Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MUNISING — Grand Island, the emerald of Munising Bay, is courting another potential buyer after more than three years on the real estate market. “We are negotiating with a possible purchaser,” said Jim Mueller, president of Cleveland-Cliffs Forest Products Division. Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. has owned the vast majority of Grand Island — 13,180 acres — since before the turn of the century when it served as a corporate retreat.

The island has two lakes, miles of forestland and shoreline, and a wildlife population, including deer.

CCI also owns 14 cottages, which it leases out on the 6-by-4 miles island, with an additional three privately own cottages set on company property.

Over the last few years, several potential buyers have toured the wilderness-type island, but so far there have been no takers. In 1985, the asking price for the island was pegged at $6.5 million.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — On the floor of the Marquette post office is a large pile of gift packages, consigned to inmates of the Marquette prison, which will not be delivered. Warden James P. Corgan has ordered that no packages addressed to convicts be brought into the institution. The warden’s order became imperative because attempts were being made by relatives and friends of prisoners to send packages in which they had concealed narcotics, knives, saws, keys, daggers and, in one or two instances, revolvers and ammunition. In many cases the contraband goods were concealed so cleverly they could not be discovered by careful inspection of the packages. The warden found also, that some packages contained messages informing convicts of escape plans and plots underway on the outside among friends and relatives or members of criminal gangs. Warden Corgan was loath to clamp the ban on incoming packages, but decided that it was necessary to prevent trouble at the prison. So far as possible, Postmaster Biegler will return packages to the senders.