Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

SAGINAW — While most Michigan residents sleep, Larry Hall sits behind the controls of a diesel-powered locomotive, cruising through corn and wheat fields and dumpy outskirts of towns. Sometimes, it’s a lonely job as the 37-year-old engineer roams the rails across the state. Still, Hall prefers working on the railroad to any other vocation. Sometimes nearly 150 cars travel behind Hall’s locomotive, stretching about 2 miles long. Besides himself, a trio of workers–head and rear brakemen and the conductor–calculate the number of intersections the train will block as it chugs through cities and towns.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — The youth center here faces immediate and drastic revisions of operating policy. It is presently being operated not in conformance with rules laid down by the state fire marshal. It may be closed. The fire marshal says that no more than 200 persons can use the building at one time with the present facilities for fire escapes and extinguishers. Crowds on weekend dance nights run to 500 and more. The youth center is housed in the upstairs of the Narotsky Building on South Main Street.