Janet Callow EDITOR
VOL. 1 No. 43 April, 2008
COMING EVENTS DEDICATION OF HENES PARK
27 April 20078 Sunday On Oct. 6, 2007 Henes Park celebrated its 100th year with
ANNUAL BALL a reenactment of the dedication ceremony from October 1907.
“HERITAGE BALL” The Menominee High School
See Back page for Details Band led the procession from
21 May 2008 Wednesday the gate to the first pavilion
Annual Orientation Day where the festivities were
All guides & Substitutes staged. Dignitaries represent-
1pm-3pm Heritage Museum ing those from the past were
26 May 2008 Monday driven to the ceremony site in antique automobiles. Mayor
MEMORIAL DAY George Krah; City Manager Eric Strahl,;
OPENING DAY City Attorney Rob Jamo; Henes Park Board
HERITAGE MUSEUM President Bruce Caley; Director Menominee
------------------------- Historical Society, Mike Kaufman; family
NEW DISPLAYS representative John Henes Johnson, .
Photo Display of actual artifacts owned Mike Kaufman presented the speech that
by the Baroness de Pallandt honored John Henes that had been given by
Fine Art by Menominee Artists
------------------------- George McCormick, Supt. of Menominee
26 May 2008 Monday Sugar Co., at the 1907 dedication.
ANUTA RESEARCH CENTER Rob Jamo as Joseph Cuddy, read the
OPENS FOR THE SEASON poem “ The Forest Hymn”.
1pm to 5pm Bruce Caley representing his great-
------------------------ grandfather John B. Henes , presented the
SPECIAL EVENTS park.
June 7,2008 Sunday Jon Nutter sang in german a
HERITAGE DAY favorite song of John Henes " The
City of Menominee—125 years Watch on the Rhine" .
Current Mayor George Krah as
June 29 2008 Sunday
Mayor Spies read the original City Bruce Caley
DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS proclamation.
(see Curator’s report) Jon Nutter John Henes Johnson read the Congressional record
------------------------- entered by U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak.
4 July 2008 HAPPY FOURTH!
Closed all Day
Eric Strahl portrayed Senator William Alden Smith who was the
------------------------- featured speaker in 1907.
1 Sept. 2008 Labor Day Monday Following the ceremony, the children who are de-
END OF SEASON cedents of John Henes planted three trees to com-
Anuta Research Center
memorate the occasion.
Our Thanks go to the planning committee, Rebecca Wellens,
Open by appointment only
Liz Furlong and Katherine Muwin and all who participated to
make this a great day in Menominee History.
WELCOME WEB SITE
NEWEST MEMBERS Are you checking out our web
Stanley Hruska A MOMENT OF PRAYER
Redford, MI www.menomineehistoricalsociety.org
Kris Beisser - Matthies for those Members who
Green Bay have
Carol Herman passed from our sight but We update it every Month to
Wallace MI remain in our memories. keep your current on
Arthur Baron Marie LaMack happenings at
William & Anne Kelly
Donald & Carol Mick Cheboygan Menominee County
Lou Ann Borski Aug 31 2007 Historical Society
Doris Zimmerman Frances Decker
Menominee, MI Menominee
You even get the
Larry Melegary Feb 22 2008 newsletter in color.
DONATIONS 2008 3/24 /08 NOTE FROM SPECIAL THANKS TO
Supporter FINANCIAL SECRETARY Bruce Gerber -for maintaining
Harriet Bonn the website
Lou Ann Borski Thanks To those members -
Betty Degenaar to all of you who included who contribute their time and
Carol Hoida a self addressed stamped donate many small items that we
Mrs. William Jones
envelope with their dues to never hear about.
John LaMack receive their membership
Joyce Murphy card. DONATIONS
Jean, Clare, Will, Kathryn, Liz
Jean Stegeman and family
Bob Wells CHANGING YOUR
Contributor ADDRESS ?
