DAY 148: Friday, October 19, 2012, DEER PARK – The following article appeared in this week’s Newberry News, an excerpt from October 18, 1912 edition of the same publication. The column is called “Travelling Through Time,” and the subhed is “Horde of Cheap Skates.”
Horde of Cheap Skates
“After all, the efforts of the state game warden to compel the settlers of the Upper Peninsula to conserve the deer so that John Doe of Kalamazoo, or Richard Roe of Yuba Dam, armed with kerosene cans, rifles and baled straw, can be assured the securement of two deer during the month of November will be doomed to failure.
WE believe that the deer that browse on the crop of the settler, who resides many miles from a settlement where he can secure fresh meat, belong to the settler, rather than to the horde of cheap skates, than annually infest the Upper Peninsula.
The state game wardens will find it an impossibility to secure a jury that will soak a settler who kills deer for the subsistence of himself and little children. The game law should be changed so that it would be impossible for an invading army, armed with high-power guns, to cross the straits each autumn.
Settlers and their cattle and horses are annually killed by this horde of interlopers, and so long as this is allowed the Upper Peninsula will not come into its own. At the present time it is looked upon by many as a mere game preserve, and where the hardy settler, who is endeavoring to carve out a home and farm from the primeval forest, is considered an interloper by the armed booze fighters.”
Make you smile or laugh? It shouldn’t, because this attitude still prevails in the UP (and Northern Michigan) and could be reworded as, “All that is up here is ours and we will do things our own way and the law and state game wardens be damned.” In 100 years we haven’t come all that far in attitudes among many, especially the wood tick clans. People may howl when I say this, but folks up here truly believe THEY own what’s in the woods, not the people of Michigan, and while they local businessmen now like having the money from downstate, they’d prefer it if the so-called horde referred to in the newspaper article would just stay home and their send the money up. No exaggeration here, sportsfans. It is what it is.
We won’t even go into the rhetorical issues in the article and the underlying anger-igniter: dose vizzies don’t spend enough money, hey? Ergo the “cheapskate” label. On the other hand, I admire this about the Yoop. Locals, newspaper editors included, tell you exactly what they are thinking, no punches pulled, no feelings spared. Too bad some national politicians can’t bring themselves to do this.
And to close the loop. Detroit, Big Cities, villages, woods and wildernesds, Da Bridge, all of this belongs to all of us. Michigan is who we are, and for mke a matter of choice. Above the Bridge, Below the Bridge, Yooper, Troll, these are all non-distinctions offered in loving fun. Bottom line, ATB and BTB comprise our state, yes, OUR state and we need to stick together in taking good care of OUR state and all of its many and wonderful components, and in demanding good and effective local and state governments to help us.
And how ‘bout them Tigres! We watched them take the pennant from Red’s Wolf Inn last night. Nothing better than erasing dose pinstripes, eh? Cool. Over.