Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

IRON MOUNTAIN — If you were granted a 30-minute audience with Pope John Paul II, what would you want to discuss? With the pontiff scheduled to arrive in Michigan Friday, that question was posed to six area Catholics, randomly selected by the Mining Journal. The responses were a varied, thought-provoking of some of the concerns facing the Catholic Church in the United States today.

Mary Lynch, a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee said, “I do have some concerns. First of all. I do really love my Catholic faith, and I am unhappy about disagreements that have occurred in the church. I find some of these things difficult to comment on. In this age of a crowded world and affluence I don’t think the greatest problem is with the church, but with the undisciplined, pleasure-seeking lives sought nowadays.”

Some specific topics of concern to Lynch that she would discuss with the pontiff: “Unwed mothers, unwanted pregnancies–better, more effective ways to care for these people is one thing I would discuss.”

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — Direct telephone communication recently was made possible between Marquette and Detroit, a distance of 470 miles, over the longer direct long-distance circuit built by the Michigan Bell Telephone Co.