Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MICHIGAMME — The first of up to 30 Canadian moose cautiously stepped onto the Upper Peninsula this morning before sauntering off into the wilds.

The initial truckload of transplant participants marked the beginning of Moose Lift II, which is being carried out to bolster the U.P. herd that started with a similar project in 1985.

Frank Opolka, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director for the U.P., said support from sportsmen and environmental groups and the public convinced his department to carry out this year’s transplant. The total cost of the project has been pegged at $80,000 with groups and individual donations helping out. Donor organizations include Michigan United Conservation Clubs, U.P. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Sierra Club, Safari Club and Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — The seniors of the Ishpeming high school have selected Lewis Beach’s “The Goose Hangs High,” a three-act comedy for the annual class play which will be presented Friday, March 18, in the high school auditorium. Octavius Townsend, a member of the faculty who has had considerable experience as director of amateur theatricals, is in charge of the production and has selected the cast as follows: George Isabelle, Lorraine Collick, Gordon Swahn, George Smedberg, Mable Erickson, Elaine Kiellnen, Dorothy Canfield, George Lutey, William St. John, Martha Keese, Roy Johnson, Olive Corkin, Martin Koivisto, William Penglase, and Claude Adolph.