May 19-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: May: May 19-02
Paul Bunyan's rocking chair, 1950's    ...scroll down to share comments
Shoebox Memory from Robert C. Wetton

Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 06:48 am:

Here's a rare photo of two regular contributors to the Pasty Cam, along with their favorite nurse. On the left, Robert C. Wetton of Dollar Bay (wearing the same flannel shirt that I have on this morning :o), and little Rob Wetton shivering on the right. The lovely lady in the middle is Sherry, who presently works at a hospital in Gulfport, MS.

Rob and Robert have provided us with some great glimpses of life in the U.P. over the past year, with several of them immortalized as Wallpaper of the Week. Does anyone know whatever happened to this giant chair?

Ah, Bumbletown Hill... many memories of this magical place with the breathtaking view. Next week (May 30) will mark 2 years since another father and son had a Pasty Cam adventure on this hill. Jonathan and I went during a foggy sunset to photograph the panorama. I was recording a description of the view, and in the background you can hear Jonathan's accident... one which almost destroyed the Pasty Cam. Tune in on May 30 to hear the rest of the story in Real Audio.

By DonnaMac on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 06:58 am:

Hi Sherry! It's been a long time, but remember sneaking to the outside fridge at your Grandpa's place in bootjack? Me and you..and we had fun! I loved when the relatives would come up and stay at Chet's!! Great memories out there.

By Scott Laurie on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 10:20 am:

I remember the chair, you could see it from Ahmeek the town I grew up in. As young boys we were fascinated with it. Often wondered if anyone had a pic of it. Thanks Robert.

By Kate, CA on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 04:45 pm:

Love Robert's buzz cut!

By J.A.-Schuler, Sterling Hts, MI on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 05:32 pm:

I remember that chair, and my parents have pictures of my sister and I sitting in it, too. That was back in 1964 or 1966. That chair's been gone for a lot of years now. We could spot my grandma's house in Mohawk from that vantage point. Watched many a sunset over Lake Superior from up there on Bumbletown Hill. One of my favorite spots. Thanks for the pic and bringing back some wonderful memories.

By Ken from da UP on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 10:32 pm:

Hei, RCW, Been up on the hill different times way back when but I don't 'member the chair. Neat picture. Thanx for the e-mail the other day, I do remember many of those things. :o) Rob looks cold, lots of wind up there.

By Alicia on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 11:04 pm:

I remember going to sit in that chair also.
What a wonderful memory trip!
Thank you,

By pete from illinois on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 08:08 pm:

how does one get to bumbletown hill?

By Toivo from Toivola on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 08:34 pm:

Here ya' go ! Take 41 north from Calumet, and hack a left just before you reach the Allouez Amoco.


By RCW $ Bay on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 09:05 pm:

Pete, when you get to the top of the hill you will see the Radio towers for the Air Traffic Control Center out of Minneapolis. The chair used to be near there.

By Charlie from Pasty Central on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 06:07 am:

Like many of the landmarks in this region of the U.P., those towers have appeared here on the Pasty Cam. May 11, 1998:

On top of the Hill

Sherry, Gulfport MS on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 09:08 am:

Dad, what a great shot! I had completely forgotten about that chair until I saw this picture and then had to go Toivo's map to figure out where it was. Boy, we look cold, and I also love your DO! Speaking from someone who lives far away but will always consider the Copper Country home - PastyCam is GREAT. I have shared it with a lot of friends here in Mississippi, frequently putting it on "wallpaper" where I work. Keep those beautiful pics coming! P.S. to Donna, you're not supposed to tell anyone about that!

By Ron Kentala--Lincoln Park, Mi. on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 07:09 am:

Talk about bringing back memories!!! I sat in that chair many times as a boy. Grew up in Allouez in the early 60's. Also remember sledding down Bumbletown Hill--talk about suicidal!!!! But we were kids and knew no fear!!Thanks for the memories.

By JEK Jr. ,Maryland on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 09:46 am:

I was on the team that built the Paul Bunyan's chair. This was Henry (Heikki) Pietala's community project along with erecting the flag pole. Wayne Pietala, Sago Rakkala, and I assisted Heikki with assembly and tranporting the chair and flag pole from his yard in Bumbletown. You will notice that we used wooden dow pins to connect the legs and arm and minimum metal nails were used. Elma Ranta was the first volunteer to raise and lower the American Flag each day

By Cousing Jack on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:26 pm:

Thanks to this odd assortment of email revelations, I've learned more classic historical Americana than I'd get in a week's worth of either local or network news broadcasts.
Bumbletown flag raisings...the 1950's...Paul Bunyan's rocking chair...Mpls Air Traffic Radar Control...
File these postings in your modern folklore folder, Charlie. Soomething interesting is bound to come of this.

By Michelle, MI on Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:25 pm:

I too have photos of myself on the Bumbletown
chair. One has to be from 1962 or 1963 because my
younger sister is in it. Always loved Bumbletown
Hill during our annual visits to my Grandma and
Great-Uncles there! Forty years later I feel lucky
to still return every summer. Does anyone know how
Bumbletown was named?

By A.J.Dowd-Michigan on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - 01:16 pm:

My Grandfather was born on Bumbletown and used to tell me of his days as a drill boy working in many of the mines in that area.His retirement days were spent in Copper City where my family spent many delightful days while visiting there each summer.As a small boy can still remember playing along the creek that ran along the southwest corner of the city on summer vacations and can remember the cows that used to be running free in the streets in those days.We would sit on Grandfathers porch in Copper City and watch the sunsets over Bumbletown hill each evening.Oh for those beautiful days once again

By Joe on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 10:59 am:

This is why i visit this site daily . The memories and all the related people all over the world . It's great to see that small town attitude is still alive in Copper Country. It should be a model for all to see, our roots are who we are and not to be forgotten . Life is too short slow down and smell the roses or the clean air as it may be. Thanks Charlie and all the supporting people who make this site possible.

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