Ora Labora – A Lost Colony in Michigan’s North – Part III
Part III of the Ora Labora story takes place in 1864. The costly building to accommodate the colonies 140 residents was costly and the community needs cash to grow. It was time for drastic measures. News of the raging war in the south was looking like the demand for more soldiers was looming. Leaders of the colony knew it would be months or weeks before conscription would take their finest young men. Read more…
Sebewaing Michigan is a town of approximately 1,800 people situated on the shore of Saginaw Bay. Historically this settlement has been in existence for 100’s of years before white settlers as it was a well known fishing and hunting area for the Anishinaabeg group of Indigenous Peoples in North America.
Today it’s one of the sweetest towns Michigan’s Thumb. Known as the Sugar Beet Capital, due to the Michigan Sugar mill located within the village and the yearly Michigan Sugar Festival. The Sebewaing area, the Thumb, and the state of Michigan overall are major beet sugar growers and producers.
The town also was home to Sebewaing Brewing Company which operated until 1966. The cans, beer cases and other memorabilia are known for their collectability.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ was scheduled to release draft results of a study two years in the making that many hoped would provide a workable plan to combat the invasive species’ advance through Illinois rivers toward Lake Michigan. But a spokesman for the government agency said the release was “deferred” at the ninth hour.
Its expected that the plan would call for improvements would be made on the lock and dam is on the Illinois Des Plaines River, part of a waterway network that links the carp-infested Illinois River with Lake Michigan.
The imported big head asian carp — which are filter feeders that consume huge amounts of biomass and grow to near 100 pounds while outcompeting native species — could wreak havoc on the Great Lakes ecosystem and its multi-billion-dollar sport-fishing industry.
Experts predict the carp would devastate the Great Lakes ecosystem through out competing native species as they have in several other locations.
A crushing blow came in yesterday to the Great Lakes region. In the 2018 budget, the Trump administration slashed the EPA’s funding from its paltry $300m to $10m. This effectively guts the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The GLRI funds state and local projects that combat invasive species, restore wildlife habitats and clean up watersheds polluted by a Rust Belt economic legacy across the eight-state Great Lakes region. It has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support in Congress.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania — Great Lakes states that backed Trump in the election last year — have all received funding under GLRI.
“These cuts will essentially stop restoration efforts in their tracks in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio,” said.U.S. House Great Lakes Task Force Chair Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.
The Upper Thumb network is a group of active web sites and stores that provide content and stuff unique to Michigan’s Upper Thumb. First established in 2006.
Ora Labora is an educational and research site dedicated to the recognition of the German Colony. Our goal is to provide verifiable and primary source information on the formation, operation and demise of the colony. In addition to its educational purpose we are striving to gain the required funding and recognition from the State of Michigan to provide a historical marker near the site of Ora Labora on Wild Fowl Bay in Huron County, Michigan.
Michigan For You – offers ideas to ponder about the Great Lakes State. Places to see. great things to eat, roads to explore and here and there, a sprinkling of history that we will bet you didn’t know.
Thumbwind is a personal project to show the highlights of a true gem in the backyard of Metro-Detroit. It wasn’t too many years ago when a working blue-collar family could purchase a lot and park a camper or build a cottage near the shores of beautiful Saginaw Bay in the Upper Thumb. At almost at the same time family’s could expect a lively hood from the family farm in Huron County. As pioneer homesteaders in Huron County my family had both. Now, several generations later those family farms and rustic cottages are waning in favor of turning this land into a Green-Zone example for industrial energy production and a corporate farming enterprise that only pollutes and spoils the Tip-o’ the Thumb”.