Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE–The gifts are piling up as the membership rolls of The Mining Journal Christmas Cheer Club continue to swell. “We have 145 on our list who are seeking assistance this year and more are welcome to come in,” said a Salvation Army volunteer who asked not to be named. Criteria for eligibility differ in each case. “Perhaps a family’s income is average but circumstances during the year have left them in need,” the volunteer said. The evaluation doesn’t take long, the spokeswoman said. Many people are initially uneasy asking for help, she added, but “we make them feel comfortable by telling them that you never know when you might find yourself on the other side of the door. And oftentimes, the following year, they return to help others–ringing bells, distributing baskets, making donations. They return to help the next guy who needs it.”

60 years ago

MUNISING–The Michigan State Highway Department will take bids Jan. 13 for the reconstruction and relocation of about 9.6 miles of M-28 in Alger County from Shingleton westerly, bypassing Wetmore, to the intersection of M-94. The estimated cost of the project is $579,000. Up to 50% of the cost of the project will be financed with federal funds.


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