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Fall - Winter, 20072008

When I opened the "electronic mailbox" I found:

Lenore Brieger
I am sorry to announce that Lenore died on 11 March. I did see that you have that posted on your website, which I visit all the time here in Germany when I want a view of the harbor, a taste of true winter, or just some good reading in your journals. Please note that Lenore was born in 1906, not 1907 as the website states. Also, Lenore was not living in a nursing home; she was in a retirement home. She was still walking, dressing and feeding herself, and carrying out her daily tasks without or with minimal assistance. We will have some kind of event or memorial for Lenore in the summer, but she will be interred on 11 April in Bastrop, Texas. That was her wish. I have also included a copy of her obituary if you could post that on the website as well. She wrote the obituary so it appears with only minor changes. (She wrote it last summer.)

Lenore was still out and about and active right up to her sudden death on the evening of 11 March. An example of this would be her involvement with the Clinton campaign. Lenore and her friend, who is a dynamic speaker at 91, went to early voting for the Texas primary. It was scheduled a few days before the actual primary on 04 March. When Lenore and Jewell arrived at early voting in Bastrop, located about 30 miles from Austin, the media was there interviewing and filming for a clip on the Austin evening news. They interviewed Lenore and Jewell and were amazed at their ages and interest in the election so they ended up on the evening news and there was an article about them in the Austin newspaper. Apparently the Clinton group heard about it and they called and asked if Lenore and Jewell would like to come to the big Town Hall Rally in Austin on 03 March, the eve of the primary in Texas. They were to be up on the stage with Hillary at one point during the Town Hall and they were. Of course they agreed to go and did a great job although Lenore who usually is not reticent was not quite as spunky as she usually was. But they had a great time. We talked at length on the following weekend and she was amazed that I had seen the video clip in Germany on the internet. I told her she was not just on national news, but the whole program was sent out worldwide. She was not a computer user so that was difficult for her to understand. She was still playing the piano at Bastrop gatherings up until a few days before her death.

She was an amazing woman and she had a wonderful life for which we are grateful. She loved her summers in the Harbor, especially in the years where she could stay into October, which she was able to do until the summer of 2006. I have vivid memories of the lives of the Kingston girls who ran freely through the wilderness that surrounds Eagle Harbor. She has many cousins and relatives and she loved talking with them and discussing the Kingston history. Had it not been for Lenore’s persistence and years of research and reaching out, we would never have met so many of our extended family. She particularly enjoyed going to the Central Reunion every year and I know she will be there in spirit next July.

(Carol Kuzmick, 3/18)


Enjoying Your Country
My husband & I made our first trip up to the Keweenaw in 1970 and made several more trips over the years. Our last trip, as a family, up that way was in 1998. Due to his illness, we weren't able to get there again together. In 2006, a year after he passed away, I decided to make the trip by myself. It was almost like a pilgrimage. The only difference was, I was alone & staying in motels rather than camping as we had always done before. I made it a point to visit your beautiful harbor and lighthouse. The drive along M26 has got to be one of the prettiest there is. The top of Brockway, looking out across the Big Lake is a close second. Your site with the beautiful pictures of the harbor and, in this season, the icy shores, helps to keep me in touch with what I like to call "God's" country. I know that reference is anything but original but it's the best description of the whole Keweenaw.

I'm thinking I might try to get up that way again this coming September as I did in 2006. I know you'll probably be out on the Peregrine enjoying that most beautiful of all the Great Lakes, Mother Superior. Just for the record, I've grown up on the shores of Erie and, though it sounds disloyal, Erie just can't hold a candle to Superior in my mind.

Keep up the good work. Your site is invaluable to us UPer wannabes.
(Phyllis Barnes, 03/01 )


The Death of Robert Nekervis
Dear Family and Friends,

Bobbie's father, Bob Nekervis, passed away at age 96 on Saturday, February 2 at our home in Avila Beach, California, surrounded by hospice care, his wife of 15 years Dorothy, daughter Bobbie, son-in-law Paul, and grandson Ross. He was peacefully resigned to impending death for several days, due to double pnemonia, a bladder infection, progressive difficulty in swallowing due to mycenia gravis, and leg/hip bones cracked in a fall before Thanksgiving. His mind was keen until the end, but with increasing difficulty to communiate and longer periods of sleep. He was a fine example to us in life and in death, and he will be profoundly missed. Yet we all are relieved that after such a long and fruitful life, he no longer suffers the infirmities of age and ill health.

