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Kotzian, John. “Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes. A Biography of Reverend William H. Law.” 2014. 363.28 Ko Michigan Non Fiction. The term “Sky Pilot” was sailor’s talk for Chaplin. After having his life saved by the crew of a U.S. Life-Saving Station on the Great Lakes, Rev. Law spent the rest of his life documenting and writing about the heroic acts of the men and women at lighthouses and life-saving stations. However, more importantly, he worked diligently trying to improve their lives monetarily, educationally, and spiritually. Rev. William H. Law played a major role in having Congress, in 1915; pass a law that merged the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to create the United States Coast Guard. So, it could easily be stated that he was one of the co-founders of the Coast Guard. While Law was not well known, his experience of being rescued and his thru his service to god he called to the spirt needs of the U.S. Life-Saving services and Lighthouse Keepers touched the lives and soul of thousands of people.
Nevue, Wilfred. (2012). “A Boy’s Paradise: Life at the turn of the Century Farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.” 921 Ne. Michigan Non Fiction. Written by his granddaughter Susan M. Branting, “A Boy’s Paradise” brings to life the hardworking farming life of Republic native Wilfred Nevue, which was filled with good deeds and harsh realities. An author in his own right, with titles on lumberjacking and logging in the Huron Mountains, Nevue writes with the inspiration of the French Canadian author Maria Chapdelaine and the author Branting strives to keep the story as was written by Nevue.
Pascoe, Deb. (2011). “Life with a view: an award-winning Mining Journal column.” 977.49 Pa Michigan Non Fiction. Life experiences are often the foundation for life lessons and make us pause for reflection. “Life with a view” provides insight into the journey of the award-winning Mining Journal columnist Deb Pascoe. Life in the Upper Peninsula can bring in storms that disrupt life, and often come with obstacles. Yet Pascoe often transcribes that while these storms are often difficult the reflection at times seems to clear a path to the future filled with laughter, love and sadness.
Another local author provides a glimpse into Finnish culture and heritage.
Pellonpaa, Carl. (2011). “Suomi Kutsuu a.k.a. ‘Finland Calling'” 921 Pa Michigan Non Fiction. A local celebrity and Finnish icon Carl Pellonpaa, host of the long running TV show, “Finland Calling” has written his biography. An Ishpeming native and the son of Finnish immigrants during the great depression, his story conveys that it takes persistence or “Sisu” to live through the depression or work in the underground iron mines.
Another great choice to read about finish culture in the U.P. is Todd Blair’s Wood Fire saunas and Iron Mines.
Blair, Todd & Garvey, Karen, ed. “Wood Fire Saunas and Iron Mines: Tales from the Good Old Days in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” 2014. 977.49 BL. New Adult Nonfiction. This book is unique in the fact that it was written by individuals who lived the experiences of 20th century life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The culture of 20th century Upper Michigan is written and arranged in random sequence with descriptive writing tells a story about the difficulty but yet simplistic life, which often molded the character of their being. This is necessary read for anyone who enjoys learning about culture and the Upper Peninsula way of life in the 20th century.
By Diana L. Menhennick