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 — Charles Dickens wrote of a family’s love in his classic tale “A Christmas Carol” and that legacy will be carried on in the upcoming musical production of the story at Northern Michigan University. When the players take the stage for “Scrooge” starting tonight, three members of the Steve Platt family will be key to the production. After all, participation in the annual presentation is becoming a family tradition.

“My dad is a teacher here at Northern, and he’s interested in all the plays,” said Alex Platt, a sixth grader at Bothwell Middle School. “The year before last, I decided to try out and made it. So I decided to try again.”

His brother, Ben, is a newcomer to the production.

“I watched last year, when Dad and Alex tried out,” said Ben, a third grader at Sandy Knoll. “This year I just decided to try out.”

Ben won the part of Young Ebenezer, while Alex will have dual roles as a street urchin and as Peter Cratchit, the son of Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit. It is fitting then, that Alex’s father, Steve, take the role of Bob.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — When garage mechanics towed in the wrong car Wesnesday night it resulted in a heap of anxiety for the owner of one car, a lot of unnecessary gumshoeing in a showstorm for the police officers and a good laugh all around when the mistake finally was discovered. Fred Pascoe, owner of a touring car, instructed garage men to tow his car in and remove the battery. He gave the location of the car and went home. Meanwhile, Dominic Gaviglio, owner of another car of the same model parked his auto ar the curb near the spot designated by Pascoe. When the mechanics arrived they towed the Gaviglio car to the garage. When Gaviglio discovered his car was gone he advised police who started a search, but found no trace of the missing vehicle. Meanwhile the Pascoe car, left at the curb, became buried almost out of sight in the snow. The mistake was finally discovered. Gaviglio reclaimed his car and Pascor’s car was hauled to the garage after some difficulty.