Tag Archives: Larry Chabot

HURLEY

By Larry Chabot If you walk west out of Ironwood and cross the state-line bridge into Wisconsin, you’re on historic Silver Street in Hurley, toughest town on the Iron Range. At its peak during Prohibition (1920-1933), Hurley was home to an estimated 130 illegal bars, many disguised as legitimate store fronts selling candy and fountain […]

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Names on a wall

by Larry Chabot There’s little to see at the Italian Hall tragedy site in Calumet, where 73 people lost their lives on Christmas Eve 1913. At the quiet corner of 7th and Elm, the site offers a brick walkway and archway made of Italian Hall bricks, plus a few plaques and a historical marker. There […]

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The Cuba connection

By Larry Chabot On June 24, 1961, Cuban rebel Fidel Castro took control of his island nation, installed a Communist regime, and spurred a counter movement which reached all the way to Marquette. Cuban parents were being fed warnings that their children would be sent to the Soviet Union to serve in work camps and […]

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Ike and Irene

By Larry Chabot Ike is coming! Ike is coming! The people in the little town of Watersmeet had been tipped off that Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower, the former president and World War II hero, was heading their way on vacation, six months after leaving office. The first public notice was a July 16, 1961, Associated Press […]

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Where is it?

By Larry Chabot Whoever and wherever they are, they’ve hidden for 37 years a treasure stolen for their private enjoyment. What is it? A one-of-a-kind, extremely valuable Tiffany window, taken from the Kaufman Mausoleum in Marquette’s Park Cemetery sometime around 1980. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was an American artist and designer renowned for his stained […]

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Kaufman dodges Wall Street bombing

By Larry Chabot The corner of Wall and Broad streets—center of New York’s financial district—was filling with a pre-lunch crowd on September 16, 1920. The powerful J. P. Morgan Company was headquartered on one side of the street, and a U.S. Treasury Department building on the other. A horse-drawn wagon stopped in front of the […]

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Help from above

— Larry Chabot Imagine airplanes thundering overhead every two minutes, 24 hours a day, non-stop, for 15 months. One-a-minute, some days. How could one sleep through the racket? But if that cargo passing overhead was saving lives, well, that’s okay. That’s exactly what happened, and at least two U.P. men were among those who pulled […]

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Earnest Pearce’s amazing visitor

by Larry Chabot This is a three-star story spotlighting a legendary “miracle” woman, a local banker who appeared before 25 million people, and the worst maritime disaster in Great Lakes history. August 30, 1915: there was great commotion at Marquette’s Lower Harbor as 400 Knights Templar, on their annual Great Lakes tour, were disembarking from the […]

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Abbott and Costello meet the U.P.

by Larry Chabot For a long stretch in the mid-20th Century, few entertainers were as celebrated as the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Their 36 motion pictures between 1940 and 1956 put them on the list of the top 10 box office draws year after year. They hit No. 1 in 1942—a […]

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Make way for Yoopers

by Larry Chabot Is there a Yooper Hall of Fame, and can a troll get in? If so, here’s a candidate for the ages: a downstate hunter who pulled off one of the greatest survivals ever. Here came Herman Simonds of Gregory, a town southeast of Lansing, bringing his two sons north to Alger County […]

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Everybody knows Jan

by Larry Chabot In the western Upper Peninsula, almost everyone knows Jan Tucker. Thanks to the internet, so do ex-Yoopers, snow birds and locals on road trips. A newspaper reporter and radio host for over 50 years, Jan has built and nurtured a huge following, all while raising six kids. “Jan not only knows everyone, […]

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Clarence Vaughn Fights for His Pay

by Larry Chabot October 1918: an influenza epidemic which killed up to 100 million people was raging across the planet. The Upper Peninsula wasn’t spared this grief, as the grim headlines described: “Everything Closed In Escanaba” “Hancock Now Like Deserted Village” “Newberry Described as Pitiable” World War I was in its fifth year. During that fateful […]

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A walk along The Wall

    By Larry Chabot Since its controversial 1982 unveiling in Washington, D.C., over 100 million people have walked the 495-foot- long Vietnam Veterans Memorial which honors the 9 million Americans who were on active duty during the Vietnam War, and the nearly 60,000 who lost their lives there. Now, because so many people will […]

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A collection of collectors

by Larry Chabot People save weird things. Would you believe belly button lint? An Australian has mounds of it. Airline barf bags? You bet. Traffic cones? Toenail clippings? Yes, yes, really. You can look it up. While the Upper Peninsula has countless connoisseurs of collecting, here are a few that are mainstream and fascinating. Take Ed […]

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Walking creates community all its own

by  Larry Chabot We’re in the Westwood Mall, a longtime favorite of Marquette walkers. Before the stores open, you plan on some healthy walking, half-expecting to be bored. You parked near the building because few spots are taken that early. Inside, you see a retailer with a stack of pastry boxes pinned under her chin; […]

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