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 last grade school students will finish at St. Christopher School in Marquette Tuesday. After 30 years of operation, the grade school program will cease due to declining enrollment, increased operating expenses and a four-year budget deficit. However, the school’s religion education, daycare and preschool programs will continue to use the facility. Two of the rooms will be rented to the Marquette-Alger Intermediate School District. St. Christopher School was opened as a grades one through six program in 1967 by Monsignor Edmund Szoka and was staffed by five Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres. Milestones in the school’s development include the opening of a kindergarten class in 1979, the start-up of preschool and daycare programs in 1985, and the addition of the school playground in 1985. Children in the grade school program now have the option of attending St. Michael, Bishop Baraga, or Vandenboom schools.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Memorial services to honor the 43 victims of the Barnes-Hecker mine disaster of November 8 will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist Episcopal church under the auspices of Ishpeming lodge, Sons of St. George. The services will be for the public and it is expected that they will be largely attended. Relatives of victims of the catastrophe are especially invited and seats have been reserved for them. The members of the order will meet at Odd Fellows hall to march to the church in a body. Ten members of the Sons of St. George were killed in the Barnes-Hecker mine. The memorial program will include a vocal solo by William C. Maddern, memorial address by George Tucker, and benediction by the Rev. Lewis E. Keast.