Sep 19-00

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2000: September: Sep 19-00
Evergreen Cemetery - Eagle River    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Jon Jacobson

Charlie, Pasty Central on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 09:35 pm:

Among the last "green" of the season, today's Pasty Cam is provided by Jon Jacobson of

It just so happens, yours truly walks to this spot several times each week, usually after a stroll through "The Loop" with our dog Casey. (The Loop is a one mile circle through the woods at the corner of Five Mile Point Road and M-26, which passes back by the old Eagle River dump).

I like to read the old gravestones, and imagine what it was like living back in the mining days. Many a young miner has his final resting place here, as the Copper Mines were a hazzardous occupation.

Thanks, Jon, for a well-framed view of this familiar sight which I pass each morning on the way into work at Pasty Central.

Marker at Evergreen
In Memory of
John R. Chellew
Who met his death
Jan. 1, 1875
by an accident in
the Cliff Mine
Aged 27 yrs 4 M's

Richard Olson Indiana on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 12:35 am:

Truly a site since my GGG- Grandfather & Mother is resting there. William & Elizabeth Richards. Thanks for the shot since I'm only able to visit every two years!!

By Carole, Sterling Hts. Mich on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 08:41 pm:

Just returned on Monday after spending two wonderful weeks in Eagle Harbor. We passed this cemetery every day during that time and always remarked how nice it looks.

By Jon Jacobson on Friday, September 22, 2000 - 07:51 am:

While it seems a little erie, I enjoy walking through old cemeteries in historic areas. Many (perhaps most?) of the markers in this cemetery commemorate those that lost their lives in the nearby mines.

Many of the markers dedicated to those that died in the mines indicate a young age of the workers, between the age of sixteen and twenty.

The above marker is the first seen in the cemetery. This 27-year-old Englishman died in the Cliff Mine while working on New Years Day. No doubt it was like any other day for this miner, a cold walk to work throught the deep snow and a warm Pasty under his coat for a midday meal.

For a historic perspective, this is one year before the U.S. celebrates it's Centennial and ten years after the end of the Civil War.

By Nancy Nelson on Friday, September 22, 2000 - 06:59 pm:

My mother and I spent many hours years ago in the Evergreen cemetery appreciating the history of the brave people who settled the area. What we found particularly poignant was not only the young miners, but the very young women and their infants. As any old cemetery in the U.P. will attest, it wasn't the "good old days".

By George W. Page, MD on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 - 09:38 am:

From a book about Cornish in America I read that there are TRETHEWEYs/TRETHEWAYs buried in the cemetery at Eagle Harbor. I have not found any of these families in the partial listing by Dick and June Ross of this cemetery at:

Is there more info available about this cemetery, or someone who can do look-ups for me there?

George W. Page

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 - 10:33 am:

George W Page...There was a really nice gentleman by the name of Trethewey, who worked for the Daily Mining Gazette, in Houghton. Michigan, in the '50s. I remember hearing that name frequently. Our family had a great-grandfather Polkinghorn and I did see that name on your list. Our family member is buried in the Calumet cemetery (I am not sure of it's name...maybe "Lakeview"). He died in the late 1800s and is buried by the Civil War memorial. There was a large group of families who settled in the Copper Country from Cornwall. Many of the men were experienced tin-miners so they were respected for their knowledge.

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