Dec 15-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: December: Dec 15-02
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Photo courtesy of Tim Colburn

By Tim Colburn, Oscoda, MI on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 07:22 am:

Got a puzzler for you...thought maybe someone out there could figure out.

The woman on the left is my Great-Grandmother, Carrie Cocking Paull. She is posed with her mother and sister. I'm wondering if anyone knows where this picture might have been taken??? Amusement Park???

By PL Niles,Mi. on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 08:56 am:

I'd say it wasn't in the South.

By CK Clarkston, Mi. on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 10:22 am:

Tim, I worked with a John Cocking for many years at General Motors Truck Engineering in Pontiac. He had told me his Grandfather was an engineer on one of the railroads around Calumet. A relative of yours possibly???

By pegg, fla on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 11:08 am:

Who or what was BIFF? Obviously, just for fun. Looks to me that it may have been a Carnival or something where folks could have photos made. Tim, when and where was your great grandma born? I'm trying to get a handle on the year this picture might have been taken. thanks

By Alicia on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 11:32 am:

Hi Tim,
I donated a photo similar to yours to the Finlandia Archives.From the type of clothing that was worn , mine was thought to be from around 1920.The one i bought had a sign that said "Copper Country Express" with the people on a "fake" train.

By Sarah, Utica Michigan on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 11:33 am:

If you look at the bottom of the photo, you can tell that it is just for a posed shot. The floor is hardwood and you can very well see the drape of cloth that has the train picture on it. I think it's a carnival type shot but where I don't know. :o)

By Judy, Muskegon on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 12:09 pm:

Not to offend, but the "lady" in the middle looks a lot like a man.

By Richard, Indianapolis on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 04:08 pm:

Re: lady in the middle looks like a man.
That's what makes living in the UP such an adventure...ya never know.

By Betty, Sun City, AZ on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 05:14 pm:

Pegg, This is a picture of my grandmother and greatgrandmother and great aunt. My grandmother Carrie Cocking Paull was born Dec. 15, 1989, she passed away June 25, 1941. I'm not sure what year this was taken either. My grandmother,Susan Cocking, the one in the middle, died in 1930. This is so interesting for Charlie to put these old pictures up for all to see. Thanks Charlie.

By Tim Colborn in Oscoda on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 05:25 pm:

Just for reference, Pegg, Betty is my Mom who ran off to the desert. She has all the dates!

By Betty, Sun City, AZ on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 05:26 pm:

Opps, I should have said 'Susan Cocking, my Great grandmother'.

By WhiskeyCreek on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 06:44 pm:

Baraga Internet Fun Foto (BIFF). I do not see any resemblance to men - that was taken when women were women and the men were darn glad of it!

By Sarah, Utica Michigan on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 08:43 pm:

Amen to that one! HOW RUDE to say the look like men. These are relatives of people we thank every day for bringing us memories and wonderful photos! Thank you Charlie for all the photos... you do wonderful work! And to the rest of the pasty-camists THANK YOU!

By Mike from Kingsford on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 09:42 pm:

Sarah, Are you from L.L.

By Jeff, Utica, MI on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 10:23 pm:

Sarah, I'm also from Utica, MI. We're so close in location you read my mind word for word. Thanks.

By Miriam UPMI on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 11:45 pm:

Betty Looks like Tim is getting into the photos again and getting more and more info for family tree. Love that shot. They had good sense of humor for those shots. I was going to ask my Mom when I go down to Troll-land Wed if she remembers any of them pictures and where they might be taken. Love to hear about history and who's who. Thanks Tim

By Luanne, Dickeyville, WI on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 02:22 am:

You gotta love those hats!!!

By Sarah, Utica, Michigan on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 09:58 am:

:o) not a prob jeff... and Mike what LL? Lake Linden or Long Lake or what? Email me if you wish! :o)

By RJW on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 01:41 pm:

There used to be an Electric Park on the upper highway. Some place between the present airport and Calumet. Was this an amusement park or what? I remember my Mom & Dad talking about it.

By Luanne, Dickeyville, WI on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 02:34 pm:

Check out today's Mining gazette article about the Italian Hall disaster and its related links about the documentary being filmed. Pretty exciting.

By JR, mqt on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 05:48 pm:

...i think the electric park was a streetcar station.

By Paul in Illinois on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 06:07 pm:

Electric Park was a park and dance pavilion much like Crestview and Freda. It was owned by Houghton County Traction and was a station on the line between Hancock and Calumet. It was place to go and have a good time and they were happy to sell tickets to ride out there from the urban environs of the big towns. Various bands provided live music and all in all the three places were good places to take the family. The three thrived during the early part of the 20th Century. All declined with the rise of good roads and the automobile since the rail companies weren't enthused about maintaining parks for people who drove there rather than taking the trains or interuban.

By RJW on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - 10:35 am:

Maybe someone's shoebox would have a picture of the park that could be put on Pasty Cam

By Bob-b Hubbell MI. on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - 03:18 pm:

It was across from the Paradise bar west of US41,right at Bill Jurmu's gas station (Highway Location)that is! on the corner between Bill's station and my mother and Bill's parent's farm and yes the streetcars ran along side of it.

By Judy, Michigan on Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 07:40 pm:

The style of the hats and clothing would put this photo in the 1900-1905 era. I love the serious expressions!

By Jill, Kansas on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 11:09 am:

I am proud to claim that Susan Cocking is also my great, great grandmother. What a wonderful photo! This site is now one of my favorite places!

By Maija, Seattle on Friday, December 27, 2002 - 01:53 pm:

Love the photo... and the comments.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, December 29, 2002 - 02:20 pm:

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By Chris in Georgia on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - 09:55 am:

I remember going with my aunt to Electric Park as a small child. Was there a merry-go-round there? I don't remember much else, but it was fun.

By Duane Michigan on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - 11:03 pm:

The Electric Park had 2 slides,1 of them was very high and the other smaller. It had garden swings,at least 1 teedertooder,at least 2 Boat swings( these are the ones i'm looking for the picture of)And a very unique rocker.The rocker I have now completed the replica of. If i knew how to post it i would. i really don't know the name of it but its quite the rocker, about 8 ft. long 2ft wide and a seat on both ends.After talking to some of the old timers, one of them remembered a merry go round.These were all out side on the grounds. Thanks for all you do Charlie!

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