Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — Killing two birds with one stone is quite a feat, but how about satisfying two needs with excavation of about 350,000 cubic yards of soil? That’s exactly what Callahan Mining Corp. is doing to fill a cave-in that occurred on its Ropes Gold Mine property. The other is Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., which is satisfying litigation requirements imposed on it after being identified as a source for the mercury contamination of Deer Lake. “This is one of those instances where things came together,” said Cliffs spokesman Don Ryan. “Callahan needed the soil for stabilization, and we were able to provide them access to the material and develop the area in a way that provides a public access site.” Oberstar Excavating Inc. of Marquette has the hauling contract for the project and has been running two shifts a day to carry out the mountainous task.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Michigan State Highway Department officials were in Marquette recently for a conference with city officials on the proposed bypass of Marquette. It is expected that the bypass will be completed by 1961. City Manager George T. Maholic Jr.; Georg Neault, Marquette, Upper Peninsula field survey man for the highway department; Frank Menze, chairman, Marquette Planning Board; John Meyer, Lansing route location engineer, highway department; Mayor James W. Clark; and William Keranen, assistant route location engineer, met in an informal meeting.