From the miscellaneous drawer -Newbies

We were newbies to Ely. It was the mid-1940s and the war had ended.
We headed north from the Chicago area to pick up my sister who was working for the summer at the YMCA camp on Burntside Lake.
Gas rationing had been lifted and we drove up two lane roads behind military convoys through Wisconsin to Ely.
Ely itself was bustling with logging trucks, trains loaded with iron ore, bars and stores lined the streets and people bustled everywhere.
Dad started to build our cabin on Cedar Lake in the mid-1950s and I came up to help finish the stone fireplace that dominated the living room. Needing some supplies, he asked me to go to the hardware store on Chapman Street.
Where’s that, I asked having only been acquainted with Sheridan, the main drag through town.
He set me straight about the bank, gas station, department store and other businesses also available on Chapman.
It’s time you got some education, he said. Subsequently, we took the long way to Ely around 88 to the west (a route which, in reverse, is now all too familiar due to the bridge replacement).
Being friends with Bill Trygg senior helped Dad. He obtained chunks of quartz from the gold mine off 88, and hired helpers who were recommended by Bill.
When I sold the cabin in the 1970s in order to buy the newspaper, the stone table he and I had created went with me. Years later Scott Mills created a new, sturdy base for it and I still have it.
Yep, we were all newbies once.
Miners and loggers who came from mostly European countries in the late-1800s to adapt and find work in the rich resources providing employment here.
There was - and still is - a lot to observe and learn,whether former urban or country dwellers.
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In the Ely Echo newspaper of September 7, 1977, forty years ago, the headlines were:
• 34 to testify in Washington for Oberstar Bill
• Drought killed timber to be logged;
• State conducts study in Ely;
• Kennedy Elementary School has new playground toys;
• Ely, yes, Ely... wins home grid opener 21-12.