Superior History

Max Bielenberg and J.M. Longyear

MARQUETTE — At a time when the concept of social class divided people in America, two Marquette men formed an authentic friendship that transcended economic status. One was John Munro Longyear, the wealthy land speculator who founded the exclusive Huron Mountain Club. His friends knew him as ...

Heating help available

LANSING — Residents are reminded there may be assistance available for those struggling to keep their homes warm this winter season. The Winter Protection Plan is a deferment plan that is designed to ease the burden of high winter utility bills. It helps protect seniors and low-income gas ...

History Quiz

Q: In 1891 John Longyear submitted plans to the Army to create a harbor of refuge, including two breakwaters of a combined length of 3,300 feet. Where was this? a. Au Train Bay b. Big Bay c. Partridge Bay d. Middle Bay A. C

‘An Enduring Christmas’ in pioneer Marquette

MARQUETTE — As we get tucked in for another winter here in the north woods, most of us are fortunate enough to have heat in our home and food in the cupboard. For those who do not have either, the community of the Upper Peninsula is very strong and supportive through multiple charitable ...

UP Centenarians’ Club recognizes: Brynhild Oas Mitchell

By ROSEMARY MICHELIN Marquette Regional History Center MARQUETTE — As part of the Marquette Regional History Center’s 100th birthday celebrations, we’re recognizing people who have also joined the “U.P. Centenarians’ Club” by reaching that milestone birthday. This ...

NARFE meeting scheduled

MARQUETTE — Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1900 will hear a presentation by Marquette-area journalist Brian Cabell at their next regular meeting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. Members will also elect 2019 chapter officers. Brian Cabell is a career ...

New Swanzy’s beginnings Part 2

EDITOR'S NOTE: Republished from the Forsyth Sagas, April 2004 Last week, we discussed the founding of New Swanzy by John Q. Adams, his son, Eugene W. Adams and a business partner, Henry E. Sorenson, in 1908. To find out what happened in the nascent village, read on. The only restriction that ...

New Swanzy’s beginnings, Part 1

The year was 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was President. Orville and Wilbur Wright had made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk only five years earlier, and the world was still six years away from the beginning of World War I. Locally, the new town of Gwinn was well underway with its construction ...

Fred Rydholm’s ‘Superior Heartland’ available at Read Between the Wines

Fred Rydholm was born on East Hewitt Avenue in Marquette on March 11, 1924. He remembered his childhood during the Great Depression fondly. His family was hardworking and of modest means, but generous to everybody. Fred recalled happily sharing meals with the homeless on the family back porch ...

Another case of early penicillin use in Marquette

MARQUETTE — After the recent article “The miracle of penicillin makes its way to Marquette in 1944” was published, the History Center received a call from Marquette resident Sarah Livermore Pelto about her experience with penicillin as a child at St. Luke’s Hospital in ...

Camp Au Train archaeology

Archaeologists from the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Tech University, directed by Dr. LouAnn Wurst, have teamed up with the Hiawatha National Forest to investigate Camp Au Train in Alger County near Munising. Camp Au Train was established for the Civilian ...

The miracle of penicillin makes its way to Marquette in 1944

By ANN HILTON FISHER MRHC Volunteer Special to the Journal Recently a 97-year-old friend took a fall as she was leaving our house after dinner. As she was being stitched back together in the emergency room at UP Health System- Marquette, she told the doctor about a broken arm she got ...

Stitch in time

During the last several months I repaired several items of clothing from the museum collection. This was not a restoration project, only simple mending so the clothes can be used in displays. Actual repair was minimal as many of these fabrics are adversely affected by age and cannot tolerate ...

Early anthropologist in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was an important founder of modern anthropology in the United States. An attorney and politician by profession, Morgan is best known in the world of anthropology for his ethnographic work recording the culture of the Iroquois nation in his home ...

Marquette’s first family of physicians

MARQUETTE — Mary Louise Boyce was born July 9, 1859 in Auburn, New York, the eldest daughter of Dr. C. William Boyce and Mary Louise Osborne. Mary Louise belonged to a family of physicians; in addition to being a physician in her own right, her father, two brothers, husband, son and ...

Sugarloaf Mountain: History within walking distance

marquette — When was the last time that you climbed Sugarloaf Mountain? As you gaze over the horizon, have you ever stopped to wonder about the thousands of people who have made that climb before you? The mountain has been a favorite hiking spot of residents and tourists for ...

Infant health forums planned

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Maternal Infant Strategy Group are hosting four regional town hall meetings to collect community input on the state’s 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan, including one in Marquette. The meetings are open ...

History Quiz

Q: When mule carts and wheelbarrows were the means of loading ore onto ships, it generally took 7-9 days to load a ship full. True or false? A: False. It typically took 3-4 days.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault has local roots

MARQUETTE — Late in his career, Upper Peninsula land investor John Munro Longyear helped establish the first large-scale commercial coal mines in the Spitsbergen region of Norway, now known as the Svalbard archipelago. Longyear initially visited the area on a tour of Northern Europe in ...

Course on France to be offered

MARQUETTE — Professor Roger Magnuson along with Professor Beverly Matherne will teach a six-week course entitled “France Dissected: Its People, Customs, and Institutions” in the Peter White Public Library’s Lions Room beginning on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Professor Magnuson ...