Superior Woman--Summer 2020--Final Edition

Superior Woman Summer 2020 is a publication about women living, working and playing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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baking up a storm<br />

SUMMER <strong>2020</strong>

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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 1 SUMMER <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> is published quarterly by The Write Company,<br />

511 La Salle Blvd., Port Huron, MI 48060. Circulation 5,000.<br />

Co-Editors & Publishers:<br />

Patti Samar<br />

Marquette Senior High School 1981<br />

Northern Michigan University: B.S. 1985 & M.A. 1989<br />

Dale Hemmila<br />

Negaunee High School 1968<br />

Northern Michigan University: B.S. 1973<br />

Advertising, questions, comments or story ideas:<br />

Email Patti Samar at pjsamar@aol.com<br />

Mission:<br />

<strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> is the premiere publication<br />

for women living, working and playing<br />

in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.<br />

Its stories and features are written and designed<br />

to be inspriational, motivational and encouraging.<br />

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of <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> is October 1, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />


3 From the Editors<br />

4 Marybeth Kurtz<br />

8 Roxanne Daust<br />

12 Stacey Willey & Jackie Bessner<br />

16 Sandra Arsenault<br />

20 Stacy Welling Haughey<br />

24 Lorrie Hayes<br />

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SSoooo…welcome to <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> 2.0: the Digital Magazine <strong>Edition</strong>!<br />

Two years ago, my husband and I began <strong>Superior</strong><strong>Woman</strong>.Net in an effort to see if there was any interest in sharing<br />

women’s stories in the Upper Peninsula. Both of us are Yoopers – I’m a Marquette Senior High School graduate, he is a<br />

Negaunee High School graduate, and both of us are Northern Michigan University graduates – but we currently live in<br />

Port Huron, where, for the past nine years, I have published a regional women’s magazine called Blue Water <strong>Woman</strong>.<br />

Because my husband is retired (and I am not), and he has a background in media and journalism (among other<br />

prolific skills), he became the chief storyteller for <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong>. He was making regular trips to the U.P. to visit family<br />

and friends, so he scheduled interviews with interesting women, mostly in the Marquette area.<br />

Once he returned home and wrote the stories, he handed them over to me and I planted<br />

them on the <strong>Superior</strong><strong>Woman</strong>.Net website as a part of the blog. Over the course of the past<br />

two years of doing that, we have watched the number of subscribers to the blog grow, as well<br />

as the stats related to how many people were clicking and reading the stories.<br />

Yoopers, it seemed, wanted to read more stories about the incredible women living in the<br />

U.P. And why wouldn’t they?<br />

Creation of an online magazine…<br />

Therefore, we are excited about taking <strong>Superior</strong><strong>Woman</strong>.Net to the next level, moving<br />

the stories beyond just a simple blog post. We have created a full-fledged digital magazine,<br />

complete with a flipbook that allows readers to turn the pages and click on embedded links<br />

within the stories and advertisements.<br />

Speaking of advertisements…<br />

In this issue, you will find advertisements for tee shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, wine<br />

tumblers, beer steins, face masks (oh so <strong>2020</strong>!) and other items designed by, well, me, as a<br />

part of my business, Blue Water Publishing. All of these items can be purchased by visiting<br />

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As a bonus: My online shop donates 10 percent of profits to five Michigan nonprofits,<br />

including the Marquette Women’s Center and U.P.A.W.S. of Marquette County.<br />

Does your business need to reach the women’s market?<br />

In this issue, we invite businesses in <strong>Superior</strong>land that wish to reach the women’s market<br />

to join us on this <strong>Superior</strong> Journey. If it makes sense for your business to reach our target<br />

market of women, aged 35 to 65+, in the heart of <strong>Superior</strong>land, then please contact one of us,<br />

below, for more information about advertising in a future issue. You can also find advertising<br />

information on our website at www.<strong>Superior</strong><strong>Woman</strong>.Net.<br />

About this issue…<br />

My husband last visited the U.P. in February before the COVID 19 pandemic hit. He interviewed four women and<br />

we posted one story on the blog before the pandemic and then we decided to hold onto the other stories until the world<br />

felt more stable. The end result was the decision to create this digital magazine. We’ve included two additional stories<br />

that were placed on our blog in the past year.<br />

All told, there are seven <strong>Superior</strong> Women featured in this issue, and we are already planning the Fall issue, and I am<br />

so excited about some of the names I am seeing on Dale’s “potential story ideas” list. We are also very open to accepting<br />

recommendations for stories, so please do not hesitate to email either one of us if you know a <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> with a<br />

compelling story who would be willing to share her story with our readers.<br />

Most of all, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this publication. Your support means more to us than<br />

you can ever know.<br />

We look forward to spending even more time in the U.P. in the coming year as we ramp up our storytelling<br />

adventures and meet even more spectacularly special and <strong>Superior</strong> Women.<br />

Peace,<br />

Patti Samar<br />

Co-Editor & Publisher<br />

<strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong><br />

pjsamar@aol.com<br />

Dale Hemmila<br />

Co-Editor & Publisher<br />

<strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong><br />

dalehemmila@gmail.com<br />

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BAKING<br />

up a storm<br />


Editor’s Note: The story, below, was filed just before the COVID 19 pandemic hit hard. Subsequently, the business was<br />

shuttered for two months. Back online now, the owner says she is happy to be back and pleased to see her regular customers (“at<br />

least what you can see above the mask”). Business, she says, has been good, even without indoor seating. The outdoor garden<br />

and sidewalk seating has been very popular. A $10,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation helped<br />

pay the rent, utilities and payroll during the shutdown. Now that the business is back up and running pandemic-style, owner<br />

Marybeth Kurtz says “I have been very lucky.” <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> wanted to present the original pre-pandemic story of this<br />

business and business owner with the hope that more normal times will be in our future soon.<br />

