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 — More than 600 pounds of lake trout in various stages of decay were found in a gill net drifting free in Lake Superior this morning. Law enforcement and fisheries personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources hauled about 1,000 feet of gill net up from the lake this morning after finding the wayward fishing device late Tuesday night. Sgt. Ralph Bennett, DNR conservation officer of Marquette, cautioned sports anglers that it’s not only illegal to cut commercial fishing nets, but also extremely detrimental to the fishery.

60 years ago

UPPER PENINSULA — Ever wonder how Upper Michigan counties got their names? Here is information pertaining to some Upper Peninsula counties: Alger – Named for the Honorable Russell A. Alger, Governor of Michigan, 1885-86, Organized in 1885. Baraga – Bishop Frederick Baraga, a missionary, was honored in the naming of this county. Organized in 1875. Marquette – Father Jacques Marquette, the Jesuit missionary, was honored in this naming. Organized in 1846 and reorganized in 1848.