Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

TRAUNIK – The general store – an important social and economic place in rural America – is making a comeback in this tiny Alger County town. Bill and Dee Morgan of Eben purchased the store in May, and they’ve been restoring it since August. “We’re going to plan to have an old-time country store,” Dee said, adding a small museum will be part of the restoration process. The store was designated as a Michigan Historic Site nearly a month ago. It was built in 1923 by a local carpenter known as Indian Bill Coplin. In 1925, Louis Mikulich Sr. purchased the building and operated a general store there. The business was passed onto his son, Louis Jr., and it continued to operate until the younger Mikulich’s death in April. Dee Morgan finds the family business and ethnic aspects fascinating. While Scandinavian’s dominated that area of Alger County during its settlement, other ethnic language groups played a role. “We hear so much about the Finnish people in the area, but they were Yugoslavians,” she said of the Mikulichs.

60 years ago

GWINN – Experience gained during early snowfalls have brought words of advice about preventing costly traffic accidents from Town Marshal Arthur Johnson. “Police and road crews will be doing their best to keep traffic moving smoothly and safely in spite of stormy weather, but the cooperation of each driver is urgently needed,” he said. “We investigate accidents, but it’s the people involved in them who really suffer.”