July 5, 2011
Vol. 17, No. 23
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Cliff Mine Tour
Sean Gohman discusses the Cliff Mine stamp mill. (Mark Dice photo.)

It was a sad thought: the stamp mill at the old Cliff Mine site was going to be buried back under the stamp sand that had covered it for most of the last century. And parts of it existed since the Civil War or earlier.

Why would it be buried again?

“Because the stamp sand contains enough copper to act as a preservative,” said PhD candidate Sean Gohman, as he was leading a tour through the site recently. The proof was in the wooden structure that lay before us: parts of walls, steps, and more were still intact. We could see how the stamp mill was laid out from uphill to downhill, where the ore and poor rock was separated, through many steps.

A 3-D model of the building will be created, Gohman said, so it was okay to bury it, preserving it for future generations to explore some day.

As many as 400 people had visited the site over the weekend, a great success, according to co-principal investigators Tim Scarlett and Sam Sweitz of the social science department.

“Some visitors were local folks who grew up and still live in Keweenaw County year-round and who'd hiked and explored the site for decades, others were tourists from Wisconsin, downstate Michigan, Tennessee, or Iowa,” Scarlett said.

Most spent an hour or more, some stayed and thoroughly explored the area, Scarlett said. “Guests asked me insightful questions and even more, they wanted to talk in depth.”

“It was nice to see that the public embraced it, more even than last year,” said Sweitz. “This is the industrial heritage of the region, and it was great to see people come out and say ‘my great grandfather worked here in the 1870s.’ It is a collaborative effort: the archeological expertise and the public’s expertise, together we can interpret this place and give it meaning.”

The goals of the dig were many, Sweitz said. They wanted to understand the complexity of the site, how the mining processes worked and how those processes changed over time.

“’Educated guess’ is perhaps not quite appropriate,” Sweitz said. “Using archival photos and other research methods, we think we knew the right place to dig. But, until we excavated, we didn’t know how complex it was.”

The adjacent town of Clifton and the industrial side of the site was mapped extensively last year, Sweitz said, including the surface features in the area of the stamp mill where they excavated this year.

The stamp mill was where Gohman was addressing his tour group on the day before the cover up.

“We heard from Tech grads from the sixties, seventies, and eighties and people who grew up here who walked over this spot, exploring the site, for years,” Gohman said. “And they had no clue what they were walking over.”

Some of those alums showed their support financially, and it is always needed and appreciated.

“The support of alumni has been critical keeping this collaboration going for two years,” Scarlett said. “More than half of the operating budget comes from donations to the Tech Fund. Every single dime of those funds has been used to support student researchers and cover direct project expenses, such as remote sensing, artifact conservation, tools for digging, etc.”

Next year, Gohman would like to expand the stamp mill dig, to see how wide the structure goes, and maybe find another tool.

“We only found two,” he said. “What’s left of a hammer and a compass, with spot for pencil and a point.”

Even that took some intense digging.

“We found it under a stairway that you really had to bend down to get to that level.”

Small wonder it stayed there for a century or so.

Dennis '92, '09

At Tech

South African Grad Student Plans to Bring Education to Her People

Taile Leswifi
Nelson Mandela, who led the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, once said: “It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Nelson Mandela is Taile (pronounced Dah-ee-lay) Leswifi’s hero. And the Michigan Tech PhD student from South Africa is certainly following his counsel. More

Reynolds Coauthors Book on Mining Company, Marquette Iron Range

Terry Reynolds
Upper Michigan is dotted with population centers associated with mining: from Iron River and Iron Mountain to Copper City and Copper Harbor. The region’s copper legacy has been well documented, the iron legacy less so. Now comes a lode of information on Upper Michigan’s iron ore industry—a story told in part by a Michigan Technological University scholar. More

Environmental Scientists Call North American Model of Wildlife Conservation Flawed

Often touted as the greatest environmental achievement of the 20th century, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is anything but, say wildlife ecologists and environmental ethicists from Michigan Technological University and Michigan State University. More

Alumni Around the World

Keweenaw Chapter and Tigers Baseball Events


Rain, snow...it's all precipitation and it doesn't stop a Husky from having a good time! The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter and the Alumni Relations staff hosted eighty-five "wet" alumni and friends for a social celebrating the return of the Alumni Relations offices to the Alumni House on Michigan Tech's campus. The event, held on June 22 in Houghton amidst a twenty-four-hour rain total of more than 2.5 inches, included a self- guided tour of the historic, built in 1916, and newly renovated house.

