Superior History

FROZEN IN PLACE: Ice blockades of Marquette’s harbors

Winter seems to be keeping an unusually long hold on the Upper Peninsula this year. In late March, both the Kaye E. Barker and the James L. Oberstar were stuck in the ice off Marquette. Now strong winds and high waves from last week’s storm have compressed the remaining ice cover between ...

Biological research at the Huron Mountain Club

The Huron Mountain Club occupies a special place in the local imagination. It is a prominent symbol of exclusivity. In the late 1880s and early 1890s, Marquette-based land speculators Horatio Seymour Jr. and J.M. Longyear created a hunting and fishing club for some of the most prosperous people ...

History quiz

Q: How much did a life membership to the Marquette County Historical Society cost in 1973? a. $10 b. $50 c. $100 d. $1,000 Answer: C

New museum director, exhibit bring Abraham Lincoln to life

LINCOLN, Ill. — With a new director and a new exhibit that’s part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration, the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College is emphasizing the importance of citizenship and responsibility. The new exhibit, “Let Us Do Our Duty: Abraham Lincoln and ...

Knitting guild sessions set

MARQUETTE — The Up North Knitting Guild is next four meetings at a different location due to the remodeling of the Peter White Public Library lower level. This month’s meeting plus the next three will be at Big Boy along U.S. 41 in their new back room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ...

NAMI to meet

MARQUETTE — The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness. A support group will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday ...

Museum field trips a learning tool

MARQUETTE — When you remember back to your school days, what memories rise to the top? Hopefully a positively influential teacher or two. Maybe a lesson on something close to your heart. And likely an outing you took with your class. As we head into the high field trip season here at the ...

In pursuit of Marquette trivia

MARQUETTE — Where was Worchester, Michigan? What famous Italian sculptor made the bust of Peter White and the oddly similar statues of Father Marquette? What does Granot Loma stand for? If you know they answers to any of these questions, you must love Marquette County trivia. Trivia is ...

Spring Surprises: Easter Blizzards

Despite the fact that the weather can’t seem to make up its mind about winter ending, spring arrived on the vernal equinox, March 20, and Easter is this Sunday, April 1. As a bit of trivia, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after the vernal equinox, ...

Genealogy workshop to be held April 12

MARQUETTE — Call now to register for the Intermediate Genealogy workshop, “What Do I Do Next?” to continue the tracing a family tree using additional sources of genealogical information. This workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the Shiras Room at Peter White Public Library, led by ...

Memories from K.I. Sawyer AFB

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with saying “an army marches on its stomach.” I believe this to be true. While in the Air Force I was never in want of a meal. It seldom rated a mention in the Michelin Guide but there was always plenty of it! When I arrived at Sawyer, my first permanent ...

Boomtown: Marquette experiences major growth in the 1880s

“Few people who have not made it a matter of investigation are aware of the amount of building and other improvements now going on in the city ... All this indicates healthy growth, and denotes that the depression in iron has not depressed Marquette people to any serious extent as ...

History quiz

Q: What does the Finnish name Niemi mean? a. Peninsula b. Lake c. Valley d. Bay Answer: A.

Rock and Mineral Club set 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., in Ishpeming. Doors will open at 1 p.m. to allow members and visitors time to bid on silent auction specimens and to view the club’s mineral ...

Women’s Center, Harbor House: Programs that live on

The women’s center was started in 1973 on the campus of Northern Michigan University in the Division of Continuing Education as a public advocate for victims of domestic violence both female and male. The center remained on campus at NMU until 1980. During those years several collaborative ...

UP Centenarians’ Club: George Butler

You many have heard by now that the Marquette Regional History Center is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. As part of that celebration, we’re recognizing people, businesses and organizations that have also joined the “U.P. Centenarians’ Club” who have also reached that ...

History quiz

Q: Who was the principal of Marquette Senior High School in 1976? a. William Lindstrom b. William Hart c. Henry J. Bothwell d. Paul J. Kinville Answer: B.

Historical Society to meet

HUMBOLDT — The Champion-Beacon-Humboldt Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. March 14 in the Humboldt Township Hall. The hall is located at 5178 County Road FA in Humboldt. Everyone is invited to attend.

Radio Licensing Test Session held

NEGAUNEE — The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association is hosting an Amateur Radio Licensing Test Session at 8 a.m. March 10 at the Marquette County Health Department building in Negaunee Township in the lower level. Preregistration is required and fees are involved. For more information, ...

Short-lived medicine business

In the spring of 1883, two Negaunee residents went into partnership to manufacture and sell a medicine. Before passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, anyone could put anything into a bottle or pillbox and make unlimited claims for the curative powers of the contents. There was no ...