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MACKINAW MEMORIES: The Luckiest Cruiser: My Endless Alaskan Adventure

Posted September 27, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Dear Mr. Filson, You have asked for my life story. I am a blue checked cruiser. You made me about 1950 and shipped me by Alaska Steam ship to the O. Kraft and Son store in Kodiak, Alaska. I was purchased by Peggy Sutliff. Even then I was expensive, but as you will see, I was a good value. Our…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Current Occupant

Posted September 27, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

I titled my story Current Occupant because that best describes the life of this Mackinaw Cruiser. My dad originally purchased it many years ago, but as soon as I was big enough to fill it out (or at least come close enough to filling it out) I have been grabbing it at every opportunity. That’s pretty much the life this…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Welcome Home to Me By Jason E Ott

Posted September 27, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

I grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan, 40 miles from the straits of Mackinaw. For those of you who don’t know, the U.P. is that peninsula of Michigan that looks as if it should be Wisconsin. It is a place special to itself with its own distinct culture, language, and people. Growing up there were two outdoor items…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: The Silverback Coat

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Half a century ago, just a youth, I was rummaging through our hall closet and came across a rugged gray and black wool garment. I asked my mother, “Whose coat is this?” She replied, “Daddy’s.” I said, “Grandpa’s coat?” She said, “Yes, it’s a mackinaw. He wanted you to have it.” Grandpa had been the lead foreman of a construction…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Saved from a Frigid Death

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Facing into a frigid torrent of wind, my dog team and I struggled to cross frozen Norton Bay during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. I in my Filson Mackinaw Cruiser and the dogs wearing natures very best. The worst blizzard in years had pinned us on the ice overnight. I knew we could survive, I thought to myself.But I knew…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Lifelong Mac

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

When I left home to go to College at WSU in 1975 I didn’t know much but I new it would be cold and there would be ample oppurtunities to bird hunt. So I bought two new items to take with me…..a shotgun and a Filson Mackinaw. I’ve worn out the shotgun over the years but the coat still looks…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: A piece of my roots

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Ever Since I turned 14, I’ve owned a Filson Mackinsaw Cruiser. My Dad bought one for me for Christmas that year, he said to me” Might as well have the Best”. I used it as every season came about. Here in Louisville, KY out winters are long and cold. So it keeps me completely safe and keeps the warmth in.…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Cows, Cubs, and Service

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Dear Mr. Filson, You have asked for my life story. I am a blue checked cruiser. You made me about 1955. I traveled by Alaska Steam to the O. Kraft and Son store in Kodiak, Alaska. I was purchased by Peggy Sutliff. I don’t remember what I cost but even then I wasn’t cheap. As you will see, I am…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Comfort in the Storm

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

It was the Fall turkey hunt in Wisconsin. November had come upon us all at once – the oaks were speckled with frost and the skies over the North Woods were threatening an Autumn hale flash. The truck was throaty as we navigated the back roads, dusk coming on. Two sons, two daughters and a golden labrador in the bucket…

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MACKINAW MEMORIES: Title: Kalaloch Mackinaw By Kurt P Estes

Posted September 25, 2012
· Filed In: Mackinaw Memories

Most folks come to Kalaloch in the beautiful months of July through September, but as a professional forester this is not always the case. In times like these it is always a safe bet to have a Filson on hand. So, on a wet and dreary day on Kalaloch Ridge there I was cruising a timber sale. Thinking nothing of…

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