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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 — A National Mine man was arraigned Monday in Ishpeming District Court on two felony counts in connection with bomb explosions in western Marquette County. The man, of National Mine, was lodged in the Marquette County Jail today, unable to post a $5,000 cash bond on charges of placing explosives with damage. A preliminary examination has been set for Dec. 11 in Ishpeming District Court. The charges relate to the detonation of two pipe bombs. On Oct. 30, the National Mine Middle School mailbox was blown up, and two days later a hole was blown in the tennis-court backstop at Westwood High School. The man was also charged Monday with breaking and entering a coin-operated machine in connection with the theft and illegal opening of two such machines located outside Ralph’s Deli on U.S. 41 in Ishpeming. Police estimate that about $20 in quarters was taken. Bond for that charge was set at $1,000 cash.

60 years ago

SAWYER AIR FORCE BASE — The 526th Bomb Squadron assigned to Sawyer; 1st B-52s due in June, Major Robert Nelson, information officer at K. I. Sawyer, announced today. He said the 526th Squadron, now at Homestead AFB, Miami, Fla., will become a part of Sawyer’s 4042nd Strategic Air Command wing in June 1961. He estimated all 15 bombers will be at Sawyer by the end of next summer. They were originally scheduled to for transfer to Sawyer in February 1952. However, shutdowns of several southern air bases have effected a number of changes, including the earlier arrival date here of a bomb squadron to be permanently based at Sawyer. Already based at Sawyer are 22 F101-B Voodoos, which are fighter-inceptor aircraft, plus support aircraft and trainers including T-33s, C-47s and helicopters.

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