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 — Accreditation for Bell Memorial Hospital’s laboratory has been renewed by the American Association of Blood Banks. Hospital Executive Director James Ferguson said the accreditation follows a voluntary inspection by association representatives. “It is not necessary for a blood bank or transfusion service to be accredited, but like many others, our facility has sought accreditation because it represents a level of professional and medical expertise that meets and exceeds government regulations,” said Ferguson. “The primary goal of the program is to assist facilities like ours to achieve excellence, and thus provide higher quality blood, blood components, and other services to our patients.” Founded in 1947, the AABB is the only national organization in the U.S. devoted exclusively to blood banking and blood transfusion services.

60 years ago

UPPER PENINSULA –Upper Peninsula milk producers got $30,238 less for their milk in September, than they did a year ago. Individual producers averaged more for a seven day test, $135 to $127, but there were only 687 producers compared with 784 a year ago. Class 1 production was 7.7 million pounds, up some, and Class 2 milk production was 423,725 pounds up substantially. Total milk production was 9.2 million pounds, compared with 10.4 million; reports the Michigan Upper Peninsula Marketing Area Office of the Department of Agriculture. The number of U.P. tank producers of milk increased from 78 to 95 and the number of can producers declined from 706 to 592, continuing a trend toward bulk handling of milk. Producer milk at test was worth $399,476 compared with $429,714 in September.


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