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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 — Nearly 100 people gathered in downtown Marquette Thursday to protest a decision by the United Nations Security Council to approve the use of military force in the Persian Gulf, chanting “No Gulf war … peace on earth.” The group walked from the campus of Northern Michigan University to the U.S. Federal Building on West Washington Street downtown. The demonstration was organized by the Lake Superior Peace Community, said event spokesman Johnathan Johnson. “We hope to instill a sense of unity and peace across political boundaries, across all boundaries,” said Johnson, an NMU English Department teaching assistant. “Our overwhelming feeling is to bring the troops home.”

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — A refrigerator was badly damaged in a residence here early today in the worst of three blazes extinguished during the night by the city fire department. Firemen were summoned to the residence at 4:55 this morning, when the electric service was interrupted. The refrigerator in the home had caught fire, firemen said, with some ammonia gas escaping. The wooden frame on the bottom of the refrigerator, an older model, to which the motor was attached, as did some insulation. Firemen used a chemical extinguisher to put out the blaze and then carried it outside, using a booster hose off the service truck to smother the rest of the flames. The bottom of the refrigerator was badly damaged, firemen said, but only slight damage accrued to the kitchen.

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