Larry Ebsch Please inform us by MEMORIAL
Georgia Jensen Mary Lueskow for Emil & Millie Ewald
Wells Fargo Bank
Sustaining or by snail mail to Heritage Donations 2007
Frances Decker Menominee County Granskog Memorial
Margo Wells Stork Historical Society Armstrong Memorial
Marlene Monson P.O. Box 151 Janet Callow
James B. Nelson Katherine Murwin
Menominee MI 49858
Patron Janet Callow Marlene Monson
MENOMINEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2008 OFFICERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Pat Krah Janet Callow Beverly Johnson
1st Vice-President Arnold Organ Norma Armstrong Bruce Johnson
Secretary Katherine Murwin Kurt Berge John Helfert
Financial Secretary Mary Lueskow Clayton Parcels Mike Kaufman
Treasurer Marlene Monson Denise Taylor James Borski
Barbara Kell Barbara Pesola
PAST-PRESIDENTS Eileen Behrend Amber Allard
Marie Swanson Rose Barker Bonnie Paulsen
Dr. Dorothy Granskog Lou Ann Borski
The Board of Directors is composed of those named above, plus all Officers and Past Presidents as listed above.. The Board of
Directors meet on the 1st Monday of each month at 12 noon, in the Board Room of the Wells Fargo Bank, 962 1st St., Menominee .
All Meetings are OPEN Meetings.
Welcome to the Menominee County Heritage Museum 2008 Summer Season.
Opening day is Monday, May 26, 2008. Museum hours are 10-4:30 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. The Museum will be closed July 4th.
An orientation meeting for the Museum Greeters will be held on Wednesday, May 21
at 1:00p.m. All guides are asked to attend as this is where we will discuss all safety is-
sues, any opening and closing information and anything new that has happened since the
2007 season. Cake and refreshments will be served. This is a special opportunity to see the new displays and
discuss any questions you may have. Being a museum greeter can be fun. If you know of someone who may
have a morning or afternoon to spare during the week, please have them think about joining the museum group of
volunteers. Money is available for travel expenses if you are in an age group over age 55. Norma Armstrong has
all the information.
New this season will be the Downtown Walking Tours to be held on Sunday, June 29th. Tours will include
most of the Downtown and will be divided into one hour guided walks. Tickets may be purchased on that day at
the South end of Memorial Park. Ticket price is yet to be determined. Ticket price will include a walker’s guide
brochure describing people and places along the routes. Tours can be taken with or without a guide. More infor-
mation will be presented in local papers, at the Museum and on radio.
Inside the museum will be a new photographic display of actual artifacts owned by the Baroness de Pallandt,
the “Brightest business woman in the world is the Baroness de Pallandt”, says the Milwaukee Free Press in 1902.
If I tell you more about it I will spoil the surprise. You must come in and see this!
The museum continues to expand it’s collection of fine art created by Menominee County artists. Our current
collection is displayed throughout the museum. If you are an artist from Menominee County, please consider
donating one of your works to the museum. Currently, our largest work, done by T. Wells, is nine feet by 4 feet in
size. Your work can be of any size, shape or form. We would like all mediums to be represented.
Approximately 300 children from area schools visited the museum last fall. Some very special people, Direc-
tor Mike Kaufman and Board of Director member Marlene Monson, along with museum friend Anita Graziano
dressed in period costumes to help the kids experience the museum by making real butter from cream in an old
glass butter churn, listen to stories about “old Menominee” as told by founding father Sam Abbott from an old
rocking chair, and to understand just how important it is to keep a old fire hat free from dust even if you are wear-
ing it. No one was safe from the feather duster. We certainly had fun sharing the museum with the kids!
Make it a point this summer to stop in and visit your Menominee County museum.
ARE YOU CONFUSED ABOUT THE DUES?
In revising and updating the Historical Society Bylaws , it was decided to change the way we
allocate dues from the members.
The Bylaws now state that “any person, business, organization interested in the history of
this area who requests membership shall become a member upon supplying contact informa-
tion and paying any level of donation.
Membership (for each member) shall be maintained by donating annually at any of the do-
nation levels. Donation levels are Friend- $15.00, Supporter-$25.00, Contributor-$50.00, Sustain-
ing-$100.00, Patron - $250.00,Benefactor -$500.00 Heritage-$1000 and above.
All levels of donation allow full membership privileges which include voting rights and the receiv-
ing of the newsletter.
Those of you who have Life memberships will be “grandfathered” in ,but the new system
allows you to donate as you may wish. Six Life members have contributed this year so far.