It was his wish that there be no gathering or ceremony to mark his passing, and that his ashes be placed in the family plot in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. Dorothy will be with us a few days before beginning the many tasks of settling their affairs and resuming life alone at 163 Riverview. We will be nearby at 171 Village Crest through May. Thereafter, Dorothy plans to settle affairs in Oregon where they owned a second home, and we hope we can bring her to Eagle Harbor for a visit in the near future.

To all who knew and loved Bob, we know that happy memories will be recalled when we get together in the future. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dorothy at PO Box 2326, Avila Beach, CA, 93424, or to Bobbie at PO Box 2443. An obituary will appear in the San Luis Obispo, CA Tribune; Columbus, OH Dispatch; and Houghton, MI Daily Mining Gazette newspapers.

Warmest wishes

The Freshwaters


Connecting with the summer of 1954
While surfing websites about places I’d like to visit again someday, I found your sites about Eagle Harbor and pored over them.
In the summer of 1954, my mother, 6-month old brother, and I flew from Jackson, MS, to Hancock/Houghton (I think) for a 2 week vacation in Eagle Harbor. I was 13. We were guests of Cora Kingston Ball and Charles O. Ball; my grandfather, Herbert Stanley, worked for the Detroit Board of Trade and was a boarder in their house in Detroit. It sounds to me like your house is on the site of the house we stayed in – it faced the beach just down the street from the Raley’s hotel. All I remember about the house is that it was 1½ stories and the fireplace was faced with stones the Ball family had collected from around the country during their travels. Is that the site of your house, and, if so, what happened to the house I stayed in? Can this house be seen on any of the photos on the web? I know I took pictures when I was there, but they are all lost.
It was a great trip. Growing up in a very small town in Mississippi (Port Gibson), my contacts with kids from other parts of the country had been very limited. The teenagers in Eagle Harbor for the summer hadn’t heard many southern accents, and they gave me the nickname “you’all.” After returning home, I got a few letters addressed to You’all Hastings. The only names I can remember 53 years later are Marilyn Hartmann, Frank and Ed McMurray, Mal Murphy, and Beverlee Ball, granddaughter of our hosts. I remember lots of fun days and evenings on the beach and sneaking away one afternoon to some nearby town (maybe Laurium) to see a movie in CinemaScope.
I graduated from the University of Tulsa, spent 4 years as a Personnel Officer in the Air Force, and 30 years in banking (in Memphis, Augusta GA, and Oklahoma City), retiring in 1996 from Boatmen’s Bank (now Bank of America). My wife and I live across the street from our daughter and her husband, who have 4 boys between the ages of 7 and 12. Our son, his wife, and their two children (including our only granddaughter) live near Brevard, NC. I keep books part-time for our church and am completing my second year as elementary school PTA treasurer.
Someday I will make it back to Eagle Harbor. Thanks for the time you’ve spent putting lots of information about it on the internet. I would enjoy hearing from you and from anyone who reads this and makes any connections with the summer of 1954.
Dick Hastings(1/20)
Abita Springs, LA 70420
dickhastings@bellsouth.net
Editor Note: The house I now live in is the same house Dick visited.)

Looks a bit nippy in your area today
Looks a bit nippy in your area today.
I am just visiting out of curiosity. I was last in the U.P. about 20 yrs ago. I was a student at Michigan College of Mining and Technology in the late fifties. We, my wife and baby son would go for a ride just see the area whee we were living. I think we visited Eagle Harbor just once in our travels so it seemed a good time to re-visit just for fun. It is fun to see the Keweenaw again. We order pasties about three or four times each winter from Calumet.
Anyway, just a short visit to the U.P. for old times sake.
Al Kendall
Rock Hill, South Carolina (1/18)

Found this site today
Found this site today enjoyed it very much ,we were in Eagle Harbor last summer and Copper Harbor loved it you are so lucky to live in such beauty thank you for sharing so much
Pat Boyer (1/12)

