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 — Dan Trotochaud couldn’t have been more upbeat. Like a school teacher leading his class on a field trip, Trotochaud escorted members of the press up and down Marquette’s Third Street. Spirits were high because the outlook for The Village became apparent during the tour. After playing “poor cousin” to Marquette’s downtown for a number of years, The Village will soon have an identity all its own. The Village will undergo a major facelift in coming years that will include relocation of utility poles and lines, sewer repair and upgrading of streets and sidewalks.

60 years ago

CHATHAM — Upper Michigan poultrymen and feed dealers watched Michigan State University Experimental Station researchers unveil four new poultry houses here Nov. 8. The new houses are part of an experimental project designed to find the best house design and management and egg handling practices for this area. Also included in the project are tests of various strains of birds to see how they react to constant environmental conditions. Researchers picked Chatham for the experiment site because of its “ideal” location. There is lots of snow, plenty of frost, a big lake within eight miles and a thick layer of clouds overhead most of the winter. Each of these conditions is capable of supplying plenty of moisture to keep anything that isn’t frozen dripping wet.