HANCOCK, MI (AP)-- Big Louie was, indeed, a big man.
The archive at Finlandia University in Hancock has been given a document that appears to settle the height of a legendary man, Louis Moilanen.
Moilanen, known as "Big Louie," died in 1913. The grandson of the founder of Crawford Funeral Home discovered a telegram that says Moilanen's casket was 8 feet 3 inches long.
Don Crawford tells The Mining Gazette it was the measurement of the inside of the casket. He says it means that Moilanen was 8 feet 3 inches tall. Moilanen's height led to a job with a circus.