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Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of "Good Old Golden Rule Days" in a Rural Two-room Elementary School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan From 1935 to 1942

Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of “Good Old Golden Rule Days” in a Rural Two-room Elementary School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan From 1935 to 1942

I thought some of you might have known our fellow author Frank Bartol, who passed away on November 21 and whose funeral was in Traunik, MI today. In the 1990s, he had a weekly column in the Mining Journal and later for the Escanaba Daily Press. He wrote the history of Traunik, “To This Place They Came: the Traunik Story in Pictures”, “Still Sits the Schoolhouse By the Road: Memories of Good Old Golden Rule Days From 1935 to 1942”, and “A Boy and His Chanticleer,” which Karin Neumann illustrated.

You can view his obituary at:



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Those of you not in the U.P. may have missed all the recent media coverage about the new documentary, “Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913.” The film has already been shown at the Calumet Theatre and the Peter White Public Library and will be broadcast nationwide on PBS on December 17th. Here in Marquette it’s on from 8-9 pm but check
your local listings. For some reason, the Detroit PBS station has decided not to show it until January. I know at least two of our members have written books about the strike and the Christmas Eve Italian Hall Disaster so you may be interested in watching it.

Tyler Tichelaar

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 from Jonathan B. Silvers on Vimeo.

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Copper Empire A Novel about the Copper Country Labor Strike in 1913

Copper Empire

Copper Empire is a book of historical fiction written by Donna Searight Simons. Paul Weyburn and his fellow copper miners have tolerated dangerous working conditions for too long in Red Jacket, Michigan.  Some of their workmates are being maimed or killed thousands of feet underground. . .which one of them will be next?  Paul leads some of the miners on a labor strike to bring attention to the dangers of blasting and drilling copper for low pay.  Marie, his wife, struggles to raise their four children and maintain their boarding home during the crisis.  Will the miners remain unified as the strike continues into the brutal weather and with money scarce?  The Weyburn’s eldest daughter, Nancy, moves to Detroit for employment in order to help the family with expenses.  Will the Weyburns lose their home, and will their daughter stay permanently in Detroit?  To make matters even worse, on Christmas Eve, an unthinkable tragedy will change Michigan’s Copper Country forever.

Available at Amazon.com

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Paradise North

Paradise North

North Country Publishing author Lon and Lynn Emerick will be offering their Upper Peninsula books at the Home for the Holidays Gift Market on November 26th from  10-4 pm at the MTU Rosza Center, Houghton MI.

Event sponsor writes: “We are excited to have your beautiful books in our show this year.” (Wasn’t that nice?)

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