Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

REPUBLIC – State police confiscated what they called an impressive indoor marijuana growing facility Monday morning, seizing $1,500 worth of pot. “For a home-grown setup, it’s quite elaborate,” said Trooper Don Poupore. Arrest warrants were to be authorized today in connection with the raid, according to Marquette County Assistant Prosecutor David Payant. Sun lamps, pneumatic troughs and other plumbing items–in addition to several plants, a scale and other paraphernalia–were taken by Poupore and Trooper Mike Boone, assisted by the Marquette County Sheriffs Department.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE – Nearly 57 years ago, a general practitioner, fresh from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, came to Marquette County to launch a medical career. He’s been here ever since and, at 82 years of age, he’s still practicing medicine in the western part of the county. This week, he received a richly-deserved honor when he was named Michigan’s foremost family physician at the Michigan State Medical Society’s 92nd annual session in Grand Rapids. Dr. Paul Van Riper, the only practicing doctor between Iron Mountain and L’Anse, came here Jan. 10, 1901. He has served the people of Champion, Michigamme, Republic, Humboldt and Diorite throughout the entire intervening years. He rode horseback through the woods in his early years to help lumberjacks who got clipped by axes or falling trees. He delivered babies in isolated camps. Be he never feels sorry for himself over a night call–even now.