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 — From the Mississippi Delta where he was born, and Chicago, where his music matured, legendary bluesman James Cotton brings to Marquette Friday as tangible a link to America’s musical past as can be found these days. Cotton, whose contemporaries and bandmates have included such blues luminaries as the late Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson, will appear in full force with his eight-piece band at 8 p.m. at the Bottum Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. That the 52-year-old harmonica player is fused with the taproot of modern American blues is without question. That he has become a modern-day grantor of the blues tradition to a whole new audience of predominately up-scale young whites is more than a bit ironic. “Blues has made a big comeback, and I’m happy about that,” he said in a recent telephone interview from Chicago, “but it should be more.” “The younger kids who know about it, they know what they’re listening to, but there are still so many who don’t know it. I hope the few who do, pass it along. Back when I was young, they were playing blues on the radio, not like it is now. Now it’s all changing. You don’t hear many blues anymore. It don’t make me feel bad about it, but every music should have a fair chance.”

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — A chicken-killing dog that confines his visits to the district of north First and Second streets will get his master into costly difficulties if the dog is not kept on the owner’s property in the future. A number of Ishpeming men will spend the weekend in the woods getting their hunting camps in readiness for the opening of the deer season Nov. 15, and it is anticipated that on opening of the season practically every nimrod in the city will be on the runways ready to fill his license.