IIn the middle of the main street, in a small Upper Peninsula mining<br />

town, sits a bright blue building that stands out among the drab<br />

stone and brick structures that occupy the remaining blocks. Its bright<br />

façade almost compels you to step inside and check it out. Once<br />

inside, the sights and smells of a small-town bakery/restaurant lets you<br />

know you have found a hometown treasure for the senses, including,<br />

ultimately, your sense of taste.<br />

The bright blue building houses Midtown Bakery & Café in<br />

downtown Negaunee, Michigan, and over the past two decades it has<br />

become well-known for its made-from-scratch baked goods, and its<br />

soul- pleasing homemade soups and sandwiches. Operated by owner<br />

Marybeth Kurtz, and staffed by a loyal group of longtime employees,<br />

Midtown has become a destination for the discerning epicurean in<br />

Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula.<br />

Actually, “discerning epicurean” is probably not the market<br />

demographic Kurtz and her then-husband envisioned when they<br />

opened the shop 24 years ago. But, over that generational time<br />

period, the shop has developed a very loyal and discriminating<br />

following.<br />

That following might get a whole lot bigger very soon. Kurtz<br />

recently participated, as part of a two-person team, on the Food<br />

Network’s “Winner Cake All” program. Teaming up with local baker<br />

Joe Heck, who received the original invitation from the network and<br />

enlisted Kurtz as his teammate, the pair faced off against three other<br />

two-person teams. After surviving the elimination round, they were<br />

given six hours to come up with a “Broadway Princess Party Cake,”<br />

working against the final two other teams.<br />

“We had to create a cake for the client and the client wanted<br />

chocolate and peanut butter,” she said. “So we used my Mom’s<br />

Chocolate Cake and Joe had a peanut butter frosting recipe.”<br />

Unfortunately, the judges chose a different cake as the winner.<br />

“They loved the cake, not necessarily the way it looked, but they<br />

loved the cake and we just had fun,” she said. “Once we saw the<br />

episode it was like, oh, yeah, we did pretty good. Our goal was to go<br />

and represent the U.P. and have a good time.”<br />

From Retail to Baked Goods<br />

Originally opened as an antique shop, the bakery end of Kurtz’s<br />

business came along six months later. After six years, the antiques<br />

were “pushed out” and soups, salads and sandwiches were added. As<br />

their reputation grew, catering events, whether that be in the form of<br />

delivering sandwiches to the local iron ore mines, or catering dinners<br />

for various customers, became what Kurtz calls a “pretty good chunk”<br />

of the business.<br />

Kurtz, now the sole owner of the shop, is a transplant from the<br />

Detroit area, but there are no big city airs among the mismatched<br />

tables and chairs that seat about 50 patrons, and which, on most<br />

days at lunch time, are fully occupied. The atmosphere can only be<br />

described as hometown casual.<br />

“Most people think of it as home,” she said on a recent Friday<br />

afternoon as she laughed with some of the regulars. “We’ll joke around<br />

with people and tell them if you need anything, either holler loud or<br />

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get up and get it yourself. People like coming here. It’s not pretentious,<br />

and it is a little weird, with all the different tables and chairs.”<br />

Making her point, she gestures to the largest table and chairs.<br />

It was the dining set in the home in which she grew up. It now<br />

accommodates some of the regular group visitors.<br />

“We have quite a few standing reservations,” she said. “There’s a<br />

group of guys that come in the first Monday of every month. There’s a<br />

group of women that come in the last Thursday of every month.”<br />

“’68,” hollers someone from the staff.<br />

“Yeah, class of ’68,” Kurtz said with a laugh. “So I’m very grateful.<br />

As someone who is not from around here, it took a while to get that<br />

people are so tight, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”<br />

Hands-On Management<br />

As a bakery owner, you might imagine that Kurtz is in early in<br />

the morning baking up a storm, but that’s not usually the case. She<br />

says a typical day would have her arriving by mid-morning from her<br />

apartment above the shop. That doesn’t mean the place is idle, as she<br />

notes her baker begins at 6 a.m. and her manager opens the shop at<br />

8 a.m. Baking continues throughout the day, and when Kurtz joins<br />

in, she is just one of the crew, waiting tables, taking orders, making<br />

deliveries, and doing whatever needs to be done.<br />

“I don’t spend a lot of time sitting in my office eating bon-bons,” she<br />

laughed.<br />

“Thank God I have a wonderful staff; I’m very lucky,” she said,<br />

referring to her nine-person team. “I don’t have turnover, so I am very<br />

lucky. I go on vacations, and I don’t think about work. I know it’s in<br />

good hands.”<br />

Kurtz grew up in the metropolitan Detroit area. She earned a<br />

“<br />

Our banana cake is a family recipe, and our<br />

baker is super-talented and likes to create new<br />

recipes and try new things.<br />

”<br />

Family recipes, like our most popular cake,<br />

is Mom’s Chocolate Cake, which is my<br />

grandmother’s recipe.<br />

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commercial art degree from Macomb Community College. She<br />

