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 – It’s a good bet that Nancy Bell will never forget the first locally-produced Easter Seal telethon she was involved in. As so often happens during a March day in the Upper Peninsula, it began to snow. The thing was, it didn’t stop until more than 30 inches of the white stuff had brought most of the area to a grinding halt on March 31, 1985. That, in itself, wasn’t so tough. But when WLUC-TV developed transformer difficulties and went off the air for several hours, the situation became crucial.

“They had to plow out to transformer and take a four-wheel drive vehicle in so they could work on it … We were snowed in at the station,” she said. “People who were supposed to come to make check presentations couldn’t make it and we ran out of food. But we got back on the air and still had a successful show. I guess that kind of thing’s the exciting part of my job with Easter Seals.”

Bell is busy planning the current edition of the telethon, which will air March 7 and 8. The telethon is one of the biggest undertakings for the organization, which Bell serves as regional director.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — E.F. Kennedy, proprietor of Kennedy Automatic Service, and Frank W. Nelson have entered into a partnership and have incorporated under the name of Kennedy Automatic Service Inc. The purpose of the organization is to sell and install No-Kol and Hardinge oil heating equipment.