About time you think your life is as full as it can get, something new wedges in.
Last Friday Clyde Rogers, the Sage of Juniata Street, drove Norma and me to the Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center on the old Palo Homestead in southwest Bayfield County. History was busting out all over. Among the pioneer artifacts was a handmade rug loom from the home of Norma’s grandmother—a gift from Norma’s family. Norma, a Society member, grew up not far from the Center. The Palo homestead is on the National and Wisconsin Registers for Historic Places.
We toured the restored buildings and chatted with Duane Lahti, Society founder and president. His enthusiasm and vision for the future were contagious. Future Hole News posts will tell you more about Duane and his wife Barb’s impossible dream. www.oulucuturalcenter.org.
I probed the Internet for information on the Oulu Center and came across a book by Steven D. Fortney, The Cabin, A North Woods Memoir. I liked the flavor and one-clicked it. The first pages grabbed me; my kind of people. The story begins in the 60s when Fortney and several of his Wisconsin buddies got hankering for a cabin in Northwoods hunting and trout fishing country—an ailment common among men of their ilk. They scoured tax-forfeiture land and spotted 80 acres in Southwest Bayfield County. They visited the land, liked what they saw, bid on it, and won. The 80 had been homesteaded by a family named Palo.
If you enjoy poking around real woods, hunting, and fishing trout, I recommend Fortney’s book. Email Steve. He’ll send an autographed copy. sfortneyatme.com (To foil phishers).
Old Grandpa Lloyd