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 — Traveling in space is no longer considered science fiction, as it was when D. Scott Stobbelaar was a boy. Now, says the director of Shiras Planetarium, stars and planets have become the “road map” for the future. Stobbelaar also teaches astronomy and math at Marquette Senior High School. He has been planetarium director for the past 14 years. When he was 12 years old, Stobbelaar said, the launching of Sputnik in 1957 triggered the hobby which later became his career. While at Graveraet High School, he formed an astronomy club for students. When Stobbelaar graduated in the last senior class at Graveraet, he thought he had missed out on the new planetarium and high school being constructed the following year. Little did he know he would eventually become the planetarium’s director. He has since formed a local astronomy club of about 20 members, which has an observatory on Green Garden Road.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — At a conference yesterday with city commissioners, John M. Munson, president of Northern State Teachers college, reported the purchase by the state of 25 lots southwest of and adjacent to the college campus and asked that the city abandon streets which were platted in the area, but never opened. Purchase of the land for $2,000 was authorized this week by the state administrative board, according to a news dispatch from Lansing Tuesday. The purchase was negotiated by President Munson through M.M. Asire, real estate dealer, and it provides an opportunity for future enlargement of the Teachers’ college campus. According to Mr. Munson the college has no definite plan for utilizing the land, but because of its location, he said, it undoubtedly will be of considerable value to the school in years to come.