Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Cattron’s Lumber & Supply will move its operation from downtown Negaunee to the former site of the Hi-Lo Club. Owner Terry Cattron said earlier this week he bought the former tavern at 800 U.S. 41, Negaunee from Richard and Donna Johnson. Cattron will begin remodeling the Hi-Lo building this winter, making it into an office and store. As the work progresses, he will set up pole buildings to house the inventory. Cattron’s Lumber is now at 317 W. Clark St. It has been the site of a lumber yard since 1954, although Cattron took it over in 1980. The move will allow Cattron’s to consolidate its lumber storage sites. Cattron now rents several buildings throughout the area for storage. During the peak summer months, Cattron’s employs 12 full- and part- time workers.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — William Racine, Ishpeming ice dealer, is preparing for his annual harvest of ice from Mud lake and the work will be started early next month. He will fill three large ice storage houses which are located on the south shore of the lake. A larger crew will be employed by Mr. Racine this season as there will be more work in harvesting the ice because it is covered with snow and slush. Before the cutting operations can be started it will be necessary to scrape off the slush. Mr. Racine has made several cuts of ice for immediate use from the lake. He found it to be clear. Besides supplying the Ishpeming trade, Mr. Racine also distributes a large amount of ice in Negaunee. He also supplied a number of outside dealers whose supply had been used.