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An unofficial source of Eagle Harbor, Michigan news, views and information.


What George's Eagle Harbor Web viewers are sharing with the Editor

May - August, 2001

When I opened the "electronic mailbox" I found:

"Just wanted to let you know how I came across your web site. I'm writing from Austin, Tx where I have lived for the past 20 years but I'm originally from Detroit. I traveled to the U.P. last summer with a friend and had such a great time that we've decided to do it again this year with some of my family who still live in Det. So I was searching for information on the U.P., especially lake Gogebic because my dad was in the Civilian Conservation Corps there in the 1930's. I don't know how I got to your site exactly but I got interested in reading about someone having seen a wolf on the ice. We think we saw a wolf on a very deserted highway heading from the Keweenaw down toward Wisconsin. She crossed the highway in front of us and hung around the edge of the trees for a while while we photographed her from the car and then she went into the woods. The photos are not terribly clear but I think she was a wolf and not a coyote. She was as big as a small german shepard. Enough about that..your web site is great. It comes it fine on my computer with Netscape. We stayed in Eagle harbor one night last year in your town. It is beautiful. Maybe we'll stop by again this year!" (Martha Kowalak, 7/10)

"Having just spent a cold and windy week at the Harbor we got home and decided to try for a beach day here. We found a beach here just north of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan and spent an enjoyable day. However, there was a big fish odor and lots of dead fish on the beach (although not as bad as I've seen it in other years). My question is: Does Lake Superior have alewives? And do they die off like they do here? I've never seen beaches covered with dead fish like I've seen on Lake Michigan. Anyone know?" (Lisa Waitrovich, 7/10)

"I too went through Dr. Greg's sailing course. He was our neighbor so he would pick me up after lunch and away we would go. A sail with him was a commitment. If the wind was good we would be out until 7:30 or so. His was an interesting boat. It was designed by Charles Mower a famous eastern Naval Architect in 1903. Nine of the boats were sent to Michigan and sold in 1909. The design was called a Swampscot Dory. There was another one at Eagle Harbor in the early 1940's owned by a man named Holland. Vital statistics on the boat: LWL-21', Sail area 144 sq. feet.
I dimly remember the catboat shown at anchor in your old photo section. It was owned by a man named Willard Smith and had a spectacular red and white horizontal striped sail. I believe Smith was an official at the Ahmeek Mine. It was sailed a lot in 1939-1940.
My brother Harris and I had a 12 foot sailing dinghy which we used there for a few weeks each summer. Incidentally, Dr Greg trailered his boat to tha yacht club at Houghton for a series of races in the early 1940's and won five out of eight--not too bad for a man in his 60's.
Those were the days." (Bob Neil, 6/3)

"The last image we see before packing our computer for the eastward hajira is your wonderful website photo of this morning's Memorial Day gathering at Pine Grove. It made us feel like we we're home already! But why is everyone wearing those heavy jackets?!" (Paul & Bobbie Freshwater, 5/28)

"I spent a lot of summers at Eagle Harbor as a kid and young adult. My name is Frank Briggs and my grandfather was Walker Jaehnig. I, like so many others I'm sure you've heard from have never ever experienced anything quite like it since. I return whenever possible, which unfortunately is not often enough. I remember when I was a about 16 or 17 thinking that I would die to do the peninsula on a motorcycle. A couple of years ago I finally did it, and oh my god!! the absolute best time of my life. It was one of those rare August's when everything east of Marquette was raining and everything west was perfect. We stayed at the Best Western in Houghton and probably rode about 500 miles in three days even though we stopped every fifteen minutes to show my new wife all the wonderful sights and old memories that came rushing back. Showing her our old cabin literally brought tears to my eyes. The owner was gracious enough to let us go down in front of the cottage to the water and lo and behold, the rock bridge that we built as children was still, well sort of, intact. Anyway we set up the delay on the camera and have our fondest picture of the two of us on the big rock that is about 15 feet from shore. If you've never ridden the Cliff drive or lakeshore drive on a Harley, it takes it to a completely different level. I was wondering if you could recognize some names from my youth and maybe help me reach some of them. I think I'm actually related to Allen Pruner. Some others were Mary Beth Hill, the Boormans, Cathy Milford, and one of the nicest people I've ever met was a girl named Mary Kate?? I will be back frequently and maybe share some good stories of my own. (Frank Briggs, 5/20

