Organized January 19, 2002
4th Quarter, 2013 -
Volume 10, Issue 3

Website -
Bessemer Area Historical Society
Notice of Membership Meetings

January 16 - 2 PM Meeting
February 20 - 2:00 PM Meeting
March 20 - 2:00 PM Meeting
April 17 - 2 PM Meeting
May 15 - 2 PM Meeting
June 19 - 2 PM Meeting

Officers and Directors

President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer - Dick Steiger
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Directors at Large-
James Gheller
Lou Kalan - Membership
Connie Pricco - Editor
As I was trying to come up with a topic for this newsletter, I decided to visit our website with the hope that an idea
might pop into my head. My problem was solved with the very first line of our mission statement. “The purpose of this
non-profit organization is to promote and preserve the history of the Bessemer Area.” A person that is not familiar with
the “Bessemer Area” does not know how much history we actually preserve. If they looked at a map today they would
see Bessemer surrounded by Ironwood to the west and Wakefield to the east. Most current maps still show Ramsay,
but I have come across a few that have eliminated the former boom town.

To capture the whole area that our Historical Society represents, I have included this paragraph from the book OUR
HIAWATHA LAND (copyright 1940). This short paragraph is subtitled BESSEMER TOWNSHIP of which Ramsay is the so
called “headquarters”.

“Welcome to Bessemer Township, a region which has inscribed its name on the mining industry and history of Michigan
the United States in letters of steel. Today (1940), Bessemer Township is approximately three and one-half townships in
size, and completely surrounds the city of “Bessemer”. Directly east of the city are the iron mining towns of Anvil and
Ramsay. Anvil is situated on a hill overlooking Ramsay, which lies in the valley of the black river, west of Bessemer are the
settlements of Ironton, Puritan, Davis and Geneva, which were named after the mines around which they grew. South and
north of Bessemer are the farming localities of Harding and North Bessemer, which form the broader part of a continuous
belt of farmlands which nestle among the hills and encircle the mining locations. On the north, south, east and west are
the hills and bluffs which form a protective wall against the township giving a sense of security to the 3,700 inhabitants
and adding beauty and grandeur to the landscape.”

This paragraph truly describes the total Bessemer Area that we are trying to preserve. The 3,700 inhabitants is a number
that is obviously quite lower 70 years later. Our mission at the Bessemer Area Historical Society is to make that number
true again. This time the number will not refer to inhabitants, but to the descendants of those from that date and into the

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2014 Bessemer History Calendar! The calendar is available locally at many Bessemer
businesses $10.00) or you can order online ($13.00). This calendar captures some great pictures from the past that you
are able to enjoy all year long and they make great gifts too!

Dan Cvengros - Vice President BAHS