Superior History

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 ...

Archaeology rocks: Believe it!

MARQUETTE — On Saturday, the Marquette Regional History Center will be holding its fifth annual Archaeology Fair. Once again, large crowds of curious youngsters, smiling parents, and other interested participants will attend this highly informative local event. As in past years, they ...

Recyclable collection date announced

AU TRAIN — The Au Train 4-H Club and the Superior Central Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold their semi-annual collection of recyclable materials from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the MSU Research and Extension Center in Chatham. Club members will be collecting newspapers and magazines ...

Quilters group marks 35 years

October 2017 is a very special month for the Marquette County Quilters' Association! Guild members have been busy preparing for this year’s Autumn Comforts Quilt Show which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University. Quilts made by talented ...

In brief

MRHC to present ‘Order in the Court’ MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: “Order in the Court!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.18. Join attorney Richard VanderVeen and retired Marquette County Probate Court Judge Mike Anderegg as they recount three of the most ...

Myron Asire and the World War I Polar Bear Expedition

Many of us have heard World War I stories about the trench warfare on the Western Front. But did you know that Michigan soldiers also served on the Eastern Front? The American North Russia Expedition Force or “Polar Bear Expedition” was a contingent of approximately 5,000 American troops, ...

Historical monuments to be discussed

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is hosting a round-table discussion titled, “Historical Monuments: removal and reassessment,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will be held in the Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building on the campus of ...

Tragedy in 1924

MARQUETTE — The worst crime committed against police officers in Marquette occurred on Aug. 23, 1924. The police chief, Martin Ford, and Patrolman Thomas Thornton were shot and killed along with Ford’s son, Lloyd. Thomas Thornton had just gotten off duty at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning ...

History center presentation set

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: “Maritime Memories” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the center. Spend an evening with character reenactors as they tell their stories of serving at the Marquette and Eagle Harbor lighthouses from the Civil War to the turn of the ...

PWPL to offer computer classes

MARQUETTE — Peter White Public Library Reference Staff will offer four computer classes at the Peter White Public Library at 3 p.m. Mondays in October. • “Download E-books & Audio Books” on Oct. 2 and again on Oct. 16 will demonstrate how to use the new Libby app (formerly ...

Fire in Shaft No. 3: The Osceola Mine Fire Part 2

Last week's article examined a major fire at the Osceola Copper Mine near Calumet on Sept. 7, 1895, which killed 30 men and boys, leaving behind 19 widows and approximately 54 children. It wasn't until Thursday, Sept. 12 that the mine officials were able to safely enter the mine. They found ...

Fire in Shaft No. 3: The Osceola Mine Fire Part 1

The Osceola Mine, owned by a Boston mining company, was located just outside Calumet, and was one of the more productive and profitable copper mines in the Copper Country, producing over 190 million pounds of copper and paying over $14 million in dividends to its investors (estimated at over ...

Tai Chi Chuan workshop set

MARQUETTE — An introductory workshop to the mind/body practice of Tai Chi Chuan will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Marquette Hope Connection Center, 927 W. Fair Ave. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that improves balance, body awareness, regulates the immune system, and increases ...

Rock, 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. in Ishpeming. Doors open at 1 p.m. to allow visitors time to view the club’s extensive mineral collection. The program for September will be “A Review ...