Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — This weekend’s Seafood Fest will feature an attraction out of the forest rather than the ocean. Ogle’s Timber Show will offer five shows during the festival in the Lower Harbor Park, the first at 6:30, tonight. The show includes log rolling, ax throwing, sawing, chopping and tree climbing as well as a demonstration by professional lumberjacks from the West Coast. The portable show is one of only two in North America, and was recently purchased by the well-known, log-rolling Ogle family of Marquette from the man who created the show — Jube Wickheim of British Columbia, a 10-time world champion log roller. Jim Ogle and his son, Pat, plan to head cross-country with the show after opening in Marquette this weekend. To assist in the production, competitors and friends of the Ogles from the Northwest and Midwest are in Marquette to demonstrate and compete. Several Ogle family members compete at the national and world championship levels, and Jim was one of Wickheim’s top competitors during his reign as champion. Timber show performances are also set for 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday free to Seafood Fest customers.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Arthur Lukkarinen, of Negaunee, is the champion speller in Marquette county, winning a medal and $10 in the contest conducted at the Marquette county fair. Second place went to a Marquette entry, Miss Dorothy Jensen, enrolled in the John D. Pierce school, who received a medal and $8. Other winners in the event were: Bernice Crocker of Negaunee, $5 and medal; Vienna Lammi of Negaunee, $4 and medal; Jean Pemberthy, John D. Pierce school, $2 and medal; and Orin Stack, $2 and medal. Fourteen Students competed in the contest, with Walter F. Gries, county commission of schools, announcing. The referees were Mrs. C. C. Wiggins, Mrs. L. R. Walker and Mrs. Gries. The contest was held in the exhibit building, the words being selected by Mr. Gries and C. C. Wiggins, Northern State Teachers college instructor. Lukkarinen could not be spelled down on the list of words prepared for the contest and Mr. Gries announced five more, but the Negaunee boy spelled them. Words which proved to be “stickers” and which forced several of the contestants out of the event were pneumonia, pneumatic, psychology, separate, embarrass, and tangible.