Your donations are valuable to us as
75% of the Society’s income comes from you!
NEWS FROM THE M.J. ANUTA RESEARCH CENTER
It’s official. Spring has arrived in Menominee and after this year’s record-
setting winter it is more than welcome. Although difficult, and at times
risky, we have managed to get to the Anuta Research Center often enough
to keep up with the requests for information that have come in this winter.
The past year has been a learning experience for me---not only have I
learned the “lay of the land” at the Research Center but I have learned a
great deal about the history of our area.
Silvertooth Traders in Montana asked for our help in deter-
mining what this item may have been. It had a date of 12-
22-1919 inscribed on the back. L. D. Parish lived in Menomi-
nee—his occupation was a miller. Mike Kaufman had a similar
item that belonged to his father---a key fob.
Searching for ancestors and where they lived---sending out photo-
graphs of the homes or buildings as they looked back then or per-
haps as they look today. Researching early physicians in the area,
the Donovan & O’Connor mill, Henes & Keller, who revolutionized the bottling of bever-
ages---these are just a few of the many things I had a chance to learn more about be-
cause of requests for information.
I look forward to continuing to merge my love of history with technology to enable me to
put this valuable historical information in the hands of those who want it.
Come and visit the Anuta Research Center this summer. Our hours are Monday and
Wednesday from 1:00 PM. until 5:00 PM from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
ORIENTATION DAY 2008 Norma Armstrong
The Orientation program for our Greeters will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2008
from 1:00 PM to 3:00PM at the Museum. A big THANK YOU to our Greeters who are so
faithful to their commitments.
Although many Greeters signed up again for their same schedule , we will still be
looking for additional people to fill a few shifts or work as Substitutes.
Mornings are 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and afternoons are 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday
We will open Memorial Day, May 26, 2008 through Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2008. We will
be closed July 4th, 2008.
So if you haven't joined us yet, give us a hand and volunteer to take a shift or be a
Sub. Call me today, Norma Armstrong - -863-3251.
Gift Shop at Heritage Museum Rose Barker, Gift Shop Manager
The Gift Shop will be open when the Heritage Museum opens on Memorial Day.
There are many items available for purchase. Many historical books such as "So Cold a
Sky", Judge Anuta's Autobiography, Queen Marinette, and others plus historical newspa-
pers and pictures of Menominee.
Other items include a Cross Stitch kit of the Menominee Lighthouse, stationery, Indian
jewelry, maps, Heritage Museum t-shirts, and small toys for the children. Postcards of the
Heritage Museum, Menominee, and the Upper Peninsula.
Yearbooks are also available that date back to 1924, but not all years are available,
but there is quite a large selection.
HOPE YOU COME AND VISIT US
we are to the left when you enter the Museum.
WEST SHORE FISHING MUSEUM
Open Saturday and Sunday afternoons
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Day through Labor Day
The State of Michigan has designated the Museum an
Historical Site and this plaque was unveiled at the Dedication
Ceremony on June 17, 2007
The Plague reads:
Mathias Bailey was a Commercial fisherman who moved his
family from Egg Harbor Wisconsin in1870 seeking more abundant fishing on the west side
of Green Bay. In 1893 his son Charles bought 123 acres of land and built this house for
his wife Aurora. Charles operated one of the area’s largest fisheries on this site from 1893
to 1950.His daughter E. Leone Bailey, who died in 1994, willed the house, the fishery and
100 acres of the land to the county for use as a museum and natural area.
Four buildings at the Museum have been made ready for public viewing:
1. The Charles and Aurora Bailey family home built in 1897 has been completely
restored and features furniture and accessories from the late 1890s through the 1940s.
2. The former carriage garage has been restored and now contains early com-
mercial fishing exhibits as well as Native American fishing exhibits.
3. The Bailey twine shed has been completely rebuilt on its old foundation and
contains many regional artifacts of interest such as the Anderson sail sleigh once used
for ice fishing, a pike net with large wooden hoops, an old wooden net reel used for drying
gill nets, wooden fish boxes, hundreds of metal and wooden fishing floats, several an-
chors, and numerous other artifacts.
