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Biography - Bigge Brothers

Transportation, Persons, Woody Plants, Trees George Bigge, left, and Perry McNee and David LaDux return on the Bigge wagon from an expedition into the woods country south of their home on the Halliwell Mine property. [The three men sit on the wagon pulled by two horses.]

Scanned: February 22, 2008

Biography - Bigge Brothers

Persons, Woody Plants, From left, George Bigge, Ontonagon friend, Thomas Hawley and Gus Bigge, all in front of the woodpile which is expected to see the two brothers through the winter. The three are discussing the old Halliwell property under the shadows of swaying trees near the Bigge abode. [The three men stand in front of a pile of neatly stacked wood.]

Scanned: February 22, 2008


Persons, Agriculture, Woody Plants, Trees Mr. and Mrs. Noah Robinson are among the Copper Country's largest flower growers. They grow about 10,000 to 12,000 glads. Glads are a member of the iris family of bulbous flowers. The Robinsons are members of the National Gladiolus Council. They have commercial varieties and these have taken many championships and blue ribbons. Among the varieties that Mr. and Mrs. Robinson raise are Ares, Regina, San Souci, Spotlight, Valeria and many others. His farm is located on US41, opposite the Onigaming Yacht Club. Visitors are always welcome and Mr. Robinson will graciously show his glads to Copper Country admirers. [The Robinsons are pictured picking flowers from their field.]

Scanned: November 2, 2007

Clubs - 4H

Societies, Persons, Woody Plants, Trees Outdoor cooking was featured at the Rockland 4-H Club three-day encampment at Twin Lakes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here the girls begin the cooking of spaghetti which they admitted, "didn't turn out very well". From left, Maryam Razmus, Kathy Martin, Donna Darrow and Mrs. Alton Seid, the Rockland Club's 4-H supervisor. She said the club was three years old and composed of 41 members, nine of whom were on the weekend party and camping trip. {The girls stand over a barbecue grill placed on a picnic table.]

Scanned: November 5, 2007


Persons, Manners and Customs, Recreation, Outdoor Recreation, Woody Plants, Trees Lake Park Breeze Lovers - These men appreciated the moderately cool breezes coming off L'Anse Bay as they sat in the shade of the many trees nearby. The well sodded park was just the thing for the men as they sweated out the heat wave. From left, Earl Raglan, Charles Blodgett, Matt Preston, Joseph Peltier and Samuel Johnson. [The men relax on a long park bench.]

Scanned: November 7, 2007


Persons, Woody Plants, Trees, Man's best friend is said to be his times, that is. Here Dr. John Nara, Copper Country veterinarian has his job carved out for himself in keeping Freckles, his 3 1/2 year old St. Bernard pal, up for a two step. A spayed female, Freckles eats four pounds of feed a day and weighs in at 150 pounds or more. Her master is 6 feet tall and dents the scales at 250. Freckles is the only purebred St. Bernard in Houghton County and is official receptionist and guardian at the doctor's clinic. Freckles' keg of brandy was removed from her neck, because of too frequent rescues and the high overhead. In this instance the dog almost knocked her master down - Truly a Nara escape. [Photo of Dr. Nara and his very large dog.]

Scanned: November 9, 2007

Holidays - Christmas

Persons, Woody Plants, Trees, Ease of use - Clouthier Christmas tree stands are easy to use. They stand straight and because of extending base arms there is little chance of the tree not being stable. [Two men demonstrate how to use the tree stands.]

Scanned: November 20, 2007


Persons, Water, Rivers, Woody Plants, Trees These tree trunks are immediately outside the Cy Wedge cottage at Otter Lake. The men point out the part of the trunk where small boats used to be tied. Since the silting of the Sturgeon River became heavy this depressed area filled with fine grained material so that the old lake bed is covered in the area. Now these trees are a half-mile from the Otter Lake shoreline. From left, Roy Bekkala, Wesley Myllyla, Toivo Lahti and Fred Biekkola. [The four men point to the area of the tree where the boats were tied.]

Scanned: December 3, 2007


Education, Postsecondary Education, Education, Higher, Persons, Woody Plants, Trees Forestry Professor John Veenstra believes in the railroad adage "See America First." So he takes his botany class around the College Ave. campus where a great variety of ash, maple and elm trees grow. "It is well that students know first the trees in their own environment," he says. "Then they can branch out". This group listens in the shade to the instructor, left. When the unit completes the flora course it is ready for fauna (zoology) study. [The group of students pay close attention to the instructor who stands next to a large tree.]

Scanned: December 6, 2007

Maple Syrup

Sugar, Maple Sugar, Persons, Woody Plants, Trees Maple syrup time is just around the corner. Persons interested in economic development in the Copper Country should keep in mind the Maple Syrup Institute to be held in Powers. The scene pictured is a familiar one in a sugar bush in early spring. Roy Skog, specialist in Forestry, MSU and Bill Nara examine the contents of the plastic bag in the sugar bush at Nara's Bootjack. (The Nara maple syrup business is now owned by Leonard Gregorie of Lake Linden.) [The two men check to see how much sap has been gathered.]

Scanned: March 24, 2009