Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE – Like many Upper Peninsula residents, Nick Taseris Jr. has learned not to take Mother Nature lightly or place much trust in optimistic weather forecasters. The veteran plow driver has pushed snow in Negaunee for 18 years, and there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. Besides looking for cars in the streets, plow drivers must be watching for pedestrians, fire hydrants, narrow streets and even high manhole covers. Dave Nordquist, serving in his first year as Negaunee’s public works director, said there’s more to snow plowing than meets the eye. “Drivers have to be aware of everything when they’re in the trucks,” Nordquist said. “You’re up at 3 o’clock in the morning, sometimes 2 o’clock,” Taseris said, “and you work right through until 3:30.” Nordquist said the plowing crew is basically on 24-hour call six months of the year. “It puts a crimp in the social life,” Taseris acknowledges.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING – Three Ishpeming youths are among skiers attending the CUSAA camp, being held in Ishpeming for training cross-country skiers. Coach Graham Taylor, Chicago, demonstrated methods of waxing skis before going out into the snow for field training.