Birthday Bash honors six for
Published Monday, September 18, 2006 4:24:28 PM Central Time
By ERIC HJERSTEDT SHARP
Globe Staff Writer
However, she spent the next five
years working full-time at nursing homes in
beginning a second career at a time many folks are thinking of retiring was a
new beginning. And she did it all starting just one year after receiving her
general education diploma from
Jansson, 84, was one of six honored citizens attending the Bessemer Area Historical Society's annual event Saturday. Others included Tyyne Salonen, 89; Phyllis and Louis Marconeri, Dante Pricco, 92, and Ed Zeliska, 80.
Each of the honored guests were selected by the BAHS because of their contributions and
For example, in 1946 Pricco began working in the bakery his father had started
in 1916, just 10 years after he came to the
Aldo left early on to open up a
While it is the second year the Bessemer Area Historical Society has held its honored guest portion of the event, it is the third "birthday bash" held by the organization. Bessemer is 122 years old, platted in 1884 by the Milwaukee Lakeshore Railroad, which was in search of additional areas to open up to iron ore mining.
Bessemer Area Historical Society president Eddie Sandene would like to see more narratives on file at the museum, which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day every year, and for special occasions, like next month's Pumpkin Festival. He invites long-time residents of any age to contribute their stories in narrative form to be placed in the museum files.
"We're going to have an area
where we display family histories," Sardene
said. "We're just getting going on the project -- it's an ongoing process.
We'd like to hear from people about what their grandparents did here, about
growing up in
Stories like Salonen's, who first began her life-long interest in farm home economics when she exhibited her cow at the 1929 Gogebic County Fair at the age of 14. After that she entered exhibits which displayed her talents in knitting, sewing and baking, and later encouraged each of her five children to join 4-H, eventually becoming a Harding Location leader.
Her flair for cooking eventually
landed her a career as the head of the
She still had time for the family's sewing, knitting and crocheting, and for milking the five cows when her husband Reino was working shifts at the mine.
Besides work, the value of education
is important to this year's honorees, such as Zeliska,
who sat proudly beneath the
Saturday's event was highlighted
by cakes baked by members, and the music of
The BAHS building, once the White
Birch Bar, has been open to the public for two years as the organization's
headquarters. Displays featuring
and Louis Marconeri moved back to
The parents of a son who lives on the west coast, friends say "they are still sweethearts" after 64 years of marriage.
encourages people to join the historical society, and contribute members to
recall their own stories about people, lifestyes and
For more information or to join