Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ESCANABA — In Michigan’s sometimes harsh Upper Peninsula, women hunters say that along with battling the elements, they have to contend with the macho mystique that surrounds hunting. Josephine Danielson, 32, of Escanaba, says she’s going to try her luck in bagging a buck near Stonington this year. But she’s had problems getting farmers to giver her permission to hunt on their land. “I get the feeling they don’t think a woman can be a good hunter,” said Danielson, who began hunting when she was 9 years old, going after birds with her stepfather near her home in Niagara, Wis. “There’s never been a male mystique about hunting, for me,” said Ginny Nash. “But when I was young, I didn’t think I’d ever want to shoot a deer.” Nash shot her first deer, an 8-pointer, near Battle Creek in 1983. She is a purist, preferring to get dirty following feeding trails rather than waiting in a blind and using bait to attract deer.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Carolyn Nault, Ishpeming High School junior, was named winner of the Upper Peninsula Voice of Democracy contest conducted last evening on WDMJ-TV. Miss Nault was presented with a transistor radio by Will Day, Marquette state Jaycee vice president for the U.P. There were three Upper Peninsula cities represented in the contest, sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce chapters in Marquette, Ishpeming and Manistique. Other finalists on last night’s program were Ann Louise Harkin, winner of the Marquette city contest, and Joanne Arrowood, Manistique. Don Bowers, Marquette, was moderator.