Harriet served her first meal there in 1890. There were 20 that stayed at the house. My great-grandparents had 11 children. The boys including my grandfather George tended the horses, wagons and cutters that belonged to the boarders. The girls worked inside helping with the cooking and cleaning. Harriet ran the boarding house and Richard worked as head logging boss for the construction of the Eagle River tram that brought copper ore to the smelter on an overhead tram. The fifty foot tram was constructed of logs cut nearby and fastened with pegs. That made it possible to avoid the deep winter snow.
All of Richard and Harriet's children attended the Eagle Harbor school which was open when there wasn't any snow. Only the roads over the snow to the stores and mines were packed and rolled for the winter.Frequently they were closed by blizzards.
The boarding house quickly became well known for Harriet's excellent cooking and "beverages" (moonshine) and the fact that she would arrange "ladies" for the boarders. They moved to Calumet around 1900 when business slowed at the harbor.
Grandpa George purchased the house and land from the family. He sold some of the property that was the Harvey potato fields to Dr. Abrams. When the cottage was constructed and the flag was raised for the first time the Harveys and Nicholls stood on our front porch and sang the Star Spangled Banner!
April, 1999 Update."I got an "E" mail from a gal about the same age as me who said that her great-grandparents lived in the Harvey house "before" mine did and one of her relatives may have actually built the house. It was built by Mike Kraus and her GG was Jacob Kraus. Anyhow, she read about the house on your Web! This is so interesting to find out harbor istory. In my mother's era there wasn't a huge interest in that kind of thing but look out for the baby boomers!! :~)"(Sue Adams, 4/3/99)
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