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 — Downtown business representatives in Marquette and Negaunee remain undaunted at the prospect of seeing major stores leave their shopping districts. Tentative plans to close the existing Marquette J.C. Penney store were announced by company officials Tuesday, and Merico Discount Department Store owners revealed intentions to pull out of Negaunee after nearly 30 years there. Penney officials are negotiating with owners of Marquette Township’s Westwood Plaza Mall in hopes of relocating there as part of a planned $5 million expansion of the facility. Merico officials, citing a lack of customer traffic in the Negaunee Mall for their store’s size, will consolidate that operation with the existing Merico store in Ishpeming.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — More than 7,000 persons–the greatest race gathering in Upper Peninsula records–saw their favorites skim down the stretch to twin victories in yesterday’s turf classic at the fair grounds. Bert Agnoli, Negaunee police chief who kept his arches arched by dobbin bobbin, held his throne in the “sport of kings” by Twinkling King’s double victories in the 2:20 pace.