worked for the Chuck Muer restaurants in downstate Michigan, which<br />

was a small chain of fine dining establishments that eventually were<br />

shuttered or sold following Muer’s death. As regional pastry chef for<br />

about 10 years for those facilities, she received some of those recipes as<br />

part of her severance pay when the last restaurant she was working at<br />

closed. But they aren’t the only proprietary recipes in use at her shop.<br />

“Family recipes, like our most popular cake, is Mom’s Chocolate<br />

Cake, which is my grandmother’s recipe; our banana cake is a family<br />

recipe, and our baker is super-talented and likes to create new recipes<br />

and try new things,” Kurtz said.<br />

Enjoying the Ride<br />

With her Food Network-brush-with-cake-fame behind her, Kurtz<br />

is satisfied to be back where she is, in Negaunee, working nearly every<br />

day (her shop is closed on Sundays) and greeting her customers.<br />

“I’m grateful that (business) is steady all year round,” she said. “In the<br />

wintertime, I get all the locals, and in the summer, they are all out to<br />

camp, so then I get all the tourists. We get a lot of people that we are<br />

on their route. They come up for their summer vacation, and we are<br />

one of the stops they have to make.”<br />

No matter what the season, however, it’s that downhome feeling once<br />

inside the Midtown Café that just works.<br />

“One of the best sounds of owning your own business is hearing<br />

people laughing, enjoying their time here, and having fun,” she said. “I<br />

know my customers, and my customers know me, so I’m content, I’m<br />

very lucky.”<br />

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“<br />

One of the best sounds of owning your own<br />

business is hearing people laughing, enjoying<br />

their time here, and having fun.<br />

I know my customers, and my customers know<br />

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maker<br />


IIn life, the decisions you make may not seem momentous at the<br />

time, but when looking back, you can sometimes pinpoint reallife<br />

game-changers. That seems to be the case for Roxanne Daust,<br />

currently chairman, president and chief executive officer of Range<br />

Bank, an independent community bank with nine locations in<br />

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and in Green Bay, Wisconsin.<br />

For Daust, that type of decision came early in her working career<br />

and began a process that ultimately led her to the top leadership<br />

position of a 133-year-old banking icon in the Upper Peninsula.<br />

“I was working as a 20-year-old waitress at the Villa Capri<br />

(restaurant),” she recalled recently while discussing her path in the<br />

banking world. “I had the opportunity to be a teller (at another<br />

banking institution) and I had to question whether it was worthwhile,<br />

because with the money they were paying, I could barely afford to<br />

live off of, with a child; I was a single mom. So, I did decide that it<br />

made sense to take that bank telling job, because what’s your future as<br />

a single mother waitress? So I started off as a teller and worked (there)<br />

for 10 years in a couple of different departments.”<br />

Her life-changing decision has now come full circle. The Lake<br />

<strong>Superior</strong> Community Partnership (LSCP) has named Daust the<br />

recipient of the <strong>2020</strong> LSCP Distinguished Service Award. She was<br />

recognized at the organization’s annual dinner in March.<br />

“I am excited that Roxanne has been chosen as our Distinguished<br />

Service Award winner,” said Amy Clickner, LSCP chief executive<br />

officer. “She has excelled in her career and in her community. She is<br />

a role model for our future leaders. As for the LSCP, she serves in a<br />

leadership role and has helped set up the organization for continued<br />

success. Over the many years of working together, I am honored to<br />

also call her a friend.”<br />

The path to Daust’s success and high achievement in the banking<br />

industry was not necessarily a straight line. During her first decade<br />

working in the banking industry, Daust finished off an accounting<br />

and computer information systems degree at Northern Michigan<br />

University, and her career path continued in a little different direction.<br />

She actually ended up leaving the banking industry and went to work<br />

at an accounting firm for a couple of years.<br />

“I learned a lot, because I did a lot of auditing of banks and credit<br />

unions,” she said. “I feel like it was a good two years; I liked the<br />

experience because I learned a lot.”<br />

Ultimately, the required travel during auditing assignments led<br />

Daust to return to banking full-time as a better career choice.<br />

“I had seen an ad for a cashier position at First National Bank of<br />

Negaunee (which would ultimately become Range Bank) and I didn’t<br />

even know what a cashier was at the time; it’s kind of an old name for<br />

the accounting person.”<br />

She got the job and continued to move up in her career over the<br />

next 20 years, first as chief financial officer position, then becoming<br />

executive vice president, and finally taking over as president in early<br />

2018. She was promoted to chairman and CEO six months later,<br />

when her predecessor, Ken Palmer, retired.<br />

She credits Palmer with helping her make the moves that lead to her<br />

current leadership position.<br />

“Ken Palmer was a really great mentor to me,” she said. “He always<br />

pushed me to do more and believed in me. He asked me if I wanted<br />

to apply for the executive vice president position, and the first time, I<br />

said no. I was happy where I was at. But as I grew more confident, I<br />

felt that, yeah, I can do this job.<br />

“And then we knew that this was the path that I was kind of on,<br />

in training to take over for Ken, when he retired. Ken did a good<br />

job of backing off on his role for the last year, so there weren’t really a<br />

lot of surprises. I knew what I was in for, and it was a pretty natural<br />

progression, but there is a lot of burden because the buck stops here.<br />

The additional pressure is knowing that, ultimately, the decisionmaking,<br />

along with the board, is up to me.”<br />

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As in any business where leadership at the top changes, the new<br />

leader tends to reshape the business to reflect his or her vision. For<br />

Daust, that meant making some cultural changes.<br />

“We have made a ton of changes, and it all comes down to the<br />

fact that I am very focused on people,” she explained. “I formed a<br />

leadership team, which we never had before. We have a really strong<br />

leadership team, and I collaborate with them, and we make decisions<br />

together. It’s not just me sitting at the top, telling people what to do; it’s<br />

more of a collaboration of what’s best for the bank. ”<br />

So, with her people-focused approach, Daust has instituted short<br />

employee surveys to obtain opinions about working at the bank, and<br />

then getting together with all the employees in small group meetings so<br />

staff can share ideas to improve the banking experience.<br />

Daust believes that businesses need to keep up with competition in<br />

order to move forward. During her first couple of years as CEO, Daust<br />

and her team have provided the leadership to address the challenges of<br />

banking in the 21st century.<br />

To help keep the bank on this path, Daust brought in a consultant<br />

to help improve services to both retail and business clients, to provide<br />

employee training, and to provide marketing assistance.<br />

“One of our key focuses at the bank is making sure that we have<br />

the technology that customers need to do business with us,” she said.<br />

“Which means they don’t have to come to the bank very often, so we<br />

need to provide the products and services they need (online).”<br />

But even with new technology and online competition, she also<br />

hasn’t lost sight of the people aspect of her industry.<br />

“With community banking services, that’s always going to be the<br />

key,” she said. “I mean, when you have a problem, or you have a<br />

question, we answer our phones, we answer your question, you can<br />

come into one of our offices. We’re never going to get away from<br />

“<br />

We have a really strong leadership team<br />

and I collaborate with them.<br />

We make decisions together.<br />

It’s a collaboration of what is best<br />

for the bank.<br />

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customer service being our differentiator, but we also need to have the<br />

