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 — State officials are seeking a Wisconsin vehicle in connection with the shooting of a moose found dead Friday in northern Marquette County. A deer hunter found the 700-pound yearling late Friday and reported it to the state Department of Natural Resources. A DNR official said the moose, protected by state law, was probably shot Nov. 15, the opening day of the Michigan firearm deer season. A 1972 or ’73 light green Ford pickup with a light-colored topper and Wisconsin license plates was seen in the vicinity of the killed moose. The young bull was found covered with logs north of Champion near where the first Canadian moose were released in the Upper Peninsula in 1985. Asher said the animal had a small set of antlers, but it’s unlikely that it could have been mistaken for a deer when shot.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Hundreds upon hundreds of adults, children and cars jammed streets and sidewalks in the downtown area last night during the grand opening of the 1957 Christmas shopping season. The community Christmas tree and decorations on light standards blazed with colored bulbs; merchants kept their stores open until 9 p.m. and enticed the Yuletide buyer with special features ranging from a style show to distribution of gifts and gift certificates; and Santa Claus was on hand, to the delighted satisfaction of the city’s youngsters. The Robare family — 3-year-old Patty and 2-year-old Jimmy, held high above the crowd of Santa seekers by their father, Kenneth Robare, 324 E. Michigan St. — were among many Marquette families who helped make the opening of Santa Claus Lane 1957 a resounding success.