Superior History

‘Girl Rising’ to be screened

MARQUETTE — DocuMonday presents a screening of the 2013 documentary “Girl Rising” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Peter White Public Library Community Room as part of its Building Love: Imagine series of events. This 2013 documentary follows the lives of nine girls from the countries of Haiti, ...

Calling in the New Year

Do you have a traditional way to spend your New Year’s Day? Do you grab the chips and wings before settling in to watch the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on TV? Or perhaps you enjoy the winter weather and going skiing or snowshoeing? Or maybe you even spend the day recovering from the previous ...

MRHC awarded $15,000 grant

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will assist the MRHC to continue the mission to preserve our area's history through compelling exhibits, ...

Christmas down under (ground)

NEGAUNEE — It all started with a small Christmas tree that had fallen off a passing sleigh. It was December 1920 and one of the trammers at the Rolling Mill Mine in Negaunee found it alongside the road. Rather than taking it home for himself, he decided to send it down into the mine with a ...

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Book discussion planned at PWPL MARQUETTE — The Peter White Library Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss “Northern Borders” by Howard Frank Mosher. Haunting, pastoral images and odd, unforgettable characters pervade his ...

Marquette memories and yours

Researchers at the Marquette Regional History Center and the John M. Longyear Research Library of course love articles and newspaper accounts of events, but biographical sketches and personal reminiscences, even short ones just a paragraph or two long, are useful as well. The History ...

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MARQUETTE — From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, the Peter White Public Library will host a traditional music jam in the library’s community room. Bring a guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, ukulele, harmonica, or just your voice, and join other acoustic musicians and vocalists for a community jam session. ...

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 ...

In brief (Community events)

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 ...