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 – The Northern Michigan University production of “Scrooge” will be performed for the fourth consecutive year this week. Some old and new faces from the previous years will be acting out the traditional roles in the adaption of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Steve Anderson Platt, a psychology instructor at Northern, portrays the Spirit of Christmas Present. According to Ron Sylvester, a senior drama student at Northern, playing the part of Scrooge is a big challenge for him, as it is his first major role. Another returning actor is Christina Zini, 13, an eighth grader at Graveraet Middle School. She will play a street urchin, the same role as last year.

“A unique feature of this year’s production is its direction by a student,” said Dr. James Panowski, director of Northern’s Forest Roberts Theatre.

Bobby Glenn Brown, a senior at Northern, is the first student at the university to direct a full-length play. Panowski added that he hopes to see students directing more productions in the future.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Fire Department and a large force of employees of the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron company’s Cliffs Shaft mine for six hours early yesterday morning battled fire in the combined blacksmith, machine and carpenter shop at the Cliffs Shaft. The fire, which broke out at 1:30, is believed to be caused by an overheated stack. The roof over the entire structure is of double construction and the fire raged between the asbestos covering and the lower roof, making it difficult to combat. When the fire was under control at one place, it would break out in another. No damage was done in the carpenter shop and the repairs in the blacksmith and machine shops will be small. The work of putting a new roof on the south side of the building was started yesterday afternoon. The damage is estimated at about $600 and is covered by insurance.