Superior History

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 ...

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 ...