Superior History

Lake Superior Powder Co.

MARQUETTE — Mines in the Upper Peninsula could not operate without explosives. In 1869, men with a connection to mining in Marquette County began the Lake Superior Powder Co. The site chosen for the plant was located on the Dead River, where Tourist Park is located, and it encompassed 200 ...

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Former Woolworth workers to meet MARQUETTE — All former Woolworth employees are invited to meet for lunch at noon Wednesday at Applebee’s in Marquette Township. Run for Life Saturday MARQUETTE — On Saturday, there will be the Run for Life 5K and 10K foot races beginning at 9 a.m. in ...

Lake Superior Leather Co.

MARQUETTE — Over the years, Marquette County has been home to several well-known industries including mines, blast furnaces, brownstone quarries, lumber mills, powder mills, railroads and fishing. But the area has also been home to many smaller industries that often did not survive very ...

Ambulance drivers of World War I

It was called the “Great War” but the greatest thing about it was the size — the sheer number of people affected: those who fled the fighting, who served, sustained injuries and died over the course of the conflict. The First World War saw the mobilization of more than 70 million military ...

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Negaunee City Band to perform NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Band, under the direction of Sara Perfetti, plays its first concert of the 2017 season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street. The band will play weekly through Aug. ...

Cities of the dead uprooted

MARQUETTE — Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day is soon approaching-a day to remember deceased loved ones and to visit their quiet final resting place in area cemeteries. As the mining towns of Ishpeming and Negaunee were expanding in the early 1900’s, it was necessary to move ...

Up in smoke — Ishpeming

MARQUETTE — Just recovering from a torrential storm which caused severe flooding and damages, the last thing that the residents of Ishpeming expected to wake up to on Tuesday Aug.2, 1949 was news of a raging fire downtown. The fire started on the first floor of the Leo A. Tousignant ...

A true Yooper quilt

MARQUETTE — Several quilts in the Marquette Regional History Center's Quilt Index are truly one-of-a-kind quilts. Some are extremely well documented with history of their makers and donors and others we continue to research. The story of this unique wool quilt includes complete documentation ...

Compassion Cases cookoff planned Friday

MARQUETTE — The members of Thrivent Financial are partnering with Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette and Moms of Preschoolers to host a kick-off cook-out for the Compassion Cases project. Compassion Cases is a project to help local foster children in transition. The event will take ...

HEA scholarship announced

HANCOCK — The Hancock Education Association once again announces its HEA scholarship for Hancock Central High School Alumni. Former Hancock students who are juniors or seniors in the education program at their university are eligible. Applications are available at www.hancock.k12.mi.us. ...

Strange dream, tragedy along Superior’s ‘Graveyard Coast’

The Western Reserve was the pride of the Great Lakes fleet, the first of the all-steel ships to sail the lakes. Built in 1890 in Cleveland, she had a length of 300 feet, a beam of 41 feet and weighed nearly 2,400 tons. The principal owner, Peter G. Minch, and partners owned five other Great ...

Retired school personnel to meet in May

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at noon Tuesday, May 9 at the Landmark Inn. Matthew Zika, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist, will present a program to help members and guests to become ...

Kids can learn about money

ISHPEMING — TruNorth Federal Credit Union and Carnegie Public Library will partner to offer a free money-themed event for area children on Saturday. Each child in attendance will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of saving — and a free book. Children and their ...

Marquette City Band: Part 2

MARQUETTE — Last week we discussed the history of the Marquette City Band during the 19th century, now we move on to the 20th century. Overall the 1890s proved to be “transitional’ for Marquette City Band, as new music styles and venues were adopted and instrumentation expanded to ...

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Bake sale, luncheon on tap ISHPEMING — The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Ishpeming will have their annual Spring Bake Sale and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is a “A Taste of Scandinavia” featuring cardamom and homemade breads, prune tarts, baked goods and crafts ...

Marquette City Band – Part 1

MARQUETTE — Since the very beginnings of Marquette, even back when it was called Worcester, music has been an important part of our community. Before ‘the great fire of 1868’ when all the buildings in town were wooden, the German Silver Cornet Band performed and, as is the case today, was ...

Agricultural contracts can be renewed

MARQUETTE — Michigan farmers enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest conservation program for working lands can renew their contracts by agreeing to adopt additional conservation practices on their land. Participants with existing Conservation Stewardship Program ...

Yooper POW in World War I

MARQUETTE — You may have heard that the next One Book, One Community read will be John Smolens’ recent book “Wolf’s Mouth” about an Italian officer held at one of the World War II prisoner of war camps in the Upper Peninsula. The more than 1,000 prisoners of war who were held at the ...

Symposium on World War I set

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is hosting a free World War I Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Marquette Room of the Don H. Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The schedule: - 9 a.m. Daniel Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. ...

Delf’s Wintergreen Distillery

MARQUETTE — Over the years Marquette County has been home to several well-known industries like mining and shipping. But, the area has also been home to many smaller ventures that have been forgotten and lost to the mists of time. It usually happened that one or two men would hit upon an ...