A potential new husky favorite, the social featured a hot pretzel station with Keweenaw Brewing Company cheese dipping sauce, a variety of mustards, 1919 root beer, and a Tech tradition...pickled eggs.

Many thanks to organizers Beth Hoy '96 and Jacque Smith '85 for a great event!

Remember, everyone is invited to stop into Alumni House when visiting the campus this summer.

chasSixth Annual Detroit Tigers Outing

More than seventy Michigan Tech alumni, family and friends enjoyed a patio picnic at Comerica Park on June 24 and then watched the Arizona Diamondbacks edge out the Tigers by one run. The post game fireworks were a big hit In spite of the chilly evening.

Detroit Chapter Leader Dan Batten '88 with his children, Andrea and Brett.

Do you have photos or stories of your own alumni gatherings? Share them by emailing alumni@mtu.edu or posting them in HuskyLink.

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The egg drop as part of Summer Youth Program, July 2006. Do you have SYP memories? Email me.

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Tech Sports

New Freshman Blake Pietila Drafted by NHL's Devils

Incoming Michigan Tech hockey freshman Blake Pietila was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday. The Brighton, Mich., native was the 129th overall selection of the draft. Pietila spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program playing on the Under-17 squad in 2009-10 and the U-18 team a year ago. He posted 14 goals and nine assists for 23 total points in 60 games in 2010-11. More

Tech Athletics Marketing Wins Five NACMA Awards

Michigan Tech took home five awards from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Conference last week. The Huskies' athletic department won one gold, two silver and two bronze awards for its marketing and promotions efforts in 2010-11. More

Six Athletes Sign NLI's With Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech head coach Joe Haggenmiller announced that six athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the cross country, Nordic skiing and track and field teams. “I am really excited to have these six athletes join our program next season,” said Haggenmiller. “They are all tremendous athletes and have a bright future ahead of them.” More

Around the Keweenaw

Local schools beat MME averages

Copper Country 11th-grade students continued to beat state averages in most subjects in this spring's Michigan Merit Exam. The test, measuring skills in math, reading, science, social studies and writing, is administered to Michigan 11th-grade students each spring. More

Four Copper Country Post Offices Considered for Closure

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More than seventy-five postal customers expressed concern at a 90-minute public meeting Wednesday night at Laird Town Hall regarding the possible consolidation and closure of the Nisula Post Office. Nisula is one of four post offices - Ahmeek, Watton, Sidnaw and Rockland - in the Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties area and nine across the Upper Peninsula being considered for consolidation as part of a national United States Postal Service review of nearly 2,000 offices without a postmaster. More

Copper Country comes out for Relay

Jacob Zerbst created quite a show at Relay for Life Friday night, all in the name of pint-sized entertainment. "My cheeks are getting kind of sore," he said as he twisted a yellow balloon into the shape of a giraffe. The 13-year-old Adams Township School District student proved to be popular Friday night as he offered balloon animals at various prices to raise money for the American Cancer Society at the Houghton High School track, where Relay for Life was held. More

From the Email Bag

Beach Volleyball

The summer of 2005 was one where I spent nearly EVERY afternoon at Hancock Beach. The picture provided doesn't have good enough resolution to be sure, but I would bet Frank's house that the guy jumping for the ball in this picture is Frank Mathias (Beta Sigma Theta and the tallest asian guy I know). I'm going to see Frank this weekend, as we still get together regularly and maybe we can put some names on the rest of the girls in the photo. We had a pretty regular volleyball crew during the summers of 2005 and 2006. That beach some how became the place where you didn't even need to make a phone call you just knew your friends would show up as soon as class or work were over.

