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 — “Good Man in the Woods,” the first documentary film to focus entirely on the Upper Peninsula, will premier Sept. 26 at the historic Calumet Theater in Calumet. Costing in excess of $300,000, the film has taken more than four years to produce. It portrays rugged individuals who have worked as loggers, trappers and commercial fishermen — some of them second and third generations in the same occupation. The title, “Good Man in the Woods,” is one of the highest traditional compliments that can be given to a man who makes his living in the forests of the U.P. said filmmaker Michael Loukinen, a sociology professor at Northern Michigan University.

“The film goes beyond the usual documentary–it’s lively. It captures the peninsula spirit. It reveals the inner life of those who have survived in the ancient callings, where others have failed and moved on,” Loukinen said.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Bids for the construction of a one-room schoolhouse with living quarters are being accepted by the Negaunee District Board of Education. The school will be built near the Lehtonen farm on the Blue Hill Road, less than three miles from the city.