Last Hindenburg survivor, 88, recalls: ‘The air was on fire’Published May 05, 2017 Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. – Thunderstorms and wind had delayed the Hindenburg’s arrival in New Jersey from Germany on May 6, 1937. The father of 8-year-old Werner Doehner headed to his cabin after using his movie camera to shoot some scenes of Lakehurst Naval Air Station from the airship’s dining room.

FILE – In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Only one person is left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived when the Hindenburg burst into flames 80 years ago Saturday, May 6, 2017. Werner Doehner was 8 years old when he boarded the zeppelin with his parents and older siblings after their vacation to Germany in 1937. The 88-year-old now living in Parachute, Colo., tells The Associated Press that the airship pitched as it tried to land in New Jersey and that “suddenly the air was on fire.” (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File) (1937 AP)

“We didn’t see him again,” recalled Doehner, now 88 and the only person left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived the fire that killed his father, sister and 34 other souls 80 years ago Saturday.

Doehner and his parents, older brother and sister were returning from a vacation in Germany and planned to travel on the 804-foot-long Hindenburg to Lakehurst, then fly to Newark and board a train in nearby New York City to take them home to Mexico City, where Doehner’s father was a pharmaceutical executive.

The children would have preferred the decks and public rooms of an ocean liner because space was tight on the airship, Doehner said in a rare telephone interview this week with The Associated Press from his home in Parachute, Colorado.

Their mother brought games to keep the children busy. They toured the control car and the catwalks inside the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg. They could see an ice field as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he remembered.

As the Hindenburg arrived at its destination, flames began to flicker on top of the ship.
Hydrogen, exposed to air, fueled an inferno. The front section of the Hindenburg pitched up and the back section pitched down.


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On the 11th day of Christmas


Eleven Pipers Piping – The Eleven Faithful Apostles

1) Simon Peter

2) Andrew

3) James

4) John

5) Philip

6) Bartholomew

7) Matthew

8) Thomas

9) James bar Alphaeus

10) Simon the Zealot

11) Judas bar James

Luke (6:14-16)

The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.  More

On the 9th day of Christmas


Nine Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit:

1) Love,

2) Joy,

3) Peace,

4) Patience,

5) Kindness,

6) Generosity,

7) Faithfulness,

8) Gentleness

9) Self-control

(Galatians 5:22-23)


Mary did you know?

My hometown.

This Small Town In Michigan Will Become Your New Favorite Winter Destination
Michigan is home to plenty of gorgeous winter destinations. Our state is a delightful spot for indoor and outdoor activities during the colder months, no matter which region you live in. But there’s one quaint town along stunning US-23 that overflows with wintertime excitement – and you’ll want to visit.
Alpena, Michigan is located on the beautiful shores of Thunder Bay.

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This town of just over 10,000 people is a delightful spot for a winter getaway.

When you arrive for a visit to Alpena, you’ll be immediately charmed.

Start off your day with a bite to eat and a cup of joe at Cabin Creek Coffee, which locals adore for its friendly service and delicious flavors.

Next up, it’s time to head outside for some winter fun. Strap on your snowshoes and venture to the the town’s Rockport State Recreation Area.

Explore Island Park, a natural oasis that features trails with plenty of snowy charm.

Are you an ice-fishing enthusiast? Spend a day casting your line into the chilly waters at nearby Hubbard Lake or Long Lake.

If ice skating is more your speed, there’s a spot for that in Alpena as well: just make the short trip to Northern Lights Arena for an exciting adventure on the rink.

When the weather outside is simply too frightful, head indoors and visit Alpena’s famous Maritime Heritage Museum at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll learn all about the history of boats on the Great Lakes.

Perhaps you’re even in the mood to catch a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance at the town’s beloved Thunder Bay Theatre.

After all that excitement, your stomach is certainly growling. Treat yourself to dinner and a brew at Austin Brothers Beer Company.

Before you leave Alpena, take a moment to walk through its delightful downtown area. This is one Michigan getaway that you’ll surely never forget.

Love it when it snows. 


The worst mining accident in Michigans history.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI – Many of them hailed from Finland and Sweden, while others came from hearty French-Canadian stock. Some arrived from tiny towns in the Upper Peninsula that were no more than specks on a map.

Their thick accents mingled inside the walls of mine shafts deep within the Marquette Iron Range.

They were husbands and fathers, brothers and uncles, each earning wages for those

But on Nov. 3, 1926, all but one of the 52 men working in the Barnes-Hecker Iron Mine were killed within minutes. They were trapped in a torrential flood of water, mud and quicksand in what remains the worst mining disaster in Michigan’s history.

Nov. 3, 1926: Hour-by-hour look at Michigan’s worst mining disaster

On the tragedy’s 90th anniversary, a handful of U.P. cities have declared today a day of remembrance. Church bells will ring out, once for each of the men lost below ground.

The deadly chain of events began around 11:25 a.m. that day – just about the time some of the miner’s children normally began to arrive above ground, carrying their fathers’ lunch pails.

The tragedy left 42 wives without husbands, 132 children without fathers and an entire community in despair. The mine eventually closed forever. Forty-one of the bodies were never recovered and remain entombed underground at the Ely Township site.

The Barnes-Hecker mine was located in Marquette County’s Ely Township in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The mine site is now on private property.
The story of the tragedy is unknown to many, even in Michigan. Many of the victims’ direct descendants have died, and those with a connection to the disaster often purposely avoid talking about it.


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