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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 04/06

KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Krupps Resort – Good morning Kruppers!
Well the cold and snow continues!
We picked up a couple inches last night again and in the next 10 days we look to have more of the same!
Only a couple days with temps in the mid 30’s otherwise it will continue to feel like February!
I’m even getting frustrated with this cold!
I really would like it to warm up to get riding great in the bush!
I want some 50’s so we can get back in the hills and hopping some creek bottoms with a challenge!
Oh well at least I know I will be able to ride the whole month of April! Heck at this point I’m thinking May might be the best spring riding in the last 2 years! Lol
Again if your thinking about hitting the trails most are closed but you could run trail 3 and get your fix with no risk of hurting your sled! The base is still solid and with these couple inch a day snowfalls it’s staying nice and fresh looking around here!
I have a feeling the atv season is going to start off a bit wet and muddy this year eh?
I sure hope the big spring ride in early May can still happen!
ATVs and deep base on the trails can makes thing I’m passable for the non lifted bikes!
One year it took an hour a mile to get through!
“Well everybody’s working for the weekend!”
And it’s here! What ya going to do!
Have a great weekend folks!
Ok who’s singing that quote?
I am! Ha

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 9:46 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground is located right on the picturesque Lake Fanny Hooe and is only 4-miles from Lake Superior. Lake Fanny Hooe is over 225 acres and has a max depth of 40 feet.

Lodging accommodations include cottages, lakefront motel, and chalets. Please let them know ahead of time if you plan on bringing your dog---they do have lodging options that are pet-friendly. 🐾

Fun activities to do here include renting a boat, fishing, hiking, walking to town for some shopping, s'mores around a campfire, biking, sitting in the clubhouse around the fireplace--enjoying some local microbrew while shooting the breeze with friends...

Reservations/more info:
www.keweenaw.info/member-detail/lake-fanny-hooe/

The Legend of Lake Fanny Hooe revolves around a young woman who disappeared while berry picking and, depending on the source, was kidnapped by Indians, a bear grabbed her and carried her off, or she fell into the lake and drowned. The likelihood of any of these tragic events is pretty unlikely as there is evidence this particular young woman left Ft. Wilkins, married, and had children. There is a more interesting story...a factual story.. regarding her nephew Mortimer who was born in Keweenaw County which I'll put down below....

Daniel Ruggles was the son of Gardner and Lydia Ruggles. He graduated from West Point in 1833.

Eleven years later, when the Army ordered Lieutenant Ruggles to "the frontier" at Copper Harbor, he was a veteran of the Second Seminole War in Florida and had served in Wisconsin.

Getting the Ruggles family to Fort Wilkins was a challenge; most assigned there traveled by ship from Detroit, a journey of at least 18 days.

But, Great Lakes navigation had to be suspended with the onset of winter. Garrison commander Capt. Fergus Walker wrote: "Snow piled four-feet deep with drifts often reaching 10-feet. ... In order to reach my post in due time, I traveled one-hundred-and-twenty-miles on foot through snow sometimes waist deep." 😮

The fort could "be supplied only by lake transportation during the shipping season, about six months of the year," Walker wrote. "Mail carriers," he said, "trekked 250 miles overland on dog sleds to Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and back again to deliver military orders. Soldiers might wait 20 to 30 days to receive mail from home and sometimes went months without pay."

When the Ruggles family arrived they were joined by the sister of Mrs. Richardetta Ruggles, Fanny. Life was certainly not easy for the family as noted in these journal entries:

"Order No. 19, dated Nov. 13, 1844, states: "It has been reported to the commanding officer that the practice of gambling prevails to a considerable extent among the enlisted men of the garrison. This must be discontinued and hereafter every species of this pernicious practice is strictly prohibited."

Oct. 4, 1844, he wrote: "The schooner has just arrived bringing 3 barrels of sugar." Another entry indicated that fresh food often spoiled before it reached the outpost.

Conditions were difficult for man and beast. In 1844, Ruggles also ordered "eight oxen slaughtered" because the garrison had insufficient shelter and feed to keep the animals alive through winter.

