Superior History

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 ...

PWPL to screen ‘Do the Right Thing’

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Monday, the Peter White Public Library is partnering with Northern Michigan University by showing “Do the Right Thing” in the library’s Community Room as a kickoff event for NMU’s Diversity Common Reader. This 1989 classic film is set in a Brooklyn neighborhood ...

Nighttime sky provides legends after dark

It seems safe to say we are in deep winter now. Time for enjoying your favorite snow sport and catching up on some reading, either of these possibly enjoyed with the company of your favorite dog. In the Ojibwa tradition, it is the time of year for stories to be told. With that in mind, some ...

History Quiz

Q: How much was the average cost of a full set of hockey gear in 1974? a. $100 b. $50 c. $125 d. $25 Answer: C

Blizzard Blast coming up

CONOVER, Wis. — The Northwoods Blizzard Blast will be at 4697 Park Circle, Conover Community Park, Conover, Wis., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Saturday. Admission is free and there will be winter fun for everyone. Family fun includes recliner races, ice bowling, slap shot hockey, open ice ...

Dental event on Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The John Fornetti Dental Center will present Dentistry From The Heart on Saturday. Dentistry From The Heart provides free dental care to those in need. Each year since 2001, dentists from around the country donate their time and services to provide free dental care to their ...

Let There Be Light – Marquette Gas Company

MARQUETTE —During the long, dark nights of winter have you ever wondered about how early residents of Marquette managed to light their homes? In the earliest years, candles and oil lamps using kerosene and other petroleum products provided light but Marquette was an early convert to gas ...

Peter White to show film

MARQUETTE — At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Peter White Public Library will show the 2017 film “Goodbye Christopher Robin” in the library’s community room as part of its Matinee Movie series. Bring a lunch and enjoy the movie in a dinner theater setting. Closed captioning will be ...

Beads, rings and datable things

MARQUETTE — How do archaeologists know how old something is when they find it? It’s a great question! I know from past field experience that whenever I have uncovered a human artifact from the distant past, the number one question in my own mind is always, “How old is this?” Of ...

When Highway 41 was a Milky Way

MARQUETTE — It was an icy day after a sleet storm and Howard Bolduc, a milkman for Bancroft Dairy, was driving a new truck. He swerved to avoid an oncoming car that had skidded sideways and rolled the truck ten times. As he told the story to The Mining Journal in 1986, “The State ...

Music set at Peter White

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library and the Marquette Area Blues Society invites music lovers to a concert by Northern Wylds at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Peter White Library’s Community Room, part of the monthly Bluesday Tuesday series. Natalie Ray and Nick Johnson light fireworks with ...

Life-saving station did important work

MARQUETTE — The first life-saving presence on the Great Lakes began with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1818, but it wasn’t referred to as the Coast Guard until 1846. The Great Lakes didn’t receive funding for life-saving efforts until 1854, and was run by volunteers until 1871. At that ...