WOW!
I stumbled upon your website from my 65 degree perch down here on the north end (at least I’m on the north end of something) of Cajun country in Alexandria Louisiana. Like the subject says, “wow”! You are such an inspiration to my wife and I. Your geographic location, your amazing story-telling ability, your appreciation for everything, and your general outlook on life are absolutely refreshing.
Let me give you a little background. I’m a 28 year old meteorologist, married to as close to a perfect woman as they make them, and I’ve always been a snowhound. How did I end up in Louisiana? Darn good question. I started in St. Louis Missouri, went to the University of Missouri to study meteorology and actually interned at a TV station among the trolls in Detroit, with visions of hopping around the country from TV station to TV station until I was ready to settle down. I was 22, and ready to take the world by the tail and shake it for all it was worth. My first job offer came from the small town of Alexandria Louisiana, which was probably the last place I would have every imagined myself living. I took stock of my situation, realized I was young enough to recover from a career risk, and made the leap down south going against my childhood dream of living among the trees of the great white north. I figured it was a 2 year stint down south and then onward and upward. While down here I met a girl. It’s happened to better men I’m sure. We were married soon after with a child on the way only 4 months after we were married. The only hitch, and it really wasn’t a hitch, was that my wife had a 4 year old son. His dad lives down here, and while it didn’t work with he and my wife, he’s a good man. Marrying my wife effectively put on hold any plans we had of moving until he was at least in college. I come from a family of divorced parents, and I know how important it is for all parties to work together, and to never make the kids think they are holding you back, so here we stay in the snow free south for at least another 9 years to keep his sense of family together.
My wife and I honeymooned in Jackson Hole Wyoming. We’ve gone back several times since to get our snow fix for the year. We’d always bandied about retiring up there, or moving there before retirement to live in a little Rocky Mountain paradise. The problem in the Rockies is that it’s tough to get a sniff of a trailer on an eighth of an acre for less than a million dollars. You think I’m exaggerating? Take a look at some Jackson Hole real estate! That sent me on a quest to find an area that was consistently white in winter, and wouldn’t have me chest deep in debt until I’m 102. Being a meteorologist I looked around at other mountain areas, other snowy locations, and generally found they were too expensive, too crowded, or just generally gave off a bad vibe. I mentioned the Keweenaw peninsula to my wife in passing, saying that we’d sure stay white all winter up there. It helped that you could afford a house and other luxuries of life like eating and heat. I googled “u.p Michigan blog” and ended up surfing to your site. Thank God I did! You have the most incredibly refreshing outlook on life! I just wanted to maybe stumble upon a little history from the Keweenaw, but found your in depth and well laid out site. You have a way of making your great little corner of the world come to life for a snow starved Louisiana guy. For our next snow seeking vacation my wife and I are headed to the Keweenaw. 240 inches a year can’t be wrong! The sense of community, but realization of your reliance on others is so simple, but something so many don’t understand. I’ve never understood why we couldn’t grab on to the good of everyone and accentuate that.
So here’s to hoping that someday we can make our dream of living in your paradise a reality. It’s still a long way off, but what are we without our dreams? Oh, in addition to being a meteorologist here at KALB-TV, my wife and I run a monogramming and T-shirt business. We’d be glad to make some of those promised shirts for your snowfall forecast champions. If you’d like to I’ll get you set up with her. Consider it our gift for the wonderful ideas you’ve put in our heads for the future. Heck, all the pictures are keeping us going for now! When we get up there we’ll have to buy you a beer. I’m a little squeamish about the boilermakers myself. Have a great winter! It looks like a pretty good snow by the beginning of next week!
Nick Mikulas(1/11)

What ship is that?
I am writing to see if you know where I can find web information about names and destination of freighter traffic I see off of Sand Bay. I have had several local folk tell me they think I can look up this info on the web but I have yet to find any valid URLs. Google search has not turned up anything. Do know of any?
Alan Church.(1/7)
The ship location web site is http://www.boatnerd.com/passage/defaultpassage.htm.

I need a vacation
Hello! I have been a long time fan of your Eagle Harbor Web. I have fallen in love with the people and place that is Eagle Harbor (and the Keweenaw Peninsula in general...) through your captivating journals and photos. I hope to visit this February for a hard earned 3 day weekend (for my birthday :-)) and have been scouring the Internet for days trying to locate a quiet camp to retreat to. My only requirements are peace and quiet (perhaps even in the woods?), a roaring fireplace and a cozy bed to rest my head. I'd be happy without a telephone, cable, microwave...etc. If I knew there was enough firewood, I'd even be happy without electric! :-) )Preferably in a place close to EH (within driving distance) but not lit up by those infamous street lights... :-))
However- I am having the darndest time locating such a place. Most are geared towards "sleeps 6-8 comfortably..." Resorts. Housekeeping. Sleds. Tourists, basically. (I was born and raised in the snows of Mi, and while I have been displaced for a time- I am hardly a tourist...lol)
I got to thinking that you might know of such a place, perhaps a hidden jewel of the Copper Country that happily missed the Internet listings. Or perhaps, one of your other readers would know of such a place. (Perchance they own such a place and never thought of renting it out for 2 nights???) If you could pass this along I would be so very grateful!
I hope to arrive in Mi on Friday February 15th and depart Sunday 17th 2008.
Should anyone have information, I can be reached at vburridge@gmail.com...
VJ Burridge(12/29)

