Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — A reception for artists Janice Edwards, Marge Carlson, Marco Cappuccio, and Michael Trotochaud will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Oasis Gallery. The four are featured in the “Imagination and Material” exhibit the gallery, located at 521 N. Third St. in Marquette, through Nov. 17. The exhibit is sponsored by the Marquette Arts Council. Edwards paints watercolor images using the experience of others. She said that since she was 5 years old, she remembers using any color she wanted after seeing another child being told to color trees green. Carlson works with Batik, which is the process of applying hot wax to fabric and then dying it. Cappuccio works with acrylic and one human figure in his paintings because he feels the viewer can become more involved with the content of the image. Trotochaud has been intrigued with drawing since he was a child. Pencils drawings of friends, famous people, and futuristic creations of comic books in minute details are his favorites.

60 years ago

CHOCOLAY — Bernard Verboncouer, chief quartermaster in charge of the United States Navy recruiting station in Marquette, made use of his Navy training Saturday when a motorboat he was using sank near the mouth of the Chocolay River and he had to swim 150 years to shore. Verboncouer had been enroute from the Chocolay River to the coal dock in a 23-foot inboard speed boat, belonging to Nelson H. (Skip) Gibbons, formerly of Marquette, a Federal Bureau of Investigation officers who is now in Mobile, Ala., when the accident occurred. Gibbons had asked Verboncouer to bring the boat to the coal dock for storage for the winter. It had been kept on the Chocolay River during the summer and early fall. The boat struck some submerged objects, apparently some big stones, Verboncouer said, and sank. Cold and drenched with gasoline from the boat and water, Verboncouer, after swimming to shore, was taken by an unknown motorist on Lakewood Rd. to the Michigan State Police post on U.S. 41, where he showered, changed his clothes, and summoned assistance. The boat was pulled out from the lake by George N. Spear Jr. of Marquette, by use of a wire and ratchet system, and was towed to the Spear property on Lake Superior, pending repairs. Verboncouer lost a set of tools, some clothing and boots, in addition to the damage being done to the boat. The boat loss was covered by insurance.


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