Monthly Archives: December 2010

Among The Islands, December 31

Sad story: Washburn Times, December 31, 1925 Fisherman has narrow escape When dog team and sled breaks through ice Dogs drowned as fisherman manages to pull self out of the icy waters Ulrich Frostman, Houghton fisherman, had a thrilling experience … Continue reading

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Around The Islands, December 30

Cleaning up Hurley? Lots of luck, G-Men. Washburn Times, December 30, 1926 29 Hurley saloons to get the padlock Hurley, Wisconsin, the town which has become notorious throughout the country because of its open violation of the 18th amendment, was … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 29

LaPointe Light Station, December 29 1877 Snowy and a gale from the N.E. Mercury 8 A.M. 34 above zero 12 M 36. Northern Belle came in from down the lake. Tug Amethyst went out down the lake. Oh yeah, they’re … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, December 28

Bayfield County Press, December 28, 1936 Fishers reveal ordeal in Lake Bayfield men were stranded five days without food Two Bayfield fishermen, Leo Boutin and his nephew Morris, told today how a snowstorm stranded them on Presque Isle (Stockton Island) … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, December 27

Rough traveling this Christmas? Burt Hill can sympathize: On December 22, 1926, leaving the Island early in the morning for Ashland, wading through snow knee deep from Sand Bay to Bakke’s where I found that Mr. Bakke had left for … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, December 26

The lighthouses were shuttered for the winter by this time most years, so log entries will be sparse for a while. That does not mean the Apostle Islands were deserted, though. Seventy-two years ago today, one desperate man found that … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 25

Outer Island Lighthouse, December 25, 1879 SW, light, clear. Sunshine this forenoon. Ther. 13 below at 7 AM; 20 at 10 AM; moderated to 18 by 9 PM. Wind fresh, NW, tonight. Lake full of drifting ice all day. The … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 24

Outer Island Light Station, December 24, 1877 SW, light. Ther. 44. No signs of snow yet this weather is quite remarkable. Nice. Enjoy it while you can. Sixteen years later, on December 24, 1893, Mrs. McRea, wife of a workman … Continue reading

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Does ANYONE Fall For This Crap?

Got an email this afternoon– reproduced verbatim– allegedly from my ISP: Be informed that we will be deleting all mail accounts that is not functioning to enable us create more space for new subscribers, You are to send your mail … Continue reading

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Special East Coast Report

On December 23, 1948, Long Island (the New York one, not the Wisconsin one) lost one of its most beautiful and historically significant lighthouses when the Coast Guard toppled the Shinnecock Bay Lighthouse by tearing out chunks of the base. … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 23

Outer Island Light Station, December 23, 1877 Short sun showers. A midsummers day. Rain Bow in the NNE this AM. Ther. 51. Sweet! A half century later, things weren’t quite so nice this time of year elsewhere on Lake Superior: … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, December 22

Outer Island Light Station, December 22, 1874 SW moderate, 43, Snow disappearing fast, hardly any in the clearing. Wish we could say the same today; I’ll be shoveling and pushing the snowblower this morning for the second day in a … Continue reading

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