EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
30 years ago
MARQUETTE — Early estimates for whitetail deer taken during Michigan’s 1987 firearm deer season point to the second consecutive record setting harvest, with the Upper Peninsula figuring well in the increase. Preliminary figures compiled by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources indicate more than 245,000 deer were taken with firearms in 1987. That figure is a 16 percent increase over the 212,580 estimated taken during the 1986 firearm season.
60 years ago
BARAGA PLAINS — Two Marquette State Prison trustees from Camp Baraga early this morning slugged a guard with a hammer and fled in a state-owned radio-equipped car. An extensive road blockade was being maintained by law enforcement officers throughout the Upper Peninsula today. Because of a lack of telephone at Camp Baraga, the guard, James St. Andre — after regaining consciousness — had to walk about two miles into Alberta. There he awakened the Michigan Tech Forestry Center superintendent Eric Bordeau, who drove him to L’Anse to notify the state police.