Superior History

Strange dream, tragedy along Superior’s ‘Graveyard Coast’

The Western Reserve was the pride of the Great Lakes fleet, the first of the all-steel ships to sail the lakes. Built in 1890 in Cleveland, she had a length of 300 feet, a beam of 41 feet and weighed nearly 2,400 tons. The principal owner, Peter G. Minch, and partners owned five other Great ...

Retired school personnel to meet in May

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at noon Tuesday, May 9 at the Landmark Inn. Matthew Zika, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist, will present a program to help members and guests to become ...

Kids can learn about money

ISHPEMING — TruNorth Federal Credit Union and Carnegie Public Library will partner to offer a free money-themed event for area children on Saturday. Each child in attendance will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of saving — and a free book. Children and their ...

Marquette City Band: Part 2

MARQUETTE — Last week we discussed the history of the Marquette City Band during the 19th century, now we move on to the 20th century. Overall the 1890s proved to be “transitional’ for Marquette City Band, as new music styles and venues were adopted and instrumentation expanded to ...

In brief

Bake sale, luncheon on tap ISHPEMING — The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Ishpeming will have their annual Spring Bake Sale and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is a “A Taste of Scandinavia” featuring cardamom and homemade breads, prune tarts, baked goods and crafts ...

Marquette City Band – Part 1

MARQUETTE — Since the very beginnings of Marquette, even back when it was called Worcester, music has been an important part of our community. Before ‘the great fire of 1868’ when all the buildings in town were wooden, the German Silver Cornet Band performed and, as is the case today, was ...

Agricultural contracts can be renewed

MARQUETTE — Michigan farmers enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest conservation program for working lands can renew their contracts by agreeing to adopt additional conservation practices on their land. Participants with existing Conservation Stewardship Program ...

Yooper POW in World War I

MARQUETTE — You may have heard that the next One Book, One Community read will be John Smolens’ recent book “Wolf’s Mouth” about an Italian officer held at one of the World War II prisoner of war camps in the Upper Peninsula. The more than 1,000 prisoners of war who were held at the ...

Symposium on World War I set

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is hosting a free World War I Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Marquette Room of the Don H. Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The schedule: - 9 a.m. Daniel Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. ...

Delf’s Wintergreen Distillery

MARQUETTE — Over the years Marquette County has been home to several well-known industries like mining and shipping. But, the area has also been home to many smaller ventures that have been forgotten and lost to the mists of time. It usually happened that one or two men would hit upon an ...

Business venture competition to be decided

MARQUETTE — The winner of the 10th annual Northern Michigan University New Business Venture Competition will be decided on Thursday. The finale features three events: a trade fair display from 1 to 2 p.m.; an oral presentation of business plans from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.; and a ...

CRAZY FOR CRAZY QUILTS

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center quilt collection is fortunate to include some exquisite quilts made by two very prominent women from the Marquette community. Our research found many interesting connections between Flavia Barbeau (Mrs. James) Pendill and Margaret Childs (Mrs. ...

Marquette’s Spear Coal Dock

MARQUETTE — The 1918 dock map identifies three of Marquette Harbor’s four active docks as “Spear’s:” the coal dock at the foot of Main; a merchandise dock at the foot of Baraga; and a second merchandise dock south of Ripley’s Rock. A final “Spear’s Dock” would be the coal ...

Benefit for Brady planned

MARQUETTE — A benefit for Mike “Sarge” Brady will take place starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sturgis Saloon, Skandia. The event will be a pool tournament: $25 participation fee with money due on the day of the benefit. Pre-register by contacting Angie or Nadeen at Sturgis, 906-942-7785. ...

Presentation at Erickson Center

CURTIS — The Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis presents “Road Trip, Get the Show on the Road!” with the Northern Michigan University’s Lake Effect Show Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets on sale now at the ECA office: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Reserve or purchase ...

Sweet harvest: Maple syrup, sugar production significant in area

MARQUETTE —The arrival of March means we expect to see a succession of thawing days and freezing nights in the near future. This forerunner of spring brings the gradual disappearance of the snow but is also the time when the maple sap starts running. A rise in temperature of the sapwood to ...

Cruise of the Abbie

MARQUETTE — The adventure began late July 1889 as six men set sail on a fishing and exploring expedition on Lake Superior. Marquette businessman, John Longyear, invited his brother and several friends to travel along the shores of Lake Superior to Isle Royale on his launch the Abbie, for the ...

Ladies of the Maccabees

MARQUETTE — The Knights of the Maccabees were formed in Canada sometime after the Civil War and the organization soon spread to the United States with its U.S. headquarters in Port Huron. The group provided social and self-improvement activities for their members and families, but primarily ...

Marquette County aviators in WWI

MARQUETTE — When the Wright brothers made their first momentous flight in December 1903, little did anyone suspect the role their invention would play in World War I just over a decade later. Those early airplanes were extremely basic, made of canvas and wood with open cockpits and only ...

MRHC to hold presentation on sports heroes

MARQUETTE — “Saturday at the Center: Sports Heroes” will be presented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Regional History Center in Marquette. This is a family event and coincides with the U.P. 200 Sled Dog race weekend. Participants can learn about and even encounter some ...