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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE – Students in two summer school English classes in Marquette explored their city’s heritage, created a book of biographical sketches and acted as tour guides for their peers.

Patty Olsen and Julie Gendron, who taught sixth and seventh grades, developed the researh project, focusing on history to teach language skills. Brian Cassidy, Brian O’Conner, Nick Zinis, Jamis Scharif, Amy Hart, and Erin Crothers were among the 14 students who used history as part of the “whole language approach” to English, which combines reading, writing and oral communication.

From their studies of Marquette’s past, students developed biographical essays on historical figures and honed their reading, listening, researching, writing and speaking skills. The students took research beyond the library and visited several historic sites in Marquette. Students acted as tour guides, explaining the heritage sites from what they learned through their studies.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE – Effective September 10, the Dixon Buick garage and sales service here will cease to be operated by Jack Dixon, Marquette, and the property will be taken over by Northland Motors Co. Dixon has owned the business here since August 1944.

Donald Crane, Marquette, a partner in Northland Motors, said the entire facility and sales service of the company will be operated at the corner of West Bluff and North Front streets. Walfred E. Nystrom, Marquette proprietor of Nystrom Moving & Storage Co., said his concern will take over the Northland Motors property at 119 Baraga Ave. for additional storage facilities. Nystrom Lines is at 125 Baraga Ave.

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