Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

REPUBLIC–Overzealous volunteers took instructions to stencil safety belt buckle up reminders on the pavement of parking lot exits too far, a county official said. “We try to promote the use of the seat belts locally,” said Marquette County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, Jaime Sills. “What happened here is that a couple of our volunteers decided there weren’t enough parking lots in the Republic area so they went for the rocks.” The logo was stenciled in white paint on two rock outcroppings along the north-shore highway sometime before Labor Day, Sills said. One state Department of Transportation official assigned to the department’s Crystal Falls district office agreed the logo should be widely disseminated, but took issue with the rock painting. Even though such rock painting is a criminal misdemeanor, Marquette County Sheriff Joe Maino said the filing of charges is not being contemplated.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE–Philately must be the king of hobbies. That is the opinion of Mrs. Agnes Regan, Negaunee postmaster, who points out that stamp collecting is a universal hobby and that it is growing at a remarkable rate. The Post Office Department realizes that its first job is to deliver the mail, now more than 61 billion pieces a year. It also is aware that the fundamental purpose of postage stamps is to pay postage. However, according to Mrs. Regan, over and above these primary purposes department officials are cognizant of the fact that stamps have been effective silent salesmen of American cultural and economic life. “It’s well known,” she said, “that stamp collecting offers our school children a most pleasant way to learn about the nation’s famous men and women, the great events of history, and the organizations and natural wonders of the United States. It is well known also that through commemorative stamps American ideals are disseminated abroad.”