Superior History

Fire at the DSS&A railyard

At approximately 10:15 pm on Sept. 13, 1910, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad night watchman, Edward Carr was making his rounds of the railyard when he noticed a light in the car shop. The building, where carpenters rebuilt railroad cars, was located on Spring Street near Sixth ...

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Knitting guild holding sale MARQUETTE — The UP North Knitting Guild is holding its first Stash Buster Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Peter White Public Library in the lower level. Guild members are selling their stash of yarn, needles and books. This will be wool, acrylics ...

Let’s celebrate America’s favorite dessert: Jell-O

A 1904 edition of Ladies Home Journal proclaimed in an ad that Jell-O was America’s favorite dessert What is it about Jell-O that we love so much? Is it the jiggle, the 101 dishes you can make with it, or is it the molds or the Jell-O shots we’ve come to love? Let’s take a look at its ...

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Program will focus on Finnish independence MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: 100 Years of Finnish Independence from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Finland gained independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917. Independence Day is officially celebrated on this day in Finland. The ...

Marquette Fire Department history, part 2

As Marquette transformed from a village to a city, the Marquette Fire Department grew to be an important part of the community. Though still volunteers, the fire-fighters of the time were a close-knit group who cared deeply about their job. To stay in the competitive spirit, the firefighters of ...

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Treasure sale planning set MARQUETTE — The Marquette Federation of Women’s Clubs is accepting donations for its 19th Annual Yesterday’s Treasure Sale, which will be Dec. 2. Sale proceeds will benefit the restoration and renovation of the Historic Clubhouse at 104 W. Ridge St., ...

History of the Marquette Fire Department: Part I

The history of the Marquette City Fire Department has greatly influenced Marquette’s history, from a village to a flourishing city. Today the department carries on a tradition of pride and dedication to the community. It wasn’t long ago, however, that Marquette didn’t have an organized ...

Rock and Mineral Club to meet

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club will be meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cliff Shaft Mine Museum, 501 W. Euclid St., Ishpeming. Doors open at 1 p.m. to allow visitors time to view the club’s extensive mineral collection. Karen Brzys (aka, “The Agate Lady”) will ...

Mr. American Legion: Oral ‘Moose’ LaCombe

Oral J. LaCombe was born in Negaunee Feb. 19, 1896, the oldest of Oral and Albina (Duquette) LaCombe’s seven children. He quickly earned his nickname when the doctor who delivered him commented that “He’s a big moose.” Moose dropped out of school at the age of 12, working a plumbing ...

Male chorus to perform

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Male Chorus performs its fall concert, “And When I Sing, I am Free” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Fair Ave., Marquette. Songs and singing have long been a mainstay of American life. The chorus will present several songs of American ...

Early travel on Lake Superior to Carp River a challenge

As we saw last week, Lake Superior can show her true fury when the gales of November come early. But we at least have satellites and meteorologists to warn us when to take shelter from a brewing storm. But the early pioneers in the area were not so lucky. They would often face Superior’s ...

Porcupine quills, tails and tales

Ojibwa legend tells that long ago, when the world was young, porcupines had no quills. One day in the woods Bear came along and wanted to eat Porcupine but he escaped to safety by climbing a tree. The following day Porcupine was under a Hawthorne tree and noticed how the thorns pricked ...

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Historical society to meet CHAMPION — The Champion-Beacon-Humboldt Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Champion Township Office, located along U.S. 41, Champion. Everyone is invited to attend. VFW hosting fundraiser NEGAUNEE — VFW 3165 Auxiliary in Negaunee will ...

Archaeology rocks: Believe it!

MARQUETTE — On Saturday, the Marquette Regional History Center will be holding its fifth annual Archaeology Fair. Once again, large crowds of curious youngsters, smiling parents, and other interested participants will attend this highly informative local event. As in past years, they ...

Recyclable collection date announced

AU TRAIN — The Au Train 4-H Club and the Superior Central Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold their semi-annual collection of recyclable materials from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the MSU Research and Extension Center in Chatham. Club members will be collecting newspapers and magazines ...

Quilters group marks 35 years

October 2017 is a very special month for the Marquette County Quilters' Association! Guild members have been busy preparing for this year’s Autumn Comforts Quilt Show which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University. Quilts made by talented ...

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MRHC to present ‘Order in the Court’ MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: “Order in the Court!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.18. Join attorney Richard VanderVeen and retired Marquette County Probate Court Judge Mike Anderegg as they recount three of the most ...

Myron Asire and the World War I Polar Bear Expedition

Many of us have heard World War I stories about the trench warfare on the Western Front. But did you know that Michigan soldiers also served on the Eastern Front? The American North Russia Expedition Force or “Polar Bear Expedition” was a contingent of approximately 5,000 American troops, ...

Historical monuments to be discussed

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is hosting a round-table discussion titled, “Historical Monuments: removal and reassessment,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will be held in the Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building on the campus of ...

Tragedy in 1924

MARQUETTE — The worst crime committed against police officers in Marquette occurred on Aug. 23, 1924. The police chief, Martin Ford, and Patrolman Thomas Thornton were shot and killed along with Ford’s son, Lloyd. Thomas Thornton had just gotten off duty at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning ...