Superior History

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 ...

House to become Katrina museum

NEW ORLEANS — In a dynamic before-and-after project, a nonprofit organization has partially restored a home ravaged by a catastrophic rush of floodwater when a New Orleans levee failed 13 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, re-creating two rooms to look like a typical home might have appeared ...

UP Centenarians’ Club: Joseph John Croisitiere

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. Joseph John Croisitere’s claim to fame was living in three different centuries. He was ...

Michigan Slim: A backwoods hermit

In the mid-20th century, if you went to Big Bay and asked for Max Hackel, folks would shake their heads and say they’d never heard of him, unless, of course, you just happened to talk to the postmaster. But if you asked for “Slim” or “Michigan Slim,” well, that was different. ...

Bicycles in Marquette: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

MARQUETTE — Marquette County and the bicycle have a longstanding history. Reviewing research material for this article, the bicycle has been a popular topic of many articles in noted publications during the past century. Reading through them, each author had a somewhat different twist on the ...

For the love of lighthouses

Lighthouses, once just practical structures to facilitate safe maritime transportation, have deep appeal to some people today. Where others may consider them isolated work outposts, the people that love lighthouses see them as places of sanctuary and escape from the ordinary world. To be ...

In Brief

Bible school coming up ISHPEMING — Christ the King Lutheran Church, 440 Stoneville Road, Ishpeming, invites all children ages 3 through the fifth grade to join Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School which will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 23-26. During the week, the children will learn how ...

Upper Peninsula has photographic heritage

The rest of the world might not appreciate the role that the Upper Peninsula innovators have played in the history of photography. Our region has been an important frontier of photography as an art for over a century. The reasons why are obvious to anyone who lives here. Access to wilderness ...

Take trip back in time

MARQUETTE — If you’re a history buff, you probably daydream about having access to a time machine. Many of us wish we could go back to the past to see what life was actually like in living detail. But have you ever considered an airconditioned time machine? Now that’s dreaming big. The ...

FIRE ON THE FOURTH

Wednesday, we celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade, fireworks and the Marquette County Exchange Club’s annual Food Fest. Marquette’s celebrations in 1891 were extensive and began at sunrise with a 44-gun salute. People had been streaming into Marquette for several days in preparation ...

Visiting North Country Light

MUNISING — Grand Island, half a mile from Munising, covers more than 13,000 acres and boasts 35 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The island was home to Ojibwa settlements and fur trading outposts in its early history. In the 1840s, an Illinois farmer named Abraham Williams homesteaded on ...

UP Centenarians’ Club: Oscar Salo

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. For more than 40 years, Marquette area residents enjoyed the baked goods made by Oscar ...