Oct 18-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: October: Oct 18-03
Aerial, Snowshoe Priest    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rick Anderson
Bishop Baraga    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Charlie Hopper

By Ms. Katie, Il. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 09:04 am:

Whoa...am I the first message this morning? Good morning fellow pasty.cam fanatics. I so enjoy your photos and comments about God's Country. Was with a friend last weekend at her cottage along the Mississippi River for our "Girls' Weekend Away" and she calls that area God's Country. It is beautiful but nothing equals our U.P. Would like to see something related to the C & H mill in Hubble, like history etc.Thanks for any info.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 09:07 am:

Cruisin' around the net this morning, Rick Anderson's heavenly view of Bishop Baraga caught my eye over at Skypixs.com. I also see Rick has added some shots to his Guest Gallery album, along with quite a few other Pasty Camists. There are now well over 4,000 pictures in the Gallery.

Rick must have grabbed this aerial exactly at the peak of color. I took the second shot a couple of years ago, right around this time, when the leaves were disappearing. Gives you a perspective of the Bishop's treetop perch just outside of L'Anse.

By Wright Mattingly Lily,KY. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 09:30 am:

To Katie in Il.I would also like to see a picture of the C&H mill in Hubble. I used to work there when i lived in tamarack mills.Back in 63&64 with my aunt Loulubell at big boy market.came back to Ky.after the army.I look at the pasty cam every day.

By Mary Lou on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 09:45 am:

Hi gang...Beautiful picture of "Bishop Baraga"....actually, I think more beautiful from that perspective. Didn't Rick Anderson's father-in-law, Art, work on the statue? It was created in Lake Linden just behind my family's home....the artist's name was also Anderson (if I remember correctly).....any relation to Rick???

By troll with connections, Taylor Mi. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 10:01 am:

Hi all,
I was just watching a TV show about the car ferry that runs across Lake Michigan and it got me remembering taking the ferry across the Straits before the Big Mac was built. I remember the Vacationland as being the largest of the ships. What ever became of it? Is it still in use or has it been scrapped? Were there 2 or 3 car ferries? When did the train ferry stop? I also remember those long waits of 8 to 12 hours to get on board, and the folks with their carts selling pop and snacks.
Before the Ambassador Bridge and the tunnel were built here in Detroit, they obviously had ferries running across the Detroit River. I wonder where those docks were at.

By ed on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 10:46 am:

Mary Lou, yes Art Chaput was the model/welder on the statue that was built in Lake Linden. And no Rick was not related to the Anderson that designed the statue at his shop. I have a pic in my files of the statue on fire as it was being set in place by the moving contractor.

By RCW $ BAY on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 10:50 am:

Wright M; I tried to send you a photo of the mill but your server says your over quota and rejected it!!Let me know when you are not over and, Ill resend it

By Judy Anderson on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 11:31 am:

My father Art Chaput of Hubbell built the Bishop Baraga statue along with Jack Anderson. It took two years to build starting in the basement of Jack's house. As it got to big for the basement it was moved to another location until it was time to erect it. When it was being erected into it's current location the insulation inside the statue caught fire as you can see from the photo. My dad spent weeks buffing and refinnishing the statue. For those of you who don't know where the statue is located it is on the cliff of Keweenaw Bay and can been seen from US41. Click on the above link to view the photos.

By TLM on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 12:57 pm:

I've seen it many times and heard the story about the fire, but it just dawned on me: Why would they have placed insulation material inside the statue?

By Mary Lou on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 01:00 pm:

Judy...The pictures are beautiful (especially "Baraga" in the blazing sunset) and how nice that we have a chance to see the statue being constructed, Thank you. Your parents and I were classmates at LLHS..I remember as a child in Kenosha going with my parents to Milwaukee to vist with two nuns and I believe they were sisters of your gandfather Chaput...if I remember correctly they were Cumpucian (sp) nuns and lovely ladies...I think the Cumpucian order served Assinins on the Reservation in Baraga.....

By dick, fl on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 01:07 pm:

To troll with connections,
I have pictures of the 5 ferries that crossed the straits if you want them. Just drop me an email. They were the Vacationland, City of Munising, City of Cheboygan, City of Petoskey and The Straits of Mackinac. I thought there was also a City of St. Ignace but I don't have that picture.