Cory Shorkey
Phi Kappa Theta
BS 2007, MS 2010


I played volleyball in Hancock in 2005.

I am actually the one in the jeans no shirt.

Frank Mathias, nice picture

Cory: Sounds like you were right!

Ban Statue

A comment was made in the latest News Letter about a snow statue depicting a large hand with a can of underarm deodorant sticking out of Portage Lake, and while I don’t personally have a picture of that statue, you can find one on page 53 of the 1967 Yearbook. It was built by the Sig Rho guys so I assume one of them will have a better photo to share with you.

John R. Baker, ‘71
Irvine, CA

P. S. Planning on being at ‘da Tech’ for the Alumni week in August. See you there.

John: We were sent a couple of images. It's a classic (and clickable)! And I look forward to seeing you at the Reunion. I'll be "golfing" and hitting other events.


Hi Dennis,
In yesterday's newsletter I noticed the Tom Wells inquiry regarding a Winter Carnival snow sculpture titled "Ban The Copper Country". I am attaching three images of that sculpture. According to my records the photos were taken 0n 2/1/1967. Hope this helps.

Dave Hansen, 1969

Dave: I chose the one with the great detail. Wow!



Tom Wells asked about a photo of a snow statue entitled "Ban the Copper Country" I think that I took this photo during my first attempt at Tech in 1966-1967. The statues were very political that year due to Viet Nam War hence my shortened stay. I later returned in 1973 and managed to graduate.
Attached is the photo. I have some more pics of that year if anybody is interested.

Rodney Cencich 1976

Rodney: We are always interested in old pics. Send them on!

Jack Holland

Jack HollandWhile neither my wife Judy nor I took classes from Jack Holland at MTU, she had Jack for her instructor at the Duluth Clinic in 1962-1964 while she was pursuing a medical secretary degree. That degree enabled her to support us after our marriage in September 1964 by working at St. Joe's in Hancock and she got a HHT degree from Tech <G>. Imagine our surprise in 1966 when Jack migrated to Hancock and a career at Tech. Judy recalls Jack as the best instructor in science she ever had and we had a very nice visit with Jack and Joan after they arrived in the Copper Country.

- Bob Anderson MET 66 (one of Dewey's boys)


Fraternity House

Fraternity HouseDear Bob et al:
To take the subject back a bit...The house in mention was the Kappa Delta house prior to WWII. It was empty during the war years and had a rejuvenation as the Delta Sig house. I lived in the duplex on Hubbell which is still there today and backed on the Ruhl's house which was the first house downhill from the old KD house. The famous JTNachazel was the next house down on Blanch. The Rules had two lots and one was an orchard which was next to the KD house. Their son Warney Rule played in the HHS band and some local orchestras during the 30's and later moved to Detroit and became well known for his big band which played in the Detroit ball rooms. They also had a Sunday radio program from a Detroit hotel which played on WHDF and their theme song was "School days, School days, good old Warney Ruhl days." Warney is listed in the alumni directory as Warney Hampton Rule, '35. His sister was Mary Jane Ruhl..also listed in the Alumni directory.

There were several Ruhl families in Houghton. Jim Ruhl played Hockey after the war. Was on a line with Mark and Ted Olsen, they were very good. Fremont Finch Ruhl is also listed in an old alumni directory and he was one of the first servicemen lost in WWII. He was a pilot or was in pilot training. Not sure which family he was with. One of the tech year books from about 1940 is dedicated to Fremont.

The duplex house on Hubbell where we lived for several years in the late 30's was there when I was at the alumni reunion in 2003. When we lived there, Don Sherman, his wife and daughters lived on the other side (the down hill side).

The KDs bought an old empty large house on College Avenue and renovated it. It had been in the process of being made into a Tea Room by a lady from Ripley in the mid thirties. The construction was stopped with scaffolds still up and the shrubbery and yard grew up to be a small jungle. There are many conflicting stories about the matter. Some said she ran out of money due to the depression others said the neighbors had complained to the council about putting a commercial property in a residential area, so she stopped and let it as it was. The lady was either Mrs. Cleaves or Byers or maybe both. The family was the owners of the foundry in Ripley. I think she died and her son was a Tech guy and he arranged the sale. It was (and probably still is) a magnificent structure as were many of the houses on College Ave that were constructed during the hey-days of copper.

