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Superiorland Yesterdays

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Melvin Sweeney of Marquette was elected lieutenant governor of Lions Club District 10-A at the district’s annual convention June 9 in Escanaba. Sweeney has been a member of the Marquette Lions Club eight years and served as president in 1985-1986. He has served on the board of directors each years he has been a member. On a district level, Sweeney has been zone chairman, deputy district governor and district chairman of the Welcome Home for the Blind Committee. Welcome Home is a Lions’ operated home for the blind in Grand Rapids. Lions District 10-A covers the western half of the Upper Peninsula and consists of 30 lions and two lioness clubs. Sweeney lives in Marquette with his wife, Mary Lee. They have four grown children. Sweeney works as an insurance agent with the Farm Bureau Insurance Group in Marquette.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE COUNTY — Made possible by the generosity of the people of Marquette County, the new children’s unit at the Morgan Heights Sanatorium, which was dedicated yesterday, is truly a project belonging to this district. Insofar as it was possible, all work and materials for the building were furnished by merchants and contractors of Marquette County. The general construction contract was awarded to W.G. Miller of Marquette. The plumbing was done by Levine Brothers, and the electric work was done by the Washington Street Electric shop. Because of much special apparatus, such as the sterilizing machines, the steam fitting was done by a Milwaukee firm, which specializes in that sort of work. Furnishings were purchased almost entirely from merchants of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming. What could not be obtained here from dealers was ordered through them, except in a few instances. One example of this was the kitchen equipment, much of which was built to order. The electric elevator was installed by the makers, a Milwaukee firm. So a person walking through the new building may feel that here is a project paid for in party by himself, but in the erection of which his fellow tradesmen and contractors participated very largely.

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