By Alice, Ventura, CA on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 01:59 pm:

Hey Troll-

I remember the ferries too...and all the vendors selling snacks. I remember one selling smoked fish. I can't remember exactly what he said, but my sister and I used to hear something else until my father finally told us what he was really saying. Anyone remember? I think it was smoked whitefish, but that was a long time ago.

By wright mattingly Lily Ky. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 03:24 pm:

TO RCW&BAY.I've cleaned out my mail box so maybe i'll work now.Wright M. in Ky.

By Old Mohawk guy on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 03:33 pm:

I think I remember you when we worked in the Calumet Foundry and maybe a summer on the C&H railroad. One of the boys had a red 64 chev eh.

By JohnK,mi. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 04:53 pm:

Alice -
I remember it was smoked whitefish but I can't remember what the vendor called out. That was probably because my dad was so impatient to get his smoked fish that he would run up to the guy before he got to our column of cars. I also remember it being really greasy and getting it all over the inside of our car.

By wright mattingly lily ky. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 07:52 pm:

Hey old mohawk guy,I'm the one, i remember Jut-tolu i can't spell his name,and a lot of the other guys,I'm retired now so maybe i'll head that way, But not now the SNOW IS COMMING,C&H is all but gone from pictures i see on pasty.cam.I got rick anderson to take a picture of big boy market and send me it looks the same but Marty's Bar next door sure has changed.Time has sure went by.Good to hear from someone up there.send a message anytime.THANKS

By Catherine--Holland, MI on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 11:16 pm:

Mary Lou--I think it may be Capucin (ca-pu-chin), but I am bringing that from French. I'm not really sure in English!

By Jim Copper Country on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 11:46 pm:

re Straits ferries: the Vacationland was the largest and newest (1951) of the five car ferries
in service at the Straits, when the service was abandoned in the fall of 1957 with the opening of the Mackinac Bridge....this one was built as an icebreaking ferry, eliminating the need for the State to hire one of the Straits rr ferries for winter crossings...the last of the rr ferries (Chief Wawatam....handfired coalburner to the end)was taken out of service in the late 1980s or early 1990s (perhaps a ferry affecionado can supply a more precise date)....PASSENGER rail service across the Straits probably ended c 1955...the Vacationland today is resting on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast...after taken out of service in 1957 in Michigan, it saw many more years of service in Canadian waters, first a ferry route up in Quebec and then later on the boat was placed on a route out in British Columbia...with a new name, the Sunshine Coast Queen....about ten years ago it was ultimately removed from service and sold for scrap...on its last voyage, being towed across the Pacific to a Japanese salvage operation, the Vacationland sank in a storm

By Ms Katie on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 11:53 pm:

Hi RCW $ BAY...could you send me a picture of the C & H mill? I'd sure appreciate it, thanks. dragonfly722@cin.net My grandpa was recognized for working there over fifty years! He was "Red" Jerry Slattery.

By Ray D. New Mexico on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 01:22 am:

The mill in Hubbell/Tamarack was actually named the Ahmeek mill. My father worked there for many years. I got to know the workings of the Mill quite well as he worked on one of the top floors and I used to take him his lunch occasionally. Wrote a theme paper in High School on the various circuits and how they worked.
Yes, Wright, most of the C&H buildings are long gone. Its kind of sad for me to visit and not see them. Enjoy the conversations here in Pasty land about the past history.

By Mary Lou on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 06:25 am:

Catherine....Thank you for the correct spelling of "Capucin"......Is this a Canadian-French Order? I believe they served at Assinins on the Reservation in Baraga so it would make sense that they came from Canada in the early days. They seemed to be a nursing Order..caring for the very young and very old. I admired their dedication to God's work.

By tina f mich-wi on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 06:52 am:

why not put an old picture of the mill for all of us to see on this site

By RCW on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 08:15 am:

Tina if you send me your address I'll send you a copy. I don't think it would be proper for me to post the copy I have, as it may be copyrighted.

By Ms. Katie on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 10:22 am:

Thanks so much RCW for the photos! I remember these buildings along the way into Hubble. The building/s closest to where I stayed with uncle Bernie were on the right as you go from Hubble to Lake Linden, of course I was 10 years old so the memory is fuzzy at retirement age :) Sure wish I had payed more attention then. I know there was a potato warehouse near the houses in a row, probably company houses.

By Paul in Illinois on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 06:18 pm:

Please check out my section in the guest Photo Gallery. I have posted two photos of the Ahmeek Mill in Hubbell.

Paul Meier

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