technology that customers demand.”<br />

Meanwhile, sitting at the top of a regional banking operation, it is<br />

not lost on Daust that she is a woman in what has traditionally been a<br />

position filled by a man in most of the banking world.<br />

“When I’m sitting in a room of bankers, I’m definitely in the<br />

minority,” she said. “But when we’re in that room, I don’t think of<br />

myself as a woman; it’s more about getting stuff done and working<br />

together.”<br />

She does note, however, that seeing more women in leadership<br />

roles in what were, at one time, considered mostly a male domain, is<br />

inspiring.<br />

“I think it’s a great time for women to be in business, but it hasn’t<br />

always been that way. It’s good to see progress, and I see all the women<br />

across the U.P. that have gained higher level positions, and that’s been<br />

good to see.”<br />

As for her own skills that lead her to her current role?<br />

“I don’t give up,” she said. “I kind of have, ‘I get it done attitude,’<br />

where there’s a way to figure out a solution to any issue that comes up.<br />

It’s just getting the right people in the room, and working hard, and<br />

not giving up.”<br />

Daust has carried that attitude outside of her bank office into<br />

volunteer positions with organizations such as The Marquette<br />

Ambassadors and the Lake <strong>Superior</strong> Community Partnership (LSCP).<br />

As for Daust, as a woman leader in the business world, she has advice<br />

for young women who aspire to something similar.<br />

“Do things that make you feel uncomfortable,” she said. “Because<br />

you learn and you can be proud of yourself. You can learn that you<br />

can do things that you never thought you could do. If you don’t try,<br />

you will never know.”<br />

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Do things that make you feel<br />

uncomfortable because you learn<br />

and you can be proud of yourself.<br />

You can learn that you can do things<br />

that you never thought you could do.<br />

”<br />

If you don’t try, you will never know.<br />

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LASER<br />

focused<br />


Editor’s Note: The story below was filed just before the COVID 19 pandemic hit hard. Subsequently,<br />

the business involved has been impacted by the storefront closure, while online sales have continued.<br />

Although summer trade shows were canceled, wholesale orders have begun to pick up and they saw an<br />

uptick in sales after federal stimulus checks were distributed. <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> wanted to present the<br />

original pre-pandemic story of how this business partnership began with the hope that more normal times<br />

will be in our future soon.<br />

Two women, a business, and a plan: that’s inspiration right there. So,<br />

it shouldn’t be a big surprise that their business is called Be Inspired UP.<br />

The women are Jackie Bessner and Stacey Willey, their shop is a<br />

small storefront in downtown Ishpeming, Michigan, but their business<br />

is much bigger than that.<br />

The shop is filled primarily with laser-cut jewelry. Most of those are<br />

Bessner’s designs and they feature images related to Michigan’s Upper<br />

Peninsula, with an eye toward the natural beauty outdoor activities.<br />

The shop also features the books written by local authors that are<br />

part of Willey’s book publishing business. With some additional local<br />

art on sale, and a few other odds and ends related to the 906 area code,<br />

there is a lot to take in once you step inside.<br />

But that is not the only place to find their unique items. With a<br />

presence on Shopify and Etsy, they reach a much larger audience,<br />

and their own website features 24 pages of unique earrings, pendants,<br />

bracelets and a whole lot more.<br />

Recently <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> met with Willey and Bessner to learn a<br />

little more about their inspiration:<br />

So, how did this business come about?<br />

SW: I opened the gift shop and I still run the book-publishing part,<br />

and I’m still pretty busy with that. This location has been open about<br />

two years. Jackie, a couple of years ago, started her own jewelry line<br />

business. So she approached me about helping her with this stainless<br />

steel line of Be Inspired jewelry.<br />

JB: I had my own little jewelry line and I would do a craft show<br />

here and there and some gift shops started reaching out asking can you<br />

make us some things, but it got to be too much. Getting up at 5 a.m.<br />

to package jewelry, making jewelry, working again after I got home<br />

from my regular 8 to 5 job, so I built a website, I did Etsy, I built a<br />

Shopify site, and realized this could be something, but I don’t have the<br />

time to dedicate. I needed help.<br />

You kind of found each other then?<br />

JB: Stacey did jewelry and I got to chit-chatting with her one day. I<br />

was at the point where I either needed to sell it or bring on a business<br />

partner who has a vested interest in it.<br />

SW: At one point, Jackie really broached it as looking for rental space.<br />

JB: I was looking for rental space to get it out of my house. I just<br />

knew Stacey sold jewelry and she filled the other piece from the<br />

graphic art point that I needed help with, as well. So I approached<br />

her and at first, she said, ‘Well, maybe I’ll help you a little bit,’ and I<br />

showed her what I was doing, and what the potential was, and she<br />

said, yeah, and here we are.<br />

And how is all of that going?<br />

SW: Organically, I think things have fallen into place.<br />

JB: This is a ‘labor of love,’ is a good way to put it, because the<br />

amount of hours it takes to get where we’re at, if someone would have<br />

told me how much labor I would put in without any monetary value,<br />

most people would say, no thanks.<br />

SW: Neither one of us is getting a salary at this point.<br />

JB: It’s dumbfounding how much work it is, but we’re at a pivoting<br />

point right now, and I think it could be a successful business.<br />

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A lot of your products are U.P.-based, but you also<br />

