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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

MARQUETTE — Local volunteer organizations will benefit from a federal grant to provide emergency funds for food and shelter in Marquette County. The Marquette County Emergency Needs Task Force has received $48,610 from the Federal Emergency Management Authority to distribute to volunteer organizations, such as St. Vincent De Paul Society and county food coalitions. The organizations make donations to local food pantries, and help the needy pay rent and utility bills. The county task force will meet Dec. 10 in Marquette to decide which organizations will receive funds from the federal grant.

90 years ago

MARQUETTE — A substantial start has been made toward the building up of a new zoo at Presque Isle by the receipt of two cub bears, purchased from the village of Ontonagon by the city. The bears were delivered to Presque Isle Friday night and placed in the new cub den, recently erected there. The new bears are a little more than a year old and are in excellent condition. They were owned by the village of Ontonagon and were put up for sale because they did not have the proper kind of place to keep them. The new cub cage is next to the large bear den erected a year ago and is one of six new animal cages built in the fall in preparation of establishing a large zoo at the park. It is the intention of the city commission to have a zoo comprised almost entirely of wild animals and birds native in the Upper Peninsula. The assistance of the state department of conservation will be enlisted in procuring the animals and it is probable that a good start can be made in the spring. The cub bears are lively animals and quite playful. One of them, in fact, was so eager for action Friday night that it broke away and dashed into the woods when Robert Hume, Presque Isle caretaker, and two other men attempted to transfer the two from the truck in which they were brought here to the cage. It took them half an hour to capture the little bear.

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