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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

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Charles Kemper, a professional people doctor and amateur bird doctor, watched a roadrunner named Dave dart around his dining room. “That’s the kind the coyote can’t catch,” said Kemper. All most Upper Midwesterners know about roader runners is what they saw of a “beep-beeping” bird on Saturday morning cartoons. Some might even admit they thought the roadrunner was a make-believe character like Tweety Bird or Elmer Fudd. Kemper, however knows a little more than most Upper Midwesterners about the roadrunner. So how did the speedy, sly “Geococcyx californianus” come into Kemper’s home? Apparently it arrived with a family that moved in the area from southern California. After the four-day trip across two-thirds of the country, they opened up the back of their moving van and there it was. They turned it over to a Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist and after passing several hands it ended up with Dr. Kemper who rehabilitates injured birds.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — The Harvey Inn team is in the Marquette Woman’s Cribbage League lead by 62 points following Wednesday night’s play in which the Inn won over the central Bar, 8,062 to 7,843. Other winners Wednesday were the Diamond Club aggregation, and the Casino Bar. High score was registered by Gloria Maki and Virginia Yshinsky of the Casino bar. There will be no play next Wednesday because of Thanksgiving, but the schedule will be resumed Nov. 30.

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