Oh...if I wasn't so much in love..
Oh ... if I wasn't so in love with my 40 acres of "Heaven on earth" here in Crystal Falls ... I'd be up in the Copper Country in a heartbeat! My Mom's both grandparents were from Eagle River area. I like to gladden my heart with "virtual visits" to the Keweenaw by visiting sites & cams such as yours.
I was in exile in Wisconsin since the late 50's ... almost made it "home" to Republic, but, here I are, in Crystal Falls.
Each year I make an annual Fall Color Pilgrimage to Copper Harbor, & try to bring others with me. I even brought my Mom up there several times. Back in the archives of my AOL journal (several years) are photos of my journeys up there.
JUST TO SAY THAT YOUR JOURNAL IS READ ... also ... I've found that it is an excellent place to reference what happened when, and compare one year to the next as to seasons, weather, etc. I have such a slow internet connection that I don't surf too much ... but ... it is a way to "get out of the house" sometimes.
Lois, Crystal Falls 12/13

What A Spot Of Paradise
What a spot of paradise you have there. We visited this past summer, and will be back. Bears walking down the road, seagulls practically eating out of your hand, pastys, home made jam, lighthouses, peace n quiet. May there be food for the hungry, friends for those that walk alone, faith for those that walk in fear, and Peace on Earth Good Will to All. Thank you for sharing a bit of paradise with us this past summer.
Tom n Phyllis Logelin St Bonifacius, Mn, 11/30

What A Great Place
Eagle Harbor, what a great place. I first went there with my brother Fred and his wife Christina, back in the early 60's before I went in the Army. Fred went to Michigan Tech, and he spent a summer (probably multiple summers) camping, exploring, enjoying the scenery and the people between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. He fell for the place, hook, line and sinker. Of course, as his younger brother, I had to see the place as well. I tried some of the touristy things, visited Fort Wilkins park, ate pasties, liked thimbleberry jam, and some of the not-so touristy things as well, went to the "bear pit" at night, the town dump - I think the place was near Copper Harbor. We took pictures of the bears, explored and climbed the mountain on Brockway Mountain drive, went into some of the old copper mines before they were closed, found some excellent copper specimens on the tailing dumps, and visited graveyards. I will never forget a poem I read. " Remember friend as you pass by, that as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you shall be, prepare yourself to follow me". I saw memorials where some miners were buried, even brothers who died the same day, as from a mine disaster. I really came back with admiration for them, and an unforgettable impression that those people who came to the UP long ago, they were more than just pioneers, they were what we today would probably like to be, totally self-reliant.
I can imagine the times then, cold harsh winters, a wood fire keeping the house warm, dad or an uncle returning with game for dinner. All sorts of happy memories. I can't go back there in time, but I can tell you that just sitting on the harbor beach at night, with a small fire to keep warm, that brings back recollections of the boats and ships that were nearby. When its overcast, I hear the two-tone sounds of the foghorn at night. All those memories work together to conjure up what it was like back at the turn of the century. It is no wonder that so many have visited the UP as a tourist, and found that it was a place to stay as a resident.
In 1973, I was out of the Army, and came back with my wife, Pat, to spend some time, if only a few days, seeing what had changed from the 60's. Happy to say, not too much. The lighthouse looked the same, the town looked the same, except Pat said the mosquitoes and no-see ums were ferocious, and appeared to be on vitamins. We did enjoy our stay, and got recharged with more memories to last.
I have asked my brother that we travel back to the UP, from Houghton to the Eastern tip, and hopefully, we will do it with our spouses, before we get too old. You never know what we will run into, maybe an old long lost friend, probably find some new ones too. I will ask my brother to share some of his pictures (if space permits) from his times in the UP, if only to bring some recollections to the people who were there then, and maybe some invitations to those who have not experienced the UP.
With fond memories of the Eagle Harbor experience,
Eric 'Rick' Wolfe, Middletown MD.

Always A Pleasure
I've been eves dropping on the UP for quite awhile now - the attraction seems to be based in part on the warmth of the wonderful folks - and the eye pleasing scenic beauty of your part of the country - it's where we spent our vacation this past summer - from Lake Fanny Hooe Resort in Copper Harbor down to St. Ignace/Mackinac Island - and as many nooks and crannies as possible - and our tour of Eagle Harbor remains a favorite - a great time for us and we will return - thanks for all your local news and views your website provides - enjoy checking in from time to time. ..
R Cheatam (11/7)

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