have expanded, right?<br />

JB: The U.P. is limiting so that’s why I’ve branched out designing<br />

the kayak, the skiis and even the full Great Lakes.<br />

SW: As far as our online orders, we get orders from all over; it’s not<br />

just the U.P. We’ve even shipped to Finland. We’ve had to get a little<br />

bit out of the box of the U.P. You have to push it; you have to push the<br />

reach. You can’t just build it and they will come.<br />

So, there is a lot more to this than just the designing?<br />

JB: Our goal was to build it, and work as hard as we can to afford to<br />

bring in staff so they can do the filling of orders. We’re still working on<br />

the infrastructure and the website, but the designing is the fun part.<br />

SW: The designing is a lot of fun.<br />

JB: And we keep coming up with different designs. Stacey will<br />

message me and say, “What do you think of this design?”<br />

SW: I had my own jewelry that I was doing prior to Jackie, using<br />

gemstones and wire wrapping, that kind of thing, too.<br />

Beyond a business partnership, this appears to offer<br />

some creative satisfaction as well?<br />

SW: I do what I do because I love it. I love my job. I feel like I have<br />

been totally blessed to be able to help people with the creative process. I<br />

love doing what I do.<br />

JB: I’ve always been crafty in some capacity; this just kind of had its<br />

natural progression into another realm, and it took off. But in order<br />

to bring it to the next level, I realized it wasn’t going to happen unless I<br />

partnered with someone else who had the same creative end drive that<br />

I have.<br />

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So, how has this partnership worked out?<br />

JB: I think it’s phenomenal. We work really well together. We each<br />

bring differences, we work together, I think it’s worked really well.<br />

SW: It’s kind of just naturally fallen into place. The things that she<br />

has been able to do at home, on the computer, have naturally kind of<br />

fallen to her responsibility, as far as the day-to-day responsibility, that<br />

kind of falls to me, and if I don’t have a book to design, then I can help<br />

with the website, too.<br />

How nice is it to see people enjoy what you create?<br />

JB: It’s really exciting to see somebody with your jewelry on, or have<br />

someone tell me that they wore one of our glass pieces on a trip to<br />

France and received all these compliments. It’s something Stacey and I<br />

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girls<br />


Editor’s Note: The story below was filed just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard. Some<br />

planned outreach and celebrations related to the Gossard Company’s 100th anniversary in Ishpeming,<br />

and the same anniversary of the first national election where women could vote, were put on hold, due<br />

to COVID-19. The hope is those events will be able to be held in 2021. Nonetheless, the story of the<br />

Gossard and especially the women who worked there is still compelling and <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> wants to<br />

continue to honor their legacy and tell the story of the Gossard, the women who worked there and one<br />

woman’s efforts to make sure we remember it all.<br />

When you think of <strong>Superior</strong> Women, you should consider the<br />

hundreds of women who kept a garment factory humming in<br />

Ishpeming, Michigan, for decades. Now, one <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong><br />

is making sure their legacy, and the history that’s included, isn’t<br />

forgotten.<br />

The factory was owned by the H.W. Gossard Company, and<br />

the hundreds of women were those who worked there from 1920<br />

to 1976. The <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> maintaining that legacy is Sandra<br />

Arsenault, who, with husband Paul, owns the historic Gossard<br />

Building in downtown Ishpeming.<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, the year in which women will celebrate the 100th<br />

anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, is also the<br />

100th anniversary of the first Ishpeming “Gossard Girls,” when the<br />

factory opened in 1920.<br />

In honor of that 100th anniversary, Arsenault and her husband,<br />

Paul, are planning to create a much larger tribute, with displays<br />

encompassing nearly the entire building.<br />

“There’s going to be a lot more information in the building,” she<br />

said. “All three floors are going to have more information about their<br />

picnics, they had bowling teams, baseball teams and their cafeteria.”<br />

In addition, there will be an expanded display relating to the employee<br />

strike of 1949.<br />

“The story I want to tell, is to focus on the women,” Arsenault said.<br />

“In 1920 women were allowed to vote, and all along women have<br />

grown. At the time that the Gossard was here, there were no females in<br />

management. Now we have women who run for president, we have<br />

women CEOs, we have businesses that are run by women.<br />

“Now, people come into the building, and they take pictures, and<br />

that’s what I want them to do, and I think they will be really excited<br />

when they see what Paul and I have in store. (They) will be able to go<br />

through the building and read about the items (on display).”<br />

To capture that history and recognize the work of the people of<br />

the Gossard, Arsenault has researched the history of the Ishpeming<br />

operations, salvaged much of the equipment, photos, samples and<br />

other items left behind when the facility closed, and reached out to<br />

the more than 1,000 employees and their families in order to build an<br />

historical display on the Gossard building’s first floor.<br />

“My first goal is a tribute to the women,” Arsenault said recently<br />

while discussing her project. “Their legacy should be told.”<br />

The Gossard facility in Ishpeming came about when the Chicagobased<br />

manufacturer of women’s undergarments was looking to add<br />

a facility large enough to accomplish the piece-work nature of their<br />

garment assembly in a location that featured a ready workforce.<br />

Following a recruitment visit to Chicago from a representative of the<br />

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City of Ishpeming, the Gossard Company sent their own agents to<br />

