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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

BIG BAY — The forest fire that burned nearly 100 acres of isolated forest since Thursday was 90 percent contained Saturday night. According to Greg Lusk, assistant regional forest manager for the state Department of Natural Resources at Marquette, the fire was spotted from the air and burned uncontrolled in roadless woods between the Triple A Road and the Huron Mountain Club near the Snake River. Fighting the fire was difficult because of the area’s remoteness more than a mile from any road and ruggedness, which prevented firefighters from using machinery. A fire crew of 53 worked on the fire, using hand tools to dig a fire line. Firefighting crews from the DNR and National Forest Service were expected to return to the Big Bay site to finish up the containment, said Dennis Nezich, area forest manager in the Ishpeming DNR field office. “We’re not sending anybody home yet, but we are relaxing a little.” The National Weather Service is predicting cooler temperatures and rain for the area.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Thousands of residents lined the streets Saturday to see Northern Michigan College’s Homecoming parade, which preceded the NMC-Eastern Michigan football game, won by the Wildcats. After winning the inter fraternal tug-of-war earlier in the week, the Tri Mu Fraternity walked off with first prize in Division I for their entry of “Moby Dick” in the colorful homecoming. Second place went to Beta Omega Tau Sorority for its version of “Cinderella.” Theta Omicron Rho Fraternity’s “The Brave Bells” tied for third with the Sigma Rho Epsilon Fraternity’s “Carousel.” Despite the fact that it broke down midway in the parade, Spooner Hall Men’s Organization entry, “The Great Locomotive Chase” received the judge’s nod for the first prize in Division II. Second prize went to St. Luke’s Hospital Nurses for “I Want to Live,” and third to the Newman Club for “Bells of St. Mary’s.