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 — Mark Dryer of Ishpeming has built hundreds of airplanes, tanks and automobiles — all in his basement. Dryer and his 8-year-old son, Matt, have display cases which hold hundreds of completed models. Dryer is president of the U.P. Scale Modelers, a local club devoted to the hobby of building to scale. He began to build when he was about the same age as his son. Most of his work is done in 1/72nd scale. One inch of model is equal to six feet of the real thing. His favorite subject is aircraft, but he has also built tanks, cars and fantasy figures. As a member of the U.P. Scale Modelers and the International Plastic Modelers Society, Dryer has competed in numerous local and national contests.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Antique weapons was the subject of an interesting talk given by Burton Boyum, Negaunee, at the afternoon luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club in the Clifton Hotel. Boyum, who is chief geologist for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. collects general antique weapons as his hobby. Included in his collection are both the pistol type and muzzle loading rifles. Boyum has fired most of the guns in his collection, which includes a cased French dueling set.