Friday, March 23, 2007
One afternoon my husband’s grandfather came home from work and shot his wife’s dogs. They had become too tame. He was a miner. She ran a boarding house. They were Finns living in The Keweenaw. Those were different days. He spent some time in the Marquette prison for stabbing a man in a bar, although some say he took the rap for a brother who had ministerial aspirations. The structures are all still there. The prison in Marquette, the ghost town/hunting camp in Mandan, Edna’s bar turned tourist trap called The Last Place on Earth, The Lakeview Cemetery with the grandparents’ separate, solitary graves.