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 — The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is celebrating its first birthday after attracting more than 10,000 visitors during its infancy last year. “The facility is the newest of 20 operated by the Michigan Department of State’s Museum Division. “ Many of the facility’s visitors are Upper Peninsula residents,” said curator Thomas Friggens, the state’s regional historian. The operation, which charges no admission, has run smoothly, despite the lack of signs on U.S.41 to direct visitors to the site three miles east of Negaunee, where the building overlooks the site of the Carp River Forge, the first iron processing forge in the U.P. Museum exhibits explain the geologic origins of iron ore, the discovery of the Marquette Iron Range, how transportation affected its development, the techniques of mining and processing ore, and the cultural heritage of the area. The idea of an iron industry museum began in the 1970’s as a local grassroots movements, Friggens said. Though the state runs the museum, it is guided by a nine-member Carp River Forge Advisory Board.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Resignations of two members of the senior high school music department were accepted by the Negaunee Board of Education. Miss Mary Trolla is accepting a position as music instructor in her home community of Wakefield. A graduate of Northern Michigan College, she has been a member of the music staff for two years in both the vocal and instrumental programs. Mrs. Jean Sundquist, a native of this city and a graduate of Negaunee High School, has been a member of the faculty for several years. She is relinquishing her position here to accept appointment as associate professor of music at Eastern Michigan College, Ypsilanti. She is recognized as one of the outstanding vocal and instrumental instructors in the Upper Peninsula.