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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 — More than 500 observers skied, snowshoed or walked through the artworks on display at the Third Annual Glacier Glide on Feb. 16 on Presque Isle. Prizes were awarded to Paul Jarvis for best thematic intent for his children’s cutters. Ernst Gruler won best in wood for his woodshaving sculpture of a cross-country skier. Art Anderson’s “Giant’s Scarf” won the fiber category, with a 2nd place prize going to Andy Trembath for “The Night of Your Song.” Chuck Reynolds took the first place in metal for his “Subarachnoid Precaution.” Youth awards went to Anne Collins, Brad Johnson, Kylie Kangas, and Kathy Howard, all Negaunee Middle School students of Gene Bertram. The award chosen by the viewers “best of sow” went to George Barosko for his, “Freedom” wood piece. Reyold’s metal sculpture will be on display at Wattsson and Wattsson Jewelers. Anderson’s, Gruler’s, and Barosko’s works, along with a community weaving piece, will be on display in the window of the old J.C. Penney’s building during March. Cash prizes were donated by Earl St. John Wood Products, Iverson Snowshoe, Nancy’s Quilt Shop, Wattsson and Wattsson, Ben Franklin, and the Lake Superior Arts Association.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE –An old sand shaft at the North Jackson mine property caved in again Wednesday night and employees of the Chicago & Northwestern railway were busy yesterday filling the hole with rock and sand. The ground around the old shaft, which has been sealed for a number of years, began to sink last week. Yesterday’s cave left a hole about 30 feet deep and about 20 feet in width. The north side of the hole within six feet of the Chicago & Northwestern railway’s main line. Since the first cave-in, the railroad company has kept a watchman on duty at night. All trains are stopped and move past the place slowly after the watchman instructs the engineer as to the condition of the ground. There is not believed to be great danger of the track dropping, but the railroad is taking no chances. Old residents here who worked at the Jackson mine when it was last operated, more than 35 years ago, claim that the old sand shaft extends at an angle under the railroad tracks, but goes under the tracks at considerable depth. The track is laid on a “fill,” about 30 feet of rock having been placed above the mine workings before the rails were put down.

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