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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

ISHPEMING — Marquette County commissioners voted Tuesday to move the Ishpeming District Court out of city hall and into the Pioneer Square Mall in downtown Ishpeming. District judges have said the move is needed to relieve cramped working spaces and an increasing case load. Aloia recommended in 1984 that the county board consider closing the Ishpeming court branch altogether to save money, but later found that Michigan law requires counties the size of Marquette to maintain a district court in cities with populations exceeding 3,250 unless the borders of the municipalities are contiguous. “When this court first opened for business, they didn’t have the space problems,” said Judge Patricia Micklow. “Our caseload averages around 15,000 cases annually, more than a third of which are handled in Ishpeming.” She added that the caseload has jumped approximately 25 percent in the past four years.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Five young men from Marquette County enlisted in the U.S. Navy during September through the Marquette Recruiting Station, Chief Quartermaster Alfred M. Holcomb, recruiting officer, reported today. The recruits are: Arthur E. Fleury Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Fleury, County Road 550, Big Bay; Louis E. Beaudoin Jr., son of Mrs. And Mrs. Louis E. Beaudoin, 235 W. Ohio St.; George T. Whealton, son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Whealton, 516 W. Ridge St.; James A. Berry, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Berry, 341 Genesee St.; and Gilbert L. Versailles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert A.E. Versailles, 233 W. Bluff St., all of Marquette. Following completion of the recruit training, the enlistees will be given two-week leaves.