"I was looking up Superman Ice Cream on the Internet, when I came across your web site. Ever since I was a little girl, Superman Ice Cream has been my favorite. When I would go to visit my mother down south, I could always get it. I use to be able to get it at an ice cream parlor where I live, (Duluth, MN) but they no longer carry it. It was when I was searching the Internet when I found out who made it. Is there any way to get it anymore? That is the best ice cream ever made. I really miss it. Can you give me any information?" (Sara Thompson, 5/18)
Sara (and all "Superman Ice Cream" aficionados), here's an earlier (last February) response from our resident ice cream expert.
""Jilbert's Superman ice cream is still made but under a different name. Rainbow ice cream is today's Superman. I know this well, as I sell about 9 gallons of Rainbow (Superman) weekly at my ice cream shop in Copper Harbor. Though most of the Rainbow is sold to children, many gallons a week are sold to adults." (George Nousiainen)

"George, just a quick note to say thanks for the great web site and to also say thanks to those who are involved with it. My wife and I live in Waukesha, Wisconsin. We got engaged on top of Brockway Mountain a few years ago. Then in October of 1999 we got married at that very same spot. Even though we live in the lower part of cheeseland we return just about every year as much as we can. When I found the website I thought wow, this is great. When We try to explain to others why we go to the Keweenaw, people can't understand .I think the reason they can't relate because they have never experienced it. "Copper Country" as it is called holds a mystery and until you experience it you will never understand it. My wife and I are coming up to the area in June and we are bringing some of our friends and I think after they see the area they will understand why we call it "God's country." They will also experience the mystery for themselves." (Chuck Griffith, 5/14)

"My name is Sam Loveland, and I'm only 13. However, I have come to Eagle Harbor for a few weeks in the summer my whole life. Whether I continue to come when I'm grown up, or not, I will never forget the summers spent up here with my relatives. From the Sand Stamps to the Driftwood, I will carry on with me some very great memories. You see, my entire family has came to the Harbor for many years. My family owns three cottages that are all connected by a path. We can go visit each other any time. Eagle Harbor has been a second home to me, and I do hope to come here every summer when I'm grown up." (Sam Lovelend, 5/10)

" response to the 5-3-01 posting on your messages site from Paul Freswater. Dan Hipple is, obviously, me. I spent a great deal of time on the U.P. from 1971 - 1978. Mostly diving the lake with old friends Jim Jackman,(Centennial Heights), and Darrel Sever,(now of Mud Lake). I lived in a small cabin in Mohawk for the summer of 1973. Relevant to the story about the City of Bangor, I have been over her remains a number of times.
Tiburon Ca., is about 5 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge, about six miles North of San Francisco. Tiburon, by the way, is Spanish for "Shark". Tiburon being both a small town, ( 8100 people), and a peninsula. The peninsula extends out into San Francisco Bay. We enjoy the benefit of being surrounded by the bay waters, and in turn the comfort of those waters from having very constant temperatures. Cooling in summer , and warmth in winter. Tiburon's average year round temperature is 69 degrees.
I am afraid that my fame and bragging rights evaporated with the "new found snow". It also appears that this makes a Texan a possible winner in this event. Both seeming somewhat improbable, given the amount of snowfall in each area. This may be for the best, since I do not think that I would be able to claim either of the very desirable prizes, given my schedule these days. I must admit that I was contemplating which of the two prize offerings would be best to take up though. It has been a very long time since I have been out on the lake, or to Isle Royale, so the sailboat trip was getting the lean. Then again, just sitting on the shore of the lake one more time skipping stones was not such a bad thought either.
I would bet that the folks from Texas have some experience in the U.P. as well. I spent some amount of time there in the winter as well, and do at least have some feel for the amount of snowfall. It snowed almost three feet in 24 hours the last winter day I was there in 1976. Do they still elevate the sidewalks in Calumet for winter ?
Hope that covers your questions. Right now I am sitting approximately 2500 miles West by Southwest of Eagle Harbor." (Dan Hipple, 5/8)

