Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

BIG BAY — Hundreds of trees were uprooted and several unconfirmed tornados reported during Tuesday’s storm in Big Bay where power was expected to be out until Thursday. But life — and business — goes on. Like most elsewhere, power went out at the Big Bay IGA store at 8:55 a.m., and the clock is still frozen at that time. Big Bay was perhaps hardest hit by Tuesday’s storms. “We’re going back to the old times,” said Maxine White, who owns and operates the store with her husband, Dick. “We’re trying to do addition in our heads.’ Some of us are using solar calculators, but sometimes it gets too dark and we have to shine a flashlight on them to make them work.” The Whites kept the store open Tuesday until it simply became too dark – and too warm to keep opening the freezers – to operate anymore. She said they plan to stay open albeit on reduced hours, as long as they can until power is restored. According to Don Clark, the manager of the Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association, that could be until Thursday. Meanwhile there are some things a grocery store simply must have power for, like freezers, which are slowly thawing out. “We’ll probably lose product, no doubt about it. The ice cream is already lost,” White said.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Marquette’s Kiwanis Club will hold its annual picnic for the children of the Holy Family Orphans Home at Presque Isle Monday evening. The event will be begin at 6 p.m., and will replace the regular noon luncheon meeting of the club, Alfred A. Camill, club president, said. Leslie J. Roberts is general chairman of the program, and is being assisted by a committee composed of Joseph B. Patterson, Gerald C. Payant, Clyde Hecox and Burt Pearson. Families of Kiwanians also are invited to the program, to be held at the pavilion, Roberts said.