Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

HARVEY — Several Chocolay Township police cadets found out the other night what it is like to be on both sides of the law during a mock gun battle at the township’s new garage behind the township hall.

“I’m pretty dead,” said Jason Smith, who made a tactical mistake that would have cost a real policeman his life. Ten minutes later, he became the “bad guy” pursued by his fellow cadets. Robin Gustafson, another cadet who erred in the Tuesday night exercise, simply felt “like a foolish dead turkey.”

Gary Heinzelman, a Chocolay Township police officer who was attempting to teach the eight Harvey youths how to successfully raid a room and apprehend suspected criminals without getting shot, also believed foolishness was the reason the cadets “died.”

“They didn’t communicate with each other,” he said.

The cadets are participating in a township program that began in April with the help of a $4,000 state juvenile justice grant, Heinzelman said. “The program is designed to get them interested so we can talk to them “about civil responsibility,” he said.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — McLaughlin Hardware, 225 S. Front St., reminds Marquette area residents that the beginning of cool weather is the time to start fall repair work around the home.

McLaughlin Hardware is owned and operated by Charles McLaughlin. He opened his own store six years ago and the business has been located at the present site for the past five years. Mr. McLaughlin has had 32 years experience in the hardware and retail business. He was employed in a hardware store 15 years and worked 11 years as a salesman for Tonella and Ruppe before opening his own business.

Associated with him in the business are his wife, Ruth, and son, Joe.