Another interesting fact---not part of the legend, is of Fanny's nephew, the son of Daniel and Richardetta, who was born in Keweenaw County...Mortimer Ruggles. Mortimer assisted John Wilkes Booth in his daring escape, after Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln!!! Mortimer was arrested and sent to Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC. He was released under general amnesty declared by President Andrew Johnson....

Read story about Daniel Ruggles and life at Ft. Wilkins here: www.masslive.com/living/2016/11/lollygaggerlarge_mining_wmass_history_at_the_edge_of_lake_superio...

For more info on Mortimer Ruggles & his part in helping John Will Booth, he's in many books on Lincoln's assassination (e.g. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by Edward Steers), Smithsonian archives, etc.
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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 12:19 pm

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 - 11:53 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

That one time Michigan Tech University's freshman class had a nightshirt parade to Hancock's St. Joseph's School of Nursing...and got banned from setting foot in Hancock. The newspaper headline was "Frosh Run Wild!".

After the nightshirt parade of 1957, during what was called "Frosh Week", the school put an end to the late-night parade shenanigans which had been a tradition for many years...

During the early days at Michigan Tech, founded in 1888 as the Michigan Mining School, students lived off-campus (as there was no on-campus room & board). Most students rented rooms at private homes in East Houghton. Some students belonged to fraternities. The first fraternity was Sigma Rho’s Alpha Chapter, founded in 1892, it was also the first professional mining fraternity in the U.S. Food service was non-existent. The first on-campus dormitory was built in 1939 amid many in the community upset about losing the "town and gown" contact with students.

130 years ago, the 1889 Campus Rules included: No laughing, whistling, singing, or other disorderly conduct during school hours. Attend all classes, labs, and lectures or don't graduate. (MTU Centennial). If you broke a rule....goodbye and good luck, eh!

"Hi, there, waiter, Stein! Big beers! MCM engineers! Bevel gears! Devil keers! What the he*l....engineers!"
-Student cheer heard often at skating parties, picnics, and sporting events...during the school's early days.

#michigantech #wednesday

Source: 1985 MTU Centennial/MTU Archives
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That one time Michigan Tech Universitys freshman class had a nightshirt parade to Hancocks St. Josephs School of Nursing...and got banned from setting foot in Hancock. The newspaper headline was Frosh Run Wild!.

After the nightshirt parade of 1957, during what was called Frosh Week, the school put an end to the late-night parade shenanigans which had been a tradition for many years...

During the early days at Michigan Tech, founded in 1888 as the Michigan Mining School, students lived off-campus (as there was no on-campus room & board). Most students rented rooms at private homes in East Houghton. Some students belonged to fraternities. The first fraternity was Sigma Rho’s Alpha Chapter, founded in 1892, it was also the first professional mining fraternity in the U.S. Food service was non-existent. The first on-campus dormitory was built in 1939 amid many in the community upset about losing the town and gown contact with students. 

130 years ago, the 1889 Campus Rules included: No laughing, whistling, singing, or other disorderly conduct during school hours. Attend all classes, labs, and lectures or dont graduate. (MTU Centennial). If you broke a rule....goodbye and good luck, eh! 

Hi, there, waiter, Stein! Big beers! MCM engineers! Bevel gears! Devil keers! What the he*l....engineers!
 -Student cheer heard often at skating parties, picnics, and sporting events...during the schools early days. 

#michigantech #wednesday 

Source: 1985 MTU Centennial/MTU Archives

 

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My dad graduated from Michigan Tech in 1942. 😎

I spent three summers there, Carl! Calumet, and Copper Harbor. I was just there two weeks ago in Hancock and Houghton and Gratiot Lake for a family friend’s passing.

As a freshman in Fall, 1959, I remember our class trip very vividly, don’t recall any ban! But I don’t recall any in my final 5 years there!

I remember when I was in 5th grade or so MTU Freshman would attack upper class men at Mont Ripley tomato fight where frosh started at bottom and tried to work up. Once we kids asked the frosh if we could join them. After some hesitation they said OK but stay behind us. But that was our plan. We had our old rotten tomatoes started tossing them at the frosh men and then ran like hell to safety in the other direction.

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