Tag Archives: Larry Chabot

BACK THEN

The year 1958 was never safe, never boring By Larry Chabot (This is the 18th installment in a series looking back 60 years.) California fires, people fleeing Venezuela, deadly hurricanes, personal bombs. Sound familiar? Maybe so, but these events happened 60 years ago, in 1958. Hurricane Helene, with devastating winds up to 150 miles an […]

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THE SADDEST DAY

Remembering Pearl Harbor and the U.P. men lost in the attack By Larry Chabot The boy was on his way home from his favorite Sunday afternoon pastime: the matinee at the Ontonagon Theater. As he walked into the house on the Rockland Road, he saw his parents huddled by the radio, listening intently. Before he […]

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GREAT WAR ENDS!

Story by Larry Chabot  •  Illustrations by Mike McKinney One hundred years ago this month, The Great War—the “war to end all wars”—ground to a halt on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 as Germany and the Allies signed an armistice. The headlines blared the news: “People go […]

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SISTER CITIES

  By Larry Chabot No doubt about it: Sister Cities is a living, dynamic nonprofit. Over its 40 years in Marquette, the international agency has provided Marquette residents with opportunities for exotic travel, romance and tragedy, lasting friendships, life-changing experiences and an eye-opening look into other cultures, and it’s never been boring. The seed for […]

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UNDERWEAR WAR

1927 was an eventful year By Larry Chabot We’ve survived trade wars, proxy wars and tug-of-wars, but seldom one like the Underwear War waged among Marquette-area clothiers in 1927. Stern & Field started the conflict with $19.50 men’s suits, which unleashed a rash of ads from rivals. The battle changed focus when men’s long underwear […]

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Anybody seen my cows?

Story by Larry Chabot Somebody’s cows were missing. A Negaunee-area farmer scanning his fields no longer saw the animals, which had been mooing and munching on pasture goodies. Almost everybody in town knew where the cows were and what they were doing: ambling through neighborhoods, scarfing up shrubbery, flower beds, gardens, even the high school […]

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Bishop Baraga, 150 years later

By Larry Chabot, Photos courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center January 19th marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Bishop Frederic Baraga. The diocese of Marquette, where Baraga was the first bishop, has scheduled a series of events for January 19 to 20 to commemorate the death and celebrate the life of the famed […]

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Bridge, balloon & a prison break

  Story by Larry Chabot Illustrations by Mike McKinney Finally, a bridge over the Mackinac Straits, that five-mile-wide waterway separating Michigan’s two peninsulas! Pre-bridge frustrations abounded, like 15-mile-long lines of hunters waiting to cross, line jumpers paying the penalty as angry drivers picked up offenders’ cars and turned them around, local residents car-sitting (for a […]

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Honoring history

By Larry Chabot The Michigan Iron Industry Museum—a first class museum in a first rate facility—has been educating and entertaining visitors for over 30 years. Regional iron mining history started near here in 1844 with the discovery of iron deposits by surveyor William Burt (who is also credited with inventing the typewriter). Evidence of this […]

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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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