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 — A canoe rental business has opened near Ishpeming. Cope’s Canoe Livery and Gifts four miles west of Ishpeming on U.S. Highway 41 offers canoe rentals at $4 an hour or $20 a day. It’s owned by Nancy Cope. Rental includes vehicle carriers, paddles, and vests. The former owner of Lawry’s Pasties, Cope said she got into the canoe business because she knew of no rentals in the area and wanted to do something tourist-related. Cope, 45, sold the next-door pasty shop to her son, Peter, before starting her newest venture. She said she expects a good year because of the many waterways in the area, including the Peshekee and Michigamme rivers. The livery will be open through mid-September.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — Clinton Grigg, N. Seventh St., will retire June 1 after 27 years with Inland Steel Co., it was announced today by Philip D. Pearson, manager of ore mines for the company. Grigg was hired as a mechanic at the Greenwood Mine in 1933 and became master mechanic at the Morris Mine in 1938, a position he has held until his retirement. “During his period of employment, Mr. Grigg has made a major contribution to the mechanical operations of the mines,” Pearson said. Lawrence Paulsmo, who has been employed at the Greenwood Mine since 1934 and has served as master mechanic and surface foreman since 1938, will assume the master mechanic position at the Morris Mine.


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