Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — A slump in personal computer sales that was felt across much of the nation had little effect here. In fact, many local dealers report climbing sales and see a bright future ahead for those willing to hang tough. The sale of personal computers soared when the craze began in the late 1970s. However, they became sluggish nationally a couple of years ago after an onslaught of full- and part-time dealers saturated the U.S. market.

“The U.P. really is not saturated by any means,” said Bill Helwig, owner of Computerland of Marquette. “There is not a great majority of businesses that have computers. In fact, I would say that less than half, if that many, in the U.P., are computerized.”

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — Mrs. Irving Gitzen, general chairman of the American Cancer Society of Ishpeming for the past four and a half years, organized the Ishpeming unit of the society at a meeting in the Peninsula Bank lounge, and named the officers for 1957. President for this year is Willard Cohodas with Creighton Sundblad as vice president and Kathleen Tonkin as secretary-treasurer.