Five inductees to be honored by Great Lakes Lore museum

ROGERS CITY – The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum will induct five new honorees at a luncheon Saturday and has planned a quarry bus trip for Friday.

Today is the last day to reserve a spot for a tour of Carmeuse Lime and Stone’s Calcite quarry, which departs the museum at 1:30 p.m. Friday, museum volunteer Linda Knopf said. It’s also the last day to make reservations for the gathering luncheon, set for Saturday at the Rogers City Area Senior and Community Center at 11:30 a.m. Both are part of the museum’s 24th annual celebration and the museum’s overall mission.

“We’re a maritime museum, but our primary thing here is to honor the men and women who served the Great Lakes shipping industry and to always renew our remembrance to those who lost their lives and those who survived,” she said.

On Saturday, the museum will induct five men who served on the Great Lakes, Knopf said. That includes Larry Syrett, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was stationed at Hammond Bay and took part in patrols of the Port of Calcite. The limestone shipped out of the port was essential for wartime steel production, and some feared Great Lakes shipping could be an enemy target.

The other four inductees are Alfred Altman, who worked as an assistant conveyorman with Rogers City’s own Bradley Transportation, Raymond Groh, formerly a first mate with Port City Steamship Service, Joseph Vogelheim, who worked as a steward for Bethlehem Steel, and Allan Wirgau, formerly a first assistant engineer for Port City Steamship. They’ll join the 456 men and women inducted by the museum over 20 years.

The museum also will hold a raffle drawing during the luncheon, Knopf said. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the museum, which sells tickets from May 1 when it opens for the season until Saturday.

Tickets to the luncheon are $15, Knopf said, and the Senior and Community Center is located at 131 Superior St.

Friday’s bus tour will take sightseers through the Calcite quarry, the massive limestone plant where Great Lakes freighters are regularly loaded, Knopf said. It’s $4 to take part. Seating is limited, and there’s a very small possibility that those who show up when the buses load at 1 p.m. can get a seat.

“If there is room, we would take them,” she said. “If the seats are all taken with reservation people, I can’t.”

For reservations, call the museum at 734-0706.

Any retiree who served on the Great Lakes for a certain number of years can be inducted into the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, Knopf said. Call the museum or stop in to pick up a nomination form.

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