Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

SAWYER AFB – Staff Sgt. Robert Martinez of the 410th Consolidated Headquarters Squadron at Sawyer Air Force Base, has been named disaster preparedness noncommissioned officer of the year for the Strategic Air Command. Martinez, who is now in competition with the other Air Force major commands’ winners for the Air Force level award is currently reviewing emergency procedures with Master Sgt. Ronald Fox.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING – New fluorescent street lights here have made obsolescent 93 old fixtures. The old ones, both the cluster style and those with a single light, are being torn out now that the new lights are in operation. The 41 lights on Division St. were thought to be of some value, according to workmen, but the old cluster kind are about useless. In addition to having many broken bulbs, they are so old that it is difficult to get parts for them, according to William Pierce of the Upper Peninsula Power Co. No definite plans have been made for disposing of the old lights, which will be stored until spring and then will probably be disposed of in one way or another. The old parts were cast iron, which had contributed to their being brittle, so that many of them had broken panels. Put in a place so that they are not handy to car bumpers, they might last longer. There may be some future for them as lights in a residential area.