4. The exterior of the old poultry house has been restored and its interior has
been completely reconstructed to become a combined gift shop and meeting room. An-
tiques donated for sale will be featured among the items available in the gift shop.
Since 1997, the Bailey Property Preservation Association has been working to develop the
West Shore Fishing Museum and will now maintain and operate it on behalf of Menominee
County which owns the buildings and property. The all-volunteer Association, will continue
to have work-bees every Wednesday, to maintain the buildings and gardens as well as
develop the boat shelter area which contains five historic fishing boats in various stages of
Volunteers are always needed at the West Shore Fishing Museum. If you would like to work
with a dedicated group of people call Eileen Behrend at 906-863-9716 .
WANNA BE A VOLUNTEER?
The Historical Society has many wonderful, always available
Volunteers , but we do need more.
Do you like to meet people- become a Greeter at the Museum.
Do you like to plan parties– events need planning for the Society
Do you like to put information into a computer database?
Do you like to fix things? Shovel walks? Build simple things?
Do you like to write, research, file, sell gifts, arrange displays?
What do you like to do? We can use your talents. Clayton Parcels and Bruce
Contact any of our officers or Board members on page 2 and Johnson help with
winterizing the Museum.
Volunteer for this summer—you’ll enjoy it!
THE WAY IT WAS—WINTER,STAGECOACHES AND STORMS —From our files.
Let's talk about early March, 1892 .. in
Menominee. In the first week of March,
the stage that ran across the ice from
Menominee to Sturgeon Bay "Overturned
on the rough ice and the stove set fire to
the canvas. One passenger was seriously
The Washburn-Putnam Stage ( Sturgeon Bay) meets the
burned and another had his overcoat
Barclay Stage ( Menominee) on the ice of Green Bay.1902
Then, on March 17, 1892. which was St. Patrick's Day. stage driver Henry Spencer lost his
way coming from Sturgeon Bay to Menominee. It was early evening when "The stage
broke through the ice. There were five men, one woman and one girl on board when the
stage began to sink through the ice. The horses were reached in the water and rescued.
They were 10 miles off the regular path." They all must have been Irish or had the luck of
the Irish, for they found a fishing shanty and huddled together in it till morning when
Spencer rode one of the horses the two miles to shore to get help. Another stage came
and took the passengers to town and we hope to a good hot breakfast”. The Democrat
Newspaper editor noted that "No body parts were frozen."
Another ice story said "Sturgeon Bay has a new ice boat. Last week it took about 150 pas-
sengers on a trip down the shoreline. She made about six miles per hour but will not be
put into service this winter due to the lateness of the season."
From The Way We Were by Chet Krohn
STAGE SERVICE ACROSS THE ICE to Door County had begun almost as soon as there
was substantial population on both sides of the bay. Rail lines never extended up the Door
peninsula beyond Sturgeon Bay. Road improvements, to encourage automobiles also were
slow in developing. A 75-year-old picture (see above) shows Barclay's' stage from Me-
nominee, drawn by four horses, meeting Washburn - Putnam's stage from Sturgeon Bay
in the middle of the bay and pausing for a rest and visit. Putnam's coach was pulled by
three teams. With the Twin Cities the closest supply source and market for crops and fish
for Door county, sleighs crossed the ice often during the winter. A late freeze-up one year
caused delays that resulted in a "train" of 14 horse-drawn sleighs from Egg Harbor, carry-
ing their crops to Menominee. Returning home with needed supplies after an overnight
rest. From Menominee’s Golden Stagecoach Days Revisited By Howard Emich
Menominee's "Worst Storm": The Washington's Day Blizzard of 1922
"The storm was ushered in ... like the arrival of a commanding officer before his troops
when cannon boom the salutes." With this military analogy, a newspaper reporter in Me-
nominee tied in Washington's Birthday with this unprecedented blitzkrieg of snow and
wind. During the peak of the storm, the "cannon boom" of thunder could be heard follow-
ing lightning strikes, which were "the most vivid ever seen ... before in the winter time."
