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 — A malfunction in an oil regulator Wednesday night caused a fire to break out at 11:30 p.m., at an electrical substation on the corner of Baldwin Street and U.S. 41 here, sporadically knocking out power to the city for about half an hour. Negaunee firefighters fought the blaze for an hour, eventually putting it out with dry chemicals. The power interruptions came while the fire was being fought, and the system was shut down for 15 minutes after the blaze was extinguished while a new fuse was installed. City Manager John Korhonen said this morning that power to the city would again shut off from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday to investigate the cause of the fire and clean up and repair damage. He estimated damage at around $20,000. Korhonen said the regulator contained no PCBs or other toxic chemicals and that none were released during the course of fighting the fire. He didn’t know if the cause of the fire may have been related to the recent storms which hit the area.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — A general auto repairing garage has been opened at 128 W. Spring St. by Paul Pachl and will be known as “Paul’s Garage.” Mr. Pachl formerly was employed by the Jones Chevrolet garage, being mechanic foreman and service manager there for the last few years. He has been in the automobile servicing business for 13 years.