review the potential site and staffing possibilities. What they found was<br />

a three-story, 12,000 square foot building that would fit well with their<br />

manufacturing process. A bonus was finding that there was an eager<br />

and available employee base.<br />

“The two reasons that they came, was that they had the building,<br />

and they knew they would have the workforce because of the mines<br />

up here,” Arsenault said. “The men (miners) were married, and had<br />

daughters, and that’s kind of what sweetened the pot to come to<br />

Ishpeming.”<br />

It was those wives and daughters that became the bulk of the<br />

workforce for the company. More than 1,000 of them worked at<br />

the Gossard over the years. Some were long-term employees, some<br />

were short-term employees who may have worked for a while before<br />

getting married, having children, or moving away. At its peak in 1950,<br />

the facility employed 680 people. Eighty-five percent of them were<br />

women, many of whom walked out of high school and directly into<br />

factory employment.<br />

Their job was to sew different pieces of corsets and brassieres to<br />

manufacture the final foundation products the company sold. The<br />

more you sewed, the more money you made.<br />

“<br />

They came because they knew they would have<br />

the workforce because of the mines up here.<br />

The miners were married, and had daughters,<br />

and that’s what sweetened the pot to come<br />

to Ishpeming.<br />

”<br />

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“It all was piece work, and if you were liked by your supervisor, they<br />

would give you the pieces that you could sew faster making more<br />

money,” Arsenault said.<br />

That money usually averaged out to minimum wage, beginning in<br />

the 1920s at about 35 cents an hour, ranging to about a dollar an hour<br />

following union affiliation and a four-month strike in 1949. By the<br />

time the factory closed in 1976, minimum wage was about $2.30/hour.<br />

Long before the more common two-income families of today, the<br />

Gossard provided that opportunity to their employees.<br />

“They really had a big impact on economics in the city,” Arsenault<br />

said. “The paychecks the women took home stayed local.”<br />

And over the years, that was a lot of paychecks and a lot of women.<br />

Arsenault has more than a thousand names in what she calls her<br />

“bible” and she continues to add names as family members provide<br />

information about their relatives who were employed by the Gossard.<br />

“Every time I put something out on Facebook looking for<br />

information, I get more and more people saying ‘grandma worked<br />

there’ or ‘my great aunt,’ and the way we’ve gotten these names is by<br />

people coming in to see if their relative is on the wall,” Arsenault said.<br />

That’s because once she has an employee’s name, she adds a<br />

nameplate on the tribute wall. The plates appear on salvaged metal<br />

patterns that were used to make the garments the factory produced.<br />

(Full disclosure, the tribute wall contains the names of several of this<br />

writer’s family members, including my grandmother’s name, as she<br />

was employed by the Gossard Company for many years.)<br />

It might be hard to imagine now, but during its heyday, the Gossard<br />

was a hub of activity. Women, many of whom walked to town, would<br />

begin the workday at 7 a.m. For years, the Gossard maintained its<br />

own chef and cafeteria to provide a “full noon meal,” and by quitting<br />

time at 4 p.m., hundreds of “Gossard Girls” spilled out of the building<br />

and onto the surrounding streets. Much of this is captured in photos<br />

and memorabilia on Arsenault’s tribute wall.<br />

“And I want to do it with the whole building; I want it to be a time<br />

capsule,” she said. “Kids don’t know what piece work is, they don’t<br />

understand an assembly line. This building has such a rich history, and<br />

it was home to many women, and it’s about the women; this is a labor<br />

of love for me. It’s like I know these women, and I just want to share<br />

their lives.”<br />

To add to her story, Arsenault said she is looking for artifacts, stories and<br />

yes, the names of more women who may have a Gossard connection.<br />

To learn more about the Gossard factory in Ishpeming, visit<br />

www.oldgossard.com.<br />

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FAMILY<br />

tradition<br />


Editor’s Note: Earlier in 2019 we shared the story of Stacy Welling Haughey, as the first female to serve as the<br />

Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We thought Stacy<br />

was quite accomplished in her role and apparently the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) agreed,<br />

as later in the year Haughey was presented with the MUCC’s 2019 Unsung Hero Award for her work as an<br />

“integral connector of U.P. stakeholders, bringing understanding and two-way communication to the people of the<br />

U.P.” <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong> was glad we were able to recognize Welling Haughey’s accomplishments then and wanted<br />

to re-publish her story in this edition of the magazine. Congratulations, Stacy!<br />

Stacy Welling Haughey grew up immersed in the natural resources that<br />

surrounded her childhood home in the Upper Peninsula, learning how to<br />

fish and hunt.<br />

The Welling family had always been engaged with the great outdoors.<br />

So much so, that her grandfather, Gerald Welling, was a conservation<br />

officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.<br />

And then, he was killed by a poacher.<br />

Gerald Welling was on duty, patrolling for illegal bear hunting activity in<br />

Menominee County, when he was killed by poachers in 1972.<br />

That event changed Welling Haughey’s family unit, and, though she<br />

was not yet born when that tragedy took place, it became a part of family<br />

lore that made an impact on her life.<br />

“I was the kid on the playground defending the DNR,” she said. “If<br />

anyone said anything bad about the officers, I was the one supporting<br />

them.<br />

“I wanted to be a conservation officer,” she said, pointing back to when<br />

she was kid.<br />

Though she initially followed a different career path, she ultimately<br />

took a job that certainly would have made her grandfather proud: since<br />

2008, Welling Haughey has served as the Upper Peninsula Regional<br />

Coordinator for the Michigan DNR.<br />

An Upper Peninsula native, Welling Haughey graduated from North<br />

Central High School in the southern U.P. She went on to earn two<br />

degrees from Northern Michigan University: a bachelor’s degree in<br />

business management, and a master’s degree in public administration.<br />

Following a stint in development and community relations for OSF<br />

St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, she moved into public service, first as<br />

Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Northern Michigan Representative. She<br />

was then tapped to be deputy chief of staff for U.S. Representative Bart<br />

Stupak, working out of the Congressman’s Washington D.C. office.<br />

“That was such a good growth experience,” she said recently as she<br />

reflected on some previous career activities. “I got to work for someone I<br />

respected, and for the district, and I got exposure as to how government<br />

works.”<br />

After coming back home to Michigan to work on the Congressman’s<br />

2008 re-election campaign, Welling Haughey felt a strong pull to return<br />

to her roots.<br />

“I loved being home, I loved being with family, and I knew I had to<br />

figure out a way to stick around,” she said.<br />

That “way” popped up when the DNR regional coordinator position<br />

was posted in October of 2008.<br />

“I looked at that and said, ‘Wow, this would be a great opportunity,’”<br />

she recalled.<br />

She knew, based on her family’s experience in losing her grandfather,<br />

that working for the DNR wasn’t “just a job.”<br />

It was a calling.<br />

As it turned out, her wish to be part of the DNR was fulfilled when she<br />

was hired by then-Michigan DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, but at<br />

first it seemed to come with the caveat of, “be careful what you wish for.”<br />

As the first woman — and an outsider — in the top DNR position in<br />

the U.P., did not initially sit well with longtime observers of the agency.<br />

“It was not easy,” she said. “I came from the outside, and on paper it<br />

looked like I landed from Capitol Hill.”<br />

Among the comments she recalled hearing were: “unqualified,” “political<br />

hack,” “this girl is coming from D.C.; what does she know?”<br />

While she came to the job with excellent professional credentials, she<br />

faced several challenges. First, she was new to the department, which had<br />

typically filled position from within. Second, she faced questions about<br />

her knowledge related to the state’s natural resources and field work. And<br />

third, her gender was a sea change in that position.<br />

Early in her tenure, she sat down with a veteran outdoor reporter, and<br />

she recalled their initial exchange.<br />

Reporter: “You’re the first woman in this job, how does it feel to be a<br />

woman in this job hired by a woman?”<br />

Welling Haughey: “Well, I never considered that, but how would that<br />

be different if I was a man hired by a man. Would you still ask that?”<br />

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Reporter: “I never thought of that.”<br />

Welling Haughey: “No, I didn’t think you would.”<br />

While the critics continued, Welling Haughey understood what they<br />

seemed most concerned about.<br />

“They wanted to know what my resource background was,” she said.<br />

“(They were asking) ‘Can she bait a hook? Can she gut a deer?’”<br />

To that end, she put together a photo collage on paper, handwritten at<br />

the top, “Welling’s Resume,” which showed her fishing as a youngster;<br />

on a successful pheasant hunt as a teen; as a proud adult showing off the<br />

camp buck pole; and more. She promptly printed 100 copies and handed<br />

them to those interested in her outdoor background.<br />

“It was kind of a conversation starter,” she explained. “They needed to<br />

see that I had been in the field. There were a lot of questions I wanted to<br />

answer. I wanted people to know me, not just what they thought (they<br />

knew).”<br />

Ultimately, she was able to get past the criticism.<br />

“I definitely had my guard up for a long time; it was a challenge,” she<br />

said. “I’m very thankful I had a great network of amazing family and<br />

amazing friends. They just kept pushing me to not give up.”<br />

That has allowed her to spend the last decade doing the work she was<br />

hired to do.<br />

Welling Haughey pointed out that part of that work included a change<br />

in the position, which once ran all of the DNR operations in the U.P.<br />

When she accepted the job, the position was changed and became more<br />

stakeholder-oriented, reporting up to the state DNR Director.<br />

“I’m not telling the fisheries biologist what to stock, or the forester how<br />

much cedar to harvest,” she said.<br />

Instead, as a representative of each division of the department, with 10<br />

sections that range from fisheries, mining, real estate and more, she finds<br />

herself more in the customer service business.<br />

“I coordinate and try to keep things running smoothly,” she said. “I<br />

“<br />

They wanted to know what<br />

my resource background was.<br />

‘Can she bait a hook?’<br />

‘Can she gut a deer?’<br />

They needed to see that I had been<br />

in the field.<br />

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want to be the U.P. point of contact if there’s an issue. I might not have the<br />

answer, but I usually know who does. I try to connect the dots.”<br />

Much of her work includes being the DNR liaison on the U.P.’s two,<br />

20-member citizen’s advisory councils. The councils provide local input<br />

to the DNR on programs and policies, and identify areas where the<br />

department can be more effective and responsive.<br />

The citizen’s advisory councils came on-line in 2008, the same year<br />

Welling Haughey was hired. And while she may have questioned her<br />

own hiring, once telling then-DNR director Humphries they might have<br />

been the only two people in Michigan who thought her hiring was a good<br />

idea, the woman who hired her didn’t question the move.<br />

“I wanted someone to be my eyes and ears in the U.P. and tell me the<br />

unvarnished truth about what the community felt, both good and bad,”<br />

Humphries said recently from her South Carolina office where she is<br />

CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Stacy does that in a<br />

very professional way. She’s shown her worth over and over again, and it’s<br />

worked out very well.”<br />

And it has apparently worked well for Welling Haughey.<br />

“I love being able to solve challenges,” she said. “I have a passion for the<br />

U.P. I feel like an advocate for the U.P.”<br />

Meanwhile, since landing with the DNR, Welling Haughey has added<br />

two new job titles in her life: “wife” to her husband, Jared, and “mother”<br />

to two daughters.<br />

While juggling DNR responsibilities across the entire U.P., like most<br />

working mothers, it is the job at home that keeps her focused.<br />

“Being a parent is the best thing I have ever been a part of,” she said. “It’s<br />

fun and it’s crazy. We have an amazing network, and family is a godsend.<br />

My mom helps out two days a week, and my husband is very supportive.<br />

We approach all of it as a team and our girls are priority number one. I<br />

love what I do, I am passionate about my job, but family comes first.”<br />

I love being able to solve challenges.<br />

I have a passion for the U.P.;<br />

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the blues<br />


Editor’s Note: Earlier last year we wrote about Lorrie Hayes and her singing<br />

career, including her inclusion in the Flat Broke Blues Band. Since then the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic created some setbacks for the band as they weren’t able<br />

to perform for nearly six months. The band, and Lorrie, are back on stage these<br />

days, though the venues are outdoors and involve proper social distancing. As<br />

she noted, recently lost gigs have happened to all musicians these past few months,<br />

but she said: “We will prevail.” We think Lorrie’s story is worth republishing<br />

now as she truly embodies the spirit and will that make her a <strong>Superior</strong> <strong>Woman</strong>.<br />

