Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ESCANABA–A long-range plan to revitalize the city’s downtown based on a major waterfront redevelopment has been unveiled by a team of planners hired by Escanaba’s Downtown Development Authority. The proposal includes a 600-700 slip marina, a cultural and civic corridor with a new city hall, a variety of housing units, retail and office space, a waterfront hotel and harbor walks linked to Ludington Park. John Stockham, project director for the planning company Camiros Ltd., said that the project would cost about $22.4 million in public funds, in addition to private investment in the area. “This is a very, very ambitious plan,” Stockham said, “but we believe it is achievable. Stockham said it may take 20-30 years to implement the plan, but he urged the community to get started as soon as possible.

90 years ago

SAULT ST. MARIE– Chester Cope, alias Charles Franklin, of the Sault, and Jsom Jackson, waiter aboard the steamer Manitou, are held in the county jail charged with possession and transportation of three 12 quart cases of Canadian liquors found in Cope’s car by Under Sheriff Charles Smith and Deputy Sheriff James McPherson. Cope was driving the touring car in which the liquor was found and Jackson, according to the officers, has admitted ownership of the liquor.