Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — The first-grade book reviewer looked over the work of the fifth-grade author and concluded that the most critical literary element was well executed. “I like the pictures,” said Stephen Kearns, 6, in response to 11-year-old Chad Baxter’s publication about Halloween. The bookfest, in which Cheryl Trebilcock’s fifth graders published for the benefit of Debbie Asano’s first grade class at North Lake Elementary in the NICE school district, is part of the Young authors program in which all Marquette County school districts participate. Besides spurring an interest in literary skills, North Lake principal John Pontti thinks the program promotes friendship between the school’s youngsters. Fifth graders started by interviewing the first graders while having lunch with them. In addition to reading, the project shows younger students the process of rewriting and revising.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Twelve Diorite children who are attending Ishpeming public schools while construction is being done on the new Diorite building had a memorable experience Wednesday afternoon when they were held in a snow-stalled bus five miles out of the city and a similar distance from their homes. Victor Ameen, driver of the bus, became stalled near Greenwood and, when the youngsters did not arrive home, their parents became alarmed and sought assistance from Ishpeming. A passenger car was sent out and before long all of the vehicles were stalled. Frank Bertrand, master mechanic at the Blueberry mine, whose four children were passengers on the bus, notified Deputy Marshall Jack Lacey at 9:30 that the children had not reached home. Lacey conferred with Mayor K.I. Sawyer and a few minutes later, two of the county’s tractor plows were on their way to rescue the stranded bus. The tractors were accompanied by a force of men and they were successful in battling their way to the bus in a little more than an hour. The children were brought back to Ishpeming and housed in hotels for the night.