# November 27, 1966 On this night, a snow storm took the lives of Faye (Leighton) Purman and Leslie "Doc" Purman along Luce County Road 414 near Pine Stump Junction. The following story is from Carl Bonakes Weather Page http://www.wluctv6.com/Global/story.asp?S=5735455
. The proprietors of Pike Lake Resort had just closed the place down for the winter, as the last of the deer hunters headed south. Faye Leighton had operated the resort since 1941. A widow for over 20 years, she married a longtime family friend, Leslie "Doc" Purman in 1964. As darkness fell that Sunday evening, the couple left isolated Pike Lake and headed toward Newberry on one of the backwoods roads. They became stuck along the way and apparently decided to walk to the Pine Stump Junction Bar for help. The pair struggled through the biting wind and blinding snow for nearly four miles. Exhausted, they probably decided to rest for a while. Their frozen bodies were found cuddled up in a snowdrift beneath a cedar tree on December 1, three days after the storm ended. Ironically, they were less than a half-mile from their destination. A ferocious gale and snowstorm rendered a short hike an insurmountable obstacle that evening in late November 1966. From "So Cold a Sky, Upper Michigan Weather Stories".
The following two photos were taken by Ben Musielak in May 2007. purmans1.jpg / purmans2.jpg