1930's Women's Hockey Teams

in the Copper Country, Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula


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Osceola Store Team

L-R: Edna Huhta, Edna Luoma, Martha Tami, Martha Torrika, Edna Heikkala, Jennie Birk, Lena Defillippi.

Text from Houghton County Historical Society:
"The First Public Exhibition"
When the Osceola Women's ice hockey team of 1926 showed off their prowess, it was Mrs. John Birk who Captained the Store group to Challenge other copper mining locations in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Although women's was popular in Canada at the time, local promoters felt the speed and skill of the female hockey players could take off and become a popular sport. With two women's hockey teams in Osceola at the time, the Store team went on to defeat a strong Calumet team in a fast and exciting game witnessed by nearly 300 fans."

Osceola #2 Team

L-R: Angeline Sachen, M. Lamminen, Annie Ninko, Mary Ninko, Martha Torrikka, Martha Williams.
Coached by June? Birk.

According to a news clip, the Osceola  team, coached by June? Birk, beat the Calumet Ladies 4-1. 



Calumet Team

need picture!

Players included:
Miss Jewel, Kranz, Burkman, Goulet, Ricca, Sturos.

Teams in this 1926 Women's League included:
 Calumet, 2 teams from Osceola, Tamarack and Allouez.

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unk date in 1930's
South Side Bandits
Laurium Women's team
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Back Row Lt to Rt: Coach Ray Moyle, ?, Myrtle Hoganson, Irene Pinch, Estelle Cloutier, Millie Berg, Coach -?.
Front Row: Norma Sturos, Ruth Berg, Haxel Bergroth, Marian Moyle, Ruth Wiitanen.
Their home ice was the Laurium Car Barn of the Houghton County Traction Company.
photo courtesy of Daily Mining Gazette

Marion Goudge Chaput 16 yrs old
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about 1934
"The Flying Sextet"
Painesdale Women's team
League Champs!
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Back L-R: Lucille Luoto, Julia Pleshe, Della Deforge, Esther Sivonen, Mary Klarich.
Front L-R: F Kopatick, F Skoviak, Irene Sivonen, B Juntonen.

Photo courtesy of Robert Witting, grandson of Mary Klarich Witting.
Tamarack & Yellow Jacket
Girls Hockey Club
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Back Row L-R: Dorothy Anderson, Mary Stiglich, Jan Primeau -Mgr, Rose Stiglich, Irene Anderson.
Front Row L-R: Veronica Murphy, Christine Stopar, Nina Murto, Ruth Bolton, Ina Kallunki, Helvi Kauppinen.
1930's women's league included: South Side Bandits, Pine Street, Raymbaultown, and the Tamarack / Yellow Jacket team.

Photo courtesy of David Antikainen & Lois Kallunki
about 1933
Quincy Hill Team

Back Row L-R: Adele Pizzi Nikula, Hilda Selleng, Doris Jarvi, Evelyn McCarron, Emma Sved.
Front Row L-R: Signi Maki, Marion Goudge Chaput, Mildred Kantola, Lempi Leinonen.

Photo courtesy of Adele Pizzi Nikula family?

These are high school age gals because Adele graduated from Hancock HS in 1935.

Hurontown Team
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L-R: Ruth Richards, Aita Richards, Mary Tredray, Jean Brunett, Mary Pintar, Valerie McCloskey, Boots Hearn Sibilsky, Mary McCloskey, Hattie "Stone" Vial, Helen Brunett.

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