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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

NATIONAL MINE — Tilden Township is the latest Marquette municipality to hire the Marquette Country Sheriff Department to patrol its streets. The township paid the department $12,326 under a six-month contract for police services, said Supervisor Eugene Ostola. The new deputy will work half-time at a rate of $23.83 per hour. Both sides will review the arrangement after six months, he said. “We’ve had quite a lot of vandalism, things like mailboxes, playground equipment in the past couple of years,” Ostola said. “This way, we can get police protection and we don’t have to go through the trouble and expense of putting together a whole new department.” The program was initiated about a month ago by Marquette County when it signed a contract for a full-time deputy for a year. The program makes it easier for townships to add police protection without high costs, said Lt. Bruce Belisle of the sheriff department. Deputy Al Lampi of Ishpeming, a six-year sheriff department veteran currently patrolling the west end of Marquette County, will be reassigned to Tilden Township at the township’s request, Ostola said.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Harry J. Nelson Jr., a native of Marquette, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander by the United States Navy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Nelson, Pine Street. Nelson is serving with the Norfolk (Va.) detachment of the Navy Operational Test and Evaluation Force. He has been in the Navy since 1944. A graduate of Graveraet High School, Nelson also is a graduate of the Alabama University of Auburn, Ala. Lt. Cmdr. and Mrs. Nelson have two children, Harry III and Diana Lynn.

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