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 — Thanks to a heavy rain that has fallen since Sunday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources firefighting officials are finally able to relax. And, they say, the rain could not have come at a better time. “We were pretty worried going into the Memorial Day weekend with the fire danger so high, but it looks good now,” said Scott Heather, DNR fire management specialist in Marquette. Heather said this weekend is the traditional start of camping and outdoor activities across the state.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — Radio Station WJPD was silent today following collapse of its 224-foot antenna during high winds last night. But station officials immediately made application to the Federal Communications Commission to erect a temporary tower, and Eldon W. Wallace, manager, said broadcasting will be resumed as soon as possible, “probably within 48 hours.” The antenna, located near the transmitting station north of U.S. 41 and west of the Third Street entrance into Ishpeming, fell when one of the outside guy wires apparently was pulled out by high winds from a “deadhead” (combination cedar logs) buried about 16 feet below the surface of the ground.