"In stark contrast to the propriety of our harbor which you portray so well in your web photos, comes this from a cousin and MTU alum in Florida. Perhaps if you teach Abby to spell, she can post messages in drifts as well as diving for biscuits!" (Paul Freshwater, 5/11)

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"I enjoy your web site. I've been in the area several times, in the winter on snowmobiles and in the summer with the camper. My mom was from L'Anse so I have some of that yooper blood in my veins. We will be in the UP during the week of July 4th. My friend Mike Foley tells me that you guys have a big parade on the 4th. What's the deal? We want to be in Houghton for the fireworks." (Randy from Indiana, 5/4)
Well, Randy, it's fun but I wouldn't call it a "big parade". Just a bunch of kids and parents dressed in costume, lots of dogs, our fire truck, and a couple of home made floats. Real small town. Gay has a bigger parade.

"My husband and I enjoy your web site and check in often along with regular visits to the pasty cam. we own a cottage in Bootjack and are very happy to announce my husband is retiring and we are moving from the busy roads of southern California, Escondido to be exact to the peace and quiet of the copper country where I have dreamed of living ever since we had our cottage built in 1974. look out here we come !!!" (Barbara and Paul Talvensaari, 5/5)

"I love your web site. I have been traveling to the Keweenaw for several years from Tomahawk Wis. I stay four or five days and explore the beaches (agate hunting is my main goal), towns, and anything else I can find. I mostly stay in Eagle Harbor--it's one of the best towns I've ever been in. The trip is taken by myself and for myself, and it's one of the best things I do during the year. The solitude is pure bliss.
There is an oak tree in Eagle Harbor that has facinated me for years. Two years ago I met the man upon whose property it resides. His name is Bernie and he was fun to talk with. Last year I brought him a photo of him in front of the tree. He wasn't home, so I left the photo with a neighbor--I hope he got it. I plan to visit again in June, maybe I'll be able to chat with him then." (Susan Fabera, 5/5)

"Who is Dan Hipple? Where is Tiburon, California? And how dare he steal season bragging rights (299 inches) from the Freshwater family (Bobbie = 297 inches) for a measly, spurious 0.3 inches???!!! I thought we rounded off inches!!! No doggie biscuit in a puddle? May you enjoy another foot in May!!!!!!!! See you in June if your roads are passable!" (Paul Freswater, 5/3)

"As regards the Stamp Sands, Lake Superior Land sold that area to a private owner a few years ago. That was a rather large parcel as you might imagine. This same buyer has placed a winning bid on adjoining property so there is nearly 300 acres now under private ownership and that includes that vast expanse of stamp sands.
The land has not been made off limits to anyone yet, but it could happen if someone gets stupid/hurt in there. That land is slated for some special projects and will remain for the large part, wild and woody. If folks want to continue visiting that area for the forseeable future, I recommend the following guidelines:
1. Do NOT go in there alone. If you go in there, you go at your own risk.
2. Some construction and excavation may occur at times. If there are a lot of vehicles in there, especially on the bluff, stay away. I can assure you, it would probably not be safe.
3. This land will eventually become more privatized as there are some homes planned and some other structures to serve those living in those homes. I can't speak for the owner, but I do know him and I know he has BIG plans for that area. He's pretty easy to get along with, but will start putting up NO TRESPASSING signs if snowmobilers/hikers leave trash or do damage.
4. In other words, take *everything* out with you that you brought in.
5. Be careful. Remember, you go in the Sands at your own risk.
(Mary Lynn J., 4/7)