In the pre war days at Mich Tech there were 3 fraternities...KD's, H & T's, and Sig Rho's.

Bob Brown '53


delt sigHello again Dennis,
Here's a late spring shot of the Delta Sig House . I recognize Jim Byrd , black shirt on left, Johnny Litton (biting his thumb?) and Duke our house mgr. w/rt foot on bottom step. Jim Byrd is wearing gray flannel slacks circa '51 and likely blue suede loafers. I'm forwarding to Dante "Ike" Iacovoni (further uppa da UP near Gay} for more ID's. The Tech Lode photo was dated May 25, 1950 after the snow melted. Al was captain that year, a married USN Vet living in the married vet housing between the track and Portage canal. This was recently referred to by Shea as early student housing but in 48 and 49 it was Lower Woodmar and virtually exclusively married Veteran's apartment housing.

Bob Carnahan


Hi again Dennis,
Dante identified Bob Brinkman sitting upper left corner of the group and Duke's last name is Neelands. Johnny's last name is Linton. Also the lower Woodmar housing was Married Student's housing built right after WW2 and commonly called Vet's and Married Vet's housing. The class of '50 of some 600 graduates was dominantly ex-GI's , class sizes and total enrollment dropped to c.a. 1200 per year for some years after that.

Bob Carnahan

Smith House

smith houseAm I the only one on this list who used to live in Smith House? It was a great old house with all the original woodwork & light fixtures. I can't believe they tore it down. It would make a great B&B now. It was on the corner across the street to the west from Wads. Now all that's there is a big blank space in front of the new Delt Sig house.

The year that I arrived '57 there were around 30 girls living there. Twelve of us freshman were in the 3rd floor ballroom; 6 double bunk beds, 12 dressers and 12 desks. (A couple of lucky ones got to share a room on the second floor with upperclassmen) One "new" bathroom with 2 metal shower stalls and another small one under the eves with the original clawfoot tub. There was also a small room on that floor which a couple of upperclassmen were in. The upper left windows in the photo were our room. The second floor below there had a porch, and the main floor porch with a few nooks wrapped around to the right. It was a shock to see boys on the roof of the porch trying to get in the windows during an attempted panty raid after the pajama parade! The foyer beyond the airlock had an open stair and open balcony on 2 sides and a big stained glass window.

There was always too much commotion in the evening for me to concentrate, so I never studied there until after closing hours. We all had to take turns in the evening answering the phone, so everyone wasn't running for it. We were locked in (and had to sign in) at 10:15 weeknights, 12:00 Friday night, 1:00 Saturday night and 11: PM Sunday night. If one accumulated 15 late minutes in a term you were "campused" on Saturday night.

One of the freshmen pranks on someone's birthday was to tear their bed apart and hide everything. My birthday was in October, so I was one of the first victims. I came back to the dorm at closing time to find nothing but bed springs on my bunk. Sitting on the bed was my freshman "pot", the yellow & black stocking cap with MT on it that we were supposed to wear during Frosh week and a note. It said "MT once stood for your head, now it stands for your bed." From there I had to follow clues to find everything.

Of course, we had a house mother. She occupied a room off of the foyer which had double sliding doors to close it off, possibly the original dining room, and there was a full kitchen behind her room which was mainly for her use. I've forgotten her name, but she had already retired as a house mother at Mich. State. She seemed terribly ancient to us all then.

The following year Tech acquired and we new sophomores were put in Pryor House which was across from the College Motel. The year after that Pryor House was replaced with the more elegant Robinson House in the triangle of DHH, Sherman Gym & Wads. I think it's a parking lot now.

