May 28-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: May: May 28-01
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From the Houghton County Historical Society Archives

Charlie at Pasty Central on Monday, May 28, 2001 - 05:00 pm:

The date on this photo was 1941. I couldn't help thinking some of these men may have switched jobs from miner to soldier, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor later that year. And those who stayed at work in the mines still had an important role: providing copper during the war years.

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By Nancy Nelson, WI on Monday, May 28, 2001 - 06:49 pm:

THAT is what pasties were all about. I wonder who those men were--they look as though they could be related. We can't imagine what it must have been like working in those mines, and what a treat a nice warm pasty must have been.

By Stefani, IL on Monday, May 28, 2001 - 08:53 pm:

Those pasties were usually cold! My grandfather worked Quincy Mine for several years. Pasties were a filling, nutritious meal, but were usually cold. He favored mustard on his cold pasty; gravy when they were hot.

By Charlie H., MI on Monday, May 28, 2001 - 10:55 pm:

There is a fascinating web site where you can find more about the miners - and perhaps find some of your own relatives - at the Houghton County Geneology page.

By Bill P,Ca. on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 01:43 am:

The two men on the left look familiar but I can't come up with their names. Because their carbide lamps are out this must be a posed picture. It looks like the shaft just to the left of the men; I believe one of the rails is visible which means they are on the plat of one of the levels. Since the shaft seems to be rather steep I would guess it was Ahmeek 3 or 4 mine. Probably a picture to go into the C&H News-Views. The safety engineer, Jake Alt, took many of this type pictures and everyone enjoyed seeing them in the company newspaper.

By DMac $Bay MI on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 05:14 am:

I recently went to a UAW conference, and in one of the sessions there, they played a movie on Unions, their start, their evolution, etc...and the unions in Michigan got their primary start right up here in Calumet Michigan! The miners helped to start the unions. Part of the movie highlighted the Italian Hall disaster, and it was mentioned that the person that yelled "FIRE" may have been an anti-unionist. Interesting, huh? It was quite the interesting movie! Especially the Calumet portion!

By Tim in Oscoda on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 06:28 am:

What an awesome reminder, on Memorial Day, of where our family roots come from. Every day I look at my grandfathers helmet and lunch pail and remember him but to see this picture you remember what it was all about. My grandfather, Bill Paull, left the mines to move to Detroit but to paraphrase the old saying,
"You can take the boy out of Keweenaw, but not the Keweenaw out of the boy." He made sure that all us grandkids and the greatgrandkids knew we had come from "up home".

By JEO, TX on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 11:15 am:

What a great picture! Posed or not, I think these guys are smiling because they are biting into a pasty!! This is what's it's all about...generations of pasties!

Bill P., you have an incredible memory!! The things you come up with are unbelievable...I can't even remember what I did last week! You should start a website of your own on Memories of the U.P. After my mother's passing, one of the things that I miss the most is her memories of hay rides and sleigh rides at her grandparents farm in Paavo and her family outings to Agate Beach. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

By Ken, Calumet on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 07:08 pm:

I ate my share of pasties in the mines of the Keweenaw and could probably count the number that were eaten cold on the fingers of one hand. It only took a short time to have a warm, if not hot meal by propping the lunch bucket over of any non-flamable support that would carry it a couple of inches over a place that would hold a few small candles which most miners carried for igniting their spitters(fuse lighting devices).When these candles were allowed to burn for a short time, the pastie was heated. Tasted wonderful even on the darkest night. Of course, all things intended to be eaten cold had to be removed prior to the heat treatment.

By Betty - AZ on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 - 01:53 pm:

I agree with JEO, Bill, you DO need to start a website about your memories......

By elizabeth,michigan on Thursday, May 31, 2001 - 01:35 pm:

i think it is a good picture to on display on momorial day, i hope people reconize all of the young ones who died in the mines.

By Allen McMurphy, Indiana on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 11:08 am:

On the Houghton County Geneology page for "naturalizations", I found my Maternal Grandfather's name as well as his brother, which would be a Great Uncle. The information was previously unknown to me about where they were born in Cornwall, and when they in fact arrived in this country. My mother was born in Mohawk in 1920, and she was so glad to learn about her uncle from so long ago. Thank you folks so much for having this information available.

By Dale Openshaw, Nevada on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 08:19 pm:

This picture is just how I have pictured it in my mind since I was old enough to understand that my Dad worked in the Copper Mines of Upper Michigan. Mom and Dad would explain each time we were served Pasties that Dad would eat them things in the mines back in the day. I would imagine that it would have been the ideal food item to bring along with you in those conditions, which probably made them so popular. As a kid being raised in Las Vegas, Nevada my friends had no clue as to what I was talking about when I would mention them. They would look at me as if I was talking about Cattle Dung as a food source ! They name pasty just wasn't related to food in the West. Once someone new would try them, they couldn't help but appreciate the time that went into making the crust and the taste of the added calories from the suet added to keep them moist. Between that and the Potato Soup that I was raised on that was made with nothing more fattening than Half and Half, It's no wonder I was 130 pounds when I was 10 years old! Thank you for this site, it gave me a smile which is hard to bring these days. I'm going to include some of the names I can remember Mom and Dad mentioning from Calumet in the event someone searches and runs across this site. Mom and Dad are Juanita Openshaw and Ronald Openshaw, Dad's family is Saitz, Mom's, Riedrich, Mukovetz, Kinnunen and Cencich. Friend's, Butala, Piedala and Servio.

By George Plautz on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 04:19 pm:


I am your cousin on the Plautz side please contact me at My grandfather and your great grandmother Anna were siblings. I have information on your Saitz, Plautz and Vertin family histories.

George Plautz

By Jenny Openshaw, Utah on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 05:40 am:

Um I am Ron Openshaw's granddaughter and I think that Dale Openshaw is my Dad's brother. But I have never meet him though but my dad talks about him and stuff but yeah I just wanted to say I love you Grandpa! love Jen

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