Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Those red ribbons tied on the side of area police vehicles are more than a holiday decoration. “Tie One On” is the holiday campaign conducted by police agencies in the state hoping to keep the thought of responsible driving in the minds of all who get behind the wheel. In cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Michigan State Police, the Marquette county Sheriff’s Department and Chocolay Township police are participating in the campaign. “If a driver plans to tie one on this season, we hope this is what they use,” said state police Director Col Rich Davis. “The ribbons will serve as a reminder to motorists that drunk driving is a serious offense, one which all Michigan Law enforcement agencies are trying to combat. The campaign is an effort to help stem alcohol-related traffic deaths, a statistic that grew to more than 800 in the state last year. Police vehicles will have the bright ribbons tied on the left side – either on the mirror, door handle or antenna – through January 1. State Police Trooper Larry Quinn showed off his patrol car with a bright red ribbon tied to the antenna.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Approximately 1,200 food articles were collected at the movie in the Delft Theater for the Salvation Army’s Christmas basket program. Elroy Luedtke, Delft-Nordic manager, and other theater employees donated their time for the program. Use of the film and theater also was donated. Capt. Rothwell Stickley, Salvation Army, said 176 families, representing 795 persons – a big increase from last year – will benefit from the basket program. This, he said, will be made possible despite a decline in the Salvation Army’s “kettle” receipts.