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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Herb Grenke became the dean of coaches in the illustrious history of Northern Michigan University football Saturday afternoon. A history which features such coaching greats as Bill Rademacher, Gil Krueger and Rollie Dotsch now finds Grenke standing at the top. By virtue of the Wildcats’ 24-14 win over Saginaw Valley Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field, Grenke picked up his 51st career victory at NMU. Since taking over as head coach in 1983, Grenke has compiled a 51-24-0 record and has never had a losing season. Grenke said his success came about as a result of the Wildcats’ rich tradition. “In recruiting, No. 1, the player looks at the academics you have to offer. The second biggest factor is tradition. With the facilities and being in this new conference and the schedule we have, I think the tradition is going to get better and better.” Helping Grenke attain the record for the past several sessions is two-time all Great Lakes conference selection Mark Maddox. The senior linebacker had 22 solo tackles and eight assists in Saturday’s win. “I didn’t know about it until about a week ago,” said NMU senior quarterback Jason Cornell. “He said that it’s a special honor not only for him, but for us and all the other players at Northern.”

September 16, 1960 – MARQUETTE – Members of the Marquette Area Flying Club have learned they are rated by the Michigan Aviation Agency as “one of the finest flying clubs in the state.” Members of the club are D.F. (Mickey) Valella, Gwinn, manager of the Marquette County Airport, Negaunee Township; Edward Peura, AuTrain; Richard Ellingson, Marquette; James Louden, Marquette, club president; Edwin Hutchens, Marquette; Howard C. Kitzman, Arthur Hiebel and Luther C. McGee, Marquette; Lester Cagel, Gwinn; and Arvid Hemmala, Negaunee.

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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