It is somewhat ironic—a strange twist of fate—that a country that forced my parents to flee their homeland of Estonia and that put the Iron Curtain around it for 47 years, gets credit (albeit begrudgingly) for my existence.
Some background. During the Second World War, Estonia
It must have been a surreal scene: an ice-crusted schooner loaded down with thousands of Christmas trees defying the gales of November to deliver her load to waterfront markets on Lake Michigan. In a span of about 50 years—between 1868
So, what does the famous Mayflower ship that landed in America almost 400 years ago (November 1620) have to do with people today in our Northern Wilds?
Well, for starters, two people here at Northern Wilds (NW) Magazine are direct descendants of Mayflower passengers.
Lakehead divas palled around with Greta Garbo and John Wayne
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, from roughly the 1930s through the ‘50s, four women from the Lakehead achieved international fame. (The Lakehead is the name used collectively for Port Arthur and Fort William, now called Thunder Bay.)
Two became Hollywood divas. One became part
Imagine looking out the window of a Lake Superior lighthouse and seeing a giant lake freighter on course to slam right into you.
It is just one of the many lighthouse tales that have become part of the Lake Superior folklore.
Lake Superior’s first lighthouses appeared in 1849 at