The storm began late on the 21st and contained the key elements found in a crippling
event: prolonged snow and raging wind. Two feet of snow fell on the Twin Cities of Mari-
nette-Menominee, blown into drifts up to 10 feet deep by northeasterly winds as high as
50 miles per hour. In addition, sleet and freezing rain fell for a time on the 22nd leading to
a hard, frozen covering over the top of the huge mass of freshly fallen snow.
Telegraph and telephone service was disrupted and trains and streetcars became snow-
bound. By nightfall on Washington's Birthday, Menominee was virtually isolated from the
rest of the world. While there had been greater falls of snow, this blizzard was unrivaled in
its duration, coupled with the ice that even caused railroad plows to slide off the tracks
into the ditch. Quoted in “So Cold A Sky” by Karl Bohnak from Herald Leader article.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The Annual Meeting was held Nov 4th at the Pullman House. Mike Kaufman, Director,
welcomed thirty- eight members and guests . The officers voted for 2008 are Pat Krah,
president,; Arnie Organ ,vice-president; Katherine Murwin ,secretary; Mary Lueskow, finan-
cial secretary; Marlene Monson , treasurer. Bonita Paulsen is the newest board member.
The program "Voyagers" was presented by Randy Smith, who was
garbed as a voyager of the 1750's. He told us about Great Lakes Fur
French explorers were looking for a passage to the East (China).
They traded with the Native Americans and thus began the fur
industry. Their canoes carried 6 tons of goods and 5 could travel
together. They were called freighters; a term still used today. There
were many portages that made the hauling of goods difficult.
Along the Menominee River they encountered many different tribes
The voyagers got along well with them. They lived with them in the
winter. Many of them took wives and had children who were called
In order to trade they needed a license from King Louis. If they traded without one they
were renegades and had bounties placed on them. Chappee was such a person. When men
were selected as voyagers they were not chosen if they could swim as it made it easy for
them to jump overboard and flee to freedom. They were chosen for strength and youth.
Mr. Smith went on to talk about the dress of the voyagers. They wore sashes to avoid
hernias. This was a main cause of death and due to carrying all the weight of the goods.
Each man carried 160 pound bundles of furs.
Chappee was not one of the first fur traders, but did establish the first trading post on the
Menominee River. He actually worked at the end of the trading period.
FIRST QUARTERLY MEETING Feb 23, 2008
Approximately 40 people attended the first quarterly meeting held in the Garden Room of
Administrative Director Mike Kaufman presented a report on current activities of the
Menominee County Historical Society. Mike informed the group that in addition to the Mu-
seum and Anuta Research Center, we have a third building across the street to be used for
storage and repairs. This will allow more space in the Research Center.
The Chapee Rapids property is being used for an outreach program for children.
Plans are being made to sponsor a walking tour in place of the cemetery tour this summer.
A balanced budget proposal for $20,000 has been passed for 2008.
Several programs are being planned to celebrate the 12Sth anniversary of the City of
Menominee. On April 27th, we will hold a Heritage Ball. Plans are being made by the City,
the Opera House Committee and the Historical Society to sponsor Heritage Day on June 7th
Amber Allard's grant request for Connecting to Collections (a resource library) has been
accepted. The membership letter reflects a new donation (formerly dues) structure. Current
life members will continue to be recognized; there will be no new life memberships.
Arnie Organ stated that volunteers are needed for various activities.
Germaine Vincent introduced Casey Kadlubowski and her Mother. Casey is 15 years old. She
is home schooled, artistic, a member of the Victorian Ladies group as well as being musically
talented. She is a member of the Green Bay Youth Symphony.
Casey, dressed in a lovely Victorian ensemble, played a selection of ethnic pieces on
her violin. The music included Celtic, French, Swedish, Italian, Scottish, Gypsy and Russian
selections. She also performed four compositions she wrote herself. She received a standing
ovation for an excellent performance.
Menominee County Historical Society Invites You to Celebrate the
125th Anniversary of City of Menominee
Sunday , April 27, 2008
3937 10th Street, Menominee MI
Social Hour at 5:00 PM — Dinner at 6:00 PM
Dancing to the Music of the “Diplomats” Any style of
$16.00 per person dress
Make Reservation by April 20 with 1880’s to
Germaine Vincent Norma Armstrong 2008
863-3890 863-3251 is
Non-canceled Reservations must be paid Appropriate.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND
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