after she survived the tragedy he visited her a least once a year. We lived in Lake Linden, and were often told the story of the Titanic and Maude. I didn't know that any relatives were still in Hancock and I am sure that some of the Bourbonais (my grandma was Julia Bourbonais) are still in Hancock. Margie, Marilyn. I think that is their name. Their dad was Alvin Bourbonais. Anyone remember?

By Bob Brown, AL on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 02:44 pm:

Marjorie Bourbonais Jaehnig died on Sept 12,2002. You can look in the old obits at www.mininggazette.com. They listed Marilyn in Hancock, Marion in southern Mich and Marshall in Ontonagan..I grew up with Marshall and spent a lot of time in the Bourbonais home...Alvin was a WWI vet who had been gassed. He worked for the Village. Never heard the story of relatives and the Titanic.

By J, mi on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 07:19 pm:

Can you imagine the lawsuits if anyone tried to send out a ship today without enough lifeboats for all passengers on board???? I don't think a person could ever be the same after surviving such a horrible ordeal. The movie was tough to stop thinking about!

By Dan, S.E Michigan on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 01:32 am:

I can't tell you how thrilled I was today when I
checked the Pasty Cam Notes. When I sent
the article and pictures (Mohawk , Agnes
Davies, Titanic Survivor) from a previous post
to my yooperguide yahoo group to you, I never
thought I'd see them on your site. Thank You
for sharing them. You have made my day.
I love your web site. My day is never complete
until I check the Pasty Cam. Keep up the fine

By Deb Canton, MI on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 02:04 pm:

There's a new Titanic book out called Titanic the Great Lakes Connection that traces the stories of the Great Lakes passengers. It's written by Cris Kohl who has written multiple Great Lakes Scuba diving books. Here is his web site http://www.seawolfcommunications.com

By Lee, Mi. on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 02:11 pm:

Here is one link to read a partial passenger list of those killed on the Titanic:

By Carol, Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 08:05 pm:

My mother was good friends with Virginia, Maude's daughter. I remember Maude, such a lovely, petite woman with the most beautiful milky complexion. I have a 4 generation picture of Maude and her descendants. I also have Maude's story about her Titanic experience.

By m+m Verran Michigan on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 01:21 pm:

What a great site! Just happened on it while doing research on surname Verran, with ties to "Blind Man Verran" Quincy Hill, Hancock...cornish miner...would like to hear from anyone with stories or like histories...

By Lesli Bourbonais, Portland, OR on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 12:15 pm:

Re: Bourbonais in Michiga
Alvin Bourbonais was my father-in-laws father.
Robert Alvin Bourbonais lived in Wauwatosa, WI and raised 3 sons. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Siewert Bourbonais from appleton, WI.
She now lives in Portland,OR to be near her son Dan and his family.

By Jeremy on Saturday, October 2, 2004 - 04:43 pm:

To Marie/Lake Linden

If Maude Roberts is a cousin of your father Irving E. Dulong, then we are related, albeit distantly. Maude is my great grandmother. Patrick is my dad, and Fuzzy is my grandfather. It would be interesting to know any further information you (or anyone else) has about the family etc.

By Shanelle Mosier, Ut on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 10:36 pm:

I love the information you have!!!

By H. M. on Thursday, December 2, 2004 - 05:53 pm:

Does anyone know of the Cahoon family who used to reside in Houghton. I have a wonderful picture of Will Cahoon, who I believe died in 1968, and would be glad to share it with any of his family/relatives.

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