Superior History

Business venture competition to be decided

MARQUETTE — The winner of the 10th annual Northern Michigan University New Business Venture Competition will be decided on Thursday. The finale features three events: a trade fair display from 1 to 2 p.m.; an oral presentation of business plans from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.; and a ...

CRAZY FOR CRAZY QUILTS

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center quilt collection is fortunate to include some exquisite quilts made by two very prominent women from the Marquette community. Our research found many interesting connections between Flavia Barbeau (Mrs. James) Pendill and Margaret Childs (Mrs. ...

Marquette’s Spear Coal Dock

MARQUETTE — The 1918 dock map identifies three of Marquette Harbor’s four active docks as “Spear’s:” the coal dock at the foot of Main; a merchandise dock at the foot of Baraga; and a second merchandise dock south of Ripley’s Rock. A final “Spear’s Dock” would be the coal ...

Benefit for Brady planned

MARQUETTE — A benefit for Mike “Sarge” Brady will take place starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sturgis Saloon, Skandia. The event will be a pool tournament: $25 participation fee with money due on the day of the benefit. Pre-register by contacting Angie or Nadeen at Sturgis, 906-942-7785. ...

Presentation at Erickson Center

CURTIS — The Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis presents “Road Trip, Get the Show on the Road!” with the Northern Michigan University’s Lake Effect Show Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets on sale now at the ECA office: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Reserve or purchase ...

Sweet harvest: Maple syrup, sugar production significant in area

MARQUETTE —The arrival of March means we expect to see a succession of thawing days and freezing nights in the near future. This forerunner of spring brings the gradual disappearance of the snow but is also the time when the maple sap starts running. A rise in temperature of the sapwood to ...

Cruise of the Abbie

MARQUETTE — The adventure began late July 1889 as six men set sail on a fishing and exploring expedition on Lake Superior. Marquette businessman, John Longyear, invited his brother and several friends to travel along the shores of Lake Superior to Isle Royale on his launch the Abbie, for the ...

Ladies of the Maccabees

MARQUETTE — The Knights of the Maccabees were formed in Canada sometime after the Civil War and the organization soon spread to the United States with its U.S. headquarters in Port Huron. The group provided social and self-improvement activities for their members and families, but primarily ...

Marquette County aviators in WWI

MARQUETTE — When the Wright brothers made their first momentous flight in December 1903, little did anyone suspect the role their invention would play in World War I just over a decade later. Those early airplanes were extremely basic, made of canvas and wood with open cockpits and only ...

MRHC to hold presentation on sports heroes

MARQUETTE — “Saturday at the Center: Sports Heroes” will be presented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Regional History Center in Marquette. This is a family event and coincides with the U.P. 200 Sled Dog race weekend. Participants can learn about and even encounter some ...

Burtis Sawmill a lakefront staple

MARQUETTE — In 1874, at a site just west of the Waterworks, the Marquette Lumber Company assembled a steam sawmill and constructed a dock. Logs were “boomed,” contained within a floating barrier nearby, then drawn up into the mill, cut and the lumber loaded from the dock into waiting ...

Forest group staging celebration

MARQUETTE — The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and the Community Forest Committee invite the public to a celebration on the establishment of the forest scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Ore Dock Brewing Co., 114 W. Spring St. The event is being held to mark the completion of the project ...

PRNL to host gathering

MUNISING — “Winter Camping: A Thrival Gathering at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore” is planned in February. The public is invited to join National Park Service staff from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to learn about winter camping. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to expert and may drop ...

Genealogy and names

MARQUETTE — Genealogy is an interest of many Americans in recent years. The pursuit of ones origins or roots has captured the imagination of millions. But as one starts the journey of family history, bumps in the road, snags, or detours will sometimes cause anxiety. Persistence is ...

CIGARETTE QUILTS

MARQUETTE — In 2015 the Marquette Regional History Museum was awarded a grant by the Michigan Quilt Network to aid in the indexing of their entire quilt collection. In addition to indexing of the museum quilts, the grant was to be used to aid in the preservation and conservation of the ...

Beaumier Coffee House to present musical entertainment

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier Coffee House Series presents Harp, Hart, and Bones as well as Bedrooms and Basements from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4. The upcoming Beaumier Coffee House Series features two exciting music groups: Harp, Heart, and Bones and Bedrooms and Basements. The concert will be in ...

Old railroad grade tells story of Harvey

MARQUETTE — Driving on Marquette County Road 480 west of Beaver Grove, an old railroad grade can be seen in a few places paralleling the south side of the highway, particularly in winter when the leaves are gone. After a lot of sleuthing in books, maps and other records I found the old grade ...

The Black Shore Part 2

MARQUETTE — Last week we discussed the “Black Shore” the north side of Marquette’s harbor including the Jackson Iron Dock and the Waterworks building. Around the time the Waterworks project was conceived, The Mining Journal was grousing, “The old Jackson cut is, at present, ...

Marquette’s black shore: Part one

From a heavenly perspective, the harbor on Marquette Bay is shaped like a slightly obtuse angle; a cosmic protractor would measure it at about 110 degrees. In the past the arms of the harbor have embraced both commerce and industry. And yet there is a basic difference between the two sides. For ...

DNR, Epic Races host HeartMISnow

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has partnered with Epic Races to offer the inaugural HeartMISnow Virtual 5K. A portion of the proceeds will go back into Michigan state parks. The HeartMISnow Virtual 5K is an opportunity to get out in Michigan state parks, while ...