Gail Richter '61

More on the Bowling Alley

bowling alley

Hi Dennis,
The bowling alley pictured was indeed in the MUB. I set pins there in ‘56 and ‘57. Also the house at 218 Blanche Street was the Delta Sigma Phi house in the ‘50s. The diamond shape on the porch overhang is the shape of our pin. I saw the house in 2009 when I was there for my 50th reunion. I was in school with both Dave Funston and Earl Seppala whose emails are included in the current issue of the newsletter. “Hi” you guys. Dave and I played together in the Starliners dance band and in the school band.

Rick Noyes, ‘59

Rick: We concluded this is the ROTC building, formerly the Club House.

The "Purest Air on Earth" Sign, Continued

purest sign
Isn't the Copper Country sign still there? as i remember it said "Welcome to the Copper Country You are now breathing the purist most vitalizing Air on earth."



Editor's note: Sorry to say it's gone. Alumni might recall students nailing a skunk to it periodically over the years.

Old Blizzards

Good Morning Dennis,
In earlier newsletters you mentioned about previous Blizzards or mascots are planning to attend the upcoming reunion. Do you know of any activities planned for this part of the reunion? Do you know who is taking information/reservations etc., that I could contact to finds any of the details? Kathy and I were the ones that re-established this tradition in 1971.



Bill, we have tried to get more information on who was Blizzard in the past but with the exception of yourselves, no one has stepped forward. As a result, we don’t have any special plans for Blizzard alumni at Reunion. I am so sorry that we were not able to get a group together this year.

In spite of that, I so hope we will see you and Kathy at Reunion.

Brenda Rudiger, Director of Alumni Relations

Women in Engineering 2006, continued


Nice to see a picture from WIE 2006 of which I was a Role Model Speaker. I returned again as a speaker in 2009 and for the fifth time, this year. These girls are intelligent and interested in learning if engineering is for them. My oldest daughter, Mary Jo, participated and expressed an interest in Materials or Mechanical Engineering. My youngest daughter, Ann Marie, enjoyed visiting the campus and buying Husky stuff at the bookstore!

I credit the 1976 WIE Program in my decision to go to Tech versus The University of Pittsburgh and meeting my husband, Paul. The common discussion between us is that I’m brain washing the girls to attend Tech! Why not when I see the benefit of going to a smaller school for a college degree!

We can say state that friends and family members are experiencing the two generation connection to Tech including our god child, Danny, and Paul’s Chicago relatives. One of his second cousins from Crystal Falls attended this year’s WIE!


Here’s the hyperlink of pictures taken this year!

Debby (Gregorius) Kozol ‘84

Melvin Calvin and Klaus Weinmann Remembered

melvin calvin
Wonderful to see the stamp honoring Melvin Calvin. Regarding Linus Pauling, I was recently at Oregon State University and was interested to see the plaques recognizing Pauling, who received his undergraduate degree there. Pauling is one of only four individuals to have won more than one Nobel Prize, only one of two people awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields (Chemistry and Peace)—the other being Marie Curie for Chemistry and Physics, and the only person who has been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes.

At the ASME-MED/SME-NAMRC conference at Oregon State, those of us in the manufacturing research community were glad to see Dr. Sigrid Weinmann, who attended for a few days as she and Klaus had planned to do for the 39th straight year. There was a nice tribute to Klaus’ memory, and Sigrid is doing well with the support of family and innumerable friends and colleagues worldwide. At several of the conference events, there was a tableful of Michigan Tech cohorts gathered together—Scott Wagner (School of Technology instructor and ME PhD candidate) and his wife, Sue, Will Emblom (Klaus Weinmann’s last PhD student, now at U of Louisiana-Lafayette), Karl Haapala (Tech tri-grad and former instructor, now at Oregon State), Sigrid, and myself.

Ellen J. Kehoe

"Cousin Jack" Recalled


Jethro is a Cornish comedian who recalls the Old Cousin Jacks...He lives in St. Just and says he used to work in the Levant tin mine. Another of the songs he sings is in the same You Tube area...St. Just....

Gives a historical look at Cornish fatalism which is mentioned in several of the early books and later books about the Cornish miners in Michigan copper mines.

Bob Brown

Bob: As a one-half Cousin Jack, I loved this video.

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