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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 — A former National Mine High School student want the NICE School District to help less fortunate students in Carib Territory on the island of Dominica. Al Olmsted, currently of Green Bay, recently taught in the schools on the island and has asked the NICE School Board to donate books no longer being used and other materials to help the poverty stricken area. NICE Superintendent William Hyry said he will as all elementary school teachers to sort through materials that are no longer used. Hyry said he will collect all of the donated materials, and send them to Olmsted, who will pay all shipping and handling charges.

60 years ago

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Dunbar Nursery, the oldest forest tree nursery in the U.P., has suspended operations. The Dunbar Forest Experiment Station and Summer Camp, operated by Michigan State University at the same location, will continue to operate, according to Superintendent M. W. Day. Increased emphasis will be placed on forest research and demonstration work at the station. This work will include, thinning and other studies in plantation pine and in natural stands of aspen, spruce and balsam fir. The Dunbar Nursery was established in 1925 and has produced and shipped a total of 26,400,000 trees during its operations. During the early years production was low since there was little demand for planting stock; but since 1949 annual production has varied between one and two million trees and an increasing proportion of these trees have been planted in the U.P. The older plantations established with this stock are now reaching merchantable size. White spruce and red pine have been the main species produced but a long list of other species have been produced both experimentally and on a production basis. When the nursery was first established, the demand for trees was greater than private nurseries could supply; this is no longer true.

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