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 — What started out as a good idea five years ago, the brainchild of John “Curly” Wagner, antique car buff and downtown businessman, has blossomed into an event that draws more than 100 participants and thousands of spectators. Cars in immaculate condition from as old as 1929 Fords to models from the ’80s are what people are looking at in Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park. “This is just a great turn out. We had about 100 cars for last year’s show, and it looks like we’ll have a lot more this year,” said Joe Christian, coordinator of the cruise portion of the 1988 Superiorland Cruise and Car Show. Although starting as simply a car show and promotion for downtown businesses, Tom Brazil, general manager of WRUP, said the event has turned into a positive affair for the entire city. The majority of cars are owner-registered, with the project being a labor of love. Brad Richards of Albion Street in Marquette brought a 1923 Chevrolet Master Eagle that he restored from the frame up. The car show is free for participants who have a chance to vote for the best of show.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Crippled children from St. Luke’s Hospital and the orthopedic room of the Sandy Knoll School and children from the Holy Family Orphan’s Home enjoyed a gala time at the Skerbeck Shows carnival which was set up on the North Marquette Field. The youngsters were taken to the carnival through the courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, sponsoring the carnival, and the Skerbeck management.