Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — For the Kemp’s fastpitch softball team of Ishpeming in the Central Superior Fastpitch League, their team is like their family. Two of the Kemp’s players have one or more sons who play with them on the team. Richard Burke has three of his sons playing with him on Kemp’s: 22-year-old John; Jim, 19; and Mark, 18. Also, Doug Wilder has one son, 24-year-old Dale, who plays alongside him.

“Over the years, they filled in whenever we were short of players,” said Richard Burke, a fastpitch player for the past 25 years. “It just seemed natural to have them play on the team.” “The four sons all started out as bat boys, but now they’re playing for us,” said Doug Wilder. Most fathers expect more from their children than they do from other players. Richard Burke and Doug Wilder are no different. “They’re a little hard on us, but we enjoy it,” John said. “We all have a lot of fun playing together.”

60 years ago

BIG BAY — The Bay Cliff Health Camp, Big Bay, is richer today by a station wagon-load of toys and recreational equipment. The merchandise is a gift of merchants of the Ishpeming and Negaunee area. The gifts were collected by Ishpeming Junior Chamber of Commerce, headed by Walter Scanlon. Gifts included small games for play inside when the weather is bad and ranged up to a trapeze set, installed alongside existing swings, for use of the young people.