Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

SAWYER AIR FORCE BASE — People living near Sawyer Air Force Base may notice an unusual sound for about a month as the base closes for $1.1 million in repairs: quiet. The project, nicknamed “Busy Shovel,” is to be done by Aug. 16. About 5,000 feet of asphalt runway will be repaired, and 36 15-by-25-foot slabs of concrete will be removed and replaced. The asphalt on the runway has begun to show signs of deterioration because of the extreme cold temperatures, urea used on the runway for deicing during the winter, and wear and tear from regular use, according to Capt. Dave Blakeman , wing project officer for the runway repairs.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Thomas F. Jernstad, 33, a native of Negaunee, a World War II and Korean War veteran and a member of the Marquette Police Department 11 years, was appointed sheriff of Marquette County effective Aug. 1. Appointment of Jernstad, city police detective the past five years, was made by the three-member board that had been empowered to fill the post following the resignation by Albert Jacobson, who had been charged with irregularities in office.