Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Louisa Holman celebrates on St. Patrick’s Day, but not to honor the Irish saint. It’s her birthday, and the mother of 11 will turn 100 Tuesday.

“I can’t believe it myself,” she said. She doesn’t attribute her longevity or large family to the luck o’ the Irish, but she gets asked about it enough.

“I’m not Irish, I’m a Cousin Jenny,” she said, referring to ethnic slang used to describe the women immigrants from Cornwall, England. Louisa and her husband came to the United States in 1908.

“I remember we were going to Africa to look for work,” she said of the original plan. With a brother in Negaunee and better employment prospects here they chose America over Africa–and she’s been in Negaunee ever since. The good health and longevity has been passed down as well, as Murel–the oldest daughter at age 80–and her husband will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Reflecting the severe cold weather which prevailed during most of February, circulation of books and periodicals at the Negaunee Public Library during the month dropped to 4,737, according to the monthly report of departmental activities compiled by City Manager Earl P. Wagner. The library staff prepared special posters for Brotherhood Week observed Feb. 17-24, and Catholic Book Week held during the same period.