When Lorrie Hayes is singing the Blues, she is in a happy place.<br />

That is understandable because Hayes is the lead singer of the Marquette, Michigan-based Flat Broke<br />

Blues Band, one of the more prolific, and longest lasting, live entertainment bands in Michigan’s Upper<br />

Peninsula.<br />

And while she hasn’t been singing the Blues all the time, Hayes has been performing most of her life.<br />

“Music has driven my life,” she said recently from her office at the screen printing shop she owns in<br />

Marquette. “My first solo was at age five. At about seven, I made a deal with God: ‘If I can be a singer,<br />

I will let people know about you.’”<br />

As a youngster, she would sing with her mother, who regularly performed at weddings and funerals.<br />

“I sang with her every day,” she said. “That helped me develop a vibrato, and it made my voice<br />

somewhat more sophisticated.”<br />

In addition to helping her mother rehearse, there was also some fantasy time.<br />

“I sang with a hair brush (as a mic),” she said with a laugh. “And I had a lip-sync group at about (age)<br />

10 called ‘The Paulettes.’ We had dance moves and were inspired by TV shows. And I watched music<br />

from Elvis and the Stones. Whether (or not) I believed I would have a music career, it was my love—I<br />

just did it.”<br />

Though music was her passion, she took a more practical route and studied art in college, eventually<br />

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“<br />

I like to sing songs that are telling stories,<br />

something I’ve experienced. You get more<br />

emotion from that.<br />

It’s not making perfect music; it’s how we make<br />

you feel.<br />

We just want to make you feel good.<br />

”<br />

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earning a master of fine arts degree in art education at Northern<br />

Michigan University in Marquette.<br />

“I wanted to be educated,” Hayes said of her choice of studies, “and I<br />

loved art. It was between art and music.”<br />

And while art is still a big part of her life, it is music where Hayes has<br />

made a more significant mark.<br />

That began with singing, over a long period of time, with different<br />

groups, beginning in her early 20s, before the Flat Broke Blues Band<br />

came along.<br />

With a couple of decades of performing experience behind her,<br />

Hayes and her bandmates performed their first gig in 2001 as a benefit<br />

for the American Red Cross following the 9/11 attacks in New York<br />

City.<br />

The band probably didn’t realize it at the time, but they would still be<br />

making music nearly two decades later.<br />

“That, my friend, is unheard of,” Hayes said. Given her previous<br />

experience, she would know that there are challenges to keeping a band<br />

together.<br />

“We all have lives, homes, children,” she explained. “Sometimes the<br />

motivation isn’t the same.”<br />

So what has kept the current group of five together for 18 years?<br />

“It’s an equal partnership,” she said. “We are (like) five CEOs sitting<br />

down at the table figuring things out. We all take possession, and have<br />

an equal work load, and equal reimbursement. It’s like a family. We<br />

respect each other, we know each other well. There are marriages that<br />

don’t last this long. This is very rewarding. ”<br />

Just as with marriages and other relationships, it helps to keep things<br />

exciting and fresh, and a large part of the way the Flat Broke Blues<br />

Band does that can be found in the way they approach their creative<br />

process together.<br />

“What has helped (us) is writing music and doing our own CDs,”<br />

she said, adding that more than half of the music they play is written<br />

by the band members.<br />

And in the end, it is all about the music they like to play and where<br />

they play it.<br />

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“I like to sing songs that are telling stories, something I’ve<br />

experienced,” she said. “You get more emotion from that. It’s not<br />

making perfect music; it’s how we make you feel. We just want to<br />

make you feel good.”<br />

The band is in high demand throughout the Upper Peninsula, and<br />

they will play nearly any venue.<br />

“We love festivals,” Hayes said. “Private parties, we’re always trying<br />

out different bars. Most towns have a music series, and we like to play<br />

those.”<br />

And for Hayes, the thrill of performing never goes away.<br />

“It’s an excitement,” she said. “If we have a Friday night gig, I start<br />

getting revved up on Wednesday.”<br />

Along with vocals, she is also known for her play on the harmonica.<br />

Self-taught, the turns she takes on the harmonica add to the special<br />

sound of the band.<br />

“It’s not a common thing that a woman plays the harmonica,” she<br />

said. “(But) having that adds to the authenticity of the Blues. (The<br />

band) hasn’t told me to stop yet, so I must be doing okay.”<br />

That authentic sound has been captured so far on two CDs, and<br />

she said the band is planning to put together another one soon. The<br />

band’s music can be found online at the CDBaby website store.<br />

Looking back on the deal she made with God as a youngster, Hayes<br />

said it feels like it worked out pretty well.<br />

“I’m so blessed, I’m so lucky,” Hayes said. “Whenever new doors<br />

open and new opportunities come, I always feel it’s God’s direction,<br />

and that he has his hand on me continually. I still pray for his help and<br />

I get it. It was a lovely deal from a once lovely child, but it has been<br />

working for a long time. And I’m grateful.”<br />

That deal is going to have to last a lot longer because Hayes is not<br />

planning to quit singing anytime soon.<br />

“When I leave this earth, there’s going to be some gigs on the<br />

calendar.” she predicted. “Someone’s going to have to call and say<br />

‘Lorrie’s not going to make it.’”<br />

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