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 — The 5 feet of snow that filled driveways and sidewalks in January hasn’t gone away. It’s just been moved to area snow dumps, which are rapidly filling up. Two major storms within a week of each other in January dumped nearly 3-1/2 feet of snow on most of the central Upper Peninsula. And the record snowfall for the month – 128.6 inches has been recorded so far this winter at the county airport – has put a burden on some cities. “We’re running out of places to put the snow,” said Negaunee public works director David Nordquist. Negaunee operates three dumps where snow is routinely stored. Steve Lawry, Marquette’s public works superintendent, and Munising’s City Manager, Steve Nebel, report having plenty of room in their snow storage areas this year.

90 years ago

ISHPEMING — Two large timber wolves visited Ishpeming yesterday morning and caused excitement around Bluff Street, where they spent a few minutes howling about 4:30 a.m. The animals ran away when residents, hearing the noise, arose from their beds and began investigating. The wolves entered Bluff Street from the hill to the south and made their getaway over the same course. Evidently they came from the Lake Sally district, a few miles away. When the howling was first heard, the animals were in front of Michael Ryan’s home, but they ran away before Mr. Ryan was able to get a shot at them. The tracks left in the